Who Will Tame The Monster At Dover This Time

From a NASCAR Fan’s View

There is something very challenging about racing on the Monster Mile at Dover Motor Speedway. Go ahead; Ask any of the drivers and they will tell you. It is one of the toughest tracks on the Cup circuit and it’s only a one-mile oval. Of course, it does have banking in the straights and twenty-four degrees of banking in the turns. That means even though the speeds are actually slower than some of the super speedways, to the drivers the speed “feels” much faster. Also, because it is only a one-mile oval, there is very little time they are off the throttle.

So, there are a lot of things about this track that make it a challenge but, one thing that stands out to this fan is the fact that there is so little room for error. The track is concrete, it is very sensitive to temperature changes and, with the tire they are running this weekend, we can expect a lot of tire falloff and a lot of marbles if they get out of the groove.

A big surprise to me this weekend is that Kyle Bush won the pole in his RCR chevy. Even though he hasn’t had that bad of a start to this 2024 season, he has been on the bad side of racing luck in recent weeks. He has also just been struggling to finish up front even though he has had opportunities to finish up front. Judging from past experience with Kyle starting on the front row, he could be one to watch when it comes down to the final laps.

There is one Chevy driver that isn’t a surprise and he is starting in the second row. He has had a very good year so far and it wouldn’t surprise me if he wasn’t one of the ones running up front at the end of the race, challenging for the lead. Of course, you know I’m talking about William Byron. He has been a hot shoe so far this season but he isn’t always up front until it comes down to those final laps. He just may have something to say about taming the monster and taking home the trophy.

It will be interesting to see how this race compares to what happened at Bristol. After watching the practice and qualifying and seeing how much rubber was being shredded from the tires in just the minimal laps they ran we can only hope the race goes a little better. I also hope that we don’t see cars catching on fire from the rubber buildup in the wheel well area. I do think we have moved past that, at least with the Cup cars. Notice I said I hope but still, I guess it could happen.

Some of the usual stronger qualifiers didn’t qualify all that well. Joey Logano, Ty Gibbs, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Chase Elliott and several others all qualified outside the top ten and into the upper twenties. Looking at the ones that qualified in those higher numbers makes this fan wonder if they were just running laps and preparing for the race and possibly expecting similar tire problems like happened at Bristol. I don’t know whether that is even a possibility but, it is a good question.

Alex Bowman looks like he could be a dark horse for winning this one today. He has shown consistency most of the season and he had good speed in qualifying. Could this be the day he breaks into the win column? I say a very positive, maybe. He was one of the two Hendrick cars that showed speed by qualifying ninth.

From this fan’s view, it looks like there are a lot of possible winners. There’s Ryan Blaney starting outside pole and then there’s last week’s winner, Tyler Reddick starting fourth. Noah Gragson is another dark horse but could very possibly be the one that ends up in Victory Lane. After all, he did qualify fifth.

In fact, there are a lot possible winners spread throughout the field and it is hard to say which of them might end up at the front when the final checkered flag drops on the day. As I have said many times in the past, I don’t put a lot of stock in where people qualify and this race to tame the Monster is just another one that qualifying probably doesn’t tell the tale. This one is likely going to be determined more by strategy and how tire wear goes. One thing is fairly certain, though. Whoever wins this one is going to have to work for it for four hundred miles and that is no small task when it comes to Taming the Monster at Dover…

Hey, this is Russ and that’s my view… See ya next time…
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