2022 Drydene 400 at Dover Preview, NASRCAR Fantasy Picks
After back-to-back events at two of NASCAR’s most varied tracks, the Cup Series returns to the familiar lands of Dover. Let’s dive into the track info NASCAR DFS players need to know, what to expect for this weekend’s DuraMAX Drydene 400 race at Dover, and some fantastic NASCAR top picks.
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NASCAR DFS Preview: 2022 DuraMAX Drydene 400
Dover International Circuit Information
- Track: Dover Motor Speedway
- Location: Dover, Delaware
- Length: 1 mile steeply inclined oval (concrete)
- Banking: 24 degrees
- Dominance Points:
- DraftKings: 100 – laps led, 180 – fastest laps
- FanDuel: 40 – laps led
- Past winners: Alex Bowman (Spring 2021), Kevin Harvick (Summer 2020)
- Favorite bet: Kyle Larson +400 (BetMGM)
- List of entries: All 36 approved teams including Ryan Precece (15), AJ Allmendinger (16) and Josh Bilicki (77).
- Weather: Maximum of 65cloud and sun intervals
- Watch: FOX Sports 1
- Listen: MRN (DNR, NASCAR.comNASCAR Sirius/XM Channel 90)
Calendar on track (all Eastern times)-
- Saturday April 30
- 10:30 a.m.: training
- 11:05 a.m.: qualifying
- Sunday May 1
- 3:00 p.m.: green flag (120/250/400 laps)
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2022 Drydene 400 NASCAR DFS Preview
After back-to-back weekends of dirt racing in Bristol and a superspeedway race in Talladega, racing is returning to a level of normalcy that DFS players can achieve. On Sunday, NASCAR returns to Dover, Delaware, for its now annual trip to Miles the Monster. Dover is a one kilometer long oval that is distinguished by two distinct factors. First, Dover has one of the few remaining tracks on the regular rotation that still sports concrete as its primary running surface. While not overly abrasive, like what we’ll see at Darlington next weekend, this old concrete will resist tires at perhaps the fastest pace this season so far.
Second, Dover is steeply banked, measuring 24 degrees in all bends. Success at Dover is determined by tire management as well as the ability to maneuver around that bank. Much like Bristol, Darlington or even Miami, a driver who can negotiate their way around the wall can gain considerable speed over the terrain.
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Eleven races into the 2022 season, it’s hard to look at any of this season’s past events and find a real corollary for Dover. Since every race outside of superspeedway events uses the same 670 horsepower setup, this should make comparisons easier to last year when races were split between the low horsepower and high downforce package (tracks without drafting over 1.4 miles in length) and the high power, low downforce set (road courses and non-drafting ovals under 1.4 miles in length). However, looking at this year’s schedule, DFS players can immediately cross out Daytona, Auto Club Speedway, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Circuit of the Americas, Bristol Dirt and Talladega due to length differences.
That potentially leaves Phoenix, Richmond and Martinsville as tracks to assess for Sunday, but banking on those tracks is minimal compared to Dover. Due to the idiosyncrasies of Dover, DFS players better remember last year’s event at Dover as well as the two races at Darlington as plumb lines for Sunday’s Drydene 400. That’s what DFS players will find compared on this week’s Super Sheet. Race sheets. Yes, the comparison is just three races in a package that’s no longer used, but sometimes the tracks are such unique snowflakes that DFS players have to step out onto some sort of ledge to find corollaries.
In this race last year, Martin Truex Jr. started on pole position, led the first 16 laps and gave up the lead to William Byron until lap 37 when the competition warning flag was waved and Truex had regained the lead. Truex had a slow pit stop, suffered damage on pit road and then was never heard from the rest of the race, as the hole in his bumper was a giant parachute.
That opened the door for Larson to take the lead with a quick pit stop. The rest of the race was a back and forth between Larson and teammate Bowman as the two combined to lead the final 361 laps. By the end of the 400 laps, Hendrick Motorsports had combined to lead all but 18 laps and swept the top four positions.
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While a flat half-mile paperclip-shaped oval (Martinsville) will not be a corollary track for DFS purposes this weekend, it should be noted that in the last NASCAR short-track race, this are Hendrick’s pilots (Chase Elliot and Byron) who showed speed in practice and essentially dominated the race on Saturday evening.
If there’s been one complaint about the Gen 7 car so far, it’s the short-track racing and the seeming impossibility of passing, especially in the lead. With Sunday’s forecast forecast for the mid-60s with overcast skies, Dover could look like Martinsville and Richmond with little overtaking as the fast cars in practice hold a tight grip on the top positions.
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