By HEATHER WILLIAMS
10:40 PM CDT, September 28, 2012
It's nickname is the Monster Mile, but it's Jimmie Johnson that has been a monster at Dover. The five time champ is a seven time winner at the mile long track. That's bad news for the field this weekend as Johnson also come in this weekend as the points leader.
“The intensity you have to drive that track with. It really fits my style," said Johnson. It’s the closest track we have to being airborne each lap with the drop off into turns one and three. It’s just cool you’ve got to bring your big boy pants every lap there and I love it.”
JJ won when NASCAR was at Dover back in June. Other active drivers with multiple wins in Delaware include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch. Kurt Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Bobby Labonte and Dale Earnhardt, Jr each have a single win at the Monster Mile.
“At Dover, I like the banking. I like the elevation changes," said Newman. "The concrete provides a different type of racing for us because the track doesn’t change a whole lot. Once you get your car right, you can keep it right for the rest of the race. And for me, for whatever reason, I’ve always adapted well to racing on concrete. To me, the characteristics of the track make it both demanding and fun."
Maybe fun to him, but Dover can also be a chase killer. Just ask Denny Hamlin, who has found the mile long track to be a torn in his side on the way to title.
"Dover is one that my team has been working on quite a bit," said Hamlin. "Even in the last two weeks we've been really studying that race track quite a bit."
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