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Würth 400 Preview: NASCAR takes on Monster Mile

Jay Arnold previews the Würth 400 on the corners and high banks of the concrete oval in Dover known as the Monster Mile.

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The GEICO 500 at Talladega saw a thrilling conclusion as questions of fuel and classic superspeedway racing combined to keep fans on the edge of their seat. Unfortunately, the race ended under caution after Bubba Wallace spun at the head of the field while trying to block to maintain his lead. This handed the victory to Kyle Busch, his second of the year. Now Busch will look to build off that momentum at Dover for the Würth 400.

From the high banks of the superspeedway at Talladega, NASCAR heads to a much smaller track at Dover Motor Speedway in Dover, Delaware. The mile-long track has 24-degree banking in the turns, a rarity for a track of its size. Additionally, while the majority of the tracks on the circuit are asphalt, Dover has had a concrete surface since 1995.

This unique combination of factors at Dover makes for a fierce challenge for the drivers. The high banks of Dover mean laps around the circuit happen very quickly. Little time is spent on the straights and the corners are treacherous, meaning drivers must always be up on the wheel. Speaking of those drivers, let’s take a look at the entry list for this weekend’s Würth 400.

Entry List

Dover Motor Speedway has been a showcase for Hendrick Motorsports for the past two years with Chase Elliott taking the checkered flag last year and Alex Bowman heading to Victory Lane in 2021. Dover was also one of former Hendrick driver Jimmie Johnson’s best tracks.

All of this leads me to believe, Hendrick will once again be in victory lane. With Elliott still recovering from injury and Bowman now out though, things could get interesting. I expect the JGR cars to push Hendrick on Sunday but I still think HMS comes out on top as I am predicting William Byron will be collecting another checkered flag at the Würth 400.

Check out the below schedule to make sure you don’t miss any on-track action from Dover Motor Speedway.

Friday 04/28

NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – 2:35 p.m. CT on FS1

General Tire 125 (ARCA Menards Series East) – 4:35 p.m. CT on FLORacing

Saturday 04/29

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – 10:20 a.m. CT on FS1

A-GAME 200 (NASCAR Xfinity Series) – 12:30 p.m. CT on FS1

Sunday 04/30

Würth 400 (NASCAR Cup Series) – 1:00 p.m. CT on FS1

Stay locked into Apollo for more NASCAR and F1 Coverage throughout the racing season! Follow @CoachJayArnold and @ApolloHOU on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest!

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