ilTracks often have nicknames that will easily describe how the racing will be, or how the track is shaped. Darlington for instance is the "Lady in Black" and the track "Too Tough to Tame." Bristol is considered the "World's Fastest Half Mile" and Martinsville has been deemed the "Paperclip."
The big tracks have nicknames as well, such as Daytona as the "World's Center of Speed" or Charlotte being termed the "Beast of the Southeast."
But, this weekend's track has a nickname that simply describes both the track and it's reputation. The country's first state welcomes in NASCAR this weekend at a track known as the "Monster Mile."
The Dover International Speedway has earned that name because despite it's short distance, it can bite a driver without notice. Who can forget Jeff Gordon's wreck in qualifying in 2009, with him keying the radio to his crew and saying "that hurt," with the crowd suddenly in cheers about what they witnessed. Even big wrecks and major accidents aren't uncommon at this track, as Joey Logano showed in 2009 with his tumble down the banking.
No question, this monster of a track will eat cars as an entree every chance it gets. But, the writers are willing to risk that in hopes of a victory.
Here's a look at who they feel will be victorious come Sunday in the FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks:
Misan Akuya: Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards has always been strong at Dover. He won there in 2007. There is a reason that he is called Concrete Carl. He will showcase that on Sunday.
James Broomhead: NO PICK SENT
No pick sent by the deadline.
Kelly Crandall: Jimmie Johnson
Lots of drivers sound good for this weekend such as Kenseth, Keselowski and Kyle Busch. But, Johnson and company seem to have found their groove again. Dover is a track that he would have no problem leading every lap and stomping the competition.
Plus, I'm not too old to admit I love the Madagascar movies and Nickelodeon show, "The Penguins of Madagascar," and they'll be on this 48 car this weekend.
Billy Fellin: Carl Edwards
Can this guy win this season? Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle are getting the love at RFR right, but Carl is coming to a track where he consistently runs well. He only has 1 win at Dover, but has never in his Sprint Cup Career finished worse than 18th.
In his last five starts, he doesn't have a finish worse than 8th.
Michael Hirshbein: Kyle Busch
Christopher Leone: Martin Truex Jr.
Truex has been strong, even though he hasn't won in quite a while. But Dover is where he scored his first career Sprint Cup win back in 2007, and you know that Michael Waltrip Racing is desperate to score a victory and prove that they belong in the sport's upper echelon this year.
Kara Martin: Matt Kenseth
Ryan O'Hara: Jimmie Johnson
Dustin Parks: Matt Kenseth
Going with a hunch on this one, since he is the defending race winner. Roush has always been good at this joint, as both Edwards and Biffle are former winners here. But, Kenseth seems to be feeling a lot better now that he's got a new sponsor on board.
So, knowing he's one of the two top guys in Roush so far this year, I'm going with the 17.
Patti Rodisch: Kyle Busch
Busch won here in 2008 after dominating the second half of the race. He has two wins at the one mile concrete track. His numbers are pretty solid also with seven top fives and nine top 10 finishes. His average finish is 13.3.
He is coming off of another solid run at Charlotte last weekend. He is sitting a solid eighth in the standings and with a win under his belt already this season Sunday could bring him win number two.
Sal Sigala Jr: Brad Keselowski
Going on a hunch even though he has been inconsistent.
Rob Tiongson: Brad Keselowski
Remember the last time that the NASCAR gang visited a concrete speedway? Yep, BK won at Bristol this past March.
This time, he'll be dueling and worrying about Tony Stewart but ultimately, his No. 2 machine will be JUST too strong for the competition to pick up an impressive third win in 2012.
Standings following Charlotte:
James Broomhead (447) Jimmie Johnson finished 11th (2)
Billy Fellin (436) Jimmie Johnson finished 11th (2)
Sal Sigala Jr. (430) Jimmie Johnson finished 11th (1)
Christopher Leone (429) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 6th (0)
Misan Akuya (417) Jimmie Johnson finished 11th (1)
Kelly Crandall (407) Matt Kenseth finished 10th (1)
Rob Tiongson (406) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 6th (3)
Michael Hirshbein (389) Kyle Busch finished 3rd (1)
Dustin Parks (389) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 6th (1)
Kara Martin (379) Tony Stewart finished 25th (1)
Patti Rodisch (372) Kasey Kahne WON (1)
Ryan O'Hara (315) Jimmie Johnson finished 11th (0)
Final Thoughts: There is no question Miles the Monster has a big appetite each time NASCAR decides to come his way, and since all three series are at his house, there is little doubt by the time Sunday's festivities end, he will be one full monster.
But, someone in the end will be going to victory lane, escaping his grasp. Find out who as Sunday's race is the final race for FOX in 2012, and will also be the final event covered by FOX and SPEED's pit road analyst, "Dr. Dirt" Dick Berggren, who will retire after 32 years in the business.
Green flag flies shortly after 1 p.m. ET.
Summary of Picks:
Martin Truex Jr-1