NASCAR’s Monster Mile is Ready to Grab Somebody!
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action is Sunday on WBKR and wbkr.com. Let's check in with our NASCAR expert Blake Smith for a preview.
WBKR NASCAR Preview: FedEx 400
NASCAR drivers and teams have left the friendly confines of the Charlotte hub and head north for Sunday’s FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway. The NASCAR cup series began visiting Dover in 1969, when Richard Petty took his famed #43 car to victory lane in the inaugural race. Since then, there have been 84 Sprint Cup Series races at the 1-mile concrete oval.
There are only two tracks with concrete surfaces on the Sprint Cup Schedule: Bristol Motor Speedway and of course, Dover. With that said, teams only prepare for concrete tracks, 4 times a year. Many teams bring the same car to all of these races -- it the car survives. “Mile the Monster” has been known to reach out and grab a few cars every time the series visits the “Monster Mile.”
A popular driver, who has had a slow start to the season, is Carl Edwards. Edwards’ team rebounded from a 28th place qualifying effort to finish ninth in last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600. Edwards, who is known to be “King of the Concrete,” goes into this weekend with an average finish of fifth in the last ten races at Dover. Keep an eye on the #99 this weekend!
Coverage of Sunday’s FedEx 400 begins at 11AM on WBKR and WBKR.com!
-- Blake Smith