Delaware 400 Preview: The Round of 12 Begins
Delaware 400 Preview: The Round of 12 Begins

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The Chase for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup continues this weekend at Dover International Speedway. The Monster Mile is the perfect setup for the fourth race of the Chase, which is the beginning of the Round of 12. The field of 16 drivers were reduced by four after last weekend at the Charlotte Roval, and now only 12 drivers advance to the next round of the Chase for the Cup.

We've visited an intermediate oval, a short track and a road course/oval to this point in the 10-race playoff. Now it's time to race at an oval that fits somewhere in between. This one-mile bowl races like a short track, but it also has the high speeds and ability to pass like the larger tracks. With the parity among manufacturers at this oval we expect to see a wild shoot out this weekend. The driver that shows up with the best race car on Sunday will likely have a decent shot at winning the Delaware 400, since this race seldom ever comes down to pit strategy or fuel mileage. Each of the three different manufacturers have won in the last three races at the Monster Mile. The parity that we currently have at this track is a good indicator of the entertainment factor associated with this race. In recent years, we have seldom seen one driver run away and dominate at the Delaware oval. The Monster Energy Cup Series schedule presents a very appropriate race and a challenge for the

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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