This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
Dover International Speedway plays host to this week's pair of races at the historic one-mile oval. This is the NASCAR Cup Series first and last visit of the season to the concrete oval in Delaware. Once again we're playing catchup to make up for May's postponed Dover 400 and combine it with August's Drydene 400. The new events are Saturday and Sunday with each race bearing the name Drydene 311. We're running shorter distances than the planned 400s but running 311 laps each day this weekend at the Monster Mile.
Dover International Speedway is known as the "Monster Mile" for good reason. It's like a super-sized Bristol Motor Speedway, with similar banking and track surface all in a one-mile oval. Dover has a short track feel, but produces the high 160-plus mph speeds of the larger tracks on the circuit. The high speeds are due to the 24 degree banking in all turns and the extreme grip that the concrete paved surface provides. It's a lightning fast track, and it produces some exciting, side-by-side racing.
As many drivers have shown, it takes a good balance of aggression and patience to tame the monster. It's this balance that the drivers will need to master if they hope to conquer the competition and this fierce track. With this being our only and only visit of 2020 at the Monster Mile, the learning curve will be steep this weekend. From the drop of the green flag, the teams that can adapt to the