NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series make their first visits of the season to the “Monster Mile,” Dover International Speedway, this weekend for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks on Sunday, June 1st and the Buckle Up 200 on Saturday, May 31st.
Kyle Busch will be one busy driver this weekend, pulling off “triple duty” at the one-mile oval in Delaware. Busch will race his own No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra in Friday’s Camping World Truck Series event, also piloting the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry on Saturday in the Nationwide Series race and the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota on Sunday in the Cup Series race. Busch has two wins and 12 top 10 finishes in 18 starts at Dover, with both wins coming in the spring race since joining JGR in 2008. He has a similar record in the Nationwide Series, with three wins and 12 top 10s in 17 starts, all of his wins coming with JGR.
Matt Kenseth, doing “double duty” in the Cup and Nationwide Series races this weekend, has two Cup Series and two Nationwide Series wins at Dover. His last Cup win came in spring 2011, while his last Nationwide Series win came in the fall of 2000. He’ll be driving the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota on Sunday and the No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota on Saturday.
Denny Hamlin will sport the Autism Speaks logo on his No. 11 FedEx Freight on Sunday, hoping to get his first win at the “Monster Mile.” Hamlin has five top 10 finishes in 16 starts at Dover, and is the defending pole sitter of this race.
Elliott Sadler, in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, is also looking for his first win at Dover. Sadler had finishes of 28th and fifth at the track last season for JGR.
The Nationwide Series qualifies for the Buckle Up 200 Presented by Click It or Ticket Saturday, May 31st at 10:40 a.m. ET, with the race going green that afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. Qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks takes place Friday, May 30th at 3:35 p.m. ET, with the race going green Sunday, June 1st at 1 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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