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Apache Warrior 400 - Oct. 1
By: Staff Writer - StatFox
Published: 9/27/2017  at  4:33:00 PM
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Apache Warrior 400

Sunday, Oct. 1 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Dover International Speedway – Dover, DE

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series postseason continues with the Apache Warrior 400 on Sunday. Last week, the drivers were in New Hampshire for the ISM Connect 300. Kyle Busch came away with the victory in that race and he’ll now be looking for his first ever victory at the Apache Warrior 400 on Sunday. Jimmie Johnson is the guy that will be feeling at home on this track on Sunday, as he has won this race a record five times in his career. Nobody else in this race has won it more than once, so he clearly has a significant leg up here. And probably thanks to Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports is the team that has won this race the most. Hendrick has nine victories in the Apache Warrior 400, which is three more than Penske Racing. As for the manufacturer that has been the most successful here, that would be Chevrolet. Chevrolet has been the make of the winner 19 times in this race, but Martin Truex Jr. actually became the first driver to ever win in a Toyota here last year. With that out of the way, here are the guys that are worth backing this weekend:

Martin Truex Jr. - As previously mentioned, Truex Jr. is the last guy to win this race and he actually did it in impressive fashion. Truex Jr. finished the race in 3:03:15, which is the fastest anybody has done it since Jimmie Johnson’s victory back in 2010. He also happens to be driving incredibly well recently, as he won the Tale of the Turtles 400 two weeks ago and followed it up with a fifth-place finish at the ISM Connect 300 last week. He’ll be worth a play here.

Jimmie Johnson - Johnson has been the king of Dover International Speedway in his career, as he has won this race five times. Johnson most recently won it back in 2013, but it’s not like he has been awful since then either. Johnson has finished inside the top-10 in two of his past three appearances at Dover, which is pretty good for an “off” performance. Back him if you’re looking for somebody that will almost certainly be in the running to win this.

Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick hasn’t quite been as good as Jimmie Johnson at Dover, but he is definitely a guy that enjoys racing on this track. Harvick won the Apache Warrior 400 back in 2015, and he has finished inside the top-10 here in three of the past six races. Look for him to make yet another run at a victory on Sunday and don’t be afraid to back him to do so.

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