Posted by: Sandy Terronez, follow on Twitter @sandyterronez
September 30, 2017
The NASCAR playoffs head to Dover International Speedway for the third race in the first round and the final elimination of four drivers from the playoffs. Each week, Motor Racing Digest writers will follow four drivers each during their playoff pursuit of a NASCAR championship. Here is a weekend preview for Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne
Kyle Busch – Busch comes into Dover International Speedway third in points in the NASCAR Chase in his No.18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry. Busch has already clinched a spot in round two of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Busch has two wins, eleven top-five and fifteen top-ten finishes at Dover International Speedway. His average finish is 14.760.
Busch will be starting on the front row in second position in his M&M’s Caramel Toyota Camry on Sunday and when asked about qualifying Busch stated “Hate it that we didn’t come out of here with our ninth pole of the season, but we’ll take it. It’s a front row starting spot, but hopefully it’ll be a good enough pit selection. Obviously, there’s no better position than number one. We’ve been on a really good roll here as of late with qualifying and everything like that for this year.
Chase Elliott – Elliott comes into Dover International Speedway ninth in points in the NASCAR Chase in his No.24 Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet SS.
Elliott’s has three top-five and three top-ten finishes at Dover International Speedway with an average finish of 3.667, which is the series best.
Elliott will be starting 12th in his No. 24 NAPA Chevrolet.
Elliott had a fast car in practice and when asked about what happened during qualifying Elliott stated “I’m not 100% sure. We went okay in the first one and freed it up to try to go a little better in the other rounds and really didn’t help. So, I don’t know if we shouldn’t have done that or what, but we will try to get it dialed in tomorrow.”
Austin Dillon – Dillon comes into Dover International Speedway thirteenth in points in the NASCAR Chase in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS.
Dillon has one top-ten finish at Dover International Speedway and his average finish is 22.500.
Dillon will be starting 23rd in his No. 3 Chevrolet AAA Chevrolet.
On qualifying Dillon stated “We just didn’t have the rotation we needed to kind of finish off the end of the corner. It’s tough. We have been not that great since we unloaded. We will keep working on it though. Usually, the race comes to us a lot more than qualifying does.”
Kasey Kahne – Kahne comes into Dover International Speedway sixteenth in points in the NASCAR Chase in his No.5 Rick Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS.
Kahne has three top-five and eight top-ten finishes at Dover International Speedway and his average finish is 17.600.
Kahne will be starting 21st in his No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet.
When Kahne was asked about his car and starting position he stated “We were just kind of on the tight side there. We weren’t able to really finish the throttle and get off the corner very well on each lap. We ran all .80’s there just couldn’t go any faster. So, we have a lot of work to do tomorrow, but I know my car is plenty capable we will just keep working on it.”
The Monster Energy NASCAR field will take the green flag on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET for the Apache Warrior 400 Presented by Lucas Oil at Dover International Speedway. TV coverage will be on NBCSN. Radio coverage will be on MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.