5 Drivers to Pay Attention to in the NASCAR FedEx 400

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5 Drivers to Pay Attention to in the FedEx 400

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Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its way to the merciless Monster Mile of Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. Last week in the marathon Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte race was longer than usual as a never before incident occurred marking the night as the first time a broadcasting camera cable had disrupted a race.

After that fiasco was over driver Kyle Busch lost his engine after being dominant for a long period of the race. In the end the closer Kevin Harvick reaped the benefits of victory and made a better case for his inclusion in any end of the year championship scenarios.

This race will have a huge effect on the Chase picture as driver Denny Hamlin tries to use his pole position to gain a win and solidify his wild card chances. Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski will also have to make a serious turnaround or else he is at risk of missing the Chase altogether after his championship year.

Another major story this week should be whether the two best drivers this year, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, actually shape this race after last week when both disappeared from contention for the win.

A win here can propel many to a spot in the Chase or a bad race can keep some in the rut they are currently traveling in. To be sure there will be some drivers that are worth paying more attention to in the field on Sunday.

Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JakeThompsonCU.

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Denny Hamlin

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Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will be starting off the pole and still has a long way to go toward locking up a wild card berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at the end of the season.

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Kyle Busch

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Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

Busch will be seeking a possible sweep this weekend. He could sure use a win after a disappointing few weeks recently on the track.

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Jimmie Johnson

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Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

Can this dominant veteran still win another Dover race from back in a starting spot of 17th? It's certainly worth watching.

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Matt Kenseth

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Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

Will Kenseth take a fourth victory this week and really set himself beyond the rest of the field with his new team at Joe Gibbs Racing?

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Brad Keselowski

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Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

This week the entire team is back together for the reigning champ, and he could really use the assistance of crew chief Paul Wolfe. Don't be surprised to find the No. 2 up there in contention this weekend.

1 of 6

5 Drivers to Pay Attention to in the FedEx 400

x
Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its way to the merciless Monster Mile of Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. Last week in the marathon Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte race was longer than usual as a never before incident occurred marking the night as the first time a broadcasting camera cable had disrupted a race.

After that fiasco was over driver Kyle Busch lost his engine after being dominant for a long period of the race. In the end the closer Kevin Harvick reaped the benefits of victory and made a better case for his inclusion in any end of the year championship scenarios.

This race will have a huge effect on the Chase picture as driver Denny Hamlin tries to use his pole position to gain a win and solidify his wild card chances. Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski will also have to make a serious turnaround or else he is at risk of missing the Chase altogether after his championship year.

Another major story this week should be whether the two best drivers this year, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, actually shape this race after last week when both disappeared from contention for the win.

A win here can propel many to a spot in the Chase or a bad race can keep some in the rut they are currently traveling in. To be sure there will be some drivers that are worth paying more attention to in the field on Sunday.

Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JakeThompsonCU.

2 of 6

Denny Hamlin

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Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will be starting off the pole and still has a long way to go toward locking up a wild card berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at the end of the season.

3 of 6

Kyle Busch

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Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

Busch will be seeking a possible sweep this weekend. He could sure use a win after a disappointing few weeks recently on the track.

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Jimmie Johnson

x
Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

Can this dominant veteran still win another Dover race from back in a starting spot of 17th? It's certainly worth watching.

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Matt Kenseth

x
Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

Will Kenseth take a fourth victory this week and really set himself beyond the rest of the field with his new team at Joe Gibbs Racing?

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Brad Keselowski

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Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

This week the entire team is back together for the reigning champ, and he could really use the assistance of crew chief Paul Wolfe. Don't be surprised to find the No. 2 up there in contention this weekend.


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