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AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway NASCAR Prerace Notes

Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway for the third race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the AAA 400.  Here is some news and notes since qualifying on Friday afternoon.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. yet again continued the trend of setting new track records with the new generation six car.  Dale will start the race from the pole position at a track where track position is important. If he can match his great track position with the proper pit strategy he has a great chance of putting himself back into contention for the Chase.

ESPN brought the “Fork” out last week, some would say prematurely. So who will get the Fork this week?

It would appear to be a three man race for the Chase between teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, but Jimmie Johnson is handing in there. Dover is one of the better tracks for Johnson. This is his time to catch up to them as he is 18 points back.

The race at Dover is a short track but on many occasions the race plays out like a road course due to the difficulty of passing. Joey Logano had a fast car and used road course like pit strategy to win a virtually caution free race. Will the Cup Series race play out the same way?

As of this writing there are no cars that made unapproved changes since qualifying.

The weather at Dover on Sunday is forecast to be perfect so rain is not expected to be a problem.

If you cannot get to Dover International Speedway the race will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 1 PM ET Sunday, September 29th, 2013. The race is 400 laps or miles.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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