The statistics show it’s no surprise who the best NASCAR driver is at Dover International Speedway by a wide margin.
Jimmie Johnson, who holds the all-time win record at Dover with nine victories, leads the Sprint Cup Series in driver rating (122.3), percentage of laps run in the top 15 (88.2%) and average running position (6.454).
The six-time series champion also has a series best average finish of 8.2 in 26 starts at the 1-mile oval. Johnson’s average start of 9.9 trails only Kyle Larson (6.0 in two starts) and Ryan Newman (9.7 in 26 starts).
Former Dover winners Matt Kenseth (108.3) and Kyle Busch (105.5) are the only other drivers with ratings above 100.
Last spring, Johnson was dominant at Dover, leading 274 laps to claim his second straight victory at the track. Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, and Hamlin.
The defending spring race winner at the Monster Mile, Johnson seeks to become just the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with 10 or more wins at a single track. He will be at a disadvantage after being penalized Wednesday for receiving written warnings in two consecutive events. As a result, Johnson, along with Justin Allgaier will receive the last two choices in the pit selection process, respective to qualifying results.