If there’s any week where you may want to steer clear of the Team Penske drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, this may be the week. Unfortunately, their trio of drivers haven’t fared too well at the Dover International Speedway lately. That’s why I wouldn’t think any of them would be in the hunt to win Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism (2 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Joey Logano hasn’t taken his No. 22 Ford home to a top five finish at the Monster Mile since 2004. In fact, he’s never finished inside the top five in the spring race at Dover. Since 2015, he’s also had just two total top 10 finishes there. He’s only led three total laps at Dover during his career too, meaning I don’t think we will see a lot of Logano up front on Sunday.
What about Brad Keselowski?
Since his win at Dover in the fall of 2012, he’s scored just five top 10 finishes. From 2012 to 2014, Keselowski has four top four top five finishes in five starts, two of which runner-ups, another a win. In the six races since, his best finish is fourth. He was 38th in this very race a year ago. His No. 2 Ford has struggled recently and I don’t think that ends this weekend.
Ryan Blaney made four starts at Dover with the Wood Brothers. He finished eighth, 38th, 32nd and 23rd respectively. Blaney, has had success at Dover in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, but if you’re looking for his No. 12 Ford to be up front on Sunday, you may be disappointed.
Just temper your expectations for the Penske trio this weekend.