After two straight weeks at NASCAR's home base in Charlotte, it's time to take this traveling circus back on the road. This week's stop Dover International Speedway, also known as the Monster Mile and with good reason. It's is the fast mile long track on the circuit and it has a bad reputation.
"If you say Dover doesn't intimidate you, you are lying," said Jeff Burton. "I couldn't think of a more perfect nickname than the 'Monster Mile.' You have to be exceptionally aggressive, but if you cross the line, you will be in trouble. It's an incredible race track and a huge challenge, but I like going there."
Dover is unique from most of the tracks that NASCAR goes to in that it is a concrete surface, as opposed to asphalt. A challenge that fits some drivers style and others don't care for it at all.
"I like asphalt better than I like concrete," said Dale Earnhardt, Junior. "But as high-banking and as fast as Dover is, concrete was the only thing could really put down that would survive. Once the concrete ages a couple of years, it gets joints in it, and it becomes kind of like a wooden deck. It gets bumps in it and you just hop all the way around the racetrack. That's just the way it goes."
Carl Edwards is one of those drivers on the other end of the spectrum. I mean he does have the nickname of concrete Carl.
"I love racing there," said Edwards "It's a super high-speed track and we've always been able to get our cars dialed in well there."
Edwards has just one win at Dover, but Roush Fenway teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth both have multiple wins at the Monster Mile. As do Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon.