Listen, we all know that Jimmie Johnson is the King of Dover. He’s won at the track nine times—including last spring—and has finished outside of the top 10 just once in the last nine races.
Even with those gaudy stats, is he really worth spending almost a fourth of your weekly budget on one driver?
At a $13,000 hit on DraftKings, Johnson would almost need to win the race just to make up for the massive salary dump. But he is on the cusp of joining an exclusive club of drivers that have won 10 races at one track alongside Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr.
With history in his grasp, Johnson said a win on Sunday is weighing heavily on him this week.
“It’s on my mind, and it’s something I would love to do,” Johnson said, via Mike Hembree of USA Today. “If I was able to accomplish it, I’d just be honored to be in that same situation that had been done by Dale Earnhardt Sr. I never had the chance to race against him.”
Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the #NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.154.
— NASCAR Stats (@NASCARStats) May 29, 2015
One thing we’ve learned over the past several years is that when Six-Time has his mind set on something, it’s hard to stop him. Let’s just say that leaving Johnson out of your lineup might be the difference between finishing below or above a 50-50 game or outside of our Top 3 for the Dover race.
After finishing at the top of the leaderboard during the first practice, it’s clear JJ once again has elite speed at Dover. Even with his spin at Charlotte last Sunday and penalties still looming, expect Johnson to finish in the top three with a 10th victory at the Monster Mile a distinct possibility.