The thing about Dover is that everyone knows that the Monster is always hungry, wanting to feast on oil, metal and rubber. What those that attend this track may not realize is that to cleanse the pallet, Miles decides to feast on opportunity.
His appetite is always enormous, but at the same time it’s always nice to clean up and have something to change things up.
This time, his appetite came at the expense of a possible first-time winner. It was clear in the late going that Chase Elliott was on his way to victory, but a man who has already been moved into the second round of the Playoffs. Lap after lap, Miles saw his appetite satisfied when the lead shrank bit by bit, length by length, and soon saw his chance to clear the plate.
Off turn four, to the white flag, with lapped traffic holding up the No. 24, one final pass cleared the plate, and an appetite was satisfied.
Who was the one who served up the missed opportunity to Miles? It wasn’t under glass, but it certainly was served with a sweet tooth. It was a candy man, a “Rowdy” driver, that took away a first-time win, and instead took a bow. Kyle Busch went 2-for-3 in the first round, gaining the momentum needed heading into next week.
Meanwhile, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne, and Kurt Busch all walk out of Dover knowing the green splitter, windshield decal and spoiler are no longer required, as their title hunt has concluded.
What hasn’t concluded is victories in the standings, as a pair etched their first win of the Playoffs, ensuring they moved into the next round. Meanwhile, three participants have seen their hopes of a title come to an end. The top-10 have been reset and are ready to go. Here’s your updated standings as we enter round two following the Apache Soldier 400 Presented by Lucas Oil:
Misan Akuya (3038) Martin Truex Jr. finished 4th –  0 38
Ashley Hobbs (3035) Kyle Busch WON –  1 35
Sal Sigala Jr. (3030) Matt Kenseth finished 11th –  0 30
Ashley Hull (3029) Kyle Larson finished 5th –  1 29
Billy Fellin (3020) Chase Elliott finished 2nd –  1 20
Rob Blount (3020) Jimmie Johnson finished 3rd –  1 20
Rob Tiongson (3014) Jimmie Johnson finished 3rd –  0 14
Penny Whitecotton (3012) Kyle Busch WON –  1 12
Dalton Hastings (3011) Kurt Busch finished 20th –  1 11
Ashley McCubbin (3011) Martin Truex Jr. finished 4th –  0 11
Dustin Parks (2104) Jimmie Johnson finished 3rd – 
Klarissa Mitchell (2107) Martin Truex Jr. finished 4th – 
Patti Rodisch (2086) Ryan Blaney finished 23rd – 
Next Race: As the second round begins, it’s a trip back home for what in past years would be a Saturday night delight. However, earlier this year, NASCAR made the decision to make it a Sunday afternoon wild ride, going back to what this track had in the 90’s and early 2000’s on the schedule.
A trip once again to Charlotte is what will start the Round of 12. Playoff points are added back in, and a fresh start to determine who is in, and who is out.
Participants, two of you are relieved of the Playoff rules, along with the writer. The remaining 10, you all must continue to follow the regulations. You must have those picks ready by Thursday, October 5, at 10 p.m. ET for the Bank of America 500.