MBNA.com 400

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2000

Where: Dover Downs International Speedway (Dover, Del.)

When: 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Broadcast: Television TNN; Radio Motor Racing Network

Track: 1-mile oval

1999 winner:

Mark Martin

What it takes to win:

A fast car and a strong neck are requirements to survive 400 miles around a track known as ''The Monster Mile.'' The concrete surface, along with a 24-degree banking, makes for a tough trip. The car has so much grip in the turns, the driver's body gets compressed against the side of the seat. No matter how well a car handles, it often takes days for the throbbing pain to leave a driver's neck. What soothes the ache, however, is a car that maneuvers through the second and fourth turns without trouble to set up a sprint down the straightaway. The problem with running low in the second and fourth turns is it means running dangerously close to the inside retaining wall.

Morris News Service pick: Tony Stewart

Other drivers to watch: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Burton and Bobby

Don Coble,

Morris News Service

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