DOVER, Del. - For a place dubbed "The Monster Mile," Dover International Speedway is awfully popular among drivers.

Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman each said the track that will host today's Autism Speaks 400 is their favorite, and several other drivers said it's high up on their lists.

Tony Stewart said it's his favorite sometimes.

"If your car is good, it's a lot of fun," Stewart said. "If it's not, it's a miserable day here if your car is not right."

Dover is one of two concrete surfaces that the NASCAR Sprint Cup series races on. It's known for its high embankment and fast turns.

"It's got the highest sensation of speed for me, so that's fun," Carl Edwards said. "It's like driving 100 mph down the hallway in your house."

Three-time series champion Jimmy Johnson has almost always run well here.

"It's so much fun to compete on," Johnson said. "It's just a track that is extremely demanding on the driver and also the vehicle itself."

Some drivers aren't crazy about that part, though.

"This place will eat you up and spit you out in a heartbeat," said 19-year-old Joey Logano, driving here for the first time in a Cup car this week. "It's one of those tough joints that are hard to figure out."

Denny Hamlin called it the toughest track physically.

"I think the G-forces and the load that you get here are substantial, and it's grueling," Hamlin said. "I'm glad I was never here during the 500-mile days because the 400 is enough here."

Pettys start strong

All four Richard Petty Motorsports cars will start in the top 10 today.

Kasey Kahne is second, Reed Sorenson fourth, A.J. Allmendinger seventh and Elliott Sadler 10th.

The King himself called it "uplifting."

"I don't know what they've done," Petty said. "I don't know that they're running that good now, but they ran good (Friday in qualifying)."

Kahne, for his part, remained confident.

"Our Budweiser Dodge feels really strong again today," Kahne said. "We're really fast."

Happy Hour

Denny Hamlin had the fastest car in the final practice Saturday. Hamlin, who will start 16th, had a best lap at 151.286 mph.

Stafford Township, N.J., native Martin Truex Jr. was fourth-fastest with a lap at 150.106. Truex will start 15th.

Nationwide race

Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide race, the Heluva Good! 200.

Keselowski drives for JR Motorsports. It was a tough week for the company's owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose Sprint Cup crew chief and cousin Tony Eury Jr. was replaced. Ironically, Keselowski's crew chief is Tony Eury Sr.

"The whole group's going through some tough times," the elder Keselowski said. "And this is some pretty good medicine for everyone."

Joey Logano, the pole-sitter, was second and Clint Bowyer third.

Jeffrey Earnhardt, the grandson of Dale Earnhardt and nephew of Dale Jr., did not qualify for the race. Earnhardt, 19, had been expected to make his Nationwide debut. He plans to run a partial schedule this season.

Scott wins truck race

Brian Scott won the Camping World Trucks race for his first career victory in any NASCAR series.

Dennis Setzer had a season-best second-place finish in the caution-filled race, while Ron Hornanday Jr. and Kyle Busch were derailed by tire problems.

David Starr was third, followed by Jason White and Johnny Sauter.

The 21-year-old Scott won for the first time in 39 career trucks races.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report).

 

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