The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has just finished the first elimination round of the 2019 Season playoffs. Now, only 12 drivers remain eligible for the MENCS Championshipand five of them are part of the Ford Performance team.

This weekend, the second round of the 2019 MENCS Playoffs begins at Dover International Speedway, a historic track that has been home to many career-defining moments for NASCAR’s best and brightest. Let’s dive into the stat book and take a look at each Ford playoff driver’s chances heading into this weekend. 

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer barely snuck into the Round of 12 with an impressive 4th place finish last week at the Charlotte Roval. He currently sits in 12th place in the playoff standings, the lowest driver on the championship totem pole.

Of the five Dover races in which Bowyer has competed in the Stewart-Haas owned No. 14 Ford, he has accumulated two top-10s and one top-5, a second place finish in the Dover May race last year. 

Despite consistently strong finishes at this track, the 40-year old Emporia, Kansas native has never won here, but a strong run could bump him up in the playoff running and keep him safe from elimination further down the line.

Ryan Blaney

The hot young driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Mustang has been on an impressive run over the past few weeks. He’s only finished outside of the top-20 once in the last seven consecutive races. In that same stretch, he has earned three top-10 finishes and one top-5, meaning he has all the momentum in the world heading into Dover on Sunday.

Since his full-time MENCS debut in 2016, Blaney has significantly improved at Dover. Historically however, his Monster Mile prowess leaves a lot to be desired. In his last seven races at the track, he has managed two top-10 finishes. That said, his average finish at Dover sits at a measly 19.2. He’ll have a lot of work to do to earn an impressive finish this Sunday. 

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski won his first and so far only MENCS Championship in 2012 while driving the No. 2 Ford for Team Penske. This year, he hopes to pilot the very same car into the history books with a second title victory. Currently, Brad sits at 7th place in the 2019 Playoff Standings. 

This season, Keselowski has found the Winner’s Circle three times. Since the start of the 2019 Playoffs, he has not finished outside of the top-5. These impressive stats alone make him a formidable force heading into the Drydene 400 this weekend. 

When it comes to his performance at Dover specifically, Brad is no slouch. He won here once before in 2012 and has put together an average finish of 12.6  in the 13 races he’s run at Dover since. A strong finish this weekend is extremely likely for Bad Brad, and that will surely benefit him as the season winds to a close. 

Kevin Harvick

Simply put, Kevin Harvick has been on fire. His No. 4 Stewart-Haas Ford Mustang has achieved victory a whopping 13 times since switching to Ford in 2017, with three of those victories coming this season. He currently finds himself in 5th place in the 2019 Playoff Standings.

Harvick has run races at Dover twice a year since his full-time debut in 2001, but found no real success there until his switch to Ford in 2017. Since then, Harvick has accumulated one win, two top-10s, and one top-5 over five races. 

His prior victory at this track in May of 2018 in conjunction with his incredible hot streak makes him the favorite to win the race this Sunday, and perhaps a dark horse pick to win the championship later this season.

Joey Logano

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske, is the defending MENCS Champion. He looks to win back-to-back titles this year. So far, he’s put himself in a very good position to do so. He currently sits at 4th place in the 2019 Playoff Standings. 

In order to advance in the standings and retain his championship title, a strong finish at Dover is key. This shouldn’t be a problem for Joey. 

Since his Ford Performance debut in 2013, Logano has run 13 races at the Monster Mile. In those 13 races, Logano has earned three top-20s, five top-10s, and three top-5s, which means he’s finished in the money at Dover nearly 85 percent of the time since 2013. That said, he’s never won a race at this track, and as such, he isn’t likely to win this Sunday. Nevertheless, Logano remains a strong contender for the 2019 MENCS Championship come November.

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