Staff picks for today’s Sprint Cup race at Dover

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For the second week in a row, NBC Sports’ writers don’t agree on who will win today’s Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

Here are this week’s picks:

Nate Ryan (@nateryan)

Kyle Busch

The defending series champion hasn’t won at Dover in more than six years, but he showed speed in the limited practice sessions.

Dustin Long (@dustinlong)

Chase Elliott

He nearly won at Dover earlier this season and gets it done this time.

Daniel McFadin (@danielmcfadin)

Tony Stewart

Without a great deal of help, Stewart needs to win to advance in the Chase. But the last time Stewart won at Dover in 2013, he started 22nd and led only three laps. Like at Sonoma this year, Stewart and Co. pull out all the stops to put the No. 14 in the Round of 12.

Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall)

Jimmie Johnson

Hard to imagine the No. 48 team would have a second year of bad luck at Dover. With the speed Johnson has shown lately, however, and with Dover favoring champions, I have to give the nod to the track’s 10-time winner. 

Jerry Bonkowski (@JerryBonkowski)

Kurt Busch

He is one of the better Sprint Cup drivers when the pressure is on – and it’s definitely on him as he comes into Sunday’s race facing potential elimination from the Chase. A win would take care of that, and with Dover being one of his favorite tracks, the Monster-sponsored driver will tame the Monster Mile.