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Getty Images for NASCAR (June 2, 2013)

As NASCAR heads to Dover this weekend, I'm not sure where is the biggest monster is. Is it Miles, who towers over the track as you walk in? Is it Tony Stewart, who seems to be creating a little riff in the "Stenica" relationship? Or is is Jimmie Johnson, who is not only dominate at Dover, but is also dominating the points so far this season?

"I love this place," said Johnson. And well, he should. Johnson has an average finish of 8.64, with seven wins and just two finishes out of the top 15 in 22 races. "It’s so fun to drive and the sensation of speed is so high; you kind of get to jump in to each corner every lap, so that’s right up my alley. "

Johnson is leading the points by a massive, or even monstrous 32 points, that is almost a full race worth of points.

At the other end of the spectrum this season is Stewart Haas Racing. And it seems to me, since the addition of Danica Patrick to the full time driver line up, the third driver seems to putting a stress on the teams resources and the extra driver has brought a soap opera of her own.

Last week at Charlotte, team owner Tony Stewart threatened to beat up Danica's boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for blocking him on the track. And Danica is on...Stewart's side.

"If Tony's hard on rookies, I just thank the good Lord above that I'm on his team," said Patrick.  "What I would say about Tony is that he wants to help teach the rookies, and the rookies that he respects and feels like should get that time of day. If he doesn't think they were good, he wouldn't try to help them, because they won't be around for long, in his opinion."

So that should be interesting.

Back to this weekend's race and Miles the Monster. Johnson is obviously the favorite to take him home a seventh time, but there are others that can compete. Denny Hamlin is on a nice run right now since returning from a broken back, though he's never won in Dover.

"Obviously, we ran a lot better here in the fall last year," said Hamlin. "So, it kind of gives us a little bit of encouragement.  We got two very good teammates that this is probably one of their best race tracks.  Be leaning on them quite a bit through practice today and tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll improve our performance here from where we've been here in the past."

Hamlin will start on the pole. Past Dover winners include Jeff Gordon (4), Ryan Newman(4), Stewart (2), Mark Martin (2), Greg Biffle (2), Kyle Busch (2), Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex, Jr.

"I consider that place to be one of my toughest tracks and I had one of the best cars out there," said Truex. "I know I have a real chance to win this weekend in Dover. I cannot wait to get out on the track and see what all we can get done.”