- Race: 2:00pm/et, Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Dover, DE
- Length: 200 Laps, 200 miles
- TV: ESPN - 1:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,014,243
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, and Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Vince Welch
Edwards wins at Dover: #60-Carl Edwards won the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway for his 3rd win of the year and the 32nd of his career. The race ended under caution after #20-Joey Logano, while leading, got loose coming off turn 4 to take the white flag during the second green-white-checkered attempt. Several cars were caught in the accident on the frontstretch, forcing NASCAR to throw the caution. #18-Kyle Busch suffered damage but held on to finish second. The rest of the top 10 were: #32-Reed Sorenson, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #64-David Retuimann, #2-Elliott Sadler, #09-Kelly Wallace, #30-James Buescher, #88-Aric Almirola, and #01-Mike Wallace. There were 9 cautions for 48 laps and 14 lead changes among 7 leaders. The race was red flagged for rain once for just over 28 minutes. The estimated attendance was 28,000. Complete results are posted on the Dover race results page.
Dover Race Fast Facts:
Carl Edwards won the 30th Annual 5-hour ENERGY 200, his 32nd victory in 222 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Edwards breaks a tie with NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Jack Ingram on the all-time wins list. He is now alone in fourth.
This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 13 races at Dover International Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2011.
Reed Sorenson (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in ten races at Dover International Speedway.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 10 points over Reed Sorenson.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover and their finish
Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
Caution 2: #41-Long, 34th
Caution 3: #41-Long (2), 34th
Caution 4: #70-Setzer, 28th
Caution 5: #87-Nemechek, 19th
Caution 6: #01-Wallace, 10th
Caution 7: #66-Wallace, 16th
Caution 8: #01-Wallace (2), 10th
Driver standings following Dover:
1) #2-Elliott Sadler 379
2) #32-Reed Sorenson 369 -10
3) #38-Jason Leffler 364 -15
4) #16-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 363 -16
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 361 -18
6) #88-Aric Almirola 339 -40
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 317 -62
8) #11-Brian Scott 286 -93
9) #66-Steve Wallace 282 -97
10) #7-Josh Wise 274 -105
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(5-14-2011)
Owner Standings following Dover are posted. The top 30 in owners points are locked in at Iowa. The #40 Key Motorsports team fell out and the #14-McClure/Bliss/TriStar team moved back in.(5-14-2011)
Qualifying rained out; Edwards on pole at Dover: #60-Carl Edwards will start from the pole for the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway after qualifying was rained out. #6-Ricky Stenhousr, Jr. will start second. The rest of the top 10: #33-Clint Bowyer, #31-Justin Allgaier, #16-Kevin Swindell, #22-Brad Keselowski, #11-Brian Scott, #2-Elliott Sadler, #38-Jason Leffler, and #32-Reed Soreson. The teams of #68-Matt Carter, #74-Mike Harmon, and #75-Johnny Chapman withdrew in a deal to get #64-David Reutimann into the field so there were no DNQs.
The starting lineup is posted on the Dover starting lineup page.(5-14-2011)
Edwards fastest in happy hour: #60-Carl Edwards was quickest during the only practice session at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 154.387mph. He was followed by: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #33-Clint Bowyer, #31-Justin Allgaier, #16-Kevin Swindell, #22-Brad Keselowski/Parker Kligerman, #11-Brian Scott, #2-Elliott Sadler, #38-Jason Leffler, and #32-Reed Sorenson. Slowest were: #04-Charles Lewandoski, #74-Mike Harmon, and #13-Jennifer Jo Cobb. Parker Kligerman practiced the #22 for Brad Keselowski, who is not feeling well. Complete results are posted on the Dover practice results page.(5-13-2011)
Entry List:There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway. Some notes:
Brad Teague is enterd in the Johnny Davis #0;
Charles Lewandoski will drive the #04, a second car for Go Green Racing;
Jennifer Jo Cobb returns in her #13;
Alex Kennedy will drive the #23 for R3 Motrosports;
Danny Efland returns to the #39;
Kevin Lepage remains in the Jimmy Means #52;
Brett Rowe returns in the Faith Motorsports #55;
David Reutiman is back in the #64 for Rusty Wallace;
JR Fitzpatrick and the Go Canada #67 team are back for their second race;
Blake Koch will be in the MacDonald Motorsports #82, while Donnie Neuenberger is in the #81.(5-9-2011)
UPDATE: Kevin Swindell will drive the #16 in place of Trevor Bayne.(5-11-2011)
UPDATE 2: Although not reflected yet in NASCAR's entry list, the Fans of Eric Clure Facebook page says that Eric will be in the #19 at Dover and Mike Bliss will move to the #14, which needs to qualify on time.(5-12-2011)
UPDATE 3: McClure and Bliss have officially switched cars. There are 46 teams at the track.(5-13-2011)
See the complete list on the Dover entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live from Dover: ESPN continues its coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series with a live telecast of the 200-mile race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday, May 14. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with the race's green flag at 2:15 p.m. Also from Dover, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett, and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race. (ESPN)(5-9-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Thursday, May 12th
8:30 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, May 13TH
6:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
11:35 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:35 PM-2:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, May 14th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:40 AM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:00 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT )
1:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)
2:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Kyle Busch: One Away From Record
To be the best you have to beat the best, and this weekend at Dover International Speedway, 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Kyle Busch, has the opportunity to tie Mark Martin’s series all-time wins record at 49.
Busch has amassed a stellar career, posting 48 wins, 109 top fives and 138 top 10s in 211 starts. This season alone he has posted five wins, six top fives and seven top 10s in nine series starts, including two perfect Driver Ratings (150.0) at Phoenix and Bristol.
“Being within one of Mark’s (Martin) win record is special,” Busch said. “We’ve said it the last few times since I’ve probably been within five of being able to eclipse him. We’ll see when it happens – if it happens. Maybe some say it’s inevitable, but to us we just keep working our guts out and making sure we bring good race cars to the race track and I’m racing Dover and I’m racing Charlotte. Those are two really good places for me in the NASCAR Nationwide Series – I’ve run really well at both of those,” Busch said.
Busch is tied for the most series wins at Dover (three) after sweeping the races there last season, and in doing so, posted two of his 14 series career perfect Driver Ratings. It was the second time in his series career he has swept the two yearly events at a speedway and produced perfect Driver Ratings while doing so – the other was Texas 2009.
Mark Martin was the guest on this week’s NASCAR national teleconference, and talked about the record. Click here to listen.
Busch has had at least one win each season since 2004 with a high (and series record) of 13 in 2010. The most wins in a single season Mark Martin posted was seven in 1993 when he ran 14 races for Jack Roush. In a four-race limited schedule with Turner Motorsports this year, Martin has two races left, at Michigan and Kentucky, to extend his all-time wins record. Click here for audio of Busch talking about breaking Mark Martin’s record.
Back On Top: Allgaier And Sadler Shrug Off Bumpy Start
With just 10 races in the books, the NASCAR Nationwide Series has had five different standings leaders and 16 different drivers making their way into the top 10 in points this season. Currently, the top five drivers are separated by 24 points with Turner Motorsport’s Justin Allgaier at the top.
Only five points behind Allgaier is Kevin Harvick Inc.’s Elliott Sadler in second.
Both Allgaier and Sadler had similar starts to the season. Allgaier finished 27th at Daytona and Sadler finished 38th.
How quickly things have changed. Now the two are setting the standard in the championship battle. Allgaier has posted three top fives and six top 10s this season. He has a season-to-date Driver Rating of 93.1 and an Average Running Position of 11.593. Sadler is tied with Kyle Busch in top fives this season, with six. Sadler’s season-to-date Driver Rating is 96.1 and his Average Running Position is 11.102.
Allgaier has made four starts at Dover, posting two top-10 finishes including a ninth-place finish in last fall’s event. Sadler has made six series starts at Dover posting two top 10s.
Kenny Wallace’s Countdown To The 500 Club
Last May at Dover, Jason Keller reached a milestone that no other NASCAR Nationwide Series driver had attained – his 500th career start. Keller, who currently isn’t racing in the series, has 519 career starts to date. This weekend at Dover, Kenny Wallace will inch ever closer to the 500 club by making his 499th series race. He’s set to reach 500 on May 22 at Iowa Speedway.
In addition to closing in on the milestone start, Kenny Wallace is having one of the best seasons of his 22-year series career. He’s been ranked in top 10 in points for the last nine weeks and also has two top-10 finishes.
NNS Etc. – Dover
Joey Logano and Ryan Truex return to the track where they each hoisted their first NASCAR championships. Logano, from Middletown, Conn., wrapped up the 2007 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title with a second-place finish at the Monster Mile. Truex, from nearby Mayetta, N.J., capped of both ends of his consecutive championships at his home track with an eighth-place run in 2009 and a third-place in 2010. … Donnie Neuenberger also is entered at Dover. He’ll be seeking his fourth start of the year, the most for the Brandywine, Md. native since 2007.
Goodyear Tire Notes
NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 11 – 5-Hour Energy 200 - Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile oval) – Dover, Del.
Fast Facts for May 13-15, 2011
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup & Nationwide)
Number of Tires:
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525
Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4394; Right-side -- D-4444
Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi.
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Dover this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these series ran at Dover last season . . . this tire set-up was re-confirmed at a Goodyear tire test at Dover last month . . . teams/drivers participating in that test were the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Jeff Gordon and No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with A.J. Allmendinger . . .
Dover is unique in that it is the only NASCAR oval one mile or less in length on which teams run inner liners in all four tire positions . . .
generally, on mile tracks and short tracks, teams do not run any inner liners, while Bristol is the other exception on which teams run liners in their right-side tires only . . . air pressure in the inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Additional Dover Nationwide Race Info: