Race: Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Dover, DE
Title Sponsor: Delaware Office of Highway Safety
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:45pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 2:00pm/et
Announcers: Dave Burns, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, May 29th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS & NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS & NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, May 30th
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM-10:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
2:00 PM-3:20 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM NSCS, NNS & NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS & NSCS GARAGES CLOSE
Saturday, May 31st
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:40 AM NNS QUALIFYING
12:15 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 & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Busch wins at Dover: #18-Kyle Busch won the Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway. #6-Trevor Bayne finished second followed by #22-Joey Logano, #20-Matt Kenseth, #9-Chase Elliott, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #3-Ty Dillon, #11-Elliott Sadler, and #7-Regan Smith.
There were 4 cautions for 27 laps and 3 lead changes among 3 leaders. Complete results are on the Dover race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Dover Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-31-2014)
Dover Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch(i) won the 33rd Annual Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket, his 66th victory in 280 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. This is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his fourth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 18 races at Dover International Speedway.
Trevor Bayne (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2014.
Joey Logano(i) (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Dover International Speedway.
Chase Elliott (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 4 points over Elliott Sadler.
Busch becomes the first driver to win both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series races in the same weekend at Dover. He is the only driver to sweep all three NASCAR national series in a weekend (Bristol, August 2010).(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-31-2014)
Driver standings following Dover:
1) #7-Regan Smith 448
2) #11-Elliott Sadler 444 -4
3) #9-Chase Elliott # 426 -22
4) #6-Trevor Bayne 421 -27
5) #3-Ty Dillon # 414 -34
6) #2-Brian Scott 391 -57
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 341 -107
8) #99-James Buescher 332 -116
9) #60-Chris Buescher # 328 -120
10) #31-Dylan Kwasniewski # 303 -145
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-31-2014)
Owner Standings following Dover are posted (pdf).(5-31-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #70-Cope, 24th
Caution 2: #31-Kwasniewski, 26th
Caution 3: #62-Gaughan, 12th
Caution 4: none, #16-Reed was involved in the caution
Logano on pole at Dover: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole for the Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 155.474mph. #9-Chase Elliott will start second followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #54-Kyle Busch, #6-Trevor Bayne, #20-Matt Kenseth, #42-Kyle Larson, #60-Chris Buescher, #11-Elliott Sadler, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #7-Regan Smith, and #3-Ty Dillon.
#22-Logano was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 154.579mph
Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Dover starting lineup page (pdf).(5-31-2014)
Dover Qualifying Notes:
Joey Logano(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 33rd Annual Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket with a lap of 23.155 seconds, 155.474 mph.
This is his 24th pole in 128 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2014.
This is his fourth pole in 11 races at Dover International Speedway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2014 and his first at Dover International Speedway.
Brian Scott (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his 10th in 12 races this season.
Chase Elliott (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-31-2014)
Elliott fastest in happy hour: #9-Chase Elliott was quickest during happy hour for the Buckle Up 200 with a speed of 154.692mph. He was followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #6-Trevor Bayne, #22-Joey Logano, #54-Kyle Busch, #20-Matt Kenseth, #42-Kyle Larson, #62-Brandan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, and #11-Elliott Sadler. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Dover practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-30-2014)
Elliott fastest in first practice: #9-Chase Elliott was fastest during opening practice at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 157.618mph. #33-Cale Conley was second, followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #60-Chris Buescher, #22-Joey Logano, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #11-Elliott Sadler, #7-Regan Smith, and #6-Trevor Bayne. 33 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Dover practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-30-2014)
Entry List:There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway. A few notes:
Blake Koch is in the #10 for TriStar;
Matt Carter is in the #13;
Ryan Ellis is entered in the RWR #15;
Timmy Hill returns to the #23;
Paulie Harrraka will drive the #44 for TriStar;
Todd Bodine will be back in the #55;
Josh Reaume will drive the #93.
Morgan Shepherd will make his first attempt of the season in his #89.(5-27-2014)
See the complete list on the Dover entry list page.
Nationwide Series at Dover Live on ESPN: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races on the 1-mile Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday, May 31, and ESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30pm/et with the green flag at 2:45pm/et. Also from Dover, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 10:30am/et on race day. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on June 1 at 4 a.m.(ESPN)(5-26-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Nationwide: 7 sets for the event;
Camping World Truck: 6 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4614; Right-side -- D-4440
Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)
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: While teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4440) at Dover this week, those in Nationwide and Camping World Truck will run a different left-side code (D-4614) than those in Sprint Cup . . . in Nationwide and Truck, this is the same right-side tire that has been run at Dover since 2012 . . . this is the first race weekend for this left-side tire . . . Goodyear held a test with teams from all three NASCAR series at Dover on May 6-7 . . . Nationwide drivers Ty Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) and Elliott Sadler (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) participated in the test, as did Camping World Truck drivers Ryan Blaney (No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota) . . . Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Carl Edwards also took part in the test. . . Dover is unique among NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, in that inner liners are required in all four tire positions . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
JR Motorsports Continues Hold On Standings Lead
JR Motorsport’s (JRM) drivers Regan Smith and Chase Elliott are the 1-2 punch combo that has much of the NASCAR Nationwide Series reeling. Smith and Elliott have held the series standings lead the whole season, swapping the points lead twice through 11 races. Call it what you will, but these two have Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s organization on the path to its first series title.
However, Elliott felt the sting of a poor finish (37th) which dropped him from first to third in the standings. He is now 28-points off the points lead held by his teammate (Smith).
“I can tell you one thing, we have some work to do before heading to Dover,” said Elliott. “Anything short of winning is just not good enough. This team can get the job done, so we’ll prepare to rebound next weekend.”
While Elliott rebounds, Smith continues to be unrelenting with his consistency. He posted a series leading 11th top-10 finish of the season last weekend at Charlotte.
The JRM duo heads to Dover with quite different agendas. Smith is looking to improve on his recent performances (average finish of 20.1) at Dover and hold on to the points lead; while Elliott is making a series track debut and attempting to make up the points he lost last weekend.
That may mean the time to capitalize is now for Elliott Sadler, currently second in the standings, five points off the lead. Of the top three drivers in points, Sadler has the best pre-race Driver Rating (90.0) and Average Running Position (12.8) at Dover.
Also Trevor Bayne, fourth in the standings 35 points behind Smith, will take a crack at closing the gap in the points this weekend. In five starts, Bayne has an average finish of 10.8 and a pre-race Driver Rating of 94.9 (7th-best) at Dover. In other good news, Bayne signed a full-time deal to drive the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015.
Logano’s Dover Dominance Could Land Him In Record Books
Much of a driver’s success is attributed to his team, but Joey Logano has been able to find Victory Lane the last four consecutive series races at Dover for two different organizations.
Logano began his winning spree at Dover the spring of 2012 while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. He swept both races that season then backed it up last season with Team Penske again sweeping both events. A fifth straight victory on Saturday would tie a record for consecutive wins at a track, currently held by NASCAR Hall of Famers Jack Ingram (South Boston) and Dale Earnhardt (Daytona), and Kyle Busch (Texas).
Supremacy is an understatement when referring to Logano at Dover. He leads the series in pre-race Driver Rating (124.9) and Average Running Position (5.4). In 10 starts he has posted four wins, six top fives, seven top 10s and three Coors Light poles at the one-mile track.
Logano could be the catalyst to close the points deficit between first and second in the owner standings. Roger Penske’s No. 22 team is currently second in the owner standings, 42 points behind Joe Gibbs’ No. 54 team. But Logano will have work cut out for him; Kyle Busch is slated to drive the No. 54 this week. Busch swept both series races at Dover in 2010.
Larson, Kwasniewski Products Of NASCAR Ladder System
NASCAR’s ladder system continues to produce winners like Kyle Larson who not only made his full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career debut this season, but also posted his second NASCAR Nationwide Series career win this past weekend at Charlotte.
NASCAR provides a ladder system through several regional and international sanctioned series for drivers to learn what it takes to be a successful stock-car driver and move up the ranks into the national level of competition. Like Joey Logano a few years back, Larson is the latest benefactor of the NASCAR ladder system, but he is not alone.
Larson, a former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, is joined by several K&N Pro Series ‘graduates’ this weekend at Dover, including his Turner Scott Motorsports teammate and fellow K&N Pro Series champ Dylan Kwasniewski.
Deemed as a ‘one to watch’ at the beginning of the season, Kwasniewski, a K&N Pro Series East and West champion, is currently 10th in NNS standings having posted an average finish of 18.1 through the first 11 races of the NNS season. Though Kwasniewski will be making his series track debut this weekend, he has logged laps at Dover in the K&N Pro Series East last season where he started 11th but finished 29th due mechanical issues.
Larson and Kwasniewski will also be joined by former K&N Pro Series race winners Ty Dillon, Trevor Bayne, Cale Conley, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott this weekend.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will be at Dover International Speedway May 30-June 1, race weekend to promote and educate fans on the importance of wearing a seat belt on every trip and the ramifications that come with failing to do so as part of their title sponsorship of the NNS race. ... Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine will be making his second series start of the season for car owner Jimmy Dick this weekend at Dover. Bodine’s last full-time NNS season was in 2000. He has made 21 series starts at Dover posting three wins and an average finish of 13.3.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)