NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: AAA 400

TRACK: Dover International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #29 of 36 for the 2013 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #3 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
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Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Dover, Delaware

Title Sponsor: AAA

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 2:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, September 30 at 1:30am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network  providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 26
7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, September 27
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
5:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, September 28
9:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 - 11:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE
2:00 - 2:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
3:30 PM NNS RACE
5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, September 29
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM AAA 400 NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, September 27, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, September 28, 11:00 - 11:55 am/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 28, 2:00 - 2:50pm/et, TV-FS2 same day delay at 12:00mid/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, September 27 at 3:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,238,455
2012: $5,185,716
2011: $5,074,329
2010: $5,121,544
2009: $5,273,330
2008: $5,233,851
2007: $5,132,767
2006: $5,028,146
2005: $4,975,638
2004: $4,966,610
2003: $4,559,814
2002: $3,920,256


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
    Track/Race Length: 1.0 concrete oval, 400 laps, 400 miles
    Banking: turns: 24; straights: 9
    Straights: Front stretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
    Pit Stalls: 43 stalls, 15 feet wide x 32 feet long
    Grandstand Seating: 135,000
    Pit Road Speed: 35mph
    Pace Car Speed: 45mph
    Opened: 1969
    Carry-In Items
    Coolers: Allowed (14"x14"x14" limit).
    Glass containers: Not allowed.
    Alcoholic beverages: Beer allowed, no hard liquor or wine.
    Cameras/binoculars: Allowed, must be worn separately.

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Diane Remy, executive vice president of products, services and distribution for AAA Mid-Atlantic
    Command to start engines: Diane Remy
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Marke Dickinson, Ex VP of membership and insurance, and CMO of AAA Mid-Atlantic
    Invocation: Pastor Dan Schafer, Calvary Assembly of God, Heightstown, NJ
    Honor Guard: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard
    National Anthem: Thompson Square
    Flyover: B-25 Bomber, Rag Wings and Radials Aircraft Leasing

  • Track Websites:
    doverspeedway.com
    Dover International Speedway - Facebook
    Dover International Speedway - Twitter
    Dover Motorsports
    Monster Racing

  • June 2013: see my Dover Race Info page

  • September 2012: see my Dover Race Info page

  • June 2013 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 123.172mph, started 22nd

  • September 2012 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 125.076mph, started 10th

  • Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 132.719, 9/17/1997

  • Slowest Race Record: Mark Martin, 97.042mph, 6/6/2004

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 4 months, 21 days, 5/31/1992

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 0 month, 29 days, 6/1/2008

  • June 2013 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 157.978mph, finished 34th

  • September 2012 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 159.299mph, finished 10th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeremy Mayfield, 161.522mph, 6/4/2004

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kyle Petty, started 37th, 6/1995

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 4 months, and 24 days, 6/2/2012

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 0 days, 6/04/1995

  • Top 12 Driver Ratings at Dover:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson .......... 119.6
    #20-Matt Kenseth .......... 107.3
    #18-Kyle Busch .......... 105.6
    #99-Carl Edwards .......... 102.9
    #16-Greg Biffle .......... 101.4
    #55-Mark Martin .......... 97.3
    #78-Kurt Busch .......... 93.6
    #24-Jeff Gordon .......... 92.7
    #15-Clint Bowyer .......... 91.1
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. .......... 89.9
    #39-Ryan Newman .......... 88.4
    #31-Jeff Burton .......... 86.4
    For point-paying races in current and past eight years, at this track.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)(9-24-2013)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dover International Speedway:
    Dover International Speedway has been one of the 10 tracks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoff's inception in 2004.
    Dover International Speedway hosted the second race of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup from 2004  2010. 2011 marked the first season Dover has hosted the third race of the Chase.
    Three times the winner of the Dover International Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the championship. Twice when Dover was the second Chase race: Jimmie Johnson (2009, 2010); and also when it has hosted the third Chase race: Brad Keselowski (2012).
    Jimmie Johnson has won the most Chase races (three) at Dover International Speedway: 2005, 2009 and 2010.
    The worst finish by the eventual champion at Dover International Speedway was Tony Stewart in 2011 (25th).
    Chase Contenders have won eight of the nine Chase races at Dover International Speedway. The only Chase race not won by a Chase Contender at Dover was the 2006 event won by Jeff Burton.
    Chase Contenders have won eight of the nine Coors Light poles for the Chase races at Dover. The only Coors Light pole not won by Chase Contender during a Chase event at Dover was 2011 when Martin Truex Jr. won the pole.
    Nine of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup race winners at Dover International Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (7), Jeff Gordon (4), Ryan Newman (3), Greg Biffle (2), Matt Kenseth (2), Kyle Busch (2), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1), Carl Edwards (1) and Kurt Busch (1).
    Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Dover International Speedway with four followed by Dodge with three and Ford with two.
    Three times drivers have won the first two races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: Greg Biffle (2008), Tony Stewart (2011) and Matt Kenseth (2013). Biffle went on to finish third in the final 2008 Chase standings; Stewart won the 2011 championship.(NASCAR)(9-28-2013)

  • Kenseth Pursues Chase History In Dover: Matt Kenseth quietly is in pursuit of Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup history. Okay  maybe not so quietly. Winning the opening two races of the 2013 Chase qualifies as making some noise; a lot of noise. A victory in Sundays AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway will give Kenseth title to the Chases first opening triple. Others have tried and failed: Greg Biffle in 2008 and Tony Stewart in 2011. Biffles streak ended in Kansas, where he finished third. Stewart, despite finishing 25th at Dover, went on to win his third championship. Kenseth twice has won at the Monster Mile, most recently in the spring of 2011. Hes led four of the past five races and logged eight top-five finishes from 2008 through spring of 2012.
    That was then  with Roush Fenway Racing, in whose Fords Kenseth won the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion  and this is now. Kenseths first trip to Dover in the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was a tease. He qualified fourth and led 29 laps before being relegated to a 40th-place finish by engine failure. Kenseths New Hampshire victory was his seventh of the season extending a record campaign. His previous best season was 2002 in which Kenseth won five times. JGR teammate Denny Hamlin is the most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to win eight times in a season (2010). To reach that number Kenseth will have to keep the pressure on JGR partner Kyle Busch, who just as easily could be the driver on the long end of a two-race Chase winning streak. Busch chased Kenseth to the checkered flag at Chicagoland and again in New Hampshire and stands second in the standings, 14 points off the lead.
    Busch obviously has the fire power to end his teammates streak  especially at Dover, where he likewise has won twice, finished fourth in June and led 302 laps of last Septembers AAA 400. Right now, second place is just fine with Busch, who has more than made up for failing to qualify for last years Chase with his best-ever postseason start. Ive said it for years, if I could finish second in every single Chase race, Id take it and win a championship  than to win just one Chase race, he said. Its all about the prize at the end, and I think this team is really focused on that.(NASCAR)(9-28-2013)

  • Dover International Speedway News & Notes - Friday - poles:
    David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
    36 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six. Mark Martin leads all active drivers in poles, with five, followed by Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman with four each.
    Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974.
    Four active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Mark Martin (fall 1988 and spring 1989), Bobby Labonte (fall 1996 and spring 1997), Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013).
    13 of the 87 (14.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010.
    The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway.
    28 of the 87 (32.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
    68 of the 87 (78.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Five of the 87 (5.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20  most recently: Tony Stewart, spring 2013 (22nd-place starting position).
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995. Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway five times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005 and spring of 2011.(NASCAR)(9-27-2013)

  • Dover International Speedway News & Notes - Thursday:
    34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Jimmie Johnson with seven wins each.
    12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep).
    Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 14: Jimmie Johnson (seven), Jeff Gordon (four), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
    Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 33 victories; followed by Ford with 25.
    Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five.
    Jeff Burton competed at Dover International Speedway 25 times before winning in the fall of 2006; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Among the 16 active NSCS Dover winners Jeff Burton (25), Kurt Busch (22), Mark Martin (22), Matt Kenseth (14), Bobby Labonte (13) and Ken Schrader (12) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
    One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (6/4/07).
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.08 second.
    There has been one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Dover International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (400/404).(NASCAR)(9-26-2013)

  • Dover International Speedway News & Notes - Wednesday:
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd with 26 each.
    Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.304.
    Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.611; Jimmie Johnson (9.000) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
    15 of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances.
    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 38; followed by Kevin Harvick with 25.
    Not one of the 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions.
    Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Bobby Labonte (6/3/91), Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06).
    Two active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (06/02/02) and Michael Waltrip (6/3/1991).
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,461 laps led in 23 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(9-25-2013)

  • Dover International Speedway News & Notes - Tuesday:
    • The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969  won by Richard Petty.
    • The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.
    • The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
    • The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.
    • The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.
    • There have been 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.
    • 373 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 270 in more than one.
    • Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 54 starts; followed by Terry Labonte with 52. (NASCAR)(9-24-2013)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Dover International Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Johnson wins Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 5th win of 2013, 8th win at Dover (a new track record) and 65th career win.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr., the pole sitter, finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #24-Gordon, #18-Busch, #29-Harvick, #20-Kenseth, #39-Newman, 16-Biffle and #15-Bowyer
    The top 10 finishers were all Chase drivers. #5-Kahne finished 13th with a sour engine, #78-Busch finished 21st after having to make an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel and the worst finishing Chase driver was #99-Edwards who had rear hub go bad late in the race and finished 35th.
    There were 19 lead changes among 8 drivers and 4 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 130.909mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Dover Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Dover Penalty Report (pdf).(9-29-2013)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Dover Official Race & Points Report (pdf)(9-30-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Dover:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 44th Annual AAA 400, his 65th victory in 428 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his eighth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 24 races at Dover International Speedway.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 28 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2013.
    #22-Joey Logano (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Dover International Speedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #20-Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 8 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-29-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Dover:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 7th (2)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th (14)
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, WON (8)
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 35th (4)
    5) #16-Greg Biffle, 9th(19)BR> 6) #29-Kevin Harvick, 6th (12)
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 21st (9)
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4th (16)
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 8th (3)
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th (23)
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2nd (1)
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 3rd (11)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 13th (20)
    (9-29-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2149
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2141, -8
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2137, -12
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2110, -39
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2110, -39
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2108, -41
    7) #39-Ryan Newman, 2101, -48
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2098, -51
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2094, -55
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2092, -57
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2084, -65
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2083, -66
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2071, -78
    See unofficial drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the unofficial owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-29-2013)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Dover Official Race & Points Report (pdf)(9-30-2013)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 970
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 941, -29
    3) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 936, -34
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 932, -38
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 920, -50
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 877, -93
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 873, -97
    8) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 864, -106
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 860, -110
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 856, -114
    11) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 842, -128
    12) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 831, -139
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 819, -151
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 810, -160
    15) #2-Brad Keselowski, 799, -171
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (9-29-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #83-Reutimann, 28th
    Caution 2: #31-Burton, 14th
    Caution 3: #31-Burton(2), 14th
    Caution 4: #55-Vickers, 12th
    (9-29-2013)


    ESPN.com's Racecast - Live Coverage and Chat
    Racing Live! on ESPN.com
    Watch the race LIVE online at WatchESPN
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    Fantasy NASCAR Chat with Mark Garrow / the Guru at 11:30am/et on Sunday
    Ask in-race reporter #99-Carl Edwards


  • Race Coverage of the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 29, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 2:15pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2, Monday, September 30 at 1:30am/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #88-Earnhardt Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #20-Kenseth took pit stall 43, the final pit stall.
    #39-Newman, who starts 3rd took the 10th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 2nd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-28-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Unofficial Race Results
    Unofficial Drivers Points
    Unofficial Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy Hour practice for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 156.338
    #48-Johnson 156.182
    #20-Kenseth 155.986
    #39-Newman 155.837
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 155.757
    slowest: #40-Raines 148.148 and #87-Nemechek 148.399
    no speed listed: #98-McDowell and #35-Wise
    notes: Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 2:00 - 2:50pm/et and is scheduled to be televised at 12midnight/et on FS2, same day delay, it is not being televised live. See fastest speeds, number of laps run, some 10-lap averages on the Dover Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(9-28-2013)

  • 1st Saturday practice for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #5-Kahne 157.288
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 157.075
    #24-Gordon 156.774
    #78-Busch 156.549
    #20-Kenseth 156.501
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 148.613 & #40-Raines 149.526
    notes: the practice was televised on FoxSports2. Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 2:00 - 2:50pm/et and is scheduled to be televised at 12midnight/et on FS2. See fastest speeds, number of laps run, some 10-lap averages on the Dover Friday Practice Speeds page (pdf).(9-28-2013)

  • #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Dover pole: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway with TRACK RECORD speed of 161.849mph for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 13th of his career. Earnhardt Jr. has never won a Cup race from the pole.
    #20-Kenseth is on the outside pole, followed by #39-Newman, #43-Almirola, #99-Edwards, #2-Keselowsi, #1-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #78-Busch and #56-Truex Jr.
    Since only 43 cars were entered, no one missed the race.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, pdf links on the Dover Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(9-27-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Dover:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 44th Annual AAA 400 with a lap of 22.243 seconds, 161.849 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 498 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 28 races at Dover International Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 20th top-10 start of 2013 and his 10th in 30 races at Dover International Speedway.
    #39-Ryan Newman (third) posted his 16th top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his 12th in 29 races this season.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (15th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(9-27-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2013 at 3:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 3:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #98-McDowell.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #22-Logano.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Dover Qualifying Page.(9-27-2013)

  • Entry List for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #30-Whitt, #32-Hill, #51-Ryan Truex, #40-Raines, #33-Cassill, #47-Allmendinger, #95-Sorenson. With 43 cars entered, everyone will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Dover Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2111
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2097, -14
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2093, -18
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2075, -36
    5) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2073, -38
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2072, -39
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2071, -40
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2069, -42
    9) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2064, -47
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2063, -48
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2049, -62
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2042, -69
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2040, -71
    See unofficial drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the unofficial owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-22-2013)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the New Hampshire Official Race & Points Report (pdf)(9-23-2013)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [4 wins], 922
    2) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 911, -11
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 903, -19
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 896, -26
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 894, -28
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 842, -80
    7) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 833, -89
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 830, -92
    9) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 829, -93
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 820, -102
    11) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 805, -117
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski, 792, -130
    13) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 790, -132
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 786, -136
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne(X), 779, -143
    16) #56-Martin Truex, Jr., 752, -170
    17) #27-Paul Menard, 742, -180
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (9-22-2013)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Dover is PRS-866 which is a brand new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-838 which last raced at Darlington and finished 32.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Sundays Dover race. Kahne has raced this car six times this season, notably reaching Victory Lane at Bristol on March 17. During those six starts, he has averaged a 5.67 starting spot on the strength of outside pole positions at Phoenix and Bristol and a fourth-place start at Richmond. Kahne also lined up eighth in this car on July 14 at New Hampshire. Most recently, he finished second driving this car at Bristol in August. Kahne has one top-five finish, five top-10s and has led 90 laps in 19 Sprint Cup starts at Dover. He earned his best finish of fourth at the track in October 2011. Kahne has eight starts inside the top 10 at the one-mile concrete oval.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Stanley team will bring chassis No. 848 this weekend. The team raced this chassis at Phoenix earlier this year.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-677 which was first used by Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman in September 2011 at Chicago, where he started fourth and led 18 laps before finishing eighth. Newman next used the chassis in October 2011 at Kansas, where he started 11th and finished 18th. The last time Newman drove the car was in March 2012 at Auto Club Speedway, where he started sixth and finished seventh in a race that was ended early due to rain. Danica Patrick made her second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start using Chassis No. 10-677 in May 2012 at Darlington, where she started 38th and finished 31st. Since that race, the car was converted into a Gen-6 Chevrolet SS and Patrick tested the updated version of the chassis March 7 at Las Vegas. Patrick also tested the car April 11 at Texas. Chassis No. 10-677 was pressed into service in May when Patrick crashed her primary car during practice for the Southern 500 at Darlington. She started 40th and finished 28th in the back-up car.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-722 debuted in June 2012 at Pocono as Tony Stewart took Chassis No. 14-722 from its 22nd-place starting spot to finish third in the Pocono 400. It returned to Pocono in August for the series second visit to the quirky, 2.5-mile triangle where it had a similar outing, as Stewart rallied it from its 28th-place starting spot to finish fifth in the rain-shortened race. While Chassis No. 14-722 didnt race again in 2012, it was tested extensively  in the wind tunnel and on the track. It tested at Nashville Superspeedway Sept. 25-26 and at Kansas Oct. 17-18. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-722 returned to racing in March at Bristol for the Food City 500. After qualifying eighth and practicing well, Stewart declared he had the best car hed had in years at Bristol. But just nine laps into the 500-lap race around the .533-mile oval, Stewarts left-rear tire deflated. Stewart spun and impacted the SAFER Barrier on the outside of turn one with the left side of his racecar. Stewart was OK, but his racecar was not. After lengthy repairs, Stewart returned to the track and finished 31st. Chassis No. 14-722 was rebuilt and saw track time at Dover during a test May 14-15. That test paid off when the car returned to Dover in June, where in its fourth career start and second of 2013, Chassis No. 14-722 won after rallying from its 22nd-place starting spot. The car returned to the concrete for a third straight time when it raced at Bristol in August. There, Mark Martin began his interim driving duties with the #14 team, qualifying 11th and finishing 20th. Martin and Chassis No. 14-722 are together on the concrete again with this weekends race at Dover.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis 777 made its MWR debut at Indianapolis and finished 20th. It also ran at Atlanta where it led 48 laps before an engine issue ended the night prematurely. In 15 Sprint Cup starts at Dover, Bowyer has one top-five and eight top-10s. He has an average start of 17th and average finish of 13th. He has led 34 laps. He has five consecutive top 10 finishes, including one top-five, at the Monster Mile.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Filtrete Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-844 which last ran at Atlanta and finished 15th. Backup chassis RK-859 last ran at Indy and finished 24th. In his 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Dover, Biffle has earned two wins, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Filtrete was on board the #16 in Texas last year when Biffle picked up his first win of the 2012 season. This is the second race this season with Filtrete on Biffles Ford, the first was the All-Star race in Charlotte.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Ford EcoBoost team will be using primary chassis RK-815 which last ran at Darlington finishing 18th. The backup Chassis RK-827 last ran at Charlotte and finished 14th in May. Stenhouse Jr. has two Sprint Cup starts at the Monster Mile, both of which he has finished 13th or better.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-865 which is a brand new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-839 which has been a backup at several races but never raced
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Dover International Speedway this weekend. This #27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS previously ran this season at Auto Club, Darlington, Kentucky and Bristol, with a best finish of sixth coming at Bristol. Menard has 12 starts at Dover International Speedway. His best start of third came in 2011 and best finish of seventh came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,742 of 4,800 laps attempted (98.8 percent) at the Delaware track.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 425 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the AAA 400. Harvick drove this Budweiser Chevrolet to Victory Lane after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, and most recently picked up a 10th-place result with the RCR-prepared machine at Kentucky Speedway in June. Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway. Throughout the years, the California native has collected three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 19.7, an average finishing position of 15.6, has completed 98.6 percent (9,861 of 10,004) of the laps contested and has 145 laps led to his credit.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 429 this weekend at Dover International Speedway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable and will turn its first laps this weekend at the one-mile facility. This weekend's 400-mile event marks Burton's 40th start at the Dover, Del. facility and 684th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton has garnered one win, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the one-mile track and has led 136 laps. Foley CAT and Cleveland Brothers will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS for Dover International Speedway's weekend event.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-682 at Dover. This chassis last raced at Darlington in May 2012, when Newman fought an ill-handling racecar for much of the evening but was still in pursuit of a top-15 result with five laps to go. However, a late-race incident pushed Newman back to 23rd once the checkered flag fell. Since then, Chassis No. 39-682 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and then was utilized for a test session at Texas in April. Chassis 39-682 will see its first laps of the season this weekend at Dover. Sundays AAA 400 will mark Newmans 24th Sprint Cup start at Dover. Newman has three wins (June 2003, September 2003 and 2004), six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s at the Monster Mile. Additionally, the 35-year-old driver has led 842 laps, has an average starting position of 9.3 and an average finish of 13.1 at the high-banked, concrete mile oval..
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Smithfield team has prepared chassis No. 855 for Dover. The team competed with this chassis at Kentucky Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway this season.
    #47-AJ Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 797 at Dover, which last raced at Michigan in August finishing 40th and at Dover in June finishing 17th. Chassis No. 784 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary chassis is  778, which has not raced. Vickers owns one top-five and two top-10 finishes in 14 starts. He has led seven laps on the mile oval. His highest finish came in May 2011 when he started 15th and finished fifth..
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt has averaged an 8.75 finish running this chassis this season. Most recently, he recorded 10th-place results at Bristol in August and Dover in June. Prior to that, he raced this car to a ninth-place finish at Darlington in May and a sixth-place finish at Bristol in March. In 27 Cup starts at Dover, Earnhardt has one win, five top-five finishes and nine top-10s. He has led 368 laps and completed 99.1 percent of all laps he's attempted (10,705 of 10,804 total) at the Monster Mile.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal blue team will bring RK  808 to Dover, which last ran in Pocono in August where it came to an 11th-place finish. The backup chassis is RK-821, which last ran at Atlanta. In 18 starts at Dover, Edwards has one win, eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Edwards scored his only Cup win there in Sept. 07. He has an average start of 15.2 and an average finish of 8.6. Fastenal returns to the track with supplier brands BlackStone, WIDIA, Fluke and Holo-Krome on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and B-post.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(9-26-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits: Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,250, Right-side -- 1,250;
    Nationwide: Left-side  550, Right-side  550

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4556; Right-side -- D-4440

    Tire Circumference: 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: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Dover . . . this is the same combination that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Dover this past June and twice last season . . . these teams also ran this same tire set-up at Kentucky in 2013 . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds

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Dover Preview by Micah Roberts
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Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
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(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Toyota Owners 400

Countdown to Race Time: 4/26/2014 ~7:14pm/et

Richmond International Raceway
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