NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks

TRACK: Dover International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 1, 2014 in Dover, DE

Title Sponsor: FedEx

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:15pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, May 29
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, May 30
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:00 PM NSCS GARAGES CLOSE

Saturday, May 31
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 - 10:20 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:30 - 1:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
5:00 PM Approx. Dover International Speedway Track Walk

Sunday, June 1
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, May 30, 11:00am - 12:30pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, May 31, 9:30 - 10:20am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, May 31, 12:30 - 1:20pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, May 30 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled May 31, 4:30am/et on FS1.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,982,616
2013: $5,934,999
2012: $5,874,081
2011: $5,742,205
2010: $5,769,505
2009: $5,912,707
2008: $5,864,924
2007: $5,781,700
2006: $5,697,009
2005: $5,541,387
2004: $5,496,882
2003: $4,817,251


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

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshals: Luke Bryan and Joey Principe
    Command to start engines: Luke Bryan and Joey Principe
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Artie Kempner
    Invocation: Pastor Dan Schafer, Calvary Assembly of God, Heightstown, N.J.
    National Anthem: Cassadee Pope
    Flyover: B-25 Mitchell Bomber, DAV Airshow Outreach Program

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

  • June 2013: see the Dover Race Info page

  • September 2013: see the Dover Race Info page

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

  • September 2013 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 130.909mph, started 8th

  • 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 Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 157.978mph, finished 34th

  • September 2013 Pole Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 161.849mph, finished 2nd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 161.849mph, 9/27/2013

  • 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

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup at the one-third mark: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has run 12 races, a third of its 36-race schedule. At this milestone marker, [NASCAR] felt it fitting to delve into some of the competition statistics at this juncture - many of which provide some hard proof of what many drivers have suggested: It's been an ultra-competitive start to the 2014 season.
    • 10 different race winners through the first 12 races, the most since 2003, when there were 11. And there are only two multiple winners (Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick), adding drama to an already intriguing new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format.
    • 10 different Coors Light Pole winners through the first 12 races, most since 1991, when there were also 10.
    • Average of 12.2 leaders per race through 12 races, compared to 9.1 at this point last year.
    • Average of 27.7 lead changes per race, compared to 17.7 at this point last year last year.
    • 36 different drivers have led at least one lap.
    • Average margin of victory is .651 seconds, the lowest through 12 races since the inception of electronic timing and scoring in 1993.
    • 7 of the 12 races have had a margin of victory under one second.
    • 56,657 green flag passes through the first 12 races, the most since the inception of loop data in 2005.
    • 603 green flag passes for the lead through the first 12 races, the most since the inception of loop data in 2005.(NASCAR)(5-30-2014)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson..........121.1
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth............107.9
    3) #18-Kyle Busch..............106.0
    4) #99-Carl Edwards............101.3
    5) #16-Greg Biffle.............101.0
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon..............93.7
    7) #41-Kurt Busch...............92.5
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer.............91.6
    9) #78-Martin Truex Jr..........89.4
    10) #31-Ryan Newman.............89.4
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Dover International Speedway.
    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)

  • Dover Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    • 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 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.(NASCAR)(5-29-2014)

  • Dover Notes & Facts - Friday - poles: • David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
    • 37 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in poles 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.
    • Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013).
    • 34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with eight wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012 and fall 2013).
    • 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 15: Jimmie Johnson (eight), 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 34 victories; followed by Ford with 25.
    • 13 of the 88 (14.7%) 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 88 (31.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
    • 69 of the 88 (78.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Five of the 88 (5.6%) 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.(NASCAR)(5-30-2014)

  • Dover Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    • Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four.
    • Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17.
    • Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 24.
    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.042.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.667; Carl Edwards (10.000) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
    • 11 of the 12 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.
    • 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 Kurt Busch (22) and Matt Kenseth (14) made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
    • Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 39; followed by Kevin Harvick with 26.
    • Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    • Eight drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Delaware; none of the eight have recorded a victory in NASCAR national series competition.
    • Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: 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 (06/03/1991).
    • One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (06/04/07).
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,704 laps led in 24 starts.
    • If Jimmie Johnson leads 296 laps or more this weekend he will surpass the 3,000 laps led mark at Dover International Speedway, becoming the seventh driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at a single track. Jeff Gordon is the only other active driver to accomplish the feat (Martinsville - 3,593 laps led).(NASCAR)(5-31-2014)

  • Dover Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    • 375 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 271 in more than one.
    • Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 42 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 39.
    • 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).
    • Not one of the 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions.
    • 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)(6-1-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Johnson wins at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the FedEx 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 2nd win of 2014, 9th win at Dover and his 68h career win. He dominated most of the race, leading 272 of the 400 laps.
    Pole sitter, #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #15-Bowyer, #11-Hamlin, #78-Truex, Jr., #14-Stewart, #22-Logano, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #27-Menard.
    #24-Gordon, who came into the race as the points leader, finished 15th. #20-Kenseth took over the points lead, 2 points over Gordon.
    #48-Johnson now leads the Chase Seeding with two wins. #22-Logano is second, also with 2 wins, but 7th in points. #4-Harvick also has two wins and is 12th in points They are followed by #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    There were 18 lead changes among 6 drivers and there were 8 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
    There were two red flags during the race - one for 6 minutes track cleanup following an accident that spread debris on the track and another for 22 minutes for track repair after a piece of concrete came up in turn 2.
    The average speed was 117.724mph.
    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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Dover Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-1-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Dover International Speedway:
    Jimmie Johnson won the 45th Annual FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, his 68th victory in 448 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his ninth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 25 races at Dover International Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his third top-10 finish in nine races at Dover International Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2014.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 20th top-10 finish in 31 races at Dover International Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 2 points over Jeff Gordon.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-1-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Dover, race 13 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 463
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 461, -2
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 438, -25
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 436, -27
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 429, -34
    6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 414, -49
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 411, -52
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 404, -59
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 379, -84
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 377, -86
    Other drivers with at least one win, likely will make the Chase:
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 373, -90
    27) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 241, -222 (60 pts ahead of 31st)
    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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Dover Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-1-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Dover, race 13 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2 wins, 4th in points
    2) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 6th
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 12th
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 2nd
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 3rd
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 5th
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 7th
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 8th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 9th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 27th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 1st
    12) #42-Kyle Larson, 11th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 12th
    14) #55-Brian Vickers, 13th
    15) #27-Paul Menard, 14th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 15th
    (6-1-2014)

  • Dover Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, 11th, 11 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, finished 20th, 10
    #51-Allgaier, 26th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 27th, 8
    #83-Truex, 32nd, 7
    #7-Annett, 35th, 6
    #23-Bowman, 40th, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (6-1-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Annett, 35th
    Caution 2: #7-Annett (2), 35th
    Caution 3: none, #17-Stenhouse, Jr was involved in the accident.
    Caution 4: #10-Patrick, 23rd
    Caution 5: #7-Annett (3), 35th
    Caution 6: #1-McMurray, 13th
    Caution 7: #1-McMurray (2), 13th
    Caution 8: #9-Ambrose, 16th
    (6-1-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, 2014.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30pm/et; green flag approx. 1:15pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Thursday, June 5, 2:00pm/et, FS1

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #2-Keselowski chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 10, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #22-Logano, who starts 3rd took the 9th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-30-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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

  • Final practice for the FedEx 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes
    #48-Johnson 158.863
    #2-Keselowski 158.270
    #31-Newman 158.263
    #11-Hamlin 158.193
    #4-Harvick 157.798
    slowest: #44-Yeley 152.123 & #32-Koch 149.464. No speed: #77-Blaney
    See the speeds, laps run on the Dover practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(5-31-2014)

  • First Saturday practice for the FedEx 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes
    #2-Keselowski 159.702
    #4-Harvick 159.341
    #99-Edwards 158.856
    #55-Vickers 158.716
    #20-Kenseth 158.513
    slowest: #33-Stremme 152.879 & #32-Koch 151.815. No speed: #44-Yeley, #77-Blaney.
    See the speeds, laps run on the Dover practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-31-2014)

  • Keselowski wins Dover pole: #2-Brad Keselowski won the pole for the FedEx 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway with TRACK RECORD speed of 164.444mph for his 2nd pole of 2014, 1st at Dover and 5th of his career.
    #18-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #42-Larson, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #55-Vickers, #15-Bowyer, #47-Allmendinger, and #16-Biffle.
    With 43 cars at the track, no one missed the race.
    See starting lineup, qualifying results by round, pdf links and more on Jayski's Starting Lineup / Qualifying page.(5-30-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Dover:
    Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 45th Annual FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks with a lap of 21.892 seconds, 164.444 mph (new track record).
    This is his fifth pole in 174 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 10th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in nine races at Dover International Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2014 and his 10th in 19 races at Dover International Speedway.
    Joey Logano (third) posted his third top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his 10th in 13 races this season.
    Kyle Larson (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-30-2014)

  • Final Round of Qualifying for the FedEx 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes. 11 of the drivers ran faster than the previous track record of 161.849mph, set by #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. last September and #2-Keselowski broke the track record and was faster than the record set in the 1st round, running a lap of 164.444mph.
    #2-Keselowski 164.444
    #18-Busch 163.785
    #22-Logano 163.688
    #48-Johnson 163.362
    #42-Larson 163.080
    the rest of the top 12: 11 24 4 55 15 47 16
    (5-30-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the FedEx 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 30 minutes. 24 drivers broke the track record of 161.849mph, set by #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. last September.
    #18-Busch 164.399
    #48-Johnson 163.949
    #22-Logano 163.837
    #11-Hamlin 163.763
    #24-Gordon 163.748
    No drivers will miss the race because there are only 43 entered.
    (5-30-2014)

  • Friday practice for the FedEx 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes
    #18-Busch 166.297
    #14-Stewart 165.609
    #42-Larson 165.183
    #31-Newman 165.130
    #2-Keselowski 164.888
    slowest: #77-Blaney 154.659 & #32-Koch 150.150.
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for this afternoon at 3:40pm/et on FoxSports1.
    See the speeds, laps run on the Dover practice 1 speeds page (pdf). (5-30-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 30, 2014 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, May 31 at 4:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks 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 #3-Dillon.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #2-Keselowski.
    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.(5-22-2014)

  • Entry List for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Koch, #33-Stremme, #44-Yeley, #66-Moffitt, #77-Blaney.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Dover Entry List

  • For the group 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

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 12 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 432
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 421, -11
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 408, -24
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 408, -24
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 394, -38
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 388, -44
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 378, -54
    8) #55-Brian Vickers, 365, -67
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 361, -71
    10) #31-Ryan Newman, 361, -71
    Other drivers with at least one win, likely will make the Chase:
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 345, -87
    14) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 340, -92
    28) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 215, -217 (51 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-25-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Charlotte, race 12 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 7th in points
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 12th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 3rd
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 4th
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 5th
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 9th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 14th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 28th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    12) #55-Brian Vickers, 8th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 10th
    14) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 15th
    (5-25-2014)


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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 Fed Ex 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-914. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-853. Last Raced: Richmond backup (not raced)
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 431 in the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to an eighth-place finish in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: The No. 4 Budweiser team will utilize Chassis No. 846 in Sunday's race. Harvick last raced this car at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway in March. He led 28 laps during that event and was running in the top five when something cut an oil line on the car, ending the team's night. Harvick was credited with a 39th-place finish.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809 for Sunday's race at Dover. Kahne last drove this chassis to a third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2013.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-805 was used for the first time in July at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. It was then used in September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th, and in October at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 35th and finished 20th. The last time it was used was in November at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where she started 30th and finished 25th. Since then, it has served as a backup car in 2014 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and then was regulated to the primary car at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, where she started 36th and finished 18th. It was then a backup at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and for the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-825: This car debuted in March at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, where Stewart qualified 37th and rallied to a fourth-place finish. It was tested at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway April 30-May 1 with Stewart and again May 6-7 with Scott Riggs. Chassis No. 14-825 will make its second career start Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Every lap this car has turned has come on a concrete racetrack.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 800 serves as the primary chassis. This chassis has never seen action on the race track but has served as the back-up for several races this season, including last weekend's Coca-Cola 600. Chassis No. 804 serves as the backup. This chassis finished 12th at Darlington and 15th at Bristol earlier this year.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-903. Last ran Darlington - finished 5th. Backup Chassis: RK-879 Last ran Las Vegas - finished 22nd.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 914 - New chassis Backup Chassis: RK-888 - Last raced at Bristol - finished second.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-913. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-858. Last Raced: Richmond backup (not raced)
    #24-Jeff Gordon: No. 24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-819 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced three times previously - all in 2013 - with finishes of 38th at Texas Motor Speedway, seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway and sixth at Chicagoland Speedway.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 466 in the 400-mile event at Dover International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at Kansas Speedway, where Menard finished in the 17th position.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 441 on Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Chassis No. 441 has competed in two Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014, producing two top-10 finishes (Phoenix International Raceway - seventh and Darlington Raceway - 10th).
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 860 in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Built new for 2014, No. 860 qualified 11th and finished 39th in April at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth - it's only racing action to date.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-879 for this weekend's 400-mile event. This is a brand new chassis that has never been raced before. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced in March at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 812 Backup: 801 Neither have raced.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a second-place finish at Darlington Raceway in April.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis: RK-891 was last run in 2014 at Fontana, finishing 10th. Backup chassis: RK-904 was last run in 2014 at Darlington, finishing 13th.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(5-29-2014)


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

  • 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: While teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4440) at Dover this week, those in Sprint Cup will run a different left-side code (D-4556) than those in Nationwide and Camping World Truck . . . in Sprint Cup, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that has been run at Dover since 2012 . . . these teams also ran this same tire set-up at Kentucky in 2013 . . . Goodyear held a confirmation test at Dover on May 6-7 . . . Sprint Cup teams/drivers that participated in that test were the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Kyle Busch, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Martin Truex Jr., and No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford with Carl Edwards . . . Nationwide drivers Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler, as well as Camping World Truck drivers Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr., 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.


Race / Cup Odds


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