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 2014 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #3 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, September 28, 2014 in Dover, DE

Title Sponsor: AAA

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:17pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 25
7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, September 26
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 GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, September 27
9:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 - 11:50 AM NSCS PRACTICE
2:00 - 2:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, September 28
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
2:00 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, September 26, 11:00am - 12:30pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, September 27, 11:00 - 11:50am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 27, 2:00 - 2:50pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, September 26 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,261,466
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
    Pit Road Speed: 35mph
    Pace Car Speed: 45mph
    Grandstand Seating: 95,500 [was 113,000 and 135,000]
    Opened: 1969

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshals: former NFL player Brian Mitchell
    Command to start engines: Brian Mitchell
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Don Gagnon CEO, Auto Club Partners
    Invocation: Pastor Dan Schaefer, Calvary Assembly of God, Heightstown, NJ
    National Anthem: USO Show Troupe
    Honor Guard: Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard
    Flyover: two vintage Russian YAK 52s, a Chinese CJ-6 and a U.S. RV-8TBA, The Bandit Flight Team

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

  • June 2014: see the Dover Race Info page

  • September 2013: see the Dover Race Info page

  • June 2014 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 117.724mph, started 1st

  • 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

  • May 2014 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 164.444mph, finished 2nd

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Brad Keselowski, 164.444mph, 5/30/2014

  • 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 10 Driver Ratings at Dover:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 122.5
    #20-Matt Kenseth 108.3
    #18-Kyle Busch 105.3
    #99-Carl Edwards 100.0
    #16-Greg Biffle 98.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon 94.5
    #15-Clint Bowyer 92.1
    #41-Kurt Busch 91.6
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. 89.3
    #31=Ryan Newman 88.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (19 total) among active drivers at Dover International Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    8.4: Jimmie Johnson's average finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway. Though Johnson has a personal-best nine wins at the Monster Mile, there are three other tracks where he's achieved better average finishes: Martinsville (5.2), Phoenix (6.3) and Fontana (6.6).
    12: The series-best number of top-five finishes recorded in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season by Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Small wonder they're currently the two leading drivers in the Chase standings, each with a victory in the first two Chase races.
    1,369: The number of laps led by Kevin Harvick in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, far and away a career best. That's the good news. The bad? The driver known as "The Closer" has failed to close the deal in the last four races in which he has led the most laps, at Kansas, Michigan, Atlanta and, most recently, on Sunday at New Hampshire.
    12: The number of points separating Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards (tied for eighth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings) from 16th-place Aric Almirola. With such a small margin blanketing the last nine drivers in the standings, fans can expect a free-for-all in next Sunday's elimination race at Dover.
    3: The average finish of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover. No wonder Junior said on Sunday that the Monster Mile is a great track for the #88 team. But that hasn't always been the case. Earnhardt's average result in the eight races before the current streak of five was 22.5.(NASCAR Wire Service)(9-23-2014)

  • Dover Notes & Facts - Thursday - track 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 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware all at Dover International Speedway.
    (NASCAR)(9-25-2014)

  • Dover Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
    38 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).
    13 of the 89 (14.6%) 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 89 (31.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
    70 of the 89 (78.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Five of the 89 (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).
    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)(9-26-2014)

  • Dover Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    381 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 274 in more than one.
    Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 39.
    34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with nine wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012, fall 2013 and spring 2014).
    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).
    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 9.240.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.360.
    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.
    Among the 12 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 27.
    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 2,976 laps led in 25 starts.
    If Jimmie Johnson leads 24 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).
    Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(9-27-2014)

  • Dover Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    There have been 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.
    Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 16: Jimmie Johnson (nine), 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 35 victories; followed by Ford with 25.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995.
    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 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
    (NASCAR)(9-28-2014)

  • 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

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Dover: #24-Jeff Gordon won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 5th at Dover, first at Dover since 2001 and and his 92nd career win. It is the 17th win at Dover for Hendrick Motorsports, the most for any team.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #42-Larson, #78-Truex Jr., #31-Newman, #15-Bowyer and #18-Busch.
    Pole winner #4-Harvick led 223 of 400 laps but had a valve stem come off the left front tire on lap 252, causing it to go flat, doing some damage to the splitter. Harvick finished 13th down one lap.
    Advancing to Chase "Contender Round" are: #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #24-Gordon, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #20-Kenseth, #31- Newman, #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin & #5-Kahne.
    Four drivers were eliminated from the Chase: #47-Allmendinger, #41-Busch, #16-Biffle and #43-Almirola.
    There were only 10 lead changes among 7 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 23 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 130.541mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-28-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Dover:
    #24-Jeff Gordon won the 45th Annual AAA 400, his 92nd victory in 754 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 19th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his fifth victory and 25th top-10 finish in 44 races at Dover International Speedway.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2014.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 26 races at Dover International Speedway.
    #42-Kyle Larson (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-28-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finished at Dover:
    [listed by driver chase points position before the race]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2nd
    2) #22-Joey Logano, 4th
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 13th
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 17th
    6) #18-Kyle Busch, 10th
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
    8) #99-Carl Edwards, 11th
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 5th
    10) #47-A.J. Allmendinger, 23rd, eliminated from Chase
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 20th
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 8th
    13) #11-Denny Hamlin, 12th
    14) #16-Greg Biffle, 21st, eliminated from Chase
    15) #41-Kurt Busch, 18th, eliminated from Chase
    16) #43-Aric Almirola, 28th, eliminated from Chase
    (9-28-2014)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 total wins in 2014, 1 in Chase], 2140 points
    2) #22-Joey Logano [4 wins, 1] 2136, -4
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] 2123, -17
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins] 2121, -19
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins, 1] 2117, -23
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 2111, -29
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins] 2104, -36
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2097, -43
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 2091, -49
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 2091, -49
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 2081, -59 [4]
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 2079, -61 [2 points out of 13th]
    Eliminated from the Chase:
    13) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win] 2077, -63 [2 points out of 12th]
    14) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win] 2073, -67 [-6]
    15) #16-Greg Biffle, 2072, -68 [-7]
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win] 2061, -79 [-18]
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    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 Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Contender Round:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 3000 points
    2) #22-Joey Logano [4 wins], 3000
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 3000
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 3000
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins], 3000
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 3000
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 3000
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3000
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 3000
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 3000
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 3000
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 3000
    Points are reset after each round, for the Contender Round it goes to 3000, no points for wins
    The order is set by the points standings after the last round.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    See reset points for the Contender Round (Chase races 4-6) on the Contender Round Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(9-28-2014)

  • Top 25 in 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(C5), 1022
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(C7), 978, -44
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski(C1), 958, -64
    4) #22-Joey Logano(C2), 956, -66
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson(C4), 914, -108
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick(C3), 905, -117
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth(C8), 894, -128
    8) #31-Ryan Newman(C9), 873, -149
    9) #99-Carl Edwards(C10), 862, -160
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 859, -163
    11) #16-Greg Biffle(EC), 825, -197
    12) #15-Clint Bowyer, 817, -205
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne(C12), 811, -211
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 805, -217
    15) #18-Kyle Busch(C6), 795, -227
    16) #27-Paul Menard, 781, -241
    17) #3-Austin Dillon, 779, -243
    18) #55-Brian Vickers, 765, -257
    19) #11-Denny Hamlin(C11), 737, -285
    20) #41-Kurt Busch(EC), 721, -301
    21) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 702, -320
    22) #43-Aric Almirola(EC), 686, -336
    23) #47-AJ Allmendinger(EC), 685, -337
    24) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 679, -343
    25) #13-Casey Mears 653, -369
    (C# is chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC is chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (9-28-2014)

  • Dover Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 6th, 16 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, 24th, 10
    #51-Allgaier, 29th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 30th, 8
    #23-Bowman, 34th, 7
    #7-Annett, 41st, 6
    Truex, Did Not Race
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    See the 2014 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(9-28-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #27-Menard, 16th
    Caution 2: #47-Allmendinger, 23rd
    Caution 3: #10-Patrick, 25th
    Caution 4: #13-Mears, 27th
    Caution 5: #3-Dillon, 24th
    (9-28-2014)

  • Where drivers need to finish to advance to next round of Chase: #2-Brad Keselowski and #22-Joey Logano have each locked themselves into the Contender Round with victories in the first two Chase races. Below are the finishes each driver needs in Sunday's race at Dover to guarantee a spot in the Contender Round, regardless of the finish of any other driver, four drivers will fail to advance and twelve will advance:
    #4-Kevin Harvick: 34th or better; or 35th and at least one lap led; or 36th and most laps led.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: 24th or better; or 25th and at least one lap led; or 26th and most laps led.
    #18-Kyle Busch and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 21st or better; 22nd and at least one lap led; or 23rd and most laps led.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: 14th or better; 15th and at least one lap led; 16th and most laps led.
    #20-Matt Kenseth and #99-Carl Edwards: 2nd; or 3rd and most laps led.
    #47-AJ Allmendinger: 2nd.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: 2nd and at least one lap led.
    #31-Ryan Newman, #11-Denny Hamlin, #16-Greg Biffle, #41-Kurt Busch and #43-Aric Almirola only control their own destiny by winning Sunday at Dover.
    Following Dover, the four winless championship-qualifying drivers lowest in points will be eliminated from title contention. The remaining 12 drivers will advance to The Contender Round and their points will be reset to 3,000 (no points for wins).(NASCAR)(9-25-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 28, 2014.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00pm/et; green flag approx. 2:17pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, September 29 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2

  • 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 #4-Harvick 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.
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 43rd pit stall, the final pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-26-2014)

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

  • 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:
    #4-Harvick 157.089
    #2-Keselowski 156.379
    #24-Gordon 155.952
    #11-Hamlin 155.858
    #43-Almirola 155.380
    slowest: #66-Wallace 149.124 & #83-Kvapil 149.297
    no speed: #44-Hill
    See fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive average, laps run, see Dover Happy Hour practice speeds page.(9-27-2014)

  • Saturday first 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:
    #20-Kenseth 155.649
    #47-Allmendinger 154.805
    #11-Hamlin 153.813
    #15-Bowyer 153.748
    #5-Kahne 153.708
    slowest: #83-Kvapil 147.287 & #44-Hill 147.432
    no incidents or accidents reported.
    See fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive average, laps run, see Dover practice speeds 2 page.(9-27-2014)

  • Harvick wins Dover pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway with speed of 162.933mph for his 7th pole of 2014, 1st at Dover and 13th of his career. Harvick has won four races from the pole out of 12 previous poles.
    #18-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #24-Gordon, #42-Larson, #48-Johnson, #15-Bowyer, #3-Dillon, #55-Vickers and #5-Kahne.
    Missing the race were: none, only 43 cars entered.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results by round, qualifying order and more on the Dover Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(9-26-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Dover:
    [listed by current driver chase points position]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski, 4th
    2) #22-Joey Logano, 16th
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1st
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 8th
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 25th
    6) #18-Kyle Busch, 2nd
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 6th
    8) #99-Carl Edwards, 18th
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 14th
    10) #47-A.J. Allmendinger, 28th
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 12th
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 20th
    13) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
    14) #16-Greg Biffle, 27th
    15) #41-Kurt Busch, 22nd
    16) #43-Aric Almirola, 21st
    (9-26-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Dover:
    #4-Kevin Harvick won the pole for the 45th Annual AAA 400 with a lap of 22.095 seconds, 162.933 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 495 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his seventh pole and 20th top-10 start in 2014. Harvick had six poles combined in his entire career prior to 2014.
    This is his first pole in 28 races at Dover International Speedway. Harvick's previous best starting position at Dover was third in 2003.
    #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2014 and his 11th in 20 races at Dover International Speedway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his 12th in 28 races this season.
    #42-Kyle Larson (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-26-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 30 minutes..
    #4-Harvick 162.682
    #55-Vickers 162.286
    #2-Keselowski 162.016
    #24-Gordon 161.812
    #48-Johnson 161.798
    the rest of the top 12: 11 18 42 1 15 5 3;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2: 10 20 14 22 9 99 27 31 43 41 51 17 88 78 16 47 26 13 38 98 36 23 7 40 34 33 32 37 66 83 44
    Driver who will miss the race: none....only 43 entered.
    (9-26-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 26, 2014 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 3:30pm/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 #44-Hill.
    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.(9-26-2014)

  • Friday practice for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 163.852
    #2-Keselowski 163.726
    #24-Gordon 163.562
    #9-Ambrose 163.436
    #48-Johnson 163.369
    slowest: #44-Hill 150.539 & #83-Kvapil 153.597
    notes: #40-Cassill looked like the engine blew in his car, if so he would have to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race on Sunday. In the unlikely event qualifying gets cancelled (3:40pm/et today on ESPN2) practice speeds from this practice would set the starting order.
    See fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive average, laps run, see Dover practice speeds 1 page.(9-26-2014)

  • 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: #32-Yeley, #33-Stremme, #37-Bliss, #44-Hill, #66-Nemechek and #83-Kvapil.
    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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 total wins in 2014, 1 in Chase], 2097 points
    2) #22-Joey Logano [4 wins, 1 in Chase] 2096, -1
    Drivers above will advance to the next round of the Chase
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] 2090, -7 [41 points ahead of 13th]
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins] 2080, -17 [31]
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins] 2077, -20 [28]
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 2077, -20 [28]
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins] 2070, -27 [21]
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 2057, -40 [8]
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2057, -40 [8]
    10) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win] 2056, -41 [7]
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 2055, -42 [6]
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 2055, -42 [6]
    Bottom 4 drivers will be eliminated from the Chase after Dover:
    13) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 2049, -48 [6 points out of 12th]
    14) #16-Greg Biffle, 2049, -48 [6]
    15) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win] 2047, -50 [8]
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win] 2045, -52 [10]
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-21-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 975
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 951 -24
    3) #22-Joey Logano(X), 916 -59
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 915 -60
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 873 -102
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick(X), 872 -103
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth(X), 854 -121
    8) #31-Ryan Newman(X), 837 -138
    9) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 828 -147
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 821 -154
    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 Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-21-2014)


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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 AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-921 at Dover, which last raced at Indy and finished 12th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-910 which last ran at Indy as the #12 car, finishing 23rd.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. This is the same DOW Chevy that Dillon raced to a 20th-place finish at Richmond in September, and a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire in July. Dillon has two previous Sprint Cup Series starts to his credit at Dover, posting a 21st-place finish in June 2014 and a 27th-place finish in September 2013.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 843 in Sunday's race at Dover. Harvick raced this car at Darlington in April where he led 238 laps en route to his first victory at "The Lady in Black." The team also utilized this car to record finishes of 41st at Las Vegas in March, and 14th at Pocono in June. Harvick has 27 NSCS starts at Dover. He has three top fives and 12 top-10 finishes, and has an average start of 19.0 and average finish of 15.3.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Sunday's race at Dover. Kahne has raced with this car four times so far this year. He drove it at the Fontana oval in March, at Charlotte All-Star Race in May and raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at Kentucky in June. Most recently, Kahne drove this car to Victory Lane at Atlanta in August. Kahne has one top-five finish and five top-10s and has led 90 laps in 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover. He earned his best finish of fourth at the track in October 2011, after starting from the ninth position. Overall, Kahne has eight starts inside the top 10 at the one-mile oval.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: will drive Chassis No. 10-805 which was used for the first time in July 2013 at Indianapolis, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. It was then used in September at Chicago, where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th, and in October at Charlotte, where Patrick started 35th and finished 20th. The last time it was used was in November at Texas, where she started 30th and finished 25th. Since then, it has served as a backup car in 2014 at Las Vegas and then was regulated to the primary car at Bristol, where she started 36th and finished 18th. It was then a backup at Kansas and for the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte. It was used was in June at Dover, where she started 28th and finished 23rd and then in the fall at Bristol where she started 24th and finished 27th. The Backup Racecar is Chassis No. 10-828 which was first used at Homestead in November 2013, when Patrick started 24th and finished 20th. It was then put to use in March at Las Vegas, where she started 22nd and finished 21st. The last time it was used was in late March at Auto Club Speedway, where she started 27th and finished 14th. It was a backup car last month at Pocono, Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta and Chicago.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 813 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Dover. This chassis raced at Michigan in August (6th), June (10th) and Charlotte in May (17th). Chassis No. 800 serves as the back-up chassis and raced at Kentucky in July (23rd), Dover in June (4th) and Bristol in August (17th).
    #16-Greg Biffle: will drive primary chassis RK-896, which is the fifth start of the season for RK-896. This chassis has earned top-five finishes at Pocono and Texas and a 10th-place finish at Bristol. The backup chassis is RK-908 which last ran at Chicago and finished 23rd. In his 24 Sprint Cup career starts at Dover, Biffle has earned two wins, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Biffle has an average starting position of 12.3 at Dover and his average finish is 13.4.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-888 is the same chassis that Stenhouse Jr. raced at Bristol this season finishing an impressive second in the spring and sixth in the fall. The backup chassis, RK-877, last ran at New Hampshire and finished ninth.

    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #19-Carl Edwards: oops, not until next season.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-920 at Dover, which last ran at Indy, finishing 5th. The backup chassis is PRS-901 which last was a backup at New Hampshire last week and has not raced.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced four times in 2014, including a win at Kansas Speedway. This chassis was also raced to top-10 finishes at Kentucky Speedway and both Pocono Raceway events. Gordon has four wins and four poles in 43 starts at Dover. Gordon's 17 top-five finishes and 24 top-10s are tops among active drivers at the concrete track. Gordon has led 200 or more laps on five occasions at Dover. In September of 1995, he led 400 of 500 laps en route to his first victory at the high-banked track, and he paced the field for 381 of 400 laps in June of 2001 to capture his fourth victory. In May of 1998, Gordon led 375 of 400 laps but finished third after a late-race pit stop for fuel.
    #27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 454 during the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. This is the same #27 Menards/CertainTeed Chevy that Menard raced to a third-place finish at Las Vegas in March, a ninth-place finish at Texas in April, an eighth-place finish at Charlotte in May, a fourth-place finish at Michigan in June, a 15th-place finish at Kentucky in June and an 18th-place finish at Atlanta in August. Menard has 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the one-mile track. Menard has an average starting position of 19.8 and an average finish of 19.3 along with two top-10 finishes. Menard has completed 98.9% of the laps around Dover.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 467 in Sunday's 400-lap event. This #31 Quicken Loans Paint Your Way Chevy chassis was utilized earlier this season at Charlotte (Start: 42nd / Finish: 15th) and Bristol (Start: 11th / Finish: 13th). In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Dover, Newman has three victories to his credit, including a Dover sweep in 2003 and a win in the fall of 2004. Newman also owns three pole awards. In total, he owns six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes and has has led 848 laps in competition and has an average start of ninth and average finish of 14th.
    #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 at Dover. Built new for 2014, Chassis No. 860 debuted at Texas, where Busch qualified 11th and finished 39th after suffering multiple tire failures in April. Chassis No. 860 then raced at Dover in June, where Busch looked to be on track for a solid finish until a loose right-front wheel set him back just past the halfway point of the race and relegated him to an 18th-place finish. The AAA 400 will mark Busch's 29th career Sprint Cup start at Dover. Busch has one win, six top-five finishes and eight top-10s at the concrete mile oval. Additionally, the 36-year-old driver has led 426 laps, has an average starting position of 11.6, an average finish of 18.2, and has completed 93.5 percent (10,478 of 11,204) of the laps he's contested there.
    #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. 48-910 for this weekend's event in Dover. This chassis is brand new. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-799, which last saw on-track action at Kansas Speedway where Johnson finished ninth. Johnson's track record at Dover is impressive. In 25 starts, he has visited Victory Lane nine times. He has an average start of 10.0 and an average finish of 8.4. Johnson has 13 top-five finishes and 18 top-10s. Additionally, Johnson has led 2,976 laps around the Monster Mile and is the winningest driver at the one-mile concrete track. Johnson has three pole positions and won two of those races in 2009 and 2010. Johnson became the winningest driver at Dover on Sept. 29, 2013, when he surpassed the record previously held by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty.
    #51-Justin Allgaier chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: will drive primary chassis 808-26th at Darlington, 42nd & 19th at Michigan races. Backup chassis is 797 which finished seventh at California, sixth at Charlotte, 26th at Kentucky & 21st at Bristol.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 National Guard team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-901 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. In 29 Cup starts at Dover International Speedway, Earnhardt has one win, one pole position, six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has led 448 laps and completed 99.1 percent of all laps he's attempted (11,505 of 11,604 total) at the Monster Mile. Last September, Earnhardt started from the pole position and finished second to teammate Jimmie Johnson.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(9-25-2014)


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 -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.43 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 both NASCAR national series in action at Dover this week will run the same right-side tire code (D-4440), each will run a distinct left-side code . . . 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 the past two seasons . . . Goodyear held a confirmation test at Dover on May 6-7 . . . Sprint Cup drivers that participated in that test were Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. . . . 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.


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