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 2015 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #3 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, October 4, 2015 in Dover, DE

Title Sponsor: AAA

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:45pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, October 1
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, October 2
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS PRACTICE
12:25 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
3:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, October 3
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 - 11:50 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:30 - 2:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Revised Saturday schedule: Saturday's revised schedule, as of 11:50pm/et:
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM NSCS PRACTICE (was delayed due to rain/wet track), CNBC
12:30 PM APPROX. NKNPS-E RACE
approx 2:00 - 2:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE, NBCSN
3:30 PM NXS RACE, NBCSN
(Dover International Speedway)(10-3-2015)

Sunday, October 4
8:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
2:30 PM NSCS RACE

  • Dover Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
    -- 12:30pm: NSCS Driver Crew Chief Meeting
    -- 2:00pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    -- 2:30pm: Presentation of Colors: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard
    -- 2:30pm: Invocation: Pastor Dan Schafer, Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, NJ
    -- 2:31pm: National Anthem: Sam Harris, X Ambassadors
    -- 2:37pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Actress & Philanthropist Rosie Perez
    -- 2:45pm: Start of the AAA 400 (400 Laps, 400 Miles)
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

    NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

    PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
    Dates / Times / TV coverage

    (these times in eastern time)

    • Practices:
      Friday, October 2, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
      Saturday, October 3, 11:00 - 11:50 am/et, TV-CNBC

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, October 3, 12:30 - 2:50 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

    • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, October 2 at 3:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

    PURSE/RACE AWARDS

    2015: $5,255,734
    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 NEWS & LINKS

    • 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: 96,000 [was 113,000, 133,000 and 135,000, will be 85,000 in 2016]
      Pit Road Speed: 35mph
      Pace Car Speed: 45mph
      Opened: 1969

    • Race Festivities/Officials:
      Grand Marshal: Academy Award-nominee actress Rosie Perez
      Command to start engines: Rosie Perez
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: AAA Mid-Atlantic Executive VP, Diane Remy
      Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
      Color Guard: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard
      Invocation: Pastor Dan Schafer, Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, NJ
      National Anthem: Sam Harris, the lead singer of alternative band X Ambassadors
      Flyover: TBA

    • Track Websites & Social Media:
      Dover International Speedway website
      Dover Motorsports
      Facebook
      Twitter
      YouTube
      Dover International Speedway - mobile
      Monster Racing
      Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

    • May 2015: see the Dover Race Info page

    • September 2014: see the Dover Race Info page

    • May 2015 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 119.547mph, started 14th

    • September 2014 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 130.541mph, started 6th

    • 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 2015 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 160.121mph, finished 21st

    • September 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 162.933mph, finished 13th

    • 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........................ 122.3
      #20-Matt Kenseth............................. 107.5
      #18-Kyle Busch............................... 105.0
      #19-Carl Edwards.............................. 98.4
      #42-Kyle Larson................................ 97.6
      #16-Greg Biffle.................................. 96.2
      #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 96.1
      #15-Clint Bowyer............................... 92.7
      #78-Martin Truex Jr............................ 91.3
      #2-Brad Keselowski......................... 91.1
      Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 total) among active drivers at Dover Motor 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)(9-29-2015)

    • Dover Track Notes & History - Thursday:
      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.
      (NASCAR)(10-1-2015)

    • Dover Pole Notes & Facts - Friday:
      David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
      39 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).
      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).
      13 of the 91 (14.2%) 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 91 (30.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
      71 of the 91 (78%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.
      Five of the 91 (5.4%) 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)
      Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.926.
      The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover is 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)(10-2-2015)

    • Dover Driver Notes & Facts - Saturday:
      34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with 10 wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012, fall 2013, spring of 2014 and spring of 2015).
      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).
      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.
      Kevin Harvick leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 29.
      One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (06/04/07).
      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 18.
      Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty, Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon with 26 each.
      Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with a 7.889.
      Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
      (NASCAR)(10-3-2015)

    • Dover Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
      There have been 91 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.
      385 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 279 in more than one.
      Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 45 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth with 33.
      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).
      Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 18: Jimmie Johnson (10), Jeff Gordon (five), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
      Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 37 victories; followed by Ford with 25.
      Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,999 laps led in 27 starts.
      If Jimmie Johnson leads one lap 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 - 3,744 laps led).
      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 two 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) and spring of 2015 (400/405).
      Not one of the 91 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
      (NASCAR)(10-4-2015)

    • NASCAR Sprint Cup Laps Led Leaders:
      (after New Hampshire, 28 of 36 races)
      1. #4-Kevin Harvick, 1,676
      2. #22-Joey Logano, 863
      3. #41-Kurt Busch, 765 (25 races)
      4. #20-Matt Kenseth, 673
      5. #18-Kyle Busch, 659 (17 races)
      6. #2-Brad Keselowski, 611
      7. #78-Martin Truex Jr., 536
      8. #11-Denny Hamlin, 521
      9. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 467
      10. #19-Carl Edwards, 361
      (9-29-2015)

    • 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 & Links

    • Harvick wins at Dover: #4-Kevin Harvick won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Dover and 31st career win. He dominated most of the race, leading 355 of the 400 laps.
      Harvick had to win the race to advance to the Contender round of the Chase.
      #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #1-McMurray, #43-Almirola, #5-Kahne, #20-Kenseth, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #42-Larson, and #22-Logano.
      Drivers advancing to the Contender Round of the Chase: #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #19-Edwards, #78-Truex, #24-Gordon, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #18-Busch, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
      #48-Johnson, who entered the race 5th in points, broke a rear axle seal early in the race. He had to go to the garage for repairs and lost 37 laps. He finished 42nd.
      #1-McMurray finished 4th, but lost out on a Chase spot to #88-Earnhardt, Jr. They tied in points, but Earnhardt, Jr had the better finish during the Challenger round races (third place today).
      McMurray, Johnson, Menard, and Bowyer have been eliminated from the Chase.
      There were 14 lead changes among 3 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
      The average speed was 119.870mph.
      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).(10-4-2015)

    • Where did the 2015 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Dover?
      [by points standings before the race (start pos)]
      1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 7th (1)
      2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 18th (2)
      3) #19-Carl Edwards, 15th (3)
      4) #22-Joey Logano, 10th (4)
      5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 41st (5)
      6) #31-Ryan Newman, 19th (6)
      7) #41-Kurt Busch, 17th (7)
      8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 16th (8)
      9) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 11th (9)
      10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 12th (10)
      11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 4th (11)
      12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3rd (12)
      13) #18-Kyle Busch, 2nd (13)
      14) #27-Paul Menard, 25th (14)
      15) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1st WON (15)
      16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th (16)
      (10-4-2015)

    • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings: Challenger Round
      [after Dover, race 29 of 36, Chase race 3 of 10]
      1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 2137 (Won New Hampshire*)
      2) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 2119, -18 (Won Chicago*)
      3) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2082, -55 (Won Dover*)
      4) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 2123, -14
      5) #19-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2118, -19
      6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 2104, -33
      7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2100, -37
      8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2100, -37
      9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 2100, -37
      10) #31-Ryan Newman, 2099, -38
      11) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2099, -38
      12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.[2 wins], 2098, -39 from lead, +0 over 13th (won on tiebreaker)
      Eliminated from the Chase:
      13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2098, -0 from 12th place (lost on tiebreaker)
      14) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2100, -12
      15) #27-Paul Menard, 2075, -23
      16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2048, -50
      * automatically advance to Contender round by winning a Challenger round race
      See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
      See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-4-2015)

    • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Contender Round:
      [after Dover, race 29 of 36]
      1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 3000
      2) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 3000
      3) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 win], 3000
      4) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 3000
      5) #78-Martin Truex, Jr. [1 win], 3000
      6) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 3000
      7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3000
      8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 3000 points
      9) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 3000
      10) #31-Ryan Newman, 3000
      11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 3000
      12) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 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).(10-4-2015)

    • Unofficial Top 25 in 2015 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) #22-Joey Logano (C4), 1062
      2) #4-Kevin Harvick (C3), 1054,-8
      3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (C12), 986, -76
      4) #2-Brad Keselowski (C9), 970, -92
      5) #20-Matt Kenseth (C1), 949, -113
      See the top 25 classic drivers points on the 2015 Chase page.(10-4-2015)

    • Race Fast Facts - Dover:
      Kevin Harvick won the 46th Annual AAA 400, his 31st victory in 531 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his third victory and 23rd top-10 finish in 2015. It was his first victory since March 15, 2015 at Phoenix, 24 races ago.
      Kevin Harvick led a single-race career high 355 laps. His previous high was 272 laps led at Richmond on May 6, 2006.
      This is his first victory and 14th top-10 finish in 30 races at Dover International Speedway.
      Kyle Busch (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 22 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2015.
      Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 32 races at Dover International Speedway.
      Those advancing to the Contender Round, in order of seed: Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick.
      Those eliminated from championship contention: Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer.
      (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-4-2015)

    • Dover Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
      #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 34th, 11 rookie points
      #33-Alex Kennedy, finished 38th, 10 rookie points
      #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 42nd, 9 rookie points
      #23-Jeb Burton, finished 43rd, 8 rookie points
      See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(10-4-2015)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down
      Caution 2: #51-Allgaier, 27th
      Caution 3: #31-Nemwan, 19th
      Caution 4: #1-McMurray, 4th
      Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 13th
      Caution 6: #15-Bowyer, 14th
      Caution 7: #2-Keselowski, 16th
      Caution 8: #11-Hamlin, 18th
      (10-4-2015)

    • 2015 Contender Round Clinch Scenarios -- Dover: Here are the Contender Round clinch scenarios for Dover, regardless of the finish of any other driver...
      #11-Denny Hamlin and #20-Matt Kenseth have already clinched a spot in the Contender Round.
      #19-Carl Edwards needs 12 points. (32nd and no laps, 33rd and at least one lap, 34th and most laps led).
      #22-Joey Logano needs 13 points. (31st and no laps, 32nd and at least one lap, 33rd and most laps led)
      #48-Jimmie Johnson needs 19 points. (25th and no laps, 26th and at least one lap, 27th and most laps led)
      #31-Ryan Newman needs 28 points. (16th and no laps, 17th and at least one lap, 18th and most laps led)
      #41-Kurt Busch needs 29 points. (15th and no laps, 16th and at least one lap, 17th and most laps led)
      #2-Brad Keselowski needs 30 points. (14th and no laps, 15th and at least one lap, 16th and most laps led)
      #78-Martin Truex Jr. needs 31 points. (13th and no laps, 14th and at least one lap, 15th and most laps led)
      #24-Jeff Gordon needs 34 points. (10th and no laps, 11th and at least one lap, 12th and most laps led)
      #1-Jamie McMurray, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #18-Kyle Busch, #27-Paul Menard, #4-Kevin Harvick and #15-Clint Bowyer only control their own destinies with a victory.(NASCAR)(9-28-2015)

    • Rain could still be an issue at Dover: While the forecast has improved dramatically throughout the weekend, rain could still impact Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway. The National Weather Service forecast is: A chance of showers before 2pm, then a slight chance of rain after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a northeast wind around 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
      NASCAR_WXMAN says on twitter, "SUN #NASCAR weather - I feel we race - Think we can get an "Official race" maybe even Full Race. Chc. of a shower or two. @MonsterMile".
      Dover does not have lights. The race is scheduled to go green at 2:45pm/et. Sunset is at 6:40pm/et.
      (10-4-2015)

    • Race Coverage of the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 4, 2015.
      Television (TV): NBCSN at 2:30 pm/et; Countdown to Green Pre-Race show at 2:00pm/et; green flag approx. 2:45pm/et
      Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, October 5 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN

    • 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 #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
      Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took the 43rd and final pit stall.
      #19-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 10th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
      To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-2-2015)

    • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
      " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
      " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
      " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
      " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
      " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
      " Pit stalls are laser measured
      " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
      " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
      " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

    • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
      Official Race & Points Report
      Race Results
      Chase Points
      Drivers Points
      Owners Points
      Lap Summary Report
      Penalty Report
      Happy Hour Practice Speeds
      Practice 1 Speeds
      Pitstalls
      Starting Lineup
      Latest / Final 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 - 2015 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

    • Final Practice for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over after just 15 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
      #4-Harvick 156.033
      #19-Edwards 156.013
      #5-Kahne 155.783
      #41-Busch 155.588
      #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 155.434
      slowest: #33-Kennedy 146.711 & #62-Hill 135.649
      Notes: Practice was canceled after 15 minutes because of more rain at the track.
      See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap Ave on the Dover Practice 2 Speeds (pdf).(10-3-2015)

    • Saturday first practice: for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over. After approx 25 minutes, top five and notes:
      #5-Kahne 160.506
      #19-Edwards 160.442
      #11-Hamlin 160.285
      #4-Harvick 159.964
      #43-Almirola 159.943
      slowest: #33-Kennedy 149.884 & #98-Sorenson 152.840
      no speed: #62-Hill
      Best Five lap average (reported by CNBC coverage)
      #4-Harvick 159.531
      #5-Kahne 159.470
      #43-Almirola 159.115
      #48-Johnson 158.870
      #17-Stenhouse Jr, 158.654
      Most Lap run: #5-Kahne, 33; #42-Larson, 31
      Notes: As of 11:50am/et, the track at Dover International Speedway is dry after the Air Titan's dried out the track. The practice session was scheduled to start at 11:00am/et and was to run until 11:50am/et. This practice is scheduled to run 12:15pm/et, TV coverage on CNBC. Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled from 2:00 - 2:50pm/et, and will be televised on NBCSN.
      See fastest speeds, lap run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Dover practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-3-2015)

    • Weather forecast improving: After rain cancelled all on-track activities at Dover International Speedway on Friday, the weather forecast is slowly improving for the remainder of the weekend. As of Saturday morning [10:45am/et], the National Weather Service forecast is:
      Today - Rain likely before 11am, then rain or drizzle likely, mainly between 11am and 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a northeast wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
      Saturday night - A chance of rain or drizzle before 9pm, then a chance of showers after 9pm. Cloudy, with a low around 56. Windy, with a northeast wind 24 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
      Sunday - A chance of rain or drizzle before 8am, then a chance of drizzle or light rain between 8am and noon, then a slight chance of rain after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 66. Breezy, with a northeast wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
      Monday - Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Northeast wind 13 to 15 mph.
      AND See an updated forecast from NASCAR_WXMAN at SB Nation. (10-3-2015)

    • Friday afternoon weather update: Rain forced the cancellation of all on-track activities at Dover on Friday. Saturday's schedule now includes 2 Cup practices, an XFINITY practice (teams will practice rather than qualify) and the XFINITY Series race. However, rain will still be an issue.
      The National Weather Service forecast is:
      Saturday - Rain or drizzle likely. Cloudy, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a northeast wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
      Saturday Night - A chance of drizzle or light rain. Cloudy, with a low around 59. Breezy, with a northeast wind 22 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
      Sunday - A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 68. Breezy, with a northeast wind 21 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
      Monday - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
      AND: See more information on the weather from NASCAR_WXMAN at SB Nation.(10-2-2015)

    • Friday's on track activity canceled: Because of the continued rainfall, NASCAR and Dover International Speedway have announced the cancellation of today's on-track activities. The "Drive Sober 125" NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race will now be run at 9:30am on Saturday, Oct. 3. Grandstand gates at Dover International Speedway will open for fans at 8:00am. The Saturday, Oct. 3 "Hisense 200" NASCAR XFINITY Series race will start at the originally scheduled time of 3:30pm.
      Because both events will be run on the same day, for the convenience of fans, Dover International Speedway will allow anyone with a previously purchased NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race ticket or a NASCAR XFINITY Series race ticket to remain in the grandstands for both events if they choose. The ticket holder that holds the ticket for that specific event will have priority (i.e. a ticket to the NASCAR XFINITY Series race during the running of that race) for the seating location. The other ticket holder is asked to move to a nearby, or general admission, seating area for the event. Fans are asked to please contact your usher with any questions or concerns.
      The Sunday, Oct. 4 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will start at its originally scheduled time at 2:30pm.
      Qualifying for all three series this weekend has been canceled. Starting lineups will be set by NASCAR rulebooks.
      We continue to work closely with NASCAR, the National Weather Service and our on-site meteorologist to monitor the weather. We are currently tracking this weekend's weather and will update fans via social media, and our website, as information becomes available. You can keep up with the track via our app (download available for Android and Apple devices under the name of Dover International Speedway), on Twitter at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway.(Dover Speedway)(10-2-2015)

    • Qualifying: for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was canceled due to weather/rain. The starting lineup was set by the rule book: Top 36 in owners points. 37-43 by race attempts (with ties broken by owner points).
      #20-Kenseth will start first [not credited with a pole award] followed by #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., and #24-Gordon.
      With only 43 team entered, no one misses the race.
      See the starting lineup and more on Jayski.com's Dover Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(10-2-2015)

    • Where the 2015 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Dover:
      [listed by driver points position]
      1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 1st
      2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2nd
      3) #19-Carl Edwards, 3rd
      4) #22-Joey Logano, 4th
      5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5th
      6) #31-Ryan Newman, 6th
      7) #41-Kurt Busch, 7th
      8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 8th
      9) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 9th
      10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 10th
      11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 11th
      12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 12th
      13) #18-Kyle Busch, 13th
      14) #27-Paul Menard, 14th
      15) #4-Kevin Harvick, 15th
      16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 16th
      (10-2-2015)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm/et.
      Television (TV): NBCSN, 3:30 pm/et
      Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
      Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

    • Dover Weather Update: The odds of the U.S. mainland seeing its first landfalling hurricane in 15 months are dwindling as the forecast track continues to trend farther to the east. The best chance for an East Coast landfall is now shifting toward New England, but if Joaquin's center should reach land there, it would likely do so as a tropical storm rather than a hurricane. Residents along the East Coast of the U.S. should still pay close attention to the forecast now through this weekend. It's a particularly difficult forecast that hinges on the behavior of several different atmospheric features over North America and the North Atlantic Ocean. On Thursday, computer models moved closer to a consensus, as models formerly bullish on a U.S. landfall began pulling their forecast paths east, favoring tracks closer to the Atlantic seaboard or even entirely offshore. The model consensus as of Thursday evening, reflected to some extent in the National Hurricane Center's 8 p.m. advisory, favors a track east of the East Coast.(Weather Channel)
      AND: According to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, "Heavy rainfall will impact the region [Thursday] into early Saturday morning, along with the risk of localized inland flooding. Moderate to major coastal flooding is expected on Friday and Saturday. The threat of impacts from Hurricane Joaquin has lessened. We have a statement from the Office of Governor Markell related to when or if a State of Emergency will be declared for Delaware: 'The decision to declare a State of Emergency is made on a case-by-case basis and dependent on several factors, including road conditions, weather forecasts and feedback from state and local agencies throughout Delaware. We are continuing to monitor the storm and its potential impact on Delaware, and will make a decision regarding the issuance of a state of emergency if conditions warrant it.' "
      AND: The Thursday evening National Weather Service forecast is:
      Friday - Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 56. Breezy, with a north wind 18 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
      Saturday - Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 64. Breezy, with a northeast wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
      Sunday - Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 69. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
      So: While the chance of Hurricane Joaquin hitting Dover is lessening and the forecast is looking better, weather will still dominate the weekend. Friday looks like it will be washed out. Saturday is slightly better, but still very questionable. Sunday sees a greater chance of racing than it appeared 24 hours ago, but again with a narrow window to get the race in (Dover does not have lights), the odds aren't good. However, the forecast could continue to improve. Monday's current forecast is for a 60% chance of rain, Tuesday's is 30% chance. NASCAR and the track continue to monitor the situation and will make announcements as warranted.(10-2-2015)

    • Hurricane Joaquin could impact Dover weekend: Hurricane warnings have been expanded to include more of the Bahamas as Hurricane Joaquin churns toward the nation of islands east of Florida. Despite considerable uncertainty, the odds of a landfall on the U.S. East Coast appear to be increasing, and the official forecast track suggests that Joaquin could become the first landfalling hurricane on the U.S. mainland in 15 months.
      Computer forecast models - and the meteorologists who rely on them for guidance - are grappling with a complex interaction between Joaquin, a cold front near the East Coast, the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, a strong bubble of high pressure aloft over the North Atlantic Ocean, and a potentially strong area of low pressure aloft digging into the southeastern U.S. later this week.
      The American GFS model forecast continues to show Joaquin making an alarming northwestward turn, slamming it right into Virginia, Maryland or North Carolina this weekend. Meanwhile, the European ECMWF model suggests Joaquin has a chance of staying away from the U.S. East Coast.
      Regardless of the ultimate outcome of Joaquin's path, portions of the East Coast will still see multiple impacts from the evolving large-scale weather pattern, including flooding rainfall, gusty winds, high surf, beach erosion and some coastal flooding.(Weather Channel)
      AND: Dover Speedway will post weather updates to their website. As of Wednesday afternoon, "There is still a lot of uncertainty to the forecast for this weekend, and we continue to monitor the weather closely. Historically, changes that NASCAR makes to the on-track schedule are not made until the day of each event. We will update you quickly if changes must be made to the schedule as a result of the weather."
      AND: As of Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service forecast calls for a 90% chance of rain on Friday, with 1 to 2 inches of perciptation, a 70% chance of rain on Saturday, and a 70% chance of rain on Sunday.
      AND: Dover International Speedway does not have lights and sunset will be at 6:40pm/et Sunday. With the race start scheduled for 2:45pm/et, there will not be a lot of time available to dry the track if it's raining. If NASCAR is not able to get the race in on Sunday, they will try again on Monday and could run the race on Tuesday if needed. Sprint Cup teams race at Charlotte next week, with on track activity scheduled to begin on Thursday. Haulers are scheduled to park at Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday evening.
      The track of the hurricane should come more into focus by Thursday evening.(10-1-2015)

    • 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: #26-Yeley, #32-Wise, #33-Kennedy, #62-Hill, #98-Sorenson.
      Due to the rainy forecast the #30 team with Travis Kvapil has withdrawn.
      Since only 43 cars are now entered, all drivers will make the race.
      See the full entry list on Jayski.com'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

    • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings: Challenger Round
      [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36, Chase race 2 of 10]
      1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 2099 (Won New Hampshire*)
      2) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 2093 (Won Chicago*)
      3) #19-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2089, 33 ahead of 13th
      4) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 2089, +33
      5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2083, +27
      6) #31-Ryan Newman, 2074, +18
      7) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2073, +17
      8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 2072, +16
      9) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 2071, +15
      10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2068, +12
      11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2058, +2
      12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.[2 wins], 2057, +1
      Bottom 4 drivers will be eliminated from the Chase after Dover:
      13) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2056, 1 point out of 12th
      14) #27-Paul Menard, 2056, -1
      15) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2034, -23
      16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2018, -39 (X)
      * will automatically advance to Contender round by winning a Challenger round race
      (X) = appealing 25 point penalty, could get 25 points back
      See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
      See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-27-2015)

    • Unofficial Top 25 in 2015 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
      [after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
      (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
      1) #22-Joey Logano(C4) 1028
      2) #4-Kevin Harvick(C15) 1006, 22
      3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(C12) 945, 83
      4) #2-Brad Keselowski(C8) 942, 86
      5) #48-Jimmie Johnson(C5) 923, 105
      6) #20-Matt Kenseth(C1) 911, 117
      7) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(C9) 886, 142
      8) #11-Denny Hamlin(C2) 883, 145
      9) #41-Kurt Busch(C7) 848, 180
      10) #19-Carl Edwards(C3) 829, 199
      11) #1-Jamie McMurray(C11) 815, 213
      12) #31-Ryan Newman(C6) 812, 216
      13) #24-Jeff Gordon(C10) 805, 223
      14) #27-Paul Menard(C14) 766, 262
      15) #15-Clint Bowyer(C16) 759, 269
      16) #5-Kasey Kahne 732, 296
      17) #43-Aric Almirola 728, 300
      18) #42-Kyle Larson 683, 345
      19) #16-Greg Biffle 675, 353
      20) #3-Austin Dillon 626, 402
      21) #13-Casey Mears 604, 424
      22) #47-AJ Allmendinger 585, 443
      23) #10-Danica Patrick 574, 454
      24) #14-Tony Stewart 563, 465
      25) #18-Kyle Busch(C13) 558, 470
      (C# is chase driver and current Chase position)
      (EC is chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
      (9-27-2015)

    LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

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    Phillyburbs.com

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    WEATHER

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    Race Weather

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    Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce

    visitdover.com

    Laid Back Racing

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    CHASSIS SELECTIONS

    • No More Chassis Selections: Recently many team stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
      This leaves only a handful of teams reporting/posting chassis selections.
      So, will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

    TIRE NOTES & FACTS

    • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    • Set limits:
      Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
      Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

    • Tire Codes:
      Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4440

    • Tire Circumference:
      Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
      Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

    • 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 Xfinity Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Dover this weekend . . . this is the same tire set-up these teams ran at this track earlier this season . . . this right-side tire code (D-4440) has been run at Dover since 2012, being paired with this left-side tire code (D-4392) for the first time this June . . . in addition to Dover, this particular left-side has been run at Chicagoland, Darlington (Xfinity only), Kentucky and Texas this season . . . Dover is unique among NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, in that inner liners are required on all four tire positions . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
      NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: Goodyear will also provide tires for the K&N East race at Dover this week . . . Dover is the only track these teams run this combination of tire codes -- D-3066 on the left-side and D-3067 on the right-side . . . K&N teams are allowed four sets of tires for this event -- two for practice, one to qualify/start the race and one to put on at the mid-race break.

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