THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


    THE RACE: MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes

    Nextel Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 6, 2004 in Dover, DE

  • TV: FX 1:00pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, June 9 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, June 10 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, June 11 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond



  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,496,882 (was $4,817,251 in 2003)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, June 4, 11:05am - 1:00pm/et; Saturday, June 5, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 5, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-FX tape delay at 3:30pm/et.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 4, 10:05am/et

  • Qualfying Order: or
    Qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, June 4 at 2:30pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid). Re-aired on Speed Channel ay 8:00pm/et and Saturday, June 5th at 2:00am/et.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).


  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
    Track/Race Length: 1.0 concrete oval, 400 laps, 400 miles
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 9 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
    Pit Stalls: 42 (1 shared) 15" wide x 28" long
    Grandstand Seating: ~140,000
    Pit Road Speed: 35mph
    Pace Car Speed: 45mph

  • Track Homepage: Dover International Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2003 MBNA 400 America page


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck Series)

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 1,300, Right - 1,300;
    Busch Series: Left - 600, Right - 600;
    Craftsman Truck: Left - 325, Right - 325

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6810; Right - D-6812

    Tire Circumference: Left - 87.4 in.; Right - 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 30 psi; Left Rear - 30 psi;
    Right Front - 50 psi; Right Rear - 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 25 psi; Left Rear - 25 psi;
    Right Front - 48 psi; Right Rear - 44 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 95-105 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: All three NASCAR series - Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- will compete on the same tire codes this weekend at Dover . . . the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will carry Goodyear's Eagle brand, while the Truck Series will carry Goodyear's Wrangler brand . . . this will be the second consecutive race that teams in all three series will be racing on this particular combination on left- and right-side tires, having just run them during Speed Weeks at Charlotte . . . Cup and Busch teams also ran this combination earlier this season at California . . . other NASCAR tracks on which these codes will be run in 2004 are Chicagoland, Michigan, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan . . . teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Dover . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "We brought softer compounds to Dover in 2003 and had two very competitive races, so we decided to keep those virtually the same for 2004. Going along with what we've done with many of our tire set-ups this season, we have also softened the construction on both the left- and right-sides at Dover."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Dover International Speedway for leading the points and winning the race (Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won the award, $80,000 at Richmond on May 15, 2004). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(5-31-2004)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Tony Stewart claimed the biggest MBNA Mid-Race Leader payout when he took home $85,000 ($10,000 for the award, $75,000 for the race-win bonus) by winning last year’s UAW-GM Quality 500 after leading the race at the halfway point.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Dover is: $50,000
    Winners for 2004 so far:
    Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    Talladega: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
    California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
    Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
    Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)(5-31-2004)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

none listed


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Martin wins at Dover and ends 73 race drought: #6-Mark Martin won his first race since May 2002 [Coca-Cola 600] in 73 races, winning the MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes at Dover International Speedway, in a slow, ugly, wild race. It is Martin's 4th win at Dover and 34th of his career. Only 5 cars ended up on the lead lap, the rest of the top five were: #20-Stewart, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #99-Burton and #10-Riggs. #10-Scott Riggs had his best career finish and was the highest finishing rookie of the year candidate. Earnhardt Jr. increased his points lead over #48-Johnson. Sixteen cars did not finish the race and many more that were still running were damaged.
    For race results, see:

    MotorSports One
    NASCAR.com.(6-6-2004)

  • TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Dover:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1963
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1865, -98
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 1784, -179
    #20-Tony Stewart, 1767, -196
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 1709, -254
    For full standings see or NASCAR.com.(6-6-2004)

  • StockCarFans.com - Rumblings - Dover:
    For what was going to be an emotional weekend, Saturday's news increased it tenfold. The passing of President Ronald Reagan brought a thoughtful remorse to many. The world lost the greatest leader of the 20th Century, NASCAR lost a friend, and their fans lost a hero. Certain memories of Mr. Reagan will always be emblazoned in our minds....whether it be the speech he gave 20 years ago today on that beach in Normandy, the famous "Tear Down this Wall" speech in Berlin, the images of him lying on that sidewalk in DC, or just simply that picture of the President and the King smiling in the press box at Daytona International Speedway on July 4th, 1984.
    Now, where do we start? It's not often we can say that "pit in" determined the outcome of the race, but you could certainly make an argument for it today. With about 80 laps to go in today's MBNA 400 "A Salute to Heroes" 400 at Dover International Speedway, we finally had our first round of green-flag pit stops. After racing 320 laps, I guess a few guys forgot how tricky this pit-road entrance can be.
    First Tony Stewart totally missed it. He had to make an extra lap and that probably cost him the race. Then came the telling move. Ryan Newman spun coming in, hit the cones, hit the tires that protect the end of pit wall, and brought out the caution that would lead to "THE BIG ONE". What's that you say? You think it only happens at Talladega? We had an 19 car job today in turn 3....and it was a major mess.
    But, before we got to that point, a few other observations....
    Ryan Newman got the deal of the century. He had no less than 4 infractions (hitting the commit-line cones, spinning on pit road, pitting too early, running the stop sign at pit out), and his team spent the next 20 laps complaining that he was getting a ONE LAP PENALTY.
    So, while NASCAR was covering itself in ignominity trying to figure out who was where "at the moment of caution", not to mention who was the "lucky dog", we lost a ton of laps to that confusion. BTW, NASCAR seems to lead the league in confusion lately. Since this was not NASCAR's finest hour (keeping the WWII theme intact), they topped it off by not throwing a caution when Casey Mears grenaded an engine in turn 4 and Kasey Kahne was lucky enough to be the first car through that area....about 20 seconds later. He was toast....
    When the concrete dust settled (how come this is one of the last tracks to get "soft walls"? Buddy Baker was telling us 15 years ago the hardest hits in NASCAR came at Dover!), it was Mark Martin in Victory Lane....and it's been quite awhile since he'd graced that location.
    Martin's victory broke a 72 race losing streak (his last win was the Coke 600 at Lowe's in May of 2002), and was the 34th of his Cup career. This breaks a 17th place tie with the legendary Fireball Roberts on the all-time win list, and was win #70 for Jack Roush. His 4th win at Dover was worth $271,900 from the nearly $5.5M in posted awards.
    17 DNF's today.....they don't call this place the Monster Mile for nuttin'!
    Tony Stewart (2nd) had his best finish since he was the runner-up at Daytona in February.
    Jeff Burton (4th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Richmond last September.
    Scott Riggs (5th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 15th at Texas in April.
    Burton & Riggs' Top-5's now gives us 21 drivers at that number (last year we had 30). Riggs' Top-10 gives us 30 drivers at that mark (last years number was 42).
    Scott Wimmer (9th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at the 500 in February.
    Jimmy Spencer (17th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Rockingham last November.
    STREAKIN....Dale Earnhardt Jr has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week (for the second time this season) is Terry Labonte (+27), followed by Jimmy Spencer (+24), Dale Earnhardt Jr (+23), and Kevin Harvick (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was a tie between Jeff Gordon (-23) and Stanton Barrett (-23), followed by Brendan Gaughan (-22). This was also Gordon's second BD of the season.
    We're halfway thru the season fans (we're gonna have to consider this a 26 race season for all but 10 drivers, after all), and we're down to just the Top-10 currently eligible for this year's Chase. Sure didn't take us long to get there, huh?
    Jeff Burton (29th to 24th) made the best move forward today in the points, while Greg Biffle (21st to 25th) and Joe Nemechek (23rd to 27th) fell the most spots.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(6-6-2004)

  • The MBNA 400: "A Salute to Heroes" at Dover International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 400 of 400 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot
    #6-Martin (7)(20 laps led)
    #20-Stewart (10)(234 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.(26)
    #99-Burton (22)(15 laps led)
    #10-Riggs (23)

    #15-Waltrip (8)
    #5-Labonte (34)
    #19-Mayfield (1)(78 laps led)
    #22-Wimmer (21)
    #29-Harvick (33)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 5 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (19):
    #94-Barrett (?-out)
    #89-Shepherd (?-out)
    #51-Lepage (?-out)
    #09-Raines (?-out)
    #72-Shelmerdine (?-out)
    #01-Nemechek (accident-out)
    #50-Wallace (?-off)
    #24-Gordon (accident-out)
    #45-Petty (?-off)
    #40-Marlin (accident-off)
    #12-Newman (accident-out)
    #48-Johnson (accident-out)
    #40-Marlin (accident-out)
    #43-Green (accident-off)
    #23-Blaney (accident-off)
    #21-Rudd (accident-out)
    #9-Kahne (accident-out)
    #17-Kenseth (accident-out)
    #25-Vickers (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 with 13 lead changes):
    #19-Mayfield
    #25-Vickers
    #99-Burton
    #20-Stewart, led half-way and the most laps
    #40-Marlin
    #48-Johnson
    #12-Newman
    #9-Kahne
    #6-Martin

    Cautions: 11 for 90 laps

    Caution 11 - Laps 382 - 390: #9-Kahne hit oil from the #41 on the track while leading and hit the turn 2 wall hard, he walked away and is OK. Other drivers involved included #17-Kenseth, #25-Vickers, #31-Gordon. Red Flag shown as of 5:17pm/et to 5:39pm/et.
    Caution 10 - Laps 374 - 380: #2-Wallace brought his car back out and wacked the wall and put down some debris.
    Caution 9 - Laps 346 - 354: 19 cars - Big wreck, #22-Wimmer, #23-Blaney and #15-Waltrip went three wide, Blaney went up the track and into Waltrip. Many other cars got into the wreck: #43-Green, #40-Marlin, #19-Mayfield, #48-Johnson, #0-Burtin, #42-McMurray, #21-Rudd, #6-Martin, #2-Wallace, #16-Biffle, #29-Harvick, #41-Mears, #31-Gordon, #12-Newman, #97-Busch, #99-Burton. Red flagged as the track is blocked, lap 347, 4:30pm/et, yellow back as of 4:50pm/et, official time is 19:23 of red flag.
    Caution 8 - Laps 320 - 343: #12-Newman, while the leader and was one of 2 cars still on the lead lap, came into pit and lost it and hit the cones spun and slid around, doing a lot of damage on the rear and the right front.
    Caution 7 - Laps 233 - 237: debris on the track, turn 3...a spring rubber fell off a car
    Caution 6 - Laps 222 - 230: #24-Gordon slid up the track after he lost a front right tire and wacked the turn 2 wall.
    Caution 5 - Laps 159 - 164: #01-Nemechek got punted by #5-Labonte, Nemechek spun around and crashed hard against the front stretch inside wall. NASCAR told Labonte to calm down.
    Caution 4 - Laps 109 - 114: Debris on the track, turn 1
    Caution 3 - Laps 38 - 44: #38-Sadler got punted by #97-Busch and spun around, #77-Gaughan got into the #38.
    Caution 2 - Laps 30 - 37: competition yellow
    Caution 1 - Laps 13 - 19: #42-McMurray and #41-Mears got together, Mears wacked the inside front stretch wall.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 11: #10-Riggs
    Caution 10: #8-Earnhardt Jr.,
    Caution 9: #99-Burton,
    Caution 8: #6-Martin,
    Caution 7: #15-Waltrip,
    Caution 6: #25-Vickers,
    Caution 5: #16-Biffle,
    Caution 4: #21-Rudd,
    Caution 3: #72-Shelmerdine,
    Caution 2: #72-Shelmerdine,
    Caution 1: none
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- during the 11th caution, #8-Earnhardt and #99-Burton made pit stops, #6-Martin and #20-Stewart satyed out, that is the four cars on the lead lap before Riggs gets his lap back.
    ---- #12-Newman got held a lap as a penality for many infractions on pit road.
    ---- while leading, after his wreck, came back out to lead, then ran out of gas while on the 8th caution.....
    ---- while leading , #20-Stewart missed the pit road entrance and had to go around.
    ---- green flag pitstops are occuring around the lap 312-320 range.
    ---- on lap 313, #17-Kenseth made a pit stop, needed tires, they hope it is their last stop.
    ---- on lap 298, #2-Wallace lost a right front tire and had to pit while running in the top 10.
    ---- around lap 290, #21-Rudd lost a right front tire and had to pit.
    ----- on lap 148, #49-Schrader went to the garage to get a broken trackbar replaced.
    ---- #18-Labonte had rear-end problems and spent time in the garage to reapir it.
    ---- #41 Mears is off the track again as of lap 40 and back on as of 45.
    ---- #41-Mears came back on the track during the 2nd caution as the team made repairs.
    ---- just before the 2nd caution, #16-Biffle and #5-Labonte got together, after the caution flew, Labonte gave Biffle a little tap.
    ---- during the first caution, many of the drivers in the rear made pit stops.
    ---- NASCAR will throw a competition yellow at lap 30.
    ---- to the back, #16-Biffle and #15-Waltrip, wrecked in qualifying and will go to back-up cars. Engine changes on #94-Barrett, #17-Kenseth. #89-Shepherd crashed in Happy Hour, to a backup.

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Dover?
    #19-Mayfield, 8th
    #12-Newman, 24th
    #25-Vickers, 23rd
    #2-Wallace, 13th
    #77-Gaughan, 27th
    #38-Sadler, 18th
    #6-Martin, 1st
    #15-Waltrip, 6th
    #42-McMurray, 15th
    #20-Stewart, 2nd

  • Happy Hour practice at Dover International Speedway is over, after running an extra long practice after the first practice got rained out. It will be televised on FX after the Busch race, approx 3:30pm/et on Speed Channel. For more on the weather at Dover see Raceweather.net or weather.com.
    The fastest werer:
    #97-Busch 155.174
    #19-Mayfield 155.186
    #41-Mears 155.179
    #20-Stewart 154.500
    #99-Burton 154.176
    The slowest were: #72-Shelmerdine at 141.088 and #51-Lepage at 149.371.
    Most laps run: #20-Stewart with 79, the #48-Johnson abd #19-Mayfield with 70.
    Speeds can be seen at or NASCAR.com.(6-5-2004)

  • To the BACK (5 drivers): drivers who will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at Dover on Sunday:
    #16-Biffle [wrecked in qualifying, to backup car], #15-Waltrip [wrecked in qualifying, to backup car], #01-Nemechek [supposedly engine change after the first practice].(6-4-2004)
    CORRECTION: Nemechek lost an engine in his Busch car NOT his Cup car, I misheard that, so he will start 32nd in the Cup race.(6-5-2004)
    AND #94-Stanton Barrett lost an engine in Happy Hour, if so, he will have to give up his best career starting spot of 20th, and #89-Morgan Shepherd wrecked during happy hour and will go to a backup car [borrowed from the #50 team], so both will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag.(6-5-2004)
    FIVE add #17-Matt Kenseth [engine change] was to start 39th - provisional.(6-6-2004)

  • Saturday's first practice: was canceled due to rain.(6-5-2004)

  • Mayfield wins pole at Dover with a new Track Record: #19-Jeremy Mayfield, backed up his Friday practice run and blistered the track record at Dover International Speedway for the MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes with a run of 161.522, bettering the 1999 track record of 159.946mph of Rusty Wallace by almost 1.5mph. It is Mayfield's first Budweiser Pole since Talladega in April 2003, 40 races ago and his 8th career Bud Pole. #12-Ryan Newman is on the outside pole with a speed of 160.643mph. Four drivers beat the old track record, Mayfield, Newman, #25-Brian Vickers and #2-Rusty Wallace. Rounding out the top five is #77-Brendan Gaughan. Six dirvers broke the event [spring] qualifying record of 159.320, set by Bobby Labonte on June 4, 1999, the top five listed and #38-Elliott Sadler.
    Missing the race were #02-Sadler, #37-T Bodine and #98-Gunselman [never made an attempt].
    For qualifying results/starting lineups see:
    Jayski's Dover Qualfying Results Page

    MotorSports One
    NASCAR.com.(6-4-2004)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    * #4-Jimmy Spencer wrecked in practice and qualified in a back-up car.
    * #32-Ricky Craven bounced off the was during his run, no major damage.
    * #15-Michael Waltrip crashed off turn two on his 2nd lap, his 1st lap was good enough for 2nd fastest after 10 drivers, he will go to the back-up car, at least he gets a good pit stall choice.
    * #16-Greg Biffle wrecked off turn 2 during his first lap, damaging the right front and rear, backup? not sure yet.
    * Three drivers/teams withdrew as they couldn't get thru inspection: #90-Kevin Ray, #00-Carl Long, #52-Stan Boyd.(6-4-2004)

  • StockCarFans.com - Ramblings - Dover: It's not often that Ryan Newman gets beaten this much for a pole at a track like Dover, but today was that day! Jeremy Mayfield toured the Dover International Speedway in a record 22.288 sec (161.522 mph) to capture his 8th career pole for Sunday's MBNA 400 "A Salute to Heroes". That shattered the track record and bettered Newman's time by an amazing .122 seconds....almost a full mph faster! Jeremy's last pole was at Talladega in April of 2003, and becomes the 9th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
    Rusty Wallace (4th) has his best starting spot since he started 4th at Bristol in March (it's a concrete thang....). How'd you like to break your own track record....and the best you can do is start 4th?
    Brendan Gaughan (5th) ties his career-best starting spot this week. He also started 5th at California in April.
    Ken Schrader (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Talladega last October.
    Stanton Barrett (20th) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 30th at Pocono in July of 1999.
    Welcome Back: Tony Raines (in the #09 this weekend) makes his first start of the season, and Mike Wallace (replacing Derrike Cope in the #50 car) makes his first start since Phoenix last November.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10 starts in a row. Brian Vickers has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    The Trouble Train contained three cars today....Hermie Sadler, Todd Bodine, and Larry Gunselman get the early out.
    Provisionals went to: Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle (he crashed on his first lap coming out of turn two), Jimmy Spencer (he crashed in practice and was in a backup car), Morgan Shepherd, and Kirk Shelmerdine (this marks the 8th race that Kirk has made this season....all by way of a freebie).
    Michael Waltrip also crashed (in just about the same spot as Biffle) and he'll relinquish his 8th starting spot to go to a backup car.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(6-4-2004)

  • NASCAR NEXTEL CUP - Qualifying Notes - Dover: Jeremy Mayfield won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the MBNA 400: Salute to Heroes, lapping Dover International Speedway in 22.288 seconds at 161.522 mph. He broke Rusty Wallace's track-qualifying record of 22.505 seconds, 159.964 mph, set Sept. 24, 1999.
    This is Mayfield's eighth career Bud Pole in 322 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Talladega on April 4, 2003 - 41 races ago.
    It is Mayfield's second Bud Pole and his eighth top-10 start in 20 races at Dover.
    Mayfield became the ninth different Bud Pole winner in 2004.
    Ryan Newman had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 22.410 seconds at 160.643 mph and will join Mayfield on the front row. It is his fourth top-10 start in his five races at Dover ' all top fives. His 10th top-10 start in 2004 is his sixth on the front row ' including three Bud Poles and three straight second-place starts.
    This is seventh Bud Pole for Dodge in 2004. Chevrolet has four Bud Poles and Ford has two.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his sixth top-10 start in 2004. This is his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover.
    Rusty Wallace (fourth) posted his seventh top-10 start in 2004. It is his 27th top-10 start in his 41 races at Dover and his ninth of fourth or better in the past 13 races here.
    Brendan Gaughan (fifth) posted his fifth top-10 start in 2004. This is his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover.
    Stanton Barrett (20th) qualified for his sixth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race and posted his career-best qualifying effort. His previous best start was 30th at Pocono on July 25, 1999. This is his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover.
    Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jimmy Spencer, Morgan Shepherd and Kirk Shelmerdine used provisionals to complete the 43-car field. Three drivers failed to qualify for the MBNA 400 'A Salute to Heroes': Hermie Sadler, Todd Bodine and Larry Gunselman.
    There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the last eight races at Dover. Mayfield (fall 2000 and June 2004) is the only repeat Bud Pole winner in the eight-race period. Bud Pole qualifying was canceled due to weather in June 2001 and September 2003.
    Forty-two of 68 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Dover have been won from the first five starting positions while only 13 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-4-2004)

  • Three teams withdraw:
    Three drivers/teams withdrew as they couldn't get thru inspection: #90-Kevin Ray, #00-Carl Long, #52-Stan Boyd. So down to 46 drivers for 43 spots.(6-4-2004)

  • Friday Practice at Dover for the MBNA 400: Salute to Heroes is over. The fastest were:
    #19-Mayfield 160.765
    #12-Newman 160.043
    #25-Vickers 159.447
    #97-Kurt Busch 159.165
    #38-Sadler 158.541
    Most laps run: #6-Martin with 59 and #20-Stewart, #99-Burton at 50
    slowest were: #72-Shelmerdine at 140.100 [20mph off top speed] and #52-Stan Boyd at 142.354.
    no speeds listed for #90-Kevin Ray or #00-Carl Long.
    Speeds listed at or NASCAR.com.(6-4-2004)

  • Qualifying Order links are up. 49 drivers going for 43 spots. First driver scheduled out is #97-Kurt Busch. Last due out is #23-Dave Blaney. Qualifying is scheduled for 2:30pm/et and will be televised on Soeed Channel at 2:30pm/et [re-air at 8:00pm and 2:00am/et]. MRN and XM Satellite NASACR Radio will have the radio coverage, NASCAR.com has online coverage [paid] and Jayski will have his Semi-Live Dover Qualifying page up around 2:30pm/et.

  • Dover Entry List; 46 drivers, including: #02-Hermie Sadler, #09-TBA [Bobby Hamilton Jr?], #7-Dave Blaney, #35-Kenny Hendrick [no relation to Rick], 51-Kevin Lepage, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #90-Kevin Ray, #94-Stanton Barrett and #98-Larry Gunselman.
    AND hearing Carl Long will be in the #00 McGlynn Motorsports Chevrolet, and #72 Kirk Shelmerdine says he will attempt the race, 48 cars/drivers.
    OR is it 49? add #23-Dave Blaney, he was listed in the #7, does someone else go in the #7 [Steve Park]??
    UPDATE: ok, some changes to the entry list, #7 Ultra Motorsports, #35-Kenny Hendick are off the list, the #09 goes from TBA to Tony Raines and the #50 goes from Cope to Mike Wallace.
    ADD: #00-Carl Long, #37-Todd Bodine, #52-Stan Boyd [Ware Racing Dodge], #72-Kirk Shelmerdine, so I count 49 drivers/teams making an attempt at Dover, so six will go home.(6-3-2004)

  • Rookie News and Notes - Dover

  • Entry List Links:

    NASCAR.com

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links

  • 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
    NASCAR.com


SOME RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, Sept 1999, 159.946mph

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, Sept 1997, 132.719mph

  • June 2003 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 158.716, finished 1st

  • June 2003 Race Winner: #12-Ryan Newman, 108.802mph, started 1st

  • Slowest Race Record: David Pearson, June 1975, 100.820mph

  • Old Slowest Race Record: Mark Martin, June 1975, 100.820mph

  • New Slowest Race Record: Mark Martin, June 2004, 97.042mph

  • Dover Facts and Notes:
    Historical data:
    Previous winners at Dover:
    Bobby Allison (7) Richard Petty (7) David Pearson (5) Bill Elliott (4) Harry Gant (4) Ricky Rudd (4) Jeff Gordon (4) Cale Yarborough (3) Dale Earnhardt (3) Rusty Wallace (3) Mark Martin (3) Darrell Waltrip (2) Benny Parsons (2) Neil Bonnett (2) Tony Stewart (2) Jimmie Johnson (2) Ryan Newman (2) Jody Ridley (1) Geoffrey Bodine (1) Derrike Cope (1) Ken Schrader (1) Davey Allison (1) Kyle Petty (1) Dale Jarrett (1) Bobby Labonte (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1)

    Races won from the pole: 11 of 68 events (16%)
    Races won from the top 10: 55 of 68 events (81%)
    Races won from outside top 10: 13 of 68 events (19%)
    Track Milestones
    David Pearson won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Busch Pole at Dover Downs International Speedway in July 1969.
    Richard Petty won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover, the 1969 Mason-Dixon 300.
    The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover was changed to a 500-mile format in 1971 and then to 400 miles in September 1997.
    Track Update
    In five of the last 10 years both races at Dover were swept by a single driver. Ryan Newman was the most recent driver to sweep both races at Dover, doing so in 2003. Other drivers to sweep both races since 1994: Jimmie Johnson (2002), Tony Stewart (2000), Jeff Gordon (1996) and Rusty Wallace (1994).
    Manufacturer Update
    Dodge won its first Dover race since 1975, when Ryan Newman won there this past June from the Bud Pole starting position. Newman repeated as the race winner in the fall race, the first time Dodge posted consecutive victories at Dover.
    Qualifying Update
    There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the last seven races at Dover. Bud Pole qualifying was canceled due to weather in June 2001 and September 2003.
    NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Active Drivers First and Last at This Track
    First Start
    Long, Carl 9-24-01
    Busch, Kurt 9-24-00
    Kenseth, Matt 9-20-98
    Labonte, Bobby 6-2-91
    Spencer, Jimmy 6-4-89
    First Pole
    Kenseth, Matt 5-31-02
    Waltrip, Michael 5-30-91
    First Win
    None
    Last Pole
    Kenseth, Matt 5-31-02
    Wallace, Rusty 9-20-02
    Last Win
    Schrader, Ken 6-2-91
    Petty, Kyle 6-4-95
    Cope, Derrike 6-3-90
    Last Victory at This Track
    in a Chevrolet Jimmie Johnson 2002 MBNA All-American Heroes 400
    in a Dodge Ryan Newman 2003 MBNA American 400
    in a Ford Mark Martin 1999 MBNA Gold 400
    in a Pontiac Tony Stewart 2000 MBNA.com 400
    Car Owner Victories at This Track
    Rick Hendrick 9
    Wood Brothers 7
    Petty Engineering 6
    Junior Johnson 5
    Roger Penske 5
    DiGard Racing 4
    Bud Moore 4
    Melling Racing 4
    Richard Childress 3
    Jack Roush 3
    Joe Gibbs 3
    Hal Needham (Mach 1) 2
    Leo Jackson 2
    L.G. DeWitt 2
    Holmon-Moody 1
    Junie Donlavey 1
    Curb Racing 1
    Ranier Racing 1
    Bob Whitcomb 1
    Felix Sabates 1
    Ricky Rudd 1
    Robert Yates 1
    Dale Earnhardt Inc. 1
    Totals 68
    Retired driver, David Pearson leads all drivers with six Bud Poles at Dover.
    Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with five Bud Poles at Dover.
    Ryan Newman has won the last two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Dover. Three drivers have won three straight Dover races:
    * David Pearson (fall of 1972 and both races in 1973)
    * Rusty Wallace (fall of 1993 and both races in 1994)
    * Jeff Gordon (fall of 1995 and both races in 1996).
    In the 33 years of twice-a-year NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing at Dover (1971 to 2003), a sweep has occurred nine times, including three of the past four seasons. Ryan Newman is the most recent driver to win both Dover races in the same year (2003). Jimmie Johnson (2002), Tony Stewart (2000), Jeff Gordon (1996), Rusty Wallace (1994), Dale Earnhardt (1989), Bill Elliott (1988), Bobby Allison (1983) and David Pearson (1973) are the other drivers who swept both races in the same year.
    Selected Performance at this Track
    Ricky Rudd leads all active drivers, competing in 51 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Dover.
    Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers, scoring five Bud Poles at Dover.
    Jeff Gordon and Ricky Rudd lead all active drivers each with four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at Dover.
    Mark Martin leads all other active drivers with 15 top-five finishes at Dover.
    Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd lead all drivers with 26 top-10 finishes at Dover.
    Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with more than 10 starts at Dover with an 8.975 average start in 40 races.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with more than 10 starts at Dover with a 10.00 average finish in 22 races.
    Ryan Newman has a 3.50 finishing average in four races at Dover.
    Tony Stewart has a 4.30 finishing average in 10 races at Dover.
    Matt Kenseth (10), Elliott Sadler (10), Tony Stewart (10) and Kevin Harvick (six) are the only active drivers with more than five starts at Dover that have not posted a DNF there.
    Terry Labonte, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty all have had 13 DNFs at Dover, more than any other active driver.
    Manufacturer Highlight
    Chevrolet has led more than half of the laps raced this season (2,291 of 4,050). Based on total laps led in the race, Chevrolet has led the most laps in eight races (including Darlington when both Chevrolet and Dodge led 106 laps).
    Lap Leaders
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson have each led a lap in eight races this season, more than any other drivers.
    All six Rookie-of-the-Year candidates have led at least once this season - headed by Kasey Kahne who has led 18 times over five races. (NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-25-2004)

  • Dover NEWS & NOTES:
    Charting the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 10: Johnson closing in on points lead … Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet) and his pit crew coaxed his car to a sixth-place finish this past Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600; it was a top-10 finish that enabled him to cling to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 10 lead. Earnhardt leads Coca-Cola 600 winner Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) by only five points (1,798-1,793). The Top 10 has taken on added importance this season. After 26 races of the 36-race season, the top 10 drivers in points – plus anyone within 400 points of the standings’ leader – will be involved in the “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup” that will determine the series champion. (Race No. 26 is at Richmond on Sept. 11; the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup starts the following week at New Hampshire.)

    On the NASCAR bubble … The modified format for determining the series champion has created a bubble situation, between the Top 10 and those trying to join that elite group. There also is another bubble of sort, at the 400-point “cut-off.” Historically, very few drivers outside the Top 10 after 26 races have been within 400 points of the standings’ leader. Coming into Dover, only two drivers outside the Top 10 are within 400 points of Earnhardt – 11th-place Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) and 12th-place Jamie McMurray (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge). Kahne trails Earnhardt by 378 points while McMurray is 384 behind. As far as the Top 10 goes, Kahne is 78 behind 10th-place Kevin Harvick (No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet), while McMurray is 84 back. Thirteenth-place Rusty Wallace is 117 behind Harvick.

    Press conference announces plans for race weekend, to honor D-Day … On Friday at 10 a.m,, MBNA will hold a press conference in the Dover International Speedway infield media center, to discuss plans to honor war veterans during the race weekend. Sunday – race day – marks the 60th anniversary of D-Day, thus the race title: MBNA 400 “A Salute to Heroes.” Appearing at the press conference will be D-Day veterans, representatives from the charities benefiting from the race, MBNA representatives and Dover International Speedway personnel. Also, Bobby Labonte’s No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet, co-sponsored this week by MBNA, will be on display outside the media center. Mark this milestone: Dover race No. 1,000 in Modern Era … Sunday’s Dover event will be the 1,000th in NASCAR’s Modern Era, which began in 1972 when the premier series schedule was shortened from 48 to 31 races. Sunday will be the 2,042nd points race in the overall history of the series.

    Dover 2001 win extra-special for Dale Earnhardt Jr. … In July 2001, Dale Earnhardt Jr. claimed an extremely emotional victory, winning the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, only seven months after the death of his father, Dale Earnhardt. Then, only two months after that win, the younger Earnhardt won at Dover in the first race held since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Dover event followed the postponement of a race at New Hampshire International Speedway scheduled for Sept. 16. Earnhardt’s Dover victory came amid a weekend-long patriotic display at the track, particularly on race day. “I think [that] win was one of the highlights I'll never forget,” Earnhardt said. “Not even so much that we won, but just the feeling among all of the fans and the drivers and teams that day.” One more time with Regis and Kelly, for Gordon … Four-time champion Jeff Gordon became a five-time “LIVE with Regis and Kelly” co-host on Wednesday, joining Kelly Ripa on the popular syndicated daytime talk show. One of the people Gordon helped interview: Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice.

    New bridge offers unique vantage point … The Monster Mile now appropriately features the Dupont Monster Bridge, a walkway/viewing area 29 feet above the race track over Turn 3. The bridge is enclosed by Dupont’s hurricane-resistant glass, to protect spectators from any race-related debris. The viewing area has 50 theater-style seats; each seat has audio access to NASCAR race coverage on television and radio, along with access to the major drivers’ race team communications. Flat-screen televisions, a climate-controlled interior, wall-to-wall carpet and a full-service refreshment bar add to the DuPont Monster Bridge experience.

    Johnson also comfortable at Dover … Jimmie Johnson knows about Dover success. He swept the track’s two events in 2002 – as a rookie, no less, becoming the first rookie to pull off a season sweep. “Dover is so unique,” Johnson said. “There is not a track on the circuit that is remotely close to Dover. So when you find the right set-up for Dover and the driver has the right rhythm for it, it really just applies to one place and you can fine-tune and hone in on it. A lot of people go to Kentucky and other tracks to test. But you can’t take anything you learn there and apply it because Dover is so unique.”
    Newman, Borland soon to reach new speeds … Ryan Newman and his crew chief Matt Borland will visit Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. on June 28. Newman and Borland will visit with base personnel and go through limited flight training and flying in an F-16. Media members will be welcomed to cover the visit.

    Chevrolet widens lead in Manufacturers points … Jimmie Johnson’s victory in the Coca-Cola 600 gave Chevrolet its seventh victory of the season. Chevrolet widened its lead in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Manufacturers Championship standings, 85-74 over Ford. Dodge is third with 69 points.(NASCAR PR)(6-3-2004)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Secretary of the Air Force at Dover NASCAR Race: Dr. James G. Roche, Secretary of the Air Force, will be attending the MBNA 400: Sulute to Heros at Dover International Speedway on 6 June. Dr. Roche is the 20th Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping, and providing for the welfare of its nearly 370,000 men and women on active duty, 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, 160,000 civilians, and their families. As head of the Department of the Air Force, Secretary Roche is responsible for its functioning and efficiency, the formulation of its policies and programs, and the timely implementation of decisions and instructions of the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense. This will be Secretary Roche's first NASCAR race. Dr. Roche will be visiting with the #21 Motorcraft Nextel Cup team, owned by the Wood Brothers, and driven by Ricky Rudd. The Air Force association with the #21 has been part of its recruiting and retention effort since 2001. NASCAR and the Air Force have a lot in common - speed, mechanics, technology and teamwork, and has successfully used it's involvement in NASCAR as part of it's overall advertising program. June 6 marks the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy invasion, the beginning of the Allied assault, eventually leading to the end of WWII. The Allied forces that day involved 6,500 ships and 13,000 aircraft. Over 200,000 vehicles and 600,000 tons of supplies were transported to support the Allied troops in the weeks that followed the initial attack.(Air Force PR)(6-3-2004)

  • F-16's to do Dover Flyover: the Flyover at Dover following the National Anthem will be performed by four F-16's from the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard.(Air Force PR)(6-3-2004)

  • New race name at Dover and WWII Planes to Flyover: MBNA recently announced the name and theme of the upcoming NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. "The MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes" will be held on June 6, 2004 -- the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Pre-race activities will honor those Americans whose heroism in the liberation of Europe earned them the title, "The Greatest Generation." Pre-race activities on June 6 will include a fly-over of World War II-era military aircraft, including the world's only B-29 bomber still in flight. D-Day veterans will participate in pre-race ceremonies and Peter Thomas, the former voice of the History Channel and himself a veteran of Omaha Beach, will read General Dwight Eisenhower's Order of the Day of June 5, 1944. As Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, Eisenhower issued this order on the eve of the D-Day invasion. The order includes the inspiring line, "We will accept nothing less than full victory."
    The tripleheader of racing action at Dover International Speedway begins on Friday, June 4 with the return of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for the MBNA America 200. On Saturday, June 5, the rising stars of the NASCAR Busch Series take to the Monster Mile for the MBNA America 200. And then on Sunday, June 6, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series returns to Dover for the MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes, which promises to be one of the most memorable in recent history. Tickets for the entire June 4 - 6 MBNA race weekend are available by calling 1-800-441-RACE, or online at www.doverspeedway.com.(PR)(6-1-2004)

  • New Scoring Pylon at Dover: It's down with the old, and up with the new, at Dover International Speedway. Just in time for the upcoming June 4-6 MBNA race weekend, installation is complete on a new scoring pylon at Dover International Speedway. At 94-feet tall, the new scoring pylon is more than twice the size of the old one. Located near the start/finish line in the infield, it will feature 17 total positions -- the top 15 drivers, with the bottom 2 spots scrolling through the rest of the field. The old pylon, originally installed in the mid-'70s, displayed only the top 5 positions. It was disassembled and removed earlier this week. The new four-sided scoring pylon features rotating backlit panels with the logos of June 4-6, 2004 race sponsor MBNA, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Dover International Speedway. It also displays the lap speed of the race leader. All numerals are 3-feet-tall and illuminated.(Dover International Speedway PR)(6-1-2004)



  • American Idol star Clay Aiken will sing the national anthem at Dover: Triple platinum-selling recording artist Clay Aiken will sing the national anthem at the inaugural running in Dover of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes on June 6, 2004. Aiken also will take the time while in Dover to perform a benefit concert in the Dover Downs Rollins Center on Saturday night, June 5. The Bubel/Aiken Foundation and the Autism Society of Delaware are the beneficiaries of this very special evening with Aiken. Tickets are now on sale for this event and can be purchased by calling Dover Downs Slots VIP Services at 1-800-711-5882. Aiken, who first gained fame as the 2003 runner-up on the FOX Television program American Idol, will also treat the thousands on hand to a second song to help commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day. The mission of The Bubel/Aiken Foundation is to provide services and financial assistance to facilitate fully the integration of children with disabilities into the life environment of those without. The Bubel/Aiken Foundation creates awareness about the diversity of individuals with disabilities and the possibilities inclusion can bring. Through collaborations with the disability, education, entertainment, and media communities, they recognize those whose commitment to breaking the stereotypes attendant to the developmentally disabled has broken barriers and extended the boundaries of the human experience for all. The Autism Society of Delaware, a chapter of the Autism Society of America, is committed to improving the lives of people with autism and their families. Serving all of Delaware, they educate, advocate and raise public awareness in order to promote lifelong opportunities and acceptance for people with autism in their communities.(Dover International Speedway PR)(6-1-2004)

  • 2nd Bridge Being Built at Dover? UPDATE 2 The DuPont Monster Bridge: hearing that Dover International Speedway is curently in the closing stages of completion of a second walkover bridge at the end of the back straight. This new bridge will have approximately 66 seats that overlook the track and will have corporate sponsonship. The new brige has different glass than the one in turn two to protect the spectators inside. Interesting never heard of that before.(3-23-2004)
    UPDATE been told some ticket holders have been contacted by Dover International Speedway letting them know thier seats "may" be partially obstructed view due to construction of the new bridge. They couldn't guarantee just how much would be obstructed but said it was possible and offered to move the seats. So far the folks I have heards from were offered better seats.(3-29-2004)
    UPDATE 2: The DuPont Monster Bridge, a new steel, concrete and glass structure, will suspend 50 spectators 29 feet above turn three of the high-banked, one-mile oval during the Craftsman Truck, Busch and Nextel Cup races. But don't even think about trying to buy a ticket. They're not for sale to the general public. For the first race, most of those 50 people who in the structure will be media, dignitaries and select partners. The track plans to open it up for corporate promotional opportunities by September's races. The structure will interfere with the sightlines of about 2,000 of the track's 140,000 seats, but only about 250 of them will be seriously obstructed. Fans with those seats were offered the chance to upgrade their tickets. It is believed that there is no other speedway or stadium in the world that puts spectators directly above the race or game. The structure cost "in the mid-to-high six figures". Dover Motorsports Inc. has a patent pending on the structure, which was built by Kent Construction of Dover. Miraglia said Nashville Superspeedway - also owned by Dover Motorsports - appears to be next in line to get the seating arrangement. The front and rear glass walls of the DuPont Monster Bridge are made of laminated safety glass with DuPont SentryGlas Plus. In testing, the glass could not be penetrated by a lug nut shot at 200 mph. The structure also features a "catch fence" around it as an additional safeguard. The 50 seats, manufactured by American Seating of Grand Rapids, Mich., are custom-built, theater-style seats embroidered with a "Monster Mile" logo. There will be 64 seats for September's race. Each seat will provide audio access to NASCAR race coverage on TV and radio, along with access to race team communications. Nine flat-screen TVs are included in the climate-controlled interior, along with wall-to-wall carpet and a full-service refreshment bar.(Deleware News Journal see an image of the bridge there)(5-7-2004)





  • Safety crews train at Dover: Two NASCAR race cars sat at the bottom of the banking between the first and second turns at Dover International Speedway Sunday, with paramedics and firefighters quickly responding to the accident scene. This simulated crash scene was the culmination of a two-day program at Dover designed to help firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMT) gain valuable hands-on experience in race-day scenarios. While the Nextel Cup Series drivers were competing at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, 50 prospective race safety workers were taking part in the fourth annual program at Dover in preparation for June's NASCAR races at the track.(Deleware News Journal)(4-27-2004)

  • Dover to get SAFER walls: The SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system will be installed at Dover International Speedway's high-banked, one-mile track. It is expected to cost about $1 million to install SAFER barriers at Dover. The walls are designed to absorb energy and decrease the chance of injuries to drivers in the event of an accident. They are expected to be in place possibly in time for Dover's next NASCAR race weekend, June 3-6. If that doesn't happen, the project could be completed in time for Dover's September races. The wall is installed in front of the race track's existing walls. As they did at Darlington Raceway, the walls will take away 2 1/2 feet of race track at Dover. That should not be a problem since there is no high groove for drivers to use. A team of NASCAR engineers visited Dover six weeks ago to assess the track for the project. Dover has never had a driver fatality during a NASCAR race at its facility. Several drivers have been injured over the years, sustaining broken bones and concussions, after coming into contact with the track's walls. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was briefly knocked unconscious when he hit the outside wall in the second turn in last September's MBNA America 400. The accident looked harmless, but Earnhardt said the data recorder in his car revealed he had suffered a tremendous impact.(in part from the Delaware News Journal)(3-21-2004)

  • New PR Director Named at Dover: Dover Motorsports has announced that Gary Camp has joined the Company as Director of Public Relations for Dover International Speedway. Camp replaces John Dunlap, who recently left Dover International Speedway to serve as Sr. Manager of Public Relations for the NEXTEL Cup Series in Charlotte, NC. Prior to joining the Dover International Speedway team, Camp spent several years as an account executive and public relations representative with Shipley Associates, Inc. of Wilmington, Del., the Speedway's agency of record for more than 30 years. While at Shipley, Camp worked on the Speedway account, but also handled the day-to-day public relations functions for Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, along with several other clients.(Dover Motorsports PR)(3-18-2004)

  • Dunlap Leaving Dover, going to NASCAR/Nextel: John Dunlap is stepping down as director of public relations at Dover International Speedway to accept a job as senior public relations manager for NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series. Dunlap, 51, said Wednesday that it was not an easy decision because of the relationships he has forged and the memories he has made in his four years at Dover. However, the opportunity to work for Nextel, a telecommunications company that is beginning its first year as the title sponsor of NASCAR's premier series, proved to be too much to resist. Dunlap expects to attend anywhere between 25-30 Nextel Cup races this season, where he will serve as a liaison between the NASCAR teams and the media and will assist with various Nextel promotional programs.(Delaware News Journal)(1-29-2004)

  • No lights at Dover: With NASCAR moving toward more prime-time Nextel Cup races, Dover has been suggested as a track that eventually will install lights. Not yet, McGlynn said. "We told NASCAR, when you think we have to have them, tell us and we'll put them up," he said. McGlynn said no additional seats will be added to the speedway this year.(Philadelphia Daily News)(1-14-2004)

  • Dover Intl Speedway sues Action: Dover International Speedway has sued the Arizona-based company that sold NASCAR souvenirs at its annual races, claiming the Dover operation was cheated out of millions of dollars in proceeds. The U.S. District Court lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. It was filed against Action Performance Companies and its subsidiary Action Sports Image. A spokesperson for the Tempe, Ariz., companies could not be reached. The Action company sold race-related merchandise out of trailers for more than 10 years through the September 2002 NASCAR race. An agreement with the Dover Speedway called for Action to pay 25 percent of each trailer's gross proceeds or an unspecified minimum per-trailer fee, whichever was larger. Dover Speedway agreed to reduce its commission rate from 25 percent to 15 percent after Action asked to renegotiate the terms last year. Action told the raceway an economic downturn and industry standards required the reduced sales commission, which became official in May 2003.(Delaware News Journal)(11-13-2003)

  • Dover Motorsports for Sale? In the last six years, the auto racing business at Dover Downs has swelled from a one-track enterprise to the third-largest auto racing company in the United States. That growth has attracted the attention of potential buyers for Dover Motorsports. And the timing for an acquisition could be right. All of the other Delaware-based businesses the late John Rollins Sr. founded or took public have been sold. Last year, Dover Downs management split the auto racing operations from the slot machine and harness racing businesses, which made the auto racing business easier to sell. Henry B. Tippie, the Austin, Texas-based chairman of Dover Motorsports' board declined to comment. Rollins' widow, Michele Rollins, was out of the country and could not be reached for comment. Other Rollins family members who are shareholders did not return calls seeking comment. They include John Rollins Jr., Jeffrey Rollins, and Rollins' Atlanta-based nephews Gary and R. Randall Rollins. Dover Motorsports chief Denis McGlynn declined to discuss whether the company was in talks over a possible sale.
    In 1997, Dover Downs bought Nashville Speedway USA. The next year Dover bought the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Calif., which also included tracks in St. Louis and Memphis. In 2002, it added a Grand Prix race in Denver, and, in February, held its first Grand Prix race in St. Petersburg, Fla. Those acquisitions have made Dover Motorsports the third-largest operator of auto racing tracks, behind International Speedway and Speedway Motorsports. In 2002, in an effort to attract more interest from investors, Dover Downs Entertainment Inc. spun off the casino and horse racing operations into a separate company. The auto racing operation became Dover Motorsports Inc. Dover Motorsports has yet to capture investors' attention. Only a handful of Wall Street analysts cover the company, and the stock prices have languished.(more at the Delaware News Journal)(9-20-2003)

  • Dover and Lights update: Denis McGlynn expects to flip a switch that will illuminate Dover International Speedway and usher in a new era of night racing at the track, possibly within two years. McGlynn, the president and CEO of Dover's speedway, said it is only logical that the track follow the trend started by Bristol, and then embraced by Charlotte, Richmond and Daytona. Darlington Raceway is installing lights and will run the Southern 500 at night for the first time Nov. 14 next year. California Speedway will run a night race next Labor Day weekend. "I expect lights will happen at Dover," McGlynn said. "We don't have a timeline on it right now. But NASCAR has let us know there is a general inclination by the television networks to go with later starts and evening races. It will not happen this year or next year. But I would expect to see it at some point in the future." Dover is studying how much it would cost to light the track. It cost $2.5 million to light Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, which is owned by Dover Motorsports. McGlynn said it likely would cost more to install a lighting system at Dover because the grandstands almost encircle the one-mile oval. Plus, parking lots around the track would have to have lights. He estimated it would take six months to install them. Jim Hunter, vice president of NASCAR, said the sport would like to keep many of its traditional Sunday afternoon races. "I don't think that there's going to be a wholesale change to night racing," Hunter said. "I think there's going to be some select events that we'll do that with. I think what you might see is more day/night events. Television has not indicated that they want a lot of night races. They just want to move them to a little later in the day, which normally leads to better ratings. Dover would be great at night." Another advantage if Dover went to Saturday night races would be that there would be a built-in rain date. If a race is rained out on Sunday, many fans have to work on Monday and cannot return to the race track.(Delaware News Journal)(9-19-2003)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Dover International Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Long at Dover UPDATE: hearing that Carl Long will attempt to make the MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes at Dover International Speedway in the #00 McGlynn Motorsports Chevrolet, while not asscoaited with Michael Waltrip or DEI, it is a former DEI car supposedly.(6-2-2004)
    UPDATE: Carl Long has teamed up with the #00 McGlynn Motorsports Nextel Cup Chevrolet crew this weekend at Dover International Speedway and again for the upcoming Pocono Nextel Cup race scheduled for Sunday, June 13, 2004. Long has nine NASCAR Cup Series, four Busch Series and six NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career starts to his credit and is one of the most popular independent drivers in NASCAR. Long has been tabbed by Team Owner Raynard McGlynn to help his team gain valuable experience on and off the track. McGlynn's long-term strategy is to enter his son Ryan in the July 25, 2004 Loudon [New Hampshire] Cup race. Driver Ryan McGlynn has been approved by NASCAR to compete in Nextel Cup tracks up to one-mile until he gains additional Cup experience. McGlynn competed at the inaugural Daytona truck event and is approved to compete at Superspeedways in all truck competition. McGlynn Motorsports plans on running at least one truck series event, possibly Kentucky. McGlynn Motorsports and driver Ryan McGlynn posted their career-best finish in the Kentucky truck race, coming home eleventh (11th) after qualifying twenty-ninth (29th) for the July 14, 2001 event.(TruckSeries.com)(6-3-2004)

  • Gunselman in the #98 at Dover: Larry Gunselman, co-owner of the #98 Lucas Oil Ford will climb into the car this weekend in Dover International Speedway, attempting to make the MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes race. Gunselman has worn a number of hats this season as co-owner, pit crew member, as well as being fully involved with the day-to-day operations at the MACH 1 shop in Denver NC. Gunselman brings a wide array of experience from various levels of racing, including the former the Winston West, the NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman’s Truck, and NASCAR Nextel Cup series. Most recently Gunselman raced the full year in 2003 finishing 21st in points in the NASCAR Busch Series. “I’m very excited about driving the car this weekend in Dover”, stated Gunselman.(Mach 1 PR)(6-3-2004)

  • Blaney to run the #23 at Dover: Bill Davis Racing announced the addition of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc. as a primary sponsor of the #23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge for the MBNA 400 “A Salute to Heroes” at Dover International Speedway. Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, Ollie's Bargain Outlet has 31 locations stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. In addition to serving as a primary sponsor of the #23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge this weekend at Dover, Ollie’s is already a primary sponsor of the #43 Curb-Agajanian team piloted by Aaron Fike in the NASCAR Busch Series. Mark Butler, the CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, remarked that “the Bill Davis Racing #23 NASCAR team is a perfect partner for Ollie’s. Despite not having a full-time sponsor in 2004, the #23 team has fielded a number of very competitive entries in Nextel Cup races this year. “As we recently opened a store in Dover and are looking forward to expanding with more stores in the Delaware area, we believe that sponsoring a team in such an extremely popular and widely covered sporting event as the MBNA 400 ‘A Salute to Heroes’ will help us promote our company’s commitment to providing quality products at cheap prices in Delaware. The #23 Bill Davis Racing team has competed in a limited schedule this year due to a lack of full-time sponsorship, but it certainly does not appear that Dave Blaney has been driving for anything less than a full-time team; Blaney has notched four top-20 finishes in five Nextel Cup Series starts as driver of Bill Davis’s #23 car. “I am excited to pilot the #23 Bill Davis Racing Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Dodge at Dover this week. We have a great team working on that car, and we will build on some positive things we took away from our performance in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte last weekend.” Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, Ollie's Ollie’s Bargain Outlet was founded in 1982 by Mr. Mort Bernstein and Mr. Mark Butler. Ollie’s purchases By buying overproduced, overstocked and discontinued goods from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers and offers a compelling value to its customers by selling these , Ollie's is able to sell its products at prices typically 40% to 50% below suggested retail prices. Please visit www.olliesbargainoutlet.com for more information.(Bill Davis Racing PR), Blaney was listed in the #7 Ultra Motorsports Dodge at Dover, no idea if they will field the car with another driver [Steve Park?] or withdraw.(6-2-2004)

  • Red, White and Blue for Kirk: Kirk Shelmerdine and the #72 crew head for the Monster Mile at Dover, Delaware this weekend for the MBNA 400 “A Salute To Heroes.” Shelmerdine’s Ford Taurus will sport a red, white, and blue paint scheme to honor our veterans, and the other heroes who have given so much to keep us free. Kirk and his crew also wish to send a special salute to honor the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Freddie B’s, RacingUnderdog.com, and The Winning Team Racing Apparel are Shelmerdine’s associate sponsors for this week’s event.(RacingUnderdog.com / Hearsay Entertainment PR)(6-2-2004)

  • Donlavey back in action UPDATE: hearing that legendary car owner, Junie Donlavey will enter the #90 Donlavey Racing Ford in 12 NEXTEL Cup races starting with Dover in June. Kevin Ray will supposedly be the driver. Sponsors will be Boudreauxs Butt Paste and RacingUSA.com. What is this Butt Paste? It is a product for babies, to help with diaper rash, RacingUSA.com sells NASCAR stuff, like diecast.(5-25-2004)
    UPDATE: Racing legend Junie Donlavey will make his return to the track as a car owner next weekend for the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway. Donlavey Racing in conjunction with TRIX Racing [ran ARCA and some Cup races as the #79 a few years ago - from NJ], will once again field its' #90 Ford with up and coming driver Kevin Ray behind the wheel. The team will enter twelve events this season and hopes to run a full schedule in 2005. "We are very excited to be back in the NEXTEL Cup Series and I feel like we have assembled a great team to run these select races, and a really aggressive driver in Kevin Ray," said Donlavey. Kevin Ray is the twenty-six year old son of John Ray, who fielded a Grand National car for such racing legends as Dale Earnhardt, Johnny Rutherford, and several others. A native of Eastaboga, AL, Ray has grown up around the sport of stock car racing and has been addicted since his go-cart days at age ten. He has since seen success at many different levels of racing including quarter-midgets, mini-sprints, late models, and legends cars. Kevin has also competed in both the ARCA and Busch series, as well as the NASCAR All-Pro Series. He is excited to be making his NEXTEL Cup debut next week with a legend like Junie Donlavey. "I am extremely excited about making my first NEXTEL Cup Series start at Dover next week," said Ray. "I have never driven at Dover, however my confidence is really ramped up for this event and all of the events on our schedule, and I feel confident about both my ability and the ability of the team members we have selected."
    Co-primary sponsors for the selected races will be Boudreaux's Butt Paste, and RacingUSA.com. Both are veteran sponsors and both are looking forward to being involved with Ray and Donlavey. Boudreaux's Butt Paste is a company based out of Covington, Louisiana. The product was originally developed over twenty years ago by local pharmacist George Boudreaux in response to his customers' need for a diaper rash medication. The product worked so well that George Boudreaux began selling it to other fine pharmacies and is now sold throughout the country in Walmart, Target, soon to be Walgreens, as well as in many other grocery and drug chains. It's not just for diaper rash anymore, however. Over the years, the product has shown to be effective in treating things like, rashes, minor burns, chapped lips, insect bites, and many other skin ailments. It is used by many collegiate as well as professional athletes around the country to prevent chafing. After features on Oprah, ESPN-Game Day, and in magazines like People, buttpaste.com has seen a sharp increase in interest and in sales. George Boudreaux has previously sponsored Kim Crosby in both the ARCA and the Busch Series, and is excited to be making the jump to the NEXTEL Cup Series with Junie Donlavey and Kevin Ray. The Co-Primary sponsor on the #90 Ford will be RacingUSA.com. RacingUSA is based right in the backyard of Kevin Ray in Hoover, Alabama and is the most frequently shopped, independently owned site on the internet for NASCAR merchandise. Since it's inception in 1999, RacingUSA.com has shipped more than 100,000 internet orders and has also been continually rated "Excellent" by NASCAR fans in both the United States and Canada. RacingUSA.com also has a long history of supporting multiple youth organizations as well as drivers in the NEXTEL Cup, Busch, Craftsman Truck, and ARCA Series'.(Victory Lane Motorsports Management PR)(5-26-2004)
    IMAGE: see an image of the car on my 2004 Cup Paint Schemes page.(5-27-2004)

  • See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #18-Bobby Labonte D-Day Dover - June #18 Paint Scheme Page


  • Special D-Day Scheme for Labonte at Dover UPDATE: hearing that #18-Bobby Labonte wil run a D-Day scheme as this year marks the 60th Anniversary of D-Day, Labonte and Dover race sponsor MBNA will re-paint the Joe Gibbs NEXTEL Cup #18 with a vintage war plane design. The car will carry the decals and the insignias of this war-time in America. June 6 Dover.(3-5-2004)
    UPDATE: Bobby Labonte came to town to talk a little NASCAR yesterday, but it was his race car that got the most attention. Draped in camouflage netting, the #18 Chevrolet was parked on a pier next to Dave & Buster's. A crowd of on-lookers gathered around, apparently oblivious to the traffic whizzing past on Columbus Boulevard or the dozens of yachts gently bobbing nearby in the Delaware River. Polite applause gave way to cheers when the cover was removed, revealing a special paint-job commemorating the World War II invasion of Normandy. Sporting an olive-green body with red and yellow accents on the nose and gray "rivets" painted on, the Monte Carlo carried a poignant message on its hood: "We will accept nothing less than full victory." Labonte will pilot the car at Dover International Speedway on June 6, the 60th anniversary of D-Day, in a Nextel Cup race that has been renamed the MBNA 400: A Tribute to Heroes. MBNA, which is also sponsoring Labonte's racer, will donate a portion of the sales of die-cast replicas of the car to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation and to the Armed Forces Family Scholarship and Assistance Fund, which is administered by the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. "It's a great honor to be a part of this, and I really like the fact that we're doing it at one of my favorite tracks," Labonte said. "We would really like to stick this car in Victory Lane, not just to help us in the points standings, but also because it would make the die-cast a hotter item to sell." With an open date in the Nextel Cup schedule this weekend, Labonte was accompanied yesterday by his wife Donna and their two children, son Tyler, 10, and daughter Madison, 6. Soon after the event ended, the family headed to the Phillies game, where Labonte threw out the first pitch and his car was put on display.[boo...the Phils lost 6-5](Philadelphia Inquirer)(5-5-2004)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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