THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: MBNA America 400
Nextel Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, September 26, 2004 in Dover, DE
- TV: TNT 1:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: TNT - 12:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, September 29 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, September 30 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, October 1 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,966,610 (was $4,559,814 in 2003)
- Practice: Friday, September 24, 11:05am - 1:00pm/et; Saturday, September 18, 9:30 - 10:15am/et;
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 18, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-TNT 12:00pm/et.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 24, 10:00am/et
- Qualfying Order Links: moved to the race results section below
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, September 24 at 2:40pm/et, TV-TNT, no re-air, live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- 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°; straights: 9°
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 Website: www.doverspeedway.com
- Last Year: see my 2003 Dover Sept Race Info page.
- June's Race: see my 2004 June's New Hampshire Race Info page
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires Required:
Nextel Cup: Left - 1,300, Right - 1,300;
Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550
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: Both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will compete on the same
tire codes this weekend at Dover . . . this is the second consecutive
race that Nextel Cup teams will run this combination of left- and
right-side tires at Dover . . . in addition to this track, major
NASCAR teams have and will run this combination at California,
Charlotte, Chicagoland, Michigan, Kansas and Kentucky in 2004 . . .
that makes this the eighth of 10 races that Cup teams will run this
tire set-up this season . . . 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: "Since we have softened the compound on the tires we
bring to Dover last year, we have seen some very competitive racing at
the track. These particular tire codes make up the most popular
set-up we will bring to the track in 2004. Cup teams have run this
set-up seven times already this season, including at Dover in June.
Having said that, they should have a very good understanding of how
these codes work under race conditions."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $80,000 at Dover for leading the points and winning the race. 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.
2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
Jimmie Johnson, Pocono, August 2004, $90,000
- 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 and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. 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. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Dover: $5,000
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: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Michigan: Dale Jarrett, $10,000
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $75,000*
Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
Chicago: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Ryan Newman, $10,000
Pocono: Casey Mears, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
Michigan: Greg Biffle, $15,000*
Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $15,000*
California: Elliott Sadler, $15,000*
Richmond: Jeremy Mayfield, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Kurt Busch, $15,000*
(* won race and bonus)
NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
#48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
Tony Stewart 12
Jeff Gordon 11
Matt Kenseth 6
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
IN-CAR AUDIO SITES
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Newman dominates at Dover: #12-Ryan Newman won the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway, dominating the race by leading 325 of 400 laps and winning by over 8 seconds. It is the 2nd win of the season for Newman, 3rd at Dover and 11th of his career in 108 starts. The rest of the top five were #6-Martin, #24-Gordon, #88-Jarrett and #97-Busch. #17-Matt Kenseth, one of the Chase drivers, used his mulligan today, hitting the tire/water barrier while trying to get to pit road early in the race, doing serious damage to the front end, he came back out after repairs and picked up a spot. #24-Gordon takes over the points lead by ONE point over #97-Busch.
For my race rundown, see my Dover Race Info/Rundown Page
For race results, see:
- Top Ten [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Dover:
In the Chase......
#24 Jeff Gordon 5371
#97 Kurt Busch -1
#8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -18
#48 Jimmie Johnson -57
#6 Mark Martin -57
#38 Elliott Sadler -96
#17 Matt Kenseth -99
#12 Ryan Newman -107
#20 Tony Stewart -135
#19 Jeremy Mayfield -157
11th: #42-Jamie McMurray, 3473
12th: #29-Kevin Harvick, -99
Standings at NASCAR.com.
See NASCAR.com - Live Points Standings
- Dover Race Notes:
---- Ryan Newman won the MBNA America 400, scoring his 11th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 108th career start. His last victory came at Michigan June 20, 2004, 13 races ago.
---- Newman scored histhird victory at Dover International Speedway. It was his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Dover. Newman won both races at Dover in 2003.
---- Newman became the eighth driver with multiple victories in 2004.
---- Newman climbed from ninth to eighth in The Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
---- Newman led five times for 325 laps including the final 135, leading the most laps for the second time in 2004 and the most he has led in a single race in his career. His previous most laps led in a single race was 187 at New Hampshire in July 2004.
---- This is the fourth victory for Dodge in 2004. Chevrolet has won 15 and Ford has nine.
Notebook Items - The Race for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
---- With eight races remaining, 10 drivers continue The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. First to 10th in the standings are separated by 157 points. The biggest margin is between and third-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. and fourth-place Jimmie Johnson, who are separated by 39 points. Fifth-place Mark Martin has the same points as Johnson (5,314). Johnson has four victories to Martin's two and holds the fourth-position based on the tiebreaker.
---- Eight drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Dover International Speedway.
---- All 10 drivers competing in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2004 season. Busch and Newman posted victories in the first two races of the 10-race Chase to the NEXTEL Cup.
---- Kurt Busch is the only driver that has scored top-five finishes in each of the first two races in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
---- Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Gordon are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in each of the first two races in The Chase.
---- Eight of the 10 drivers in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup posted top-10 finishes in the MBNA America 400.
---- Approximately $1 million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, an increase of more than $400,000 over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus, which will be paid to the 11th-place finisher. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in New York in December. Currently, Jamie McMurray holds the 11th-place position by 99 points over 12th-place Kevin Harvick.
---- Mark Martin (second) scored his third top-five finish in his last four races. It was his 13th top-10 finish in 2004 and his 22nd top-10
finish in 37 races at Dover International Speedway. Martin won here in June. ---- Jeff Gordon (third) scored his 20th top-10 finish in 2004, the most of all drivers. Gordon has scored three straight top-10 finishes and 16 top-10 finishes in 24 races at Dover International
---- Dale Jarrett (fourth) scored his 11th top-10 finish of the season. Despite his finish, he remained 15th in the point standings.
---- Kurt Busch (fifth) scored his 14th top-10 finish in 2004. It marked his best finish at Dover and is his second top-10 finish in nine races at Dover International Speedway.
---- Tony Stewart (sixth) scored his 14th top-10 finish in 2004. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 12 races at Dover.
---- Matt Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 63 straight races.
---- Matt Kenseth (32nd) dropped from fourth to seventh in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. It marked his worst finish at Dover since he finished 40th here in June 2002.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-26-2004)
- StockCarFans.Com - Rumblings - Dover: Ryan Newman led early (the first 32 laps), led often (five times for a whopping 325 laps), and led late (the final 135!) to capture today's MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway for his second win of
the 2004 season (he won at Michigan in June). This was his third win in the last four races at DIS, and the 11th of Ryan's Cup career (he's now tied with Kurt Busch for 46th on the all-time win list). Win #56 for Penske (if you count the three for Michael Kranefuss) was worth $195,477 from the almost $5M in posted awards. Uh, somebody wanna tell me why you wouldn't want to clean the track before the race? We were shown an awful lot of marbles outside of the groove pre- race.....
Ricky Rudd (12th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Watkins Glen in August.
Bobby Labonte (14th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Watkins Glen last month.
Kyle Petty (17th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Las Vegas in March.
Brendan Gaughan (22nd) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Loudon in July.
Jimmy Spencer (26th) had his best finish since he was 19th at The Brickyard in August.
Tony Raines (28th) had his best finish since he was 13th at Homestead last November (only 4 races).
Kevin Lepage (36th) had his best finish since he was 30th at Bristol in March (only 7 races).
STREAKIN....Jamie McMurray has 6 Top-10's in a row. Dale Earnhardt Jr has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: For the second week in a row we have no Operator....Sterling Marlin (+19) gets honorable mention. DOWN: The Big Dropper was Brian Vickers (-35), followed by Jeff Burton (-24), Kasey Kahne (-22), and Ward Burton (-20).
Something to remember: That #17 crew busted thier butts to get Matt Kenseth back on the track today, all to gain 3 points. Let's see what that's worth in another 8 weeks.
New leader in the "Chase".....Jeff Gordon by a single marker over Kurt Busch.
But in "Classic" points, Gordon holds a 69 point margin. Wonder which format he likes now?
We had four drivers gain two spots in the Top-20, while Kasey Kahne (10th to 14th) had the biggest drop of the weekend. You'll also notice that Jamie McMurray (leading that all important race to the 10th loser by 99 points over Kevin Harvick) would be in 9th (would be the topic of a story or two) and would be only 139 markers out of the Top-5. We were told that almost never happens, remember?(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(9-26-2004)
- The MBNA America 400
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
#12-Newman (2)(325 laps led)
#6-Martin (12)(2 laps led), -8.1 seconds
#24-Gordon (21)(1 laps led)
#97-Busch (13)(12 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (16)(1 laps led)
#48-Johnson (9) - 1 lap
- Cars on the lead lap: 9 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (13):
#09-Ruttman (rear end-out);
#98-G. Bodine (oil pressure-out);
#10-Riggs (wheel bearing-out);
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 with 13 lead changes):
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (1);
- Lap leaders: #19-Mayfield (Pole); #12-Newman 1-32; #17-Kenseth 33-48: #12-Newman 49; #49-Schrader 50; #17-Kenseth 51-92; #12-Newman 93-184; #97-Busch 185-195; #12-Newman 196-260; #6-Martin 261-262; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 263; #24-Gordon 264; #97-Busch 265; #12-Newman 266-400.
Cautions: 5 for 38 laps
Caution 5 - Laps 327 - 335: debris and oil in turn 2.
Caution 4 - Laps 171 - 177: #30-Burton blew a right front tire and hit the turn 1 wall hard, got out and walked away ok.
Red Flag shown around 2:35pm/et to allow the track workers clean up the are and replace the tire/water barrier. Red flag over as of 2:48pm/et
Caution 3 - Laps 121 - 127: #17-Kenseth, reported he had a tire down, came in to pit, got sideways on the entrance of pit road, spun and hit the tire/water barrier hard, with the front of the car ending up on the tires. Much of the water flowed into the last few pit stalls, including #48-Johnson's, the last stall.
Caution 2 - Laps 49 - 55: #25-Vickers was loose and spun around in turn 2 and hit wall hard, the car is destroyed. Hit the outside wall, then came back down and hit the inside wall where SAFER is installed.
Caution 1 - Laps 15 - 22: #9-Kahne lost an engine and left oil all around the track and pit road.
- 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 5: #19-Mayfield, 7th
Caution 4: #43-Green (2), 21st
Caution 3: #43-Green, 21st
Caution 2: #31-Gordon, 30th
Caution 1: #72-Shelmerdine, 40th
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- #17-Kesneth retired his car after lap 375 as he cannot make up any more spots.
---- #38-Sadler had to pity on lap 375 as he had a right rear tire going down, then he sped exiting pit road and had to come back for a pass-thru penalty.
---- #16-Biffle while running 5th on lap 344, had to make an unscheduled pit stop as he had a loose wheel.
---- #31-Gordon went to the garage at the start of the 5th caution to have the springs replaced as the car is not handling well.
---- #10-Riggs is in the garage as of lap 316 as he has wheel chatter, may be a wheel bearing or brake problem.
---- #2-Wallace had to make another unscheduled pit stop as he had a right front tire going down on lap 317.
---- #4-Jimmy Spencer is wearing a full-faced helmet for the first time.
---- green flag pit stops occurred around laps 250-265 range.
---- #2-Wallace came into pit on lap 247 as he felt he had a tire going down.
---- during the 4th caution, #48-Johnson was penalized for speeding exiting pit road, which means he goes from 4th to the longest line. Johnson made a pit stop anyway to top off the gas.
---- during the 4th caution, #17-Kenseth came back out on the track with new sheet metal/hood, he gets one chance to get up to speed or park it.
---- the #17 team is working to repair the car and get it back on the track, replacing the radiator.
---- on lap 110, #41-Mears had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat right front tire.
---- on lap 94, #01-Nemechek is back in the pits as the engine is over heating and the crew is trying to make repairs.
---- on lap 93, #12-Newman reported one of his mirror's fell off, same thing happened in Happy Hour.
---- on lap 86, #01-Nemechek made an unscheduled pit stop.
---- as of lap 80, TNT is reporting that #42-McMurray feels fatigued and may look for a sub.
---- during the restart after the 2nd caution, #6-Martin checked up for a slower car and #01-Nemechek ran into Martin, damaging the rear of the #6 and the nose of the #01.
---- right after the 1st caution, #20-Stewart gave #31-Gordon a bit of a nudge, causing Gordon to go up the track and Stewart drove by.
---- #30-Burton was penalized a lap for pitting outside the pitbox on the first caution.
---- after pit road was checked and cleaned of oil, the drivers pit road was opened, where all but 14 drivers made pit stops.
---- to the back, #5-Terry Labonte back-up car after qualifying]
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at Dover?
- Pit Stall Selection: sorry folks, no pit stall selection this week, could find no one to fax or send it to me this week from Dover.(9-26-2004)
- TO THE BACK : #5-Terry Labonte wrecked during qualifying and has to go to a backup car.
So Labonte will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday.(9-24-2004)
- Happy Hour at Dover International Speedway for the MBNA America 400 is being run now, the fastest after 35 of 45 minutes:
slowest: #50-Fuller 141.682 or #37-Lepage 147.396
no speed listed: #72-Shelmerdine and #98-Bodine
most laps run: #12-Newman 57; #01-Nemechek, 54
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(9-25-2004)
- Saturday's First Practice Dover International Speedway for the MBNA America 400 is over, the fastest:
the slowest: #72-Shelmerdine 141.710 and #37-Lepage 144.922
no speeds listed for: #50-Fuller
most laps run: #9-Kahne, 50; #17-Kenseth 44
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(9-25-2004)
- Mayfield wins pole at the Monster: #19-Jeremy Mayfield won the Budweiser Pole for the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 159.405mph, his 2nd pole at Dover in 2004 and 3rd at Dover and 9th pole of his career. Mayfield was the first driver to wins both pole positions at Dover since Cale Yarborough in 1980. The rest of the top 5, #12-Newman, #25-Vickers, #38-Sadler and #15-Waltrip. In an odd twist, #30-Jeff Burton and #22-Scott Wimmer were allowed to requalify as the NASCAR Official who was supposed to take the cowl cover off the cars, failed to do so on the #22 and #30, so NASCAR let them requalify. Burton ran 154.759 [would had been good for 36th fastest] the first time and 155.273 in the requalify attempt [33rd]. Wimmer ran 154.063 [would had been good for 39th and provisional land] the first time and 155.682 in the requalify attempt [29th]. For who missed the race and used provisionals, the starting grid and all the speeds on my Jayski's Dover Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page
Other lineup links at:
- Dover Qualifying Notes:
---- Jeremy Mayfield won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the MBNA America 400, lapping Dover International Speedway in 22.584 seconds at 159.405 mph. Mayfield holds the track-qualifying record of 22.288 seconds, 161.522 mph, set June 4, 2004.
---- This is Mayfield's ninth career Bud Pole in 337 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came here at Dover on June 4, 2004, two races ago. It is Mayfield's third Bud Pole and ninth top-10 start in 21 races at Dover. It is his 14th top-10 start in 2004.
---- The last driver to sweep both Bud Poles in a season at Dover was Cale Yarborough in 1980. David Pearson (1973) is the only other driver to win both Bud Poles in a season since 1971, the first year of twice-a-year racing here.
---- There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the last seven races at Dover. Bud Pole qualifying was canceled due to weather in September 2003. Mayfield is the only repeat Bud Pole winner here since 2001.
---- Mayfield became the sixth multiple Bud Pole winner in 2004. Jeff Gordon (six), Ryan Newman (five), Kasey Kahne (four), Casey
Mears (two) and Brian Vickers (two) are the other drivers with more than one Bud Pole this season. Qualifying was canceled at Watkins Glen, second Michigan and second New Hampshire due to weather.
---- Ryan Newman had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 22.639 seconds at 159.018 mph and will join Mayfield on the front row. It is his fifth top-10 start in his six races at Dover, all top fives. It is his second consecutive runner-up start and his third on
the front row. It is his 19th top-10 start in 2004, more than any other driver.
---- This is 13th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2004. Chevrolet has 10 Bud Poles and Ford has two.
---- Brian Vickers (third) posted his 13th top-10 start in 2004 and his second consecutive third-place start at Dover as the top-three duplicated their qualifying efforts from the June race.
---- Elliott Sadler (fourth) posted his 14th top-10 start in 2004 and his third top-10 start in 12 races at Dover.
---- Michael Waltrip (fifth) posted his seventh top-10 start in 2004 and his sixth top-10 start in 38 races at Dover, including his only
career Bud Pole.
---- Five of the 10 drivers involved in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualified in the top 10: Mayfield, Newman, Sadler, Matt Kenseth (eighth) and Jimmie Johnson (ninth). Fifty-six of the 69 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10
---- Jeff Fuller, Joe Ruttman, Geoffrey Bodine, Morgan Shepherd and Kirk Shelmerdine used provisionals to complete the 43-car field. Seven drivers failed to qualify for the MBNA America 400: Hermie Sadler, Carl Long, Stanton Barrett, Greg Sacks, Kenny Hendrick, Derrike Cope and Mike Garvey.
A driver has swept both races at Dover in five of the last 10 years: Ryan Newman (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2002), Tony Stewart (2000), Jeff Gordon (1996) and Rusty Wallace (1994).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-24-2004)
- StockCarFans.Com - Ramblings - Dover: If today looked like a replay from this past June, it's only because it was..... The Top-3 qualifiers for Sunday's MBNA America 400 today at Dover International Speedway were exactly the same as when we were last here.... only the speeds were different. Jeremy Mayfield (almost 3/10ths slower than a couple months ago) captured his second Bud pole of the season (and 9th of his career) this afternoon with a speed of 159.405 (22.584 sec), besting Ryan Newman and Brian Vickers. An expensive day for Rick Hendrick. First Vickers pulled out a backup after a practice crash (that one wasn't too bad), then Terry Labonte had a hard crash between 1 and 2 that'll be lucky if it only takes a rear clip. They can't get those soft walls into this place quick enough!
Michael Waltrip (5th) has his best starting spot since qualified 4th at Loudon in July.
Bobby Labonte (6th) has his best starting spot since he grabbed the pole at Texas in April.
Rusty Wallace (7th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Infineon Raceway in June.
Dale Jarrett (11th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Daytona in July.
Kyle Petty (27th) has his best starting spot since he started 26th at the Brickyard in August.
STREAKIN....Jeremy Mayfield has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.
Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
50 cars on hand...49 took a time (Mike Garvey was a DNS). The other non-qualifiers on the Trouble Train were: Hermie Sadler, Carl Long, Stanton Barrett, Greg Sacks, Kenny Hendrick, and Derrike Cope.
Provisionals were doled out to (and isn't this becoming a familiar lot): Jeff Fuller, Joe Ruttman, Geoffrey Bodine, Morgan Shepherd, and Kirk Shelmerdine.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter PR)(9-24-2004)
- OUT of provisionals after Dover, I have three teams OUT of provisionals - assuming [yikes] that provisionals were charged at Dover and should had been as I had 46 teams eligible to use a provisional this week at Dover:
#50-Todd Bodine/Jeff Fuller, needs to attempt 4 races, to get one awarded, and can use it in the 4th race, or can use one at a race where there is 43 or less teams entered or 43 or less teams eligible for a provisional.
#89-Morgan Shepherd was out, but got an attempt at NHIS and used it at Dover, now needs to attempt 7 more races to get a charged provisional.
#72-Kirk Shelmerdine, needs to attempt 4 races, to get one awarded, and can use it in the 4th race.
#20-Tony Stewart has now made 104 straight races without using a provisional. For the rules, chart and more, see my Provisional Page.(9-24-2004)
- Some Qualifying Notes:
Never saw this before, #30-Jeff Burton and #22-Scott Wimmer were allowed to requalify as the NASCAR Official who was supposed to take the cowl cover off the cars, failed to do so on the #22 and #30, so NASCAR let them requalify.
#75-Mike Garvey went out to qualify, never made a lap as the transmission failed and drove it back to the garage.
#5-Labonte wrecked on his 2nd lap, backing hard into the turn 1 wall hard [no SAFER there..yet], after a few moments, he dropped the window net and walked away.(9-24-2004)
- Friday Practice at Dover International Speedway for the MBNA America 400 is over, the fastest:
Slowest were #80-Cope 144.799 and #72-Shelmerdine 145.349
Most laps run: #20-Stewart, 42; #42-McMurray, 39
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#25-Vickers wrecked in practice and will have to go to a backup car, if the engine is from the primary car, Vickers can start where he qualifies.
For all the fastest laps for each team, see speeds at:
- Qualifying Order links are up. 50 cars are entered. First driver due out is #15-MIchael Waltrip. Last due out is #49-Kenny Schrader.(9-24-2004)
- Qualfying Order Links at:
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Rookie News and Notes
- Dover List the entry list for the MBNA Amercia 400 is posted: 49 drivers [for 43 spots], some of the entries include:
CHANGES II: #98 now has Geoffrey Bodine listed in the car.(9-23-2004)
CHNAGES III: make it 50, #72-Kirk Shelmerdine was added, he wasn't on the original entry list.(9-24-2004)
- Entry List Links:
- 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:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Who's Hot Heading to Dover
---- Kurt Busch has scored seven six consecutive top-15 finishes.
---- Jamie McMurray has scored five straight top-10 finishes.
---- Mark Martin has scored six consecutive top-15 finishes.
---- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored three top-five finishes in the last four races.
---- Tony Stewart has scored top-five finishes in
nine of his 11 races at Dover International Speedway, including the last four. He has only one finish outside the top-10 (11th-June 2002).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-21-2004)
- $$ Fact: Only five drivers [and only three with more then two starts] have won more then $100,000 in every race run in 2004: #12-Ryan Newman, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #17-Matt Kenseth, #1-Ron Fellows and #60-Jason Leffler.(9-21-2004)
- Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)..and none can fall out of the top 10 now that they are in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.(9-21-2004)
- September 2003 Race Winner: #12-Ryan Newman, 108.802mph, started 5th
- Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 132.719, 9/17/97
- Slowest Race Record: Mark Martin, 97.042mph, 6/6/2004
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kyle Petty, started 37th, 6/1995
- Event/Track Qualifying Record: Jeremy Mayfield, 161.522mph, 6/4/2004
- 2003 Pole Sitter: Matt Kenseth, by points, finished 9th
- Most Wins: 7 - Richard Petty, Bobby Allison
- Most Poles: 6 - David Pearson
- Most Top 5s: 19 - Dale Earnhardt
- Most Top 10s: 26 - Richardt Petty, Ricky Rudd
- Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 4 months, 21 days, 5/31/92
- Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 24 years, 1 month, 13 days, 9/17/95
- Most Lead Changes: 29 - twice, most recently 5/18/86
- Fewest Lead Changes: 3 - 10/17/71
- Most Leaders: 13, twice, most recently, 9/24/00
- Fewest Leaders: 3 - five times, most recently 5/16/82
- Most Cautions: 16 - 9/19/93
- Fewest Cautions: 0 - 6/6/71
- Most Caution Laps: 103, 9/19/93
- Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 6/6/71
- Most Finishers on a lead lap: 19, 9/21/03
- Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1, 11 times, most recently 9/15/91
- Most Running at the Finish: 39, 6/2/02
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 13, 5/17/81
- Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 381, Jeff Gordon, 6/3/01
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 491 [of 500], Richard Petty, 9/15/74
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 8, Dale Jarrett, 5/31/98
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 25, Chevy
- Races won from starting pos 1: 11 [of 69 races] 15.9%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 11
- Races won from starting pos 3: 12
- Races won from starting pos 4: 5
- Races won from starting pos 5: 3
- Races won from starting pos 6: 3
- Races won from starting pos 7: 4
- Races won from starting pos 8: 3
- Races won from starting pos 10: 4
- Races won from starting pos 11: 2
- Races won from starting pos 13: 2
- Races won from starting pos 15: 3
- Races won from starting pos 16: 1
- Races won from starting pos 17: 1
- Races won from starting pos 19: 2
- Races won from starting pos 27: 1
- Races won from starting pos 37: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 42 of 69 - 60.9%
- Races won from the top 10: 56 of 69 - 81.2%
- SAFER at Dover and Bristol in 2005: NASCAR officials say they expect installation of the Safer barriers by next spring at Dover Internatonal Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. The delay at Bristol has been in developing techniques to deal with the cross-over gate. The delay at Dover concerns the boilerplate outside walls, which have to be replaced with concrete walls before the Safer barriers can be installed. "The University of Nebraska has been working on the gate issue, and it's all coming really good," NASCAR's Robin Pemberton said. "I think they're pretty close to being done at Bristol. They're ready to put them up." Both Bristol and Dover have cross-track gates. However, a number of tracks have stretches of soft walls that are not seamless, so it's not completely clear why the cross-over gate - in the middle of the frontstretch here and the middle of the backstretch - should be a particular issue. At the least, soft walls should have been installed in the corners, given the hard hits drivers take into the outside walls. "They need to do some reconfiguring on the walls as they exist now here to be able to support the Safer barriers," Pemberton said. "We have seen some very hard hits here."(Winston Salem Journal), past news about the SAFER Barrier on my SAFER/Softwall's page and Safety Page.(9-27-2004)
- Delaware Reaches Out to Dover Intl Speedway to keep races: The state of Delware has reached out to Dover International Speedway officials to keep both Nextel Cup races. No event in the state is bigger than the two NASCAR Nextel Cup races held each year in Dover. About 140,000 people attended Sunday's MBNA America 400. The two race weekends this year drew 400,000 fans. They pump about $300 million into the state's economy, according to a 2001 study commissioned by Dover Motorsports, the company that owns Dover International Speedway. That's something the state can hardly afford to lose. "The governor and the Economic Development Office are in constant contact with business leaders throughout the state, including Dover Downs, as part of the state's continuing efforts to retain businesses in Delaware," said Kate Bailey, deputy communications director for the governor. "In fact, communications with the leadership team at Dover Downs in recent months confirmed that we can look forward to the NASCAR events being part of Delaware's premier entertainment lineup for years to come." Still, government officials felt it was necessary to call Dover International Speedway last month when they heard that a new race track had been proposed to be built in the New York City area, perhaps opening as soon as 2008. They know such a track could lead to a current Nextel Cup venue losing its race to New York, and few venues are located in cities smaller than Dover. "We talked to them because we wanted to double-check and triple-check the potential of one of the races leaving here," said Julie Miro Wenger, acting tourism director for the Delaware Tourism Office. "They pretty much told us that we're not in jeopardy of losing a race." It's a gesture that is greatly appreciated, said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "The state has always been very supportive," he said. "They know the economic impact of our race weekends. And we know we're placing a big burden on the state because we have 140,000 fans coming into Dover for the races." Yet even McGlynn acknowledges the possibility of a race leaving Dover is always there, even though he is confident it won't happen. McGlynn said Dover is safe because its reach of 300 miles extends to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, three of the largest markets in the United States. That's something that few other tracks can claim. "I just think that having another track in the region will help grow the market, because it will create more and more race fans," McGlynn said. "So, while Dover itself is a small market, we're actually a major market, because we deliver three major markets to NASCAR." But there also is the chance that McGlynn could move one of the Dover races to one of three other tracks Dover Motorsports owns. Those tracks - St. Louis, Memphis and Nashville - are in relatively large markets that NASCAR has yet to reach. McGlynn insisted that possibility isn't very likely. For one, those tracks, which host Busch Series races, aren't big enough yet for Nextel Cup races. The largest track, near St. Louis, seats 55,000. It would have to at least double in size before McGlynn would consider having a Nextel Cup race there. That process would likely take several years. McGlynn said if that were to happen, he would rather have a race from a different track move there instead of moving one from Dover. "I'm sure we could make a good argument to NASCAR for doing it," McGlynn said. "And NASCAR would probably approve it, because those are markets that haven't really been penetrated yet. But we don't have any interest in doing that. We like our two weekends in Dover, and we want to keep it that way." So does the state of Delaware.(paraphrased from the Delaware News Journal)(9-27-2004)
- Here She Comes.....to Dover: Less than a week after winning the Miss America crown, Deidre [Dover?] Downs of Alabama will serve as grand marshal and sing the national anthem at the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Downs, 24, an aspiring doctor who put off medical school to compete for the crown, topped Miss Louisiana, Jennifer Dupont, to become Miss America 2005. Downs is very capable of singing the national anthem — her performance of the ballad "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love," sealed the Miss America victory. Tickets for the entire race weekend are still available by calling 1-800-441-RACE, or online at www.doverspeedway.com.(Delaware News Journal)(9-21-2004)
- Dover is SAFER inside walls...not outside...yet: The walls at Dover International Speedway have left many NASCAR drivers with pounding headaches following hard impacts over the years. Legendary driver David Pearson once said Dover had "the hardest [darned] walls I've ever hit." This summer, those same walls left the engineers at the Midwest Roadside Safety facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln scratching their heads, as they worked to develop SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers for the high-banked, one-mile oval. SAFER barriers are designed to absorb much of the energy from a crash, significantly lessening the chance of a severe injury to a driver. While the barriers will be in place along the inside of the 1,076-foot backstretch this week, they will not cover the outside walls of the speedway until NASCAR drivers return next June due to engineering delays. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said the additional engineering means the project will cost nearly $2 million by the time it is completed this winter. The initial estimate was $1 million. Dover Motorsports Inc. will pay for the project, which NASCAR recommended be completed this year for all Nextel Cup tracks except the half-mile oval at Bristol, Tenn., and road courses at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Sonoma, Calif. The SAFER barriers have been a challenge to install at Dover, a track unlike any other on the NASCAR circuit. The concrete and steel boilerplate walls that line the outside walls are not strong enough to support the SAFER barriers, so steel pilings must first be constructed to solidify the walls. The current walls also will have to be made slightly higher to fit the SAFER barriers, which consist of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks. The barriers, which extend about 30 inches from the wall, are not expected to affect the racing at Dover, known for its wide, sweeping turns. Dover has not had a driver fatality since it began hosting NASCAR races in 1969. Still, many drivers have been left dazed after encounters with the walls, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was transported to Kent General Hospital after hitting the wall last September. The accident appeared to be relatively harmless, but Earnhardt said the data recorder in his car revealed he had suffered a tremendous impact. He was left with a minor concussion.(Delaware News Journal)(9-21-2004)
- New Race Record at Dover International Speedway, not for the fastest, but Sunday's win by Mark Martin in the MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes, was the slowest race speed average for a Cup race at Dover, 97.042mph, the old record was in Sept 1993 by Rusty Wallace with an average speed of 100.334mph.(6-7-2004)
- Now this is a cool Trophy; Action Figure?: Whoever wins the Nextel Cup race at Dover International Speedway later this month will get a trophy as ferocious as the track itself. On Tuesday, Dover unveiled its brand-new monster trophy that will go to the winner of the MBNA America 400 on Sept. 26. A concrete sample was taken from the speedway, and used as a model for creating the one-of-a-kind trophy. Composed of sandstone, a granite-like material, the monster was formed from a clay mold. After repeated brushing, refinishing and hardening, the monster evolved into its final shape. From initial concept, through many rounds of revisions, the project took approximately four months to complete. A 1:24 scale Action Performance diecast car of the winner will be held high in the air by the concrete monster. The trophy stands approximately 30 inches tall and weighs 40 pounds. The base features a red mirror, which in sunlight will make the monster appear on fire. "Winning at the Monster Mile requires great driving skills, strength and endurance," said Jerry Miraglia, executive vice president of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "From now on, the winner of our NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race will receive a trophy that will embody these attributes and be unlike any other award in the sport. Dover has been dubbed the Monster Mile because of the challenges the track presents to drivers. It's only fitting that the trophy incorporate our monster likeness in its design." Based on the successful creation of the monster trophy, Dover International Speedway and Action Performance are in the process of designing a movable action figure. The action figure will be available in early 2005.(NewsZap)(9-8-2004)
- Not 100% SAFER at Dover in Sept: SAFER walls will line the inside of the backstretch at Dover International Speedway when the Nextel Cup Series returns for the MBNA America 400 on Sept. 26. However, Jerry Dunning - senior vice president and general manager of motorsports for Dover - said the outside walls in all four turns will not have the barriers installed until after the track's fall race weekend. Civil engineering professor Dr. Dean Sicking and his team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are still conducting tests to determine how best to install the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers at the high-banked, one-mile oval. "Right now we are planning to do [the turns] over the winter since the engineering is not complete," Dunning said. "After the September race, all of the engineering team will be back and all the key decisions will be made." Workers from Kent Construction in Dover are building a new inside wall on the back straightway between the harness racing track and the speedway that will provide the support for the SAFER wall. The first series of SAFER barriers - which consist of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks - to go up will line the 1,076-foot backstretch. During the offseason, each of the outside walls in the turns will be fitted for the barriers.(Delaware News Journal)(7-13-2004)
- Dover to get SAFER: Drivers will be pleased to find out that work has begun to prepare Dover International Speedway for the first phase of its installation of SAFER walls. The SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system first will be installed along the inside wall of the backstretch at the high-banked, one-mile oval. The SAFER barriers eventually will be fitted for the walls in the turns, though it is uncertain whether the turns will be completed in time for the MBNA America 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Sept. 26. "They have officially begun preparing for the installation of SAFER barriers at Dover," said Gary Camp, director of public relations at Dover International Speedway. "They are just entering the first phase of the project." Denis McGlynn, president of Dover's race track, said it was just a matter of time before the facility fell in line with all of the other tracks on the NASCAR circuit, most of which already have or are installing the SAFER barriers. "I think anything that's safer is better, and we're on board with all of the improvements that are being made in the name of safety," McGlynn said. The walls, which McGlynn estimated in March would cost around $1 million to install, are designed to absorb energy and decrease the chance of injuries to drivers involved in an accident. They promise to be much safer than the concrete and boilerplate walls that have lined Dover since its opening in 1969.(Delaware News Journal)(7-10-2004)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Dover International Speedway
- Terry Labonte to tie DW: Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event will mark #5-Terry Labonte's 809th career start on the circuit, tying him with Darrell Waltrip for fourth on NASCAR's all-time list. The only drivers with more starts are Richard Petty (1,177), Dave Marcis (882) and Ricky Rudd (830).(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(9-23-2004)
- MBNA Primary Sponsor of #18 at Dover: MBNA is the primary sponsor of the #18 Chevrolet for Dover. The company, which is based in Wilmington, Del., has sponsored races at Dover since 1995 and is a long-time sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing.(Joe Gibbs Racing PR)(9-22-204)
- #350 for Ward: Ward Burton will make his 350th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start this weekend at Dover. Burton made his first career start at Richmond in 1994.(NetZero Racing PR)(9-21-2004)
- #51 Team gets sponor for Dover....Buddy Lee: Lee Jeans says it will sponsor Competitive Edge Motorsports' #51 Chevrolet in this weekend's MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway. The clothing manufacturer says it will put its "Buddy Lee" icon on the car, which is scheduled to be driven by Tony Raines. Buddy Sisco will be the crew chief. Financial terms were not announced.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(9-21-2004)
- The Longest Line Rule: NASCAR officials reaffirmed in the drivers meeting that the car that gets its lap back [Lucky Dog] in a restart must start at the tail end of the longest line. That car can move up before the restart only if other cars ahead pull to the bottom of the track in a sign for series officials that they're letting the car by.(News and Record)(9-7-2004)
- Green-White-Checker OFFICIAL and: A “green-white-checkered” finish format will be used for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series beginning with next weekend’s races at New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced today. “The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone’s goals – a green-flag finish,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “This change hopefully will provide competitive finishes in the relatively rare occasions it is warranted. This format has been successful in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series.”
The new procedure will consist of a restart of two laps – green flag for the first lap of the restart and the white flag signaling the final lap leading to the checkered flag. All additional laps will be counted and scored. The new format will not guarantee a green-flag finish. Only one restart under the “green-white-checkered” format will be attempted. If a caution comes out during that period, the race will be complete. This procedure will eliminate the need for a red flag in the final laps to immediately stop the race in an attempt to finish under green-flag conditions. The announcement expands the single attempt “green-white-checkered” format to all three of NASCAR’s national series, beginning next week.(NASCAR PR), for the Truck Series, who have had this procedure since it started, in 48 races with a G-W-C, 6 times has the lead changed [12.5%](Speed Channel)(7-15-2004)
AND - Trucks Change too: Until now, the trucks have been allowed to run multiple green-flag restarts to determine a winner. That will end after the race at Gateway. Cup races will be allowed only one re-start, and NASCAR will enforce that rule in all three series. Thus, a finish under caution is possible if an accident occurs on the final two laps.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(7-17-2004)
- See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
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