THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: MBNA RacePoints 400
Nextel Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, June 5, 2005 in Dover, DE
- TV: FX at 1:00pm/et
- Green Flag: around 1:35pm/et
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, June 8 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
Thursday, June 9 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
Saturday, June 11 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;
- Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,541,387 (was $5,496,882 in 2004)
- Practices: Friday, June 3, 11:00am - 1:00pm/et; Saturday, June 4, 9:30 - 10:15am/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 4, 11:10 - 11:55pm/et on TV-FX - tape delay 4:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 3, 10:00am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, June 3 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 9:30pm.et and 1:30pm/et AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- Impound? cars will NOT be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules below.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck Series)
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550;
Truck Series: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6852; Right-side -- D-6812
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in. Right-side -- 88.7 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 90-100 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: All three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though
the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the
Craftsman Truck Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is
the first year Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and
right-side tires to Dover . . . this is the same right-side code (D-6812) as
last year, but it is a different left-side code (D-6852) . . . NASCAR teams will
also run this left-side code at California, Charlotte, Chicago, Kansas, Kentucky
(Busch and Truck only) and Michigan in 2005 . . . unlike other NASCAR ovals one
mile or less in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at
Dover . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than
that of the outer tire.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "While we are
bringing the same right-side code to Dover this year, we will have a different
left-side code. This left-side is real close to what we ran at Dover in 2004,
though it has slightly more grip and is more wear resistant. In general, we
brought it in line with many of the other speedways on the Cup circuit,
demonstrated by the fact that it will be run at several other tracks this year.
Because Dover is unique, in that it is the only high-banked, one-mile, concrete
speedway we run, this is the only track we will bring this right-side code to in
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 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.
2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $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: $10,000
Winners for 2005 so far:
Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
(* 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:
Greg Biffle, 8
Kurt Busch, 5
Tony Stewart, 4
Jeff Gordon, 3
Kasey Kahne, 3
Joe Nemechek, 2
Rusty Wallace, 2
Ryan Newman, 2
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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Biffle wins at Dover: #16-Greg Biffle dominated the last half of MBNA Racepoints 400 at Dover International Speedway, leading 150 of the final 160 laps to win his 1st race at Dover, 4th of the 2005 season and 7th in his career. Biffle is the 27th driver to win at Dover. The rest of the top five were #5-Kyle Busch, #6-Mark Martin, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #2-Rusty Walllace. Johnson maintains the points lead but Biffle cut it to 46 points going into Pocono next week. #24-Jeff Gordon and #21-Ricky Rudd got wrecked early and ended their day on lap 41. #18-Bobby Labonte lost an engine for his 6th DNF of the season. #20-Tony Stewart finished 15th, a lap down, but had incidents with #24-Gordon [tapped and into the turn 2 wall], #48-Johnson and #10-Scott Riggs [who made a nice save]. There were only 7 caution periods for 33 laps [4 for legit debris, other for accidents] so we only had 11 drivers on the lead lap. Only five drivers led laps with 9 lead changes, Biffle led the most with 150. Biffle smacked the outside frontstretch wall with the rear of the car during a victory donut, no major damage.
For race results, see Jayski's Dover Race Results/Awards page.(6-5-2005)
- NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Dover - 13 of 36 races
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 1912
#16-Greg Biffle, 1866, -46
#38-Elliott Sadler, 1681, -231
#12-Ryan Newman, 1672, -240
#20-Tony Stewart, 1606, -306
#6-Mark Martin, 1588, -324
#2-Rusty Wallace, 1584, -328
#97-Kurt Busch, 1579, -333
#99-Carl Edwards, 1574, -338
#29-Kevin Harvick, 1573, -339
The top 13 in drivers points are still under 400 points back and in the Chase.
For points see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Dover page.(6-5-2005)
- Dover Race News and Notes:
• Greg Biffle won the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway, scoring his seventh
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 91st career start.
• This marked the sixth victory for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet also has six and Dodge has one.
• It marked Biffle’s fourth victory in 2005, the most of any driver this season. He also won at California,
Texas and Darlington.
• Biffle remained second in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, 46 behind of first-place Jimmie
• Biffle led two times for 150 laps including the final 16
• Biffle scored his first victory in six races at Dover International Speedway. It was second top-10 finish
in six races at Dover
• Biffle has scored nine top-10 finishes in 13 races this season, second only to Johnson with 10.
• Biffle scored the fifth victory for car owner Jack Roush at Dover International Speedway. (Mark Martin
scored the other four)) This was Roush’s 80th victory as a car owner and sixth in 13 races this season.
• Kyle Busch (second) posted his first top-10 finish in his first race at Dover International Speedway. Busch scored his
fourth top-10 finish in 2005. He climbed from 22nd to 19th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
• Kyle Busch has scored four top-five finishes in his last six races on NASCAR top three series. He won the NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He finished 25th in the
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Lowe’s. He won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover, finished 36th
in the NASCAR Busch Series race and finished second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.
• Mark Martin (third) posted his 23rd top-10 finish in his 38th race at Dover International Speedway. He scored his
sixth top-10 finish in 13 races in 2005. He climbed from 12th to sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point
• Jimmie Johnson (fourth) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway. He scored his
10th top-10 finish in 2005, more than any other driver.
• Rusty Wallace (fifth) scored his 21st top-10 finish in 43 races at Dover International Speedway. Wallace has scored
six top-10 finishes in 2005. He climbed from 11th to seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Wallace
extended a 26-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August, the longest active streak.
• Six of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Dover.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. (22nd) remained 15th in the point standings, 418 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson.
• Elliott Sadler led 128 of the 400 laps in today’s race. He had led only 49 laps in the first 12 races this season. This is
the most laps that Sadler has led in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race in his career.
• Thirteen drivers remain within 400 points of current point leader Jimmie Johnson.
• Jeff Gordon (39th) posted his fifth DNF in 2005. He now has more DNFs than in all of 2004 when he had four. This
is the most DNFs since his 1999 season when he had seven. Gordon dropped from fifth to 11th in the NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup point standings. He is now 350 points behind point leader Johnson.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-5-2005)
- Rumblings - Dover:
Greg Biffle didn't take the lead today till lap 241....after that the only trouble he encoutered was when he slapped the wall doing his victory burnout! Greg Biffle dominated the second half of the MBNA RacePoints 400 today at Dover International Speedway and became the first driver to score 4 wins this season. Leading 150 of the final 160 laps (the only time he relinquished the top spot was during the final round of green flag pit stops) he nabbed his 7th career win (he's tied for 56th on the all-time win list) and the 80th for Roush Racing (their 6th of 2005). The win was worth $282,800 from the over $5.5M in posted awards.
22 cautions last week, today only 7. 21 different leaders last week, today only 5! Funny, the difference is like "night & day".
Kyle Busch (2nd) tied his career-best finish today. He was also the runner-up at Las Vegas in March.
Mark Martin (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Martinsville in April.
Rusty Wallace (5th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Martinsville in April.
Matt Kenseth (7th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Loudon last September.
Scott Riggs (11th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Bristol in April.
Travis Kvapil (17th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Bristol in April.
Jason Leffler (20th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Martinsville in April.
Bobby Hamilton Jr (21st) had his best finish since he was 11th at Las Vegas in March.
STREAKIN......Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10's in a row.
Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10's in a row.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Brian Vickers (+21), followed by Kyle Busch (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was a lonely Jeff Gordon (-34). It's all Hendrick Motorsports today in a hollow "Shaft".
Greg Biffle trimmed 25 markers from Jimmie Johnson's lead....it's down to 46 (like that means a whole lot!). With 13 down and 13 to go we're left with only 13 drivers above the "Stayin' Alive" line. Something lucky in those numbers?
Mark Martin (12th to 6th) advanced the most spots today, while Jeff Gordon (5th to 11th) fell the most. 3rd to 11th in the point standings are separated by only 119 points.(Stock Car Fans)(6-5-2005)
- The MBNA Racepoints 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, laps led
#16-Biffle (2)(150 laps led)
#5-Busch (22)(90 laps led)
#48-Johnson (1)(28 laps led)
#38-Sadler (3)(128 laps led)
- Cars on the lead lap: 11 (of 43 starters)
- Cars on the track: 34 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (9):
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (5 with 9 lead changes):
#38-Sadler (128, led halfway);
#16-Biffle (150, led most);
- Lap leaders: #48-Johnson pole; #48-Johnson 1-14; #7-Gordon 15-22; #38-Sadler 23-39; #5-Busch 40-87; #38-Sadler 88-145; #5-Busch 146-187; #36-Sadler 188-240; #16-Biffle 241-374; #48-Johnson 375-384; #16-Biffle 385-400;
Cautions: 7 for 33 laps
Caution 7 - Laps 286 - 289: #9-Kahne lost it off turn 4, hit the wall came back down the front stretch and hit the inside retaining wall.
Caution 6 - Laps 208 - 211: debris on the track.
Caution 5 - Laps 137 - 145: #07-Blaney lost it off turn 2, spun into the inside back stretch wall, then shot across the track and right into the path of #49-Schrader who hit Blaney hard. #22-Wimmer came up to avoid and smacked #40-Marlin and then the wall, Marlin and Wimmer drove on. Blaney and Schrader both got out of their cars under their own power and are ok.
Caution 4 - Laps 118 - 122: Debris on the back stretch.
Caution 3 - Laps 42 - 45: #24-Gordon got tapped by #20-Stewart in in the entrance of turn 2, then #9-Kahne hit #21-Rudd, who backed into the outside turn 2 wall and came down and into the inside wall and Gordon.
Caution 2 - Laps 36 - 39: Debris on the track
Caution 1 - Laps 14 - 16: Debris in turn 3, a spring rubber
- 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 7: #88-Jarrett, 23rd
Caution 6: #77-Kvapil, 17th
Caution 5: #42-McMurray, 26th
Caution 4: #22-Wimmer, 31st
Caution 3: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.
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)
---- #12-Newman only took fuel.
---- during #20-Stewart's green flag stop on lap 276, he sped exiting pit road and had to so a drive thru penalty.
---- green flag pit stops were done around the lap 375-380 range.
---- during the 7th caution, all the lead laps cars came in to pits.
---- on lap lap 216, #20-Stewart came down on #48-Johnson and made contact, pushing his rear left fender in, which is rubbing against the tire.
---- during the 6th caution, all the lead laps cars came in to pits.
---- during the 5th caution, all the lead laps cars came in to pits.
---- during the 4th caution, $15-Waltrip is making multile stops to get the radio communications fixed.
---- during the 4th caution, all the lead lap cars came out to make pit stops.
---- #15-Waltrip, reported on lap 92, has no radio communication between himself and his crew.
---- on lap 83, #40-Marlin made an unscheduled pit stop, not know why....yet.
---- on lap 55, #7-Gordon had a flat tire and had to make a pit stop during the green and lost a couple of laps, then sped coming off pit road and had to do a pass thru penalty and is four laps down..
---- on lap 52, #18-Labonte slowed on the track and drove the car right to the garage area.
---- all drivers came in to make pit stops during the 2nd caution, #5-Busch did 2 tires only.
---- looks like everyone came in to pit but #7-Gordon, #00-Long, #92-Barrett, during the 1st caution.
---- Slugger Labbe, crew chief for the #19 Dodge of Jeremy Mayfield is at the track, but feeling the effects of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and is resting in his motor home at Dover International Speedway, Team Director [and last years crew chief] Kenny Francis will call the shots today at Dover
---- To the BACK: : #41-Mears [engine change]; #7-Gordon [driver change]
- To the BACK: so far, just one, #41-Casey Mears team changed engines, he was to start 28th, #7-Gordon's team had to go to the back, as Gordon never practice the car and with qualifying rained out, and Truex Jr. practicing the car, it is a driver change. Gordon and Mears will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag.(6-4/5-2005)
- Happy Hour Practice for the MBNA Racepoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #00-Long 150.125 and #92-Barrett 150.363
no speed for: #34-Fuller
most laps run: #07-Blaney, 65; #19-Mayfield, 59
incidents: none reported, but #41-Mears team changed engines.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#9-Kahne 152.009 [7th fastest lap], 51 laps run
#17-Kenseth 151.990 [10th], 54 laps run
#12-Newman 151.990 [9th], 52 laps run
See speeds NASCAR.com.
The practice is scheduled to air at 4:00pm/et on FX, after the Busch race.(6-4-2005)
- First Saturday Practice for the MBNA Racepoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #34-Fuller 148.822 and #00-Long 149.446.
most laps run: #48-Johnson, 43; #6-Martin, 42
incident: none reported.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#19-Mayfield 153.312 [1st fastest lap], 33 laps run
#41-Mears 152.181 [7th], 26 laps
#0-Bliss 151.600 [23rd], 19 laps
See speeds NASCAR.com.
- Saturday Practice for the MBNA Racepoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is now back to it's old schedule with the Truck Series being postponed a 2nd time, now scheduled to run immediately after the Busch Series race. The Cup cars are now scheduled to practice from 9:30 - 10:15am/et with Happy Hour from 11:10 - 11:55am/et [FX tape delay at ~4:00pm/et]. The radar looks clear, but drizzle is still reported in the area, however the forecast looks better with mostly cloudy now being the call.(6-4-2005)
- Qualifying rained out: for the MBNA Racepoints 400 at Dover International Speedway, so #48-Jimmie Johnson starts 1st, followed by #16-Greg Biffle, #38-Elliott Sadler, #12-Ryan Newman and #24-Jeff Gordon. The field was set by the top-35 in owners points, then 36th to 43rd by the rules book, the only one that came into play was race attempts, with tie broken by owners points position, so #27-Kirk Shelmerdine [8 attempts] and #23-Mike Skinner [3 attempts] will miss the race. For the starting lineup, see my Jayski's Dover Rained Out Starting Lineup Page.(6-3-2005)
- Ramblings - Dover:
A washout today at Dover International Speedway so we do the Points/Race Attempts lineup. (Didn't points/postmarks have a much better ring to it? Didn't it give your office manager/secretary the opportunity to be the MVP one week?) So, Sunday's race lineup for the MBNA RacePoints 400 will look peculiarly like the current standings. Jimmie Johnson (1st) will lead us to the green by virtue of his lead in
the Owner Points. The last time he started from the pole was at Michigan last August....when qualifying was rained out that weekend as well.
Greg Biffle (2nd) has his best starting spot since he started 2nd at Homestead last November.
Carl Edwards (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Atlanta in March.
Jamie McMurray (9th) has his best starting spot since he started 8th at Martinsville last October.
Mark Martin (12th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 12th at Atlanta in March.
Michael Waltrip (15th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at Daytona in February.
The Crystal Ball Department: You never know what the future holds, but those four races Kirk Shelmerdine took off from Texas thru Darlington cost him his first start of the year this weekend. He was tied with Carl Long (in the #00 car) in race attempts with 8, so since Long is 63 owner points ahead of Kirk in the standings, the #27 is on the Trouble Train this week.
STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 20 Top-10 starts in a row.
Elliott Sadler has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
They're gonna try to run a double header tomorrow with the Trucks/Busch. The forecast is still a little iffy for Saturday, but we're supposed to clear up by Sunday. Would be nice to get a little practice too.(Stock Car Fans)(6-3-2005)
- RAIN cancels qualifying Friday: is falling at Dover International Speedway [was scheduled at 11:00am/et], the radar is looking quite green for the Dover area per the Weather Channel and forecasts have it raining all day and into Saturday morning.
NASCAR.com is reporting "it's all wet today as rain is falling and has canceled Busch and Nextel Cup qualifying". The field will be set by owners points/rules book with #48-Jimmie Johnson starting first [no pole awarded]. Any updated schedule will be posted when found, but doubt any practices will get in today as it doesn't look good for any track activity with all the rain.
To keep an eye on the Dover weather, see Raceweather.net or www.weather.com.(6-3-2005)
- Rookie News and Notes
- Entry List for the MBNA NASCAR Points 400 at Dover International Speedway is up, 45 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
Not in top 35 of owners points - 11 race attempts by team:
#7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
#11-Jason Leffler (full-time team)
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
#37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
#66-Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
#92-Stanton Barrett (full-time 2005 planned)
Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 11 attempts
#00-Carl Long (part-time sched)(8 attempts)
#23-Mike Skinner (limited sched)(3 attempts)
#27-Kirk Shelmerdine (part-time)(8 attempts)
#34-Jeff Fuller (didn't attempt Talladega)(11 attempts)
IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 11,32,37,7,66,92,34,00
missing the race would be: #'s 27,23
For the full list see my Jayski's Dover Entry List, 45 cars entered.(6-1-2005)
- Race Penalties Now Less Severe: Beginning with the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville, eight infractions that used to bring a stop-and-go penalty will now be addressed with a pass through the pits. They include a crew member jumping over the wall too soon, too many crewmen in the pit service area, using more than two air wrenches during a stop, and tossing the fuel or catch cans. Other violations now covered by a pass-through penalty are: crew members returning from the equipment side of the wall, illegal use of extension poles, failing to carry the front air wrench to the pit wall side, and noncompliant refueling. A stop-and-go requires a car to return to its pit box for 15 seconds, while the lesser penalty is merely going back through pit road at the required speed limit.(FoxSports/AP)(3-20-2005)
- Impound Rules: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Impound Procedures In 2005
The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will impound cars after qualifying in 21 of 36 championship events plus the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. The following are tracks in which NASCAR will implement this procedure: Feb. 27-California; Mar. 20-Atlanta; Apr. 3-Bristol; Apr. 23-Phoenix; May 7-Darlington; May 14; Richmond; May 21-Lowe’s (All-Star Challenge); June 12-Pocono; June 19-Michigan; July 2-Daytona; July 17-New Hampshire; July 24-Pocono; Aug. 14-Watkins Glen; Aug. 21-Michigan; Aug. 27-Bristol; Sept. 10-Richmond; Sept. 18-New Hampshire; Oct. 9-Kansas; Oct. 30-Atlanta; Nov. 20-Homestead.
Following qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, the cars will be escorted to their respective garage stalls by a NASCAR Official (with the exception of the top five cars, which will be placed in a designated area for post-qualifying inspection).
Once the car is pushed to the garage stall, only two crew members will be allowed to remain in the garage.
The following work list will be allowed:
1. Shut off electrical switches and master power switch;
2. Remove radio;
3. Check air pressure in tires;
4. Cover the car; and,
5. Crewmembers exit garage and garage doors close.
Pit road selection will be immediately after the last car has qualified.
Procedure for race day for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams:
Garage Stall A maximum of two (2) crew members per car, accompanied by a NASCAR Official, will be allowed in the garage stall. Below are the procedures that will be completed in the garage stall:
1. Plug in oil heater (if teams use a generator, it must remain outside the garage);
2. Open hood;
3. Prime oil system;
4. Back car out of garage to start;
5. Turn master switch on;
6. Open oil cooler bypass valve (optional)’
7. Start engine;
8. Close hood;
9. Set tire pressure;
10. Torque wheels;
11. Install radio and water bottle;
12. Remove or repair tape on front of car (i.e. grille, valance, brake ducts.); and
13. If applicable, BST or Pi Research may replace equipment batteries under NASCAR supervision.
Teams May NOT:
1. Enter the garage without a NASCAR Official present;
2. Jack up any part of the car;
3. Add water or pressurize the cooling system;
4. Climb inside the car;
5. Adjust wedge bolts, shocks or sway bars;
6. Add fuel, oil or brake fluid;
7. Remove air box; or
8. Adjust fenders, spoiler or any body components.
Fuel Pumps: A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, escorted by NASCAR Officials, may go to the fuel pumps. For Tracks 1 mile and under, a maximum of two gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks 1 ½ miles, a maximum of three gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks above 1 ½ miles, a maximum of four gallons of fuel will be added.
Height Platform A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the height platform.
1. Adjust front and rear wedge bolts: A maximum of one (1) turn for front bolts. A maximum of 1 ½ turn for rear bolts.
2. Adjust track bar at frame end adjuster. No maximum on track bar adjustment.
3. Adjust external shock bleeds.
Teams May NOT:
1. Change any components.
2. Add spring inserts.
Scales A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the scales. Any car that does not meet required weight specifications may be subject to penalty. After completion, the generator will be reconnected to the car and pushed to pit road. Generators will be permitted out on pit road with the car.(NASCAR)(3-18-2005)
- some 2005 Changes in the Cup Series:
- New Dodge Model: Charger takes over for the Intrepid
- Spoilers reduced 1" to 4 1/2" at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona
- Gear Ratio rule, teams will have 2 choices of what gear ratio to use at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona, supposedly the gear ratio's will be between 3.80 and 4.00
- Hard Liquor sponsors now allowed
- NASCAR is using a computer timing system to check for speeding on pit road
- The top 35 teams in Owners Points will be guaranteed to make the race, the final teams by speed, then field set by speed, for the first FIVE races, 2004 owners points standings will be used for the top 35.
- The Impound Rules will be used at over half the races.
- Each car must have a full tank of fuel in the gas tank when the driver makes a qualifying lap, for ALL races.
- Restrictor plate size changed from 29/32 [58/64] to 57/64"
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
- 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:
• Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle have each won three races in 2005, more than any other drivers.
• Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score nine top-10 finishes in 12 races in 2005.
• Ryan Newman has scored top-five finishes in the last three races. He climbed from 15th to fourth in the point standings in those three races.
• Greg Biffle has scored top-10 finishes in the last three races.
• Roush Racing drivers and Hendrick Motorsports drivers have both won five of the 12 races in 2005. Richard Childress Racing and Evernham Motorsports each have one victory.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-30-2005)
- 2004 Race Winner: #6-Mark Martin, 97.042mph, started 7th
- Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 132.719, 9/17/97
- Slowest Race Record: Mark Martin, 97.042mph, 6/6/2004
- Event/Track Qualifying Record: Jeremy Mayfield, 161.522mph, 6/4/2004
- 2004 Pole Sitter: #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 161.522mph, finished 8th
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kyle Petty, started 37th, 6/1995
- 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 70 races] 15.7%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 12
- 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: 43 of 70 - 61.4%
- Races won from the top 10: 57 of 70 - 81.4%
- Dover Nuggets
Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 54th start at Dover International Speedway which would move him into a tie with Dave Marcis (54) for the most races all-time at Dover. Four of Rudd’s 23 victories occurred at Dover.
Tony Stewart is expected to make his 225th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Dover. Stewart has competed, without absence, in all 225 races of his career that began at Daytona in February 1999.
Point Leader at Dover International Speedway
Jimmie Johnson has competed in six races at Dover International Speedway. He won both races there in 2002 and has scored four top-10 finishes.
Defending NEXTEL Cup Champion at Dover International Speedway
Kurt Busch has competed in nine races at Dover International Speedway scoring just two top-10 finishes. He scored his best Dover finish (fifth) in September 2004.
Strong Starter at Dover International Speedway
Ryan Newman has posted five straight top-five starts at Dover International Speedway, including a Bud Pole there in June 2003 and second-place starts in both races there in 2004. Jeremy Mayfield won both Bud Poles at Dover in 2004.
Tony Stewart has finished 11th or better, including two victories and nine top-five finishes, in all 12 of his races at Dover International Speedway. His 4.25 average finish is the best among drivers with more than two starts there. He has completed all but one lap, scored more points and led more laps than any other driver in the 12-race period.
Winning From Up Front at Dover
Seven of the last eight races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.
• Tony Stewart has finished sixth or better in his last five races at Dover.
• Jeremy Mayfield has scored three consecutive top-10 finishes at Dover.
And Beat Goes On...
Elliott Sadler and Tony Stewart have each been running at the finish in all 12 of their races at Dover.
Owner Domination at Dover International Speedway
Rick Hendrick is the all-time winning owner at Dover International Speedway, posting nine victories with five different drivers (Jeff Gordon-four, Jimmie Johnson-two, Ricky Rudd- one, Geoffrey Bodine and Ken Schrader-one).
There have been nine seasons with sweeps at Dover since the track hosted twice-a-year races beginning in 1971, including three of the last five seasons: Tony Stewart (2000), Jimmie Johnson (2002) and Ryan Newman (2003).
Don’t Tell Me You Can’t
Kyle Petty won the 1995 Miller Genuine Draft 500 at Dover International Speedway from the 37th starting position. This is the furthest back a race winner has started and won in the 36-year history at Dover International Speedway
Gordon Leads the Way at Dover
Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 2,117 laps led at Dover International Speedway, leading in 16 of his 24 races there. However, he has failed to lead in five of his past 10 races there, including this race last June.
Top 10 Lap Leaders at Dover International Speedway
Driver, Starts, Laps Led
Allison, Bobby, 35, 2,803
Petty, Richard, 46, 2,205
Earnhardt, Dale, 44, 2,146
Gordon, Jeff, 24, 2,117
Elliott, Bill, 41, 2,050
Yarborough, Cale, 20, 2,049
Pearson, David, 16, 2,046
Gant, Harry, 31, 1,737
Martin, Mark, 37, 1,651
Waltrip, Darrell, 53, 1,326
Tough at Dover in 2004
• Mark Martin has scored two consecutive top-five finishes at Dover, finishing first in this race one year ago and second there last September.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeremy Mayfield and Tony Stewart scored top-10 finishes in both races at Dover in 2004.
Dover May Spell Trouble for Some of the Top 10
• Second-place Greg Biffle has scored only one top-10 finish in five races at Dover International Speedway.
• Third-place Elliott Sadler has scored only one top-10 finish in 12 races at Dover International Speedway.
• Tenth-place Kurt Busch has scored just two top-10 finishes in nine races at Dover International Speedway.
Selected Dover Records
• Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with five Bud Poles in 42 races. He is ranked second all-time to David Pearson, who had six Bud Poles at Dover. He is tied with Mark Martin for the most front-row starts at Dover among active drivers, both with eight.
• Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Ricky Rudd lead all active drivers, each with four victories at Dover.
• Mark Martin leads all drivers with 16 top-five finishes in 37 races at Dover International Speedway.
• Ricky Rudd has scored 26 top-10 finishes at Dover, more than any other active driver at Dover.
• Mark Martin has led in 25 of his 37 races at Dover, more than any other driver.
• Jeff Gordon has led 2,117 laps at Dover International Speedway, more than any other active driver. Gordon has led in 16 of his 24 races at there.
• Ryan Newman has an 8.66 starting average in six races at Dover International Speedway, the best among all active drivers with more than two starts there.
• Tony Stewart has a 4.25 average finish in 12 races at Dover International Speedway, the best among all drivers with more than two starts there.
• 35 of the 70 races at Dover (50 percent) have been won from starting positions of third or better.
• Matt Kenseth finished 22nd and 32nd at Dover in 2004.
• Sterling Marlin has finished 13th or worse in his last six races at Dover.
• Casey Mears has finished 24th or worse in his four races at Dover.
• Elliott Sadler has finished 18th or worse in his last five races at Dover.
• Joe Nemechek has finished 23rd or worse in his last six races at Dover.
Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005
After 12 races in 2005, there are nine drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005 (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek).
Only twice in the last nine seasons has the same manufacturer not won both races at Dover ((1999 and 2004).
Starting Up Front Never Hurt
Only Ryan Newman has started every race in 2005 from a top-10 starting position. Newman has scored 19 straight top-10 starts, since Kansas last October. Bobby Issac set the record of 66 straight top-10 starts between September 1969 and March 1971.
Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 25 consecutive races, the longest current streak.
Get Those Bonus Points
Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in nine of the 12 races in 2005. Biffle has led 740 laps this season, 196 more than Tony Stewart (544) the next highest lap leader.
Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
• Kurt Busch has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 47 consecutive races
since Rockingham in February 2004, the longest current streak.
• Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch are the only drivers that have ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
point standings after every race in 2005.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. ((15th after Charlotte) has ranked among the top 10 after just three of the 12 races this season. He ranked first in the point standings after 12 races one year ago.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has led only five laps in 2005. Dale Jarrett has led only one.
• Mark Martin has led only 10 laps in 2005. Jeff Burton has led only six and Ricky Rudd has led only one..
• Matt Kenseth ranks 23rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after 12 races in 2005. One year ago he was third.
• Sterling Marlin has dropped from sixth to 20th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings in the last five races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-30-2005)
- 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
- 2004 Dover June Race Info Page
- 2004 Dover Sept. Race Info Page
- Dover still has tix available: Tickets are still available for both NASCAR race weekends at Dover International Speedway, June 3-5 and Sept. 23-25, and can be obtained by visiting www.doverspeedway.com, or at the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 800-441-RACE. Dover International Speedway offers a long list of ticket options for fans, including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early-buy discounts and a variety of payment plans. Call now for the best available seats at the Monster Mile.(Dover International Speedway)(5-31-2005)
- Jason Mraz to Sing the National Anthem at Dover: Atlantic Records recording artist Jason Mraz will sing the National Anthem for the MBNA RacePoints 400 on June 5, 2005 at Dover International Speedway. Mraz' singer-songwriter-meets-rap singing style was thrust into the national spotlight after the success of his first album, "Waiting For My Rocket To Come," which has sold over 1,000,000 copies. Some of his hits include "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," "You & I Both" and "Curbside Prophet." Mraz, 27, has performed the anthem for NFL Monday Night Football, the NFL Pro Bowl, and the NBA Finals last year between the Lakers and Pistons, and will now bring his rendition to Dover International Speedway. More information about Mraz can be found online at www.jasonmraz.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-31-2005)
- Dover selling Long Beach: Rowdy (www.rowdy.com) reports that Dover Motorsports--which owns and operates not only Dover, but Nashville Superspeedway, Gateway International Raceway (St. Louis), and
Memphis Motorsports Park, has reached an agreement to sell the Long Beach Grand Prix event to Aquarium Asset Management, an affiliate of the Champ Car World Series, for $15 million. The deal must be approved by the city of Long Beach and contains assurances that current full-time employees will retain their jobs with comparable pay and benefits. Also on Rowdy today, the "give Pete a chance" campaign begins, Rick Mast's review of the all-star race, and rookie Travis Kvapil talks about the Open. Rowdy is a daily racing radio show you get on your phone and the web. Listen to the link on Jayski's Cup News page, visit www.rowdy.com or call 1-800-95-ROWDY for more info.(5-24-2005)
- Dover's Monster Mile Club sold out for June, tickets available: The Monster Mile Club, an all-inclusive hospitality club at Dover International Speedway, has sold out. The June 5, 2005 hospitality club festivities will include an appearance by NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Mark Martin. The Monster Mile Club is a pre-race fan hospitality package available to all ticket holders at Dover International Speedway. Located in the North Hospitality Tent Village, the Monster Mile Club is an action-packed way to experience race day at Dover International Speedway in style. Admission to the Monster Mile Club includes food and drink (beer, soda and water), a VIP trackside tour, live entertainment, a limited-edition souvenir item, a program, interactive games and an appearance by a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver. Admission to the Monster Mile Club costs $ 99. To add the Monster Mile Club to your ticket purchase (for the September 25 race), call the Dover ticket office by September 9, 2005 at 800-441-RACE. The driver appearance for September is still to-be-determined.
Race tickets are now available for both event weekends, June 3-5 and Sept. 23-25, and can be obtained by visiting www.doverspeedway.com, or at the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(5-14-2005)
- Some Dover Notes: On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Domestic Preparedness conducted a full-scale simulated exercise - the first of its kind at any NASCAR facility at Dover International Speedway, according to track spokesman Gary Camp. About 700 volunteers took part in the event, with local and state police and firefighters as well as emergency medical technicians and hazardous material personnel responding to, among other things, a car bomb, various fires and the simulated release of a chemical agent. "We had incidents on different scales, from a fistfight between two fans in the hospitality tent area to phoned-in bomb threats," Camp said. "Homeland Security is going to get back to us in regard to response times and proper techniques, but we felt it went well. This was an opportunity for us to be proactive, and it gave all the emergency crews that are normally here over a race weekend to work together."
Installation of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction system is expected to be completed in time for next month's race weekend at Dover. The SAFER barrier, which was put in place along the track's inside backstretch wall last season, is being affixed in the corners of the oval. The barrier will extend about 30 inches out from the existing boilerplate-covered walls. Lou Reilly, a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan from Philadelphia, claimed the grand prize in Dover's "Most Memorable Monster Mile Moment" contest. Dover officials are still working on a tribute to Melvin Joseph, who recently died at the age of 83. Tickets are available at 800-441-RACE or www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Philadelphia Inquirer)(5-5-2005)
- Dover's Races get Title Names: Dover International Speedway has announced new names for its June 3-5
and Sept. 23-25 NASCAR races. The June 5 and Sept. 25 Nextel Cup races will both be called the MBNA RacePoints 400. The June 4 Busch Series race will be the NASCAR RacePoints 200, while the Sept. 24 Busch Series race will be the Dover 200. The June 3 Craftsman Truck Series race will be the MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 200. The MBNA names are tied to the bank's NASCAR RacePoints Visa credit-card program. Financial terms of the naming rights deals were not announced.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(4-18-2005)
- Sad News: Melvin Joseph, construction pioneer and owner of Melvin Joseph Construction, died on April 6, 2005 after a brief illness. He was 83. Joseph, of Georgetown, Del., oversaw construction during the late ’60s of the dual-use Dover Downs facility, which includes the one-mile motorsports track and the 5/8-mile horse track. Joseph had been a constant fixture at Dover International Speedway events, giving drivers the command to start their engines at every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race in Dover since 1969.
At the time of his death, Joseph served on the board of directors for Dover Motorsports, Inc. as vice president and director of auto racing for Dover International Speedway. He also served on the board of Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. Joseph was originally appointed to the board of what was then Dover Downs, Inc. in 1969. Joseph oversaw the complicated 1994 repaving project at Dover International Speedway that transformed the asphalt into the current concrete surface. Joseph also served as a consultant for the Dover Motorsports construction of Nashville Superspeedway, in Lebanon, Tenn., in 2000. Among many other career-long accolades, Joseph was a 2002 inductee into the Delaware Sports Museum Hall of Fame. Funeral arrangements are pending. More information will be posted on the Dover International Speedway website, www.doverspeedway.com.(4-7-2005)
- Nashville sale denied; no plans to move Dover race to Nashville: Dover Motorsports President and CEO Denis McGlynn said he has no plans to sell Nashville Superspeedway but stopped short of denying that it has been discussed. ''We don't have any plans to sell Nashville,'' McGlynn said earlier this week in response to recent reports that the five-year-old, $125 million track is being shopped. Asked if he has talked with representatives from any group — including International Speedway Corporation — about a possible sale, McGlynn would say only: ''We talk to a lot of people about a lot of things.'' Reports of a possible sale of the Nashville track to ISC circulated last weekend at Bristol. Yesterday ISC spokesman David Talley said, ''We don't comment on rumors. Right now we are focused on our Pacific Northwest and New York projects.'' McGlynn also denied reports that NASCAR is pressuring Dover to move one of its two annual Nextel Cup races from Dover (Del.) International Speedway to Nashville Superspeedway.(Tennessean)(4-6-2005)
- Dover SAFER almost complete: The final installation of the SAFER barriers at Dover International Speedway is underway, and will be completed in time for the June 3-5 MBNA race weekend. The SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction system) barrier walls consist of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks, and reduces the force of the initial impact of a crash. Approximately 3,600 feet of tubing, primarily in the turns of the one-mile track, will be installed. Drivers and fans shouldn't expect a major difference in the on-track action at the Monster Mile. Known for its sweeping, wide turns, the SAFER barrier will extend approximately 30 inches from outside walls at Dover International Speedway. "NASCAR's initiative to increase the safety of its competitors is one we wholeheartedly support," said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "We are pleased the SAFER barrier installation will be complete for our June 3-5 race weekend."
Before the last race weekend in September, the inside wall of the backstretch was rebuilt, and SAFER barriers were installed. The inside backstretch wall also serves as the retaining wall for Dover Downs Raceway, which features harness racing from November through April. Crews removed 1,132 feet of the 8-inch thick concrete block wall, and a 12-inch rebar-reinforced, poured concrete wall was installed. Dover International Speedway has been waiting on additional recommendations from expert advisor Dr. Dean Sicking, of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska, to proceed with the installation of SAFER barriers on other locations at the track. Each SAFER barrier system is tailor-made to address each track's design challenges.
Because Dover has steel boilerplate walls, and additional reinforcement of the walls is also necessary, the engineering surveys took additional time to complete. With the completion of the installation at Dover International Speedway, Dover Motorsports, Inc. will have SAFER barriers in place at all of its facilities for their 2005 events. This includes the Nashville Superspeedway, Gateway International Raceway and Memphis Motorsports Park.(Delaware State News)(3-24-2005)
- Dover gets an official convenience store: Dover International Speedway says Shore Stop convenience stores will be the track's "Official Convenience Store" under a new five-year agreement. Terms of the agreement call for the stores to have the ability to sell race tickets to the track's events and to be able to offer exclusive ticket programs to their customers. Financial terms were not announced.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(3-12-2005)
- Dover....more on SAFER and lights: Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said that installing SAFER barriers on the outside walls of the track's sweeping turns should be completed by mid-April. But bigger projects, like adding lights and more seating, are on hold. McGlynn said there will be no lights installed at the track this year for night-time racing, and grandstand seating will remain the same - approximately 140,000. "It's going to be a relatively low-key year at the race track," McGlynn said. That is an attitude that mirrors NASCAR in general in 2005. Last year, the sport announced several major changes, from switching the title sponsor from Winston to Nextel, to its unveiling of a playoff-type points system it dubbed the Chase for the Nextel Cup, which was won by Kurt Busch in its debut season. Dover International Speedway had expanded its seating every year from 1986 until 2001, the longest such streak by any NASCAR speedway, leaping from a modest capacity of 22,000 to 140,000 in just 15 years. Dover has received approval to expand to up to 170,000 seats in the future.
Dover installed the SAFER barriers along the inside of the 1,076-foot backstretch last summer. However, work on the outside walls was pushed back due to engineering delays. The SAFER barrier project will cost nearly $2 million by the time it is completed. The initial estimate was $1 million. 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 built 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 turns.
As for the always popular rumor about night racing at Dover, McGlynn still does not see it as a pressing issue. Many NASCAR fans think the addition of lights at Dover would make it one of the marquee events on the schedule, alongside the perennially sold-out August night race in Bristol. McGlynn is not so quick on the trigger, saying most tracks that have added lights recently - like Darlington, S.C. - are places that did so because they were having trouble selling tickets. McGlynn said the big force behind any decision to add lights will be TV executives and NASCAR. Should the track eventually add lights next season, McGlynn said it could host either a Saturday night Nextel Cup race or have an event that begins later on Sunday afternoon for a finish under the lights. (Delaware News Journal)(2-9-2005)
- No Lights at Dover in 2005, more SAFER, pits stay: The longtime speculation on when lights will be installed at Dover International Speedway to allow for night racing will have to continue through at least another NASCAR season. In fact, 2005 won’t be the year for any real high-level construction projects at the track, according to Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of the speedway. “I can’t tell you we’ll never put lights in here,” McGlynn noted, adding that any move toward illuminating the Dover track would likely come with some agreement with the television networks. Putting lights at the speedway would cost between $3 million and $3.5 million McGlynn said, basing his estimate on the fee for installing them at Nashville Superspeedway, another Dover Motorsports Inc. track, which opened in 2001. “I think that this is for the long term a great opportunity in terms of making a unique opportunity for the fans,” said Wes Harris, senior director of investor relations for International Speedway Corporation, which manages Darlington. “From a TV perspective, there are more people watching later in the day.” Historically, the decision to install lights comes at tracks that struggle to fill the grandstands during daytime races, McGlynn pointed out. “We’ve not fallen into a situation where we’re struggling to fill our seats,” he said. “We’re just blessed with a huge population base.” Dover has increased from 71,000 to 140,000 seats in the nine years since Dover Downs Slots opened. The speedway has been approved for expansion to 170,000 seats, which will be added when the fans show it’s needed, McGlynn said. But that won’t be this year.
Aside from a few bathroom renovations, the only new thing at the speedway this season will be more Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers, which are designed to absorb energy and decrease the chance of injuries to drivers in the event of an accident. Workers will finish installing the SAFER system on the high-banked outside turns of the one-mile oval in the spring. The barriers were installed along the backstretch in 2004, a year which also featured the construction and unveiling of the DuPont Monster Bridge, a unique seating area overtop the concrete track surface.
Rumors of expanding Dover’s pit row this year have also proven false. There’s “not a whole lot” that can be done about that, McGlynn said. “We would have to take wall out further into speedway, which compresses the width of the speedway runoff area. Where does NASCAR really want the room?”(Dover Post)(1-27-2005)
- Dover sues makers of Stacker 2/YJ Stinger . . . and Rowdy has the story. Big time race sponsorships cost money-in the case of the Busch Series Stacker 2 Hundred at Dover International Speedway, $350,000. But according to a complaint filed with the Superior Court of Newcastle County Delaware, the speedway hasn't been paid. The complaint, obtained by Rowdy, also alleges that NVE Pharmaceuticals, which owns Stacker 2 and YJ Stinger, did not spend another $325,000 to market the event, as agreed to in the contract. Hear about it today on Rowdy. Rowdy is daily racing news, interviews, and commentary you get on your cell phone-like a racing radio show you can hear whenever you want. Call 1-800-95-ROWDY (1-800-957-6939) to sign up for a free, no obligation trial.(Rowdy PR)(11-30-2004)
- 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)
- 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)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Dover International Speedway
- Busch attempting the triple at Dover: Kyle Busch will enter all three NASCAR events at Dover, Del. Hendrick
Motorsports will field his customary #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet in the NEXTEL Cup Series on Sunday, along with a #57 Shop Vac Chevy in Saturday's Busch Series event. The Las Vegas native will also race Billy Ballew's #15 Chevy Silverado in Friday's Craftsman Truck Series 200-lapper.(Hendrick Motorsports)(6-2-2005)
- Rusty to name Dover car "Melvin": If #2 Miller Lite Dodge driver Rusty Wallace has his way, the car now known simply as PRS-054 will carry a special moniker after the running of Sunday's MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway. "We've been thinking about it since Melvin passed away a couple of months back and we think there's no better tribute we can pay to such a wonderful guy than to win the race and name our car after him," Wallace said of Melvin Joseph, a board member and Vice President and Director of Auto Racing at Dover International Speedway, who died suddenly on April 6. "I was very fortunate to really get to know Melvin well during the last 10 years and would love to honor him this way." The 83-year-old Joseph had been active in the NASCAR community for some 50 years, first as a car owner and then in his involvement with the one-mile high-banked Dover, Del., racing facility. He is credited with being a leader in the design and construction of the track that held its first NASCAR race in 1969.(Tom Roberts PR)(6-2-2005)
- See the 2005 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Burton to run GoPhone again on the #31: #31-Jeff Burton’s Cingular Wireless Chevrolet will again carry the special paint scheme to promote Cingular Wireless’ new GoPhone, a prepaid or pay-as-you-go wireless service providing consumers with the ultimate level of freedom, control and choice of their wireless products and plans. With no annual contract or credit check, GoPhone is the perfect plan for the quick and painless wireless pit stop while still providing consumers with all of the latest products and services that have helped Cingular become the largest wireless carrier in the country.(RCR), see image of the car on my #31 Team Schemes page.(6-3-2005)
- Jasper Engines on the #77 for four races: Jasper Engines & Transmissions will return as the primary sponsor of the #77 Dodge driven by Travis Kvapil for four races in 2005. The scheduled races for the Jasper car are: Texas (April), Dover (June), Chicago (July) and Atlanta (October).(RacingOne)(1-20-2005)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)