THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: MBNA RacePoints 400

Nextel Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2005 season

Nextel Cup Chase Race #2 of 10 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, Sept 25, 2005 in Dover, DE

  • TV: TNT 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 12:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 1:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Sept 28 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Sept 29 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Oct 1 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: no more war wagon, Bill Weber from the booth

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,975,638 (was $4,966,610 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, September 23, 11:00am - 1:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 24, 11:10 - 11:55am/et, TV-TNT via tape at 12:00pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 23, 10:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, September 23 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel tape delay at 3:30pm/et, re-air at 8:00pm/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 on my Impound Rules page.

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

  • CUP EVENT SCHEDULE

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
    5:00 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    6:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    9:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    10:00 AM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    10:30 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    11:00 AM 1:00 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    2:40 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    3:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
    5:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH
    7:30 AM NBS, NNCS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
    7:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    9:00 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    9:30 AM 10:15 AM NNCS PRACTICE
    11:10 AM 11:55 AM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
    3:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH
    7:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    11:10 AM NNCS DRIVER/CHIEF MEETING (GOODYEAR BUILDING)
    12:10 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT ** UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE
    12:40 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
    1:10 PM NNCS RACE (400 LAPS, 400 MILES)
    2:10 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550

    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 90-95 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the second consecutive race weekend that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Dover . . . this right-side code (D-6812) was also run at this track in 2004 and is unique to Dover . . . this left-side code (D-6852) will be run with a different right-side at California, Charlotte, Chicagoland, Kansas, Michigan and Kentucky (Busch and Truck only) in 2005 . . . both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . unlike on other NASCAR ovals one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Dover . . . inflation on those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This will be the fourth race in a row that we've run this right-side code at Dover, while we introduced a new left-side there this spring. Because of its unique characteristics, Dover is one of the most demanding tracks on the circuit from a tire standpoint. This set-up performed well in the spring race and we expect more of the same this weekend."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Dover [all top-10 drivers have a shot at it] 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
    #20-Tony Stewart, Indianapolis, 8/7/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Watkins Glen, 8/14/2005, $10,000
    (9-18-2005)

  • 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: $20,000

    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
    Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
    Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Indianapolis: #9-Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Michigan: #10-Scott Riggs, $10,000
    Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    California: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Richmond: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #6-Mark Martin, $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.
    NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
    #29, #31 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
    #48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart, 20
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kurt Busch, 8
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Matt Kenseth, 5
    Kyle Busch, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    Mark Martin, 2
    (9-18-2005)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Dover, DE Area:
    Delaware.com
    Dover Post
    News Zap - Dover
    Philadelphia Daily News
    Philadelphia Inquirer
    Wilmington News Journal

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:
    Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce
    Delaware on the Web
    www.visitdover.com
    Dover Review by ARS Racing
    Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
    Go RVing
    RV USA

    AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
    any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

    TV Coverage/Info/News Links:
    Race Fan TV
    TVRacer.com

    IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

    Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
    looks like this is all that there is out there now....

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Johnson wins at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway, holding off teammate #5-Kyle Busch on a green-white-checkered finish to win for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd at Dover and 17th of his career. The win vaulted Johnson into the Points Lead, 7 over #2-Rusty Wallace. Wallace finished 3rd, followed by #6-Mark Martin and #12-Ryan Newman [the pole sitter]. #20-Tony Stewart, the points leader going into today action, had a tough day all day and even with two lucky dog passes still only finished 18th, 2 laps down. #17-Matt Kenseth had a tire go down early, lost a lap, got the luck dog, then late in the race had another tire go down, smacked the wall and retired the #17 Ford in 35th. #97-Kurt Busch finished 23rd, 3 laps off the pace after tire woes and is now 170 points back in 10th spot. Busch led the most laps with 192. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a stout car early in the race, but had brake problems, made an unscheduled pit stop, lost 7 laps and ended up 31st. #38-Elliott Sadler finished 6th and has a 40 point lead over #29-Kevin Harvick for 11th points place. No tempers or crazy wrecks this week, a few tire problems and debris on the track were about it.(9-25-2005)

      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Dover Race Results/Awards page.(9-25-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Dover race 2 of 10 in the Chase:
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5362
      #2-Rusty Wallace, -7
      #12-Ryan Newman, -12
      #6-Mark Martin, -21
      #20-Tony Stewart, -23 [5 wins, 4 2nds, gets spot]
      #16-Greg Biffle, -23 [5 wins, 1 2nd]
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, -81
      #99-Carl Edwards, -103
      #17-Matt Kenseth, -124
      #97-Kurt Busch, -170
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #38-Elliott Sadler
      #29-Kevin Harvick, -40 out of 11th
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -47
      #24 Jeff Gordon, -72.(9-25-2005)

      For points standing, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Dover page.(9-25-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings - Top 15...the old way, not the Chase after Dover, race 28 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 4005
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 3825, -180
      3) #2-Rusty Wallace, 3727, -278
      4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3727, -278
      5) #6-Mark Martin, 3589, -416
      6) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3489, -516
      7) #97-Kurt Busch, 3466, -539
      8) #12-Ryan Newman, 3400, -605
      9) #99-Carl Edwards, 3358, -647
      10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3337, -668
      11) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3222, -783
      12) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3182, -823
      13) #42-Jamie McMurray, 3175, -830
      14) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3150, -855
      15) #88-Dale Jarrett, 3085, -920
      (9-25-2005)

    • Dover Race Notes:
      • Jimmie Johnson won the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway, scoring his 17th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 139th career start.
      • Johnson scored his third victory in 2005. His last victory came at Charlotte in May, 16 races ago. Johnson also won at Las Vegas in March.
      • Johnson has scored 17 top-10 finishes in 28 races in 2005.
      • Johnson climbed from fifth to first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • Johnson has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 61 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004.
      • Johnson won the $60,000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus for winning the race and leading the point standings after the race. It marked the fifth time in 2005 that the bonus has been won. Johnson also won it at Las Vegas ($30,000) and Charlotte ($90,000) while Stewart won it at Indianapolis ($90,000) and Watkins Glen ($10,000).
      • This is Johnson’s 16th career superspeedway victory in 108 career superspeedway races.
      • Johnson led four times for 134 laps including the final 28.
      • Johnson scored the 10th victory for car owner Rick Hendrick at Dover International Speedway, the most of any owner. This was Hendrick’s 137th victory as a car owner and seventh in 28 races this season.
      • Kurt Busch led 192 of the 400 laps raced, leading the most laps for the fifth time this season.
      The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-Week No. 2
      • Jimmie Johnson took the point lead in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by just seven points over second-place Rusty Wallace. Johnson, along with nine other drivers, will race over the remaining eight races of the season to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million:
      • Eight drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Dover.
      • Kurt Busch (35th at New Hampshire and 23rd at Dover) started the 2004 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup by scoring a victory at New Hampshire and then followed with top-10 finishes in the first six races of the Chase. Busch is now 170 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson.
      • Eight of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the first 28 races of the 2005 season. Martin and Wallace remain winless in 2005. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Stewart and Biffle each with five.
      • Only two of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top 10: Mark Martin (fourth) and Carl Edwards (ninth).
      • Ryan Newman (first at New Hampshire and fifth at Dover) is the only driver to score top-five finishes in the first two races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.
      • Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin have each scored top-10 finishes in the first two races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.
      • Elliott Sadler (sixth) climbed from 14th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • A total of $1 Million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. The 11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on stage at the Awards Banquet in New York.
      • Kyle Busch (second) scored his third top-five finish in his last four races. He also finished second here in June.
      • Tony Stewart (18th) ended a streak of 13 straight top-10 finishes that began with a second-place finish at Michigan in June. Stewart dropped from first to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings ending his seven-race streak as leader of the standings.
      • Rusty Wallace (third) scored his fourth finish of sixth or better in his last five races. Wallace climbed from fourth to second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He extended a 41-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 23 top-15 finishes in 28 races in 2005.
      Heading to Talladega
      • Greg Biffle has never scored a top-10 finish at Talladega.
      • Kurt Busch has scored three top-10 finishes in his last four races at Talladega.
      • Mark Martin has scored only one finish better than 15th at Talladega in his last seven races there.
      • Tony Stewart has finished second at Talladega four times, but has never won there.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-25-2005)

    • Rumblings - Dover: Jimmie Johnson passed Mark Martin on lap 377, then held off his teammate Kyle Busch to take today's MBNA RacePoints 404 at Dover International Speedway. It was his third win of the season (he won at Lowe's in May and Las Vegas in February), his third at Dover, the 17th of his career (he's tied with Jeff Burton, Marvin Panch, and Curtis Turner for 37th on the all-time win list) and the 137th for Hendrick Motorsports. It was worth $296,641 from the over $4.9M in posted awards. Another Green/White/Checker today....and still we survived it! Lately, you could get in more trouble under caution!
      Rusty Wallace (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Pocono in July.
      Mark Martin (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Pocono in July.
      Elliott Sadler (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Infineon in June.
      Kyle Petty (8th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Bristol in April.
      Dave Blaney (20th) had his best finish since he was 20th at Pocono in July.
      J. J. Yeley (25th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 27th at Atlanta last October.
      STREAKIN.....Rusty Wallace has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
      Kyle Busch had 3 Top-5's in the last 4 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kyle Petty (+26), followed by Jeff Burton (+25), and Carl Edwards (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper is a tie between Dale Earnhardt Jr (-27) and Sterling Marlin (-27), followed by Bobby Hamilton Jr (-25), Matt Kenseth (-24), and Scott Wimmer (-20). Little E has the most Ops this season (5), but surprisingly (with the way his season has gone) this is his first BD of the year.
      In the "Chase" Standings we had a major shakeup as Jimmie Johnson grabs the point by 7 markers over Rusty Wallace. We've got six drivers within 23 points of the lead, and everybody from 7th on down's got a major hill to climb.
      In "Classic" points, Elliott Sadler has claimed that all-important 10th loser spot by 40 points over Kevin Harvick. Sadler (14th to 11th) and Kyle Petty (31st to 28th) made the best moves forward today, while four drivers (Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt Jr) all fell two spots each.(Stock Car Fans)(9-25-2005)

      the RACE RUNDOWN

    • The MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 404 of 400 laps:

      GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED

      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #48-Johnson-c (5x)(134 laps led)
      #5-Busch-c (3)
      #2-Walllace-d (6x)
      #6-Martin (7x)(7 laps led)
      #12-Newman-d (1x)(30 laps led)
      #38-Sadler-f (22)(26 laps led)
      #19-Mayfield-d (12x)
      #45-Petty-d (34)
      #99-Edwards-f (32-x)
      #41-Mears-d (23)

      other chasers. running
      #16-Biffle-f (18x)(14 laps led), 13 -1 lap
      #20-Stewart-c (31x), 18, -2 laps
      #97-Busch-f (10x)(192 laps led), 23, -3 laps
      #17-Kenseth-f (11x), 35, DNF

      x=driver in The Chase
      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford

    • Cars on the lead lap: 11 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down at least a lap [and still running]: #'s 21,16,25,9,88,01,20,29,07,4,97,10,11,15,43,49,42,0,8,18,32,78

    • Cars on the track: 33 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (9) and reason:
      #95-Barrett (accident-out)
      #00-Long (engine-out)
      #22-Wimmer (accident-out)
      #40-Marlin (engine-out)
      #66-Lepage (accident-out)
      #7-Gordon (engine-out)
      #37-Raines (accident-out)
      #24-Gordon (accident-out)
      #17-Kenseth (accident-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 leaders with 15 lead changes):
      #97-Busch (192, led most);
      #48-Johnson (134);
      #12-Newman (30);
      #38-Sadler (26);
      #16-Biffle (14);
      #6-Martin (7);
      #15-Waltrip (1);

    • Lap leaders: #12-Newman - pole; #12-Newman 1-30; #48-Johnson 31-70; #16-Biffle 71-75; #48-Johnson 76-108; #97-Busch 109; #15-Waltrip 110; #97-Busch 111-177; #16-Biffle 178-186; #97-Busch 187-203; #38-Sadler 204-229; #97-Busch 230-319; #6-Martin 320; #97-Busch 321-337; #48-Johnson 338-370; #6-Martin 371-376; #48-Johnson 377-404;

      Cautions: 11 for 50 laps

      Caution 11 - Laps 399 - 402: #01-Nemechek got loose and #31-Burton got into him off turn 4, Nemechek came down and into the inside front stretch wall, but not much damage.
      Caution 10 - Laps 387 - 389: Debris on the front stretch.
      Caution 9 - Laps 369 - 375: #17-Kenseth lost a right front tire and wacked the wall hard in turn 2, went to the garage.
      Caution 8 - Laps 293 - 296: #42-McMurray got loose of the back stretch, spun after making contact with #37-Raines, with the #37 coming up the track into #24-Gordon, all three hit the turn 3 wall. Gordon to the garage.
      Caution 7 - Laps 283 - 286: #7-Gordon stopped on the track in turn 4 after losing another engine.
      Caution 6 - Laps 271 - 274: Debris on the frontstretch.
      Caution 5 - Laps 203 - 206: #66-Lepage broke loose in turn 3 and smacked the turn 4 outside wall.
      Caution 4 - Laps 177 - 180: #22-Wimmer lost a right front and wacked the turn 1 wall.
      Caution 3 - Laps 109 - 112: Debris on the backstretch.
      Caution 2 - Laps 70 - 73: #0-Bliss lost it in turn 1 and slapped the outside wall and drove on.
      Caution 1 - Laps 10 - 17: #95-Barrett lost it on the front stretch got sideways and smacked the inside retaining wall.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
      Caution 11: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 10: #41-Mears, 10th
      Caution 9: none awarded
      Caution 8: #17-Kenseth, 35th DNF
      Caution 7: #9-Kahne, 16th
      Caution 6: #21-Rudd, 12th
      Caution 5: #20-Stewart (2), 18th
      Caution 4: would had been #22-Wimmer, caused caution, none awarded
      Caution 3: #20-Stewart, 18th
      Caution 2: #15-Waltrip, 26th
      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)
      ---- during the 10th caution, Lucky Dog #41 made a pit stop, along with #31-Burton and #99-Edwards.
      ---- just after the 9th caution, made an unscheduled pit stop for a left side tire go down, lost a lap; the exiting pit road was speeding and had to serve a pass-thru penalty.
      ---- green flag stops, starting around 365, #97-Busch was the first of the top-10 to come in...then the caution came out.
      ---- on lap 300, #16-Biffle made an unscheduled pit stop for a right rear cut tire, lost a lap, he was running in 2nd at the time.
      ---- during the 7th caution, many of the lead lap cars toward the back of the pack came in to make pit stops, the top 11 stayed on the track.
      ---- after the green flag following the 6th caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr. had to serve a pass-thru penalty for not lining up properly on the restart.
      ---- during the 6th caution, the jack broke, had to get another jack and made a lap and came back in to do the other side.
      ---- on lap 216, #17-Kenseth had a left rear tire cut down and had to pit and lost a lap while running 4th.
      ---- on lap 192, #40-Marlin went to the garage with a bad motor.
      ---- during the 4th caution, #24-Gordon and #25-Vickers were caught speeding exiting pit road and had to start at the rear of the longest line at the restart.
      ---- on lap 155, #18-Labonte, a lap down, came in to pit.
      ---- during the 3rd caution, #7-Gordon was penalized a pass-thru penalty for not starting in the back, not quite sure what that means.
      ---- #2-Wallace lost some time on pit road as Wallace has to back the car up in pit road during the 3rd caution pitstops.
      ---- on lap 58, #20-Stewart is reporting something is not right in the front end.
      ---- on lap 52, #00-Long and #78-Wallace were told by NASCAR to pick up their speed.
      ---- on lap 28, #32-Hamilton Jr. was black flagged for smoking from the power steering, repairs were made on pit road and Hamilton Jr is back on the track, 7 laps down.
      ---- on lap 21, #8-Earnhardt Jr. slowed dramatically, then came into the pits as he reported no brakes, the crew made repairs but los t 7 laps.
      ---- #21-Rudd; #43-Green; #29-Harvick; #4-Wallace; #31-Burton; #20-Stewart; #25-Vickers; #32-Hamitlotn Jr.; #42-McMurray; #15-Waltrip, #18-Labonte; #41-Mears; #66-Lepage among some drivers, most from 18th on back, who made pit stops during the 1st caution.
      ---- To the BACK [3]: #0-Bliss [backup car/was to start 30th];
      #32-Hamilton Jr. [backup car/was to start 8th];
      #4-Wallace [transmission change/was to start 38th]


    • Race Coverage of the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is on Sunday, September 25, 2005.
      TV: TNT at 12:30pm/et [green flag around 1:10pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR This Morning, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
      Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, September 29th at 3:00pm/et

    • Dover Average Finish for the 10 drivers in The Chase:
      #20-Stewart, 5.0, 2 wins
      #16-Biffle, 18.0, 1 win
      #12-Newman, 6.7, 3 wins
      #2-Wallace, 12.6, 3 wins
      #17-Kenseth, 14.6
      #48-Johnson, 13.4, 2 wins
      #6-Martin, 13.4, 4 wins
      #19-Mayfield, 18.5
      #99-Edwards, 17.0
      #97-Busch, 19.0
      (9-21-2005)

    • Happy Hour Practice for the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #97-Busch 154.939
      #48-Johnson 154.905
      #12-Newman 154.746
      #6-Martin 154.746
      #5-Busch 154.420
      slowest: #00-Long 148.730 and #95-Barrett 149.570
      most laps run: #48-Johnson, 52; #42-McMurray, 49;
      #32-Hamilton Jr. only got one lap in and crashed, backing into the inside wall, looks like to a backup car
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr., 151.578 [19th fastest lap], 34 laps run
      #48-Johnson, 151.415 [2nd], 52 laps
      #6-Martin, 1510266 [3rd], 46 laps
      For starting lineup, qualifying results, practice speeds, qualifying order and more, see Jayski's Dover Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-24-2005)

    • To the BACK [2]: #0-Bliss [backup car/was to start 30th]; #32-Hamilton Jr. [backup car/was to start 8th];

    • First Saturday Practice for the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #97-Busch 153.984
      #6-Martin 153.813
      #29-Harvick 153.787
      #19-Mayfield 153.590
      #17-Kenseth 153.505
      slowest: #00-Long 146.759 and #95-Barrett 148.699 most laps run: #6-Martin, 46; #10-Riggs and #19-Mayfield, 41
      For starting lineup, qualifying results, practice speeds, qualifying order and more, see Jayski's Dover Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-24-2005)

    • Newman wins pole at Dover: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway with a fast lap of 158.102mph for his 6th pole of 2005 and 33rd of his career. #9-Kasey Kahne starting 2nd, followed by #5-Kyle Busch, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #48-Jimmie Johnson. The best qualifying Ford was the #6 of Mark Martin at 7th. Points leader, #20-Tony Stewart qualified 31st. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. was the highest non top-35 team, who had to get in based on speed, qualifying 8th. Missing the race were: #89-Shepherd, #92-Sadler, #08-McGlynn, #34-McCarthy and #75-Anderson [who didn't make an attempt].(9-23-2005)
      For starting lineup, qualifying results, practice speeds, qualifying order and more, see Jayski's Dover Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-23-2005)

    • Starting Spots for the 10 drivers in the Chase:
      #20-Stewart, starts 31st
      #16-Biffle, 18th
      #12-Newman, 1st
      #2-Wallace, 6th
      #17-Kenseth, 11th
      #48-Johnson, 5th
      #6-Martin, 7th
      #19-Mayfield, 12th
      #99-Edwards, 32nd
      #97-Busch, 10th
      (9-23-2005)

    • Dover Qualfying News and Notes:
      • Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the MBNA RacePoints 400, lapping Dover International Speedway in 22.770 seconds at 158.102 mph. Jeremy Mayfield holds the track-qualifying record of 22.288 seconds, 161.522 mph, set June 4, 2004.
      • This is Newman’s 33rd career Bud Pole in 144 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
      • Newman moved to a tie with Fred Lorenzen on the [17th] all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole list.
      • This is Newman’s second Bud Pole and seventh top-10 start in eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Dover.
      • There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the last nine races at Dover, but only two in the past five. Jeremy Mayfield (both 2004) and Newman (June 2003 and September 2005) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners at Dover since the fall of 2001. Qualifying was canceled due to weather in September 2003 and June 2005.
      • Kasey Kahne posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 22.919 seconds, 157.074 mph – and will join Newman on the front row for the MBNA RacePoints 400. This is Kahne’s first start better than 12th in four Dover races.
      • This is the ninth Bud Pole for Dodge in 2005 – but their first sine Pocono in July. Chevrolet has 12 Bud Poles and Ford has five. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen.
      • Kyle Busch (third) posted his ninth top-10 start in 2005. Busch started 22nd and finished second in July - his only Dover appearance.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) has started from the top 10 in five of his 12 races at Dover. It is just his fourth top-10 start this season, including each of the past two races.
      • Jimmie Johnson (fifth) posted his sixth top-10 start in eight races at Dover. It is his 16th top-10 start in 2005 and his third in the past four races.
      • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th by Kyle Petty in June 1995.
      • Forty-four of 71 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Dover have been won from a top five starting position while only 13 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
      • Six of the last nine NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-23-2005)

    • Ramblings - Dover: It was a double-dip Friday for the Rocket Man today as Ryan Newman took the Bud Pole for Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway with a time of 22.770 (158.102 mph). Scoop #1 was served earlier when he took the pole for tomorrow's Busch 200 miler. This was pole #6 on the season for Newman (no one else has more than two) and the 33rd of his NEXTEL Cup career. Newman will be joined on the front-row by Kasey Kahne....this is Kasey's best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Loudon in July.
      Kyle Busch (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at California in February.
      Scott Wimmer (16th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 11th at Pocono in July.
      Kevin Lepage (35th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 24th at Daytona in July (only 4 races).
      STREAKIN.....Jimmie Johnson has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races.
      Mark Martin has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races.
      Kurt Busch has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races.
      Gonna be a long day for the "Chasers" on Sunday as this race can last an eternity.....especially if you're looking for the handle. Everybody seems to be playing nice so far (it is only Friday), but after Mike Helton gives them a talkin' to pre-race we'll see if it lasts.(Stock Car Fans)(9-23-2005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 23, 2005 at 3:10pm/et.
      TV: Speed Channel - 3:30pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
      Qualifying Re-Air: Speed Channel 8:00pm/et

    • Qualifying Order for the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #17-Matt Kenseth is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #97-Kurt Busch. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Dover Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-23-2005)

    • Friday Practice: for the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #16-Biffle 157.687
      #12-Newman 157.350
      #01-Nemechek 157.054
      #6-Martin 156.788
      #9-Kahne 156.644
      slowest: #75-Anderson 142.102 [2 laps] and #08-Ryan McGlynn 146.027
      most laps run: #31-Burton and #41-Mears, 41
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #6-Martin, 156.076 [4th fastest lap], 16 laps run
      #01-Nemechek, 155.489 [3rd], 13 laps
      #5-Busch, 155.457 [9th], 8 laps
      For practice speeds, qualifying order and more, see Jayski's Dover Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-23-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice at Dover?
      Eight in and five out [48 entered for 43 spots]:
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 8th fastest
      #7-Robby Gordon, 15th
      #4-Mike Wallace, 32nd
      #37-Tony Raines, 33rd
      #66-Kevin Lepage, 35th
      #78-Kenny Wallace, 40th
      #95-Stanton Barrett, 41st
      #00-Carl Long, 42nd
      if things statyed the same, these five would miss the race:
      #34-Joey McCarthy, 44th
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 45th
      #92-Hermie Sadler, 46th
      #08-Ryan McGlynn, 47th
      #75-Wayne Anderson, 48th.(9-23-2005)

    • Entry List for the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway is up, 48 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 - 27 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #37-Tony Raines (full-time team)
      #92-Hermie Sadler (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 27 'team' attempts
      #00-Carl Long (17 attempts)
      #08-Ryan McGlynn (no attempts)
      #34-Joey McCarthy (23 attempts)
      #66-Kevin Lepage (26 attempts)
      #75-Wayne Anderson (9 attempts)
      #78-Kenny Wallace (no attempts)
      #89-Morgan Shepherd (16 attempts)
      #95-Stanton Barrett (3 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 4,32,7,37,92,66,34,00
      missing the race would be [5]: #'s 89,75,95,08,78
      For the full list see my Jayski's Dover Entry List, 48 cars entered.(9-19/21-2005)

    • Weather -- IF qualifying is rained out, the field would be set as follows (per the rulebook):
      #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
      #2) - Previous Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already NOT in the field by step 1
      #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
      #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
      #7) - Qualifying Order Position
      (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)

    • Air Pressure Checked: NASCAR told teams at the Michigan drivers' meeting that it would begin recording air pressures on the front tires of all cars before each race, keep the information confidential and use it to evaluate performance and to investigate tire problems.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(8-22-2005)

    • New Camber Rule starting at MIS: NASCAR has finally stepped in to eradicate the excessive tire problems teams have experienced this season--and remove some of the heat from Goodyear in the process. A new camber rule will be in place starting this weekend at Michigan that limits the angle of the front tires to 8 degrees. "We've had tire issues this summer at Pocono and Indy (because of) excessive camber," says Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Some teams were on the mark, but others were way off." NASCAR already has a rear camber rule of 2 degrees and checks cars with a camber gauge during inspection.(Sporting News)(8-15-2005)

    • 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
      For all the rules and the races [21 of 36], see my Impound Rules page.
    • 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:
      ESPN.com
      MotorsportsOne
      NASCAR.com


    TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • WHO'S HOT heading to Dover International Speedway:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 13 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers.
      • Tony Stewart has scored 13 straight top-10 finishes, including five victories in the last 13 races.
      • Greg Biffle has scored five straight finishes of sixth or better.
      • Matt Kenseth has posted top-10 finishes in six of his last seven races, including five straight.
      • Mark Martin and Kevin Harvick have each scored three straight top-15 finishes
      • Rusty Wallace has scored 22 top-15 finishes in 27 races in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Ryan Newman has posted 22 top-10 starts in 27 races this season, the most of all drivers.
      • The “Ford Five” drivers of Jack Roush Racing have won 11 of the 27 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won six while Joe Gibbs Racing has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing and Penske Racing each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-19-2005)

    • Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 132.719, 9/17/97

    • 2004 Race Winner: #12-Ryan Newman, 119.067mph, started 2nd

    • June 2005 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 122.626mph, started 2nd

    • Slowest Race Record: Mark Martin, 97.042mph, 6/6/2004

    • Track Qualifying Record: Jeremy Mayfield, 161.522mph, 6/4/2004

    • 2005 June Pole Sitter: rained out, #48-Jimmie Johnson started 1st, finished 4th

    • 2004 Pole Sitter: #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 159.405mph, finished 7th

    • 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 71 races] 15.5%
    • Races won from starting pos 2: 13
    • 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: 44 of 71 - 62.0%
    • Races won from the top 10: 58 of 71 - 81.7%

    • Dover Nuggets
      • As a result of his finish in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway Tony Stewart took the early lead in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by just 20 points over second-place Greg Biffle. Stewart along with nine other drivers will race over the remaining nine races of the 2005 season to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million:
      • Eight drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at New Hampshire.
      • Seven of the 10 drivers who made it into the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup are doing so for the second straight year. Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, and Carl Edwards are new to the Chase in 2005.
      • Eight of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the first 27 races of the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Stewart and Biffle each with five.
      • Seven of the 10 Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes in the first race of the Chase for the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup at New Hampshire.
      • Three of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top 10 at New Hampshire: Kenseth (third), Biffle (fourth) and Martin (seventh).
      • Jamie McMurray (12th) climbed from 13th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • A total of $1 Million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. 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.
      Dover Has Been Good To All The Chase Drivers
      • Tony Stewart has posted 13 top-15 finishes in his 13 races at Dover, 11 were top 10s.
      • Greg Biffle won at Dover in June.
      • Ryan Newman has posted six top-10 finishes in seven races at Dover, including three victories.
      • Rusty Wallace has posted top-15 finishes in his last six races at Dover.
      • Matt Kenseth has posted seven top-10 finishes in his 13 races at Dover.
      • Jimmie Johnson has posted five top-10 finishes in his seven races at Dover.
      • Mark Martin finished first, second and third in his last three races at Dover.
      • Jeremy Mayfield has posted top-15 finishes in his last four races at Dover.
      • Carl Edwards has posted top-20 finishes in both his races at Dover.
      • Kurt Busch has posted top-10 finishes in his last two races at Dover.
      Dover Milestones
      • Casey Mears is expected to make his 100th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Dover.
      • Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 780th consecutive start at Dover International Speedway, the all-time record for consecutive races by a driver.
      • Ricky Rudd is expected to start his 55th career race at Dover International Speedway, passing Dave Marcis (54) for the all-time record for starts in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover.
      Defending NEXTEL Cup Champion at Dover International Speedway
      Kurt Busch has competed in 10 races at Dover International Speedway scoring three top-10 finishes. Two of those came his last two races at Dover International Speedway.
      Point Leader at Dover International Speedway
      Tony Stewart has competed in 13 races at Dover International Speedway scoring two victories and 11 top-10 finishes.
      Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position is the Trend
      Eight of the last nine races at Dover International Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. Only 13 of the 71 races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 10 at Dover, Only six have been won from outside the top 15.

      Active Dover Dominators (More than one start)
      • Bud Poles - Rusty Wallace (five)
      • Victories - Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd and Mark Martin (four each)
      • Top Fives - Mark Martin - 18
      • Top 10s - Ricky Rudd - 26
      • Average Start - Ryan Newman - 8.0 in seven races
      • Average Finish - Tony Stewart - 5.076 in 13 races
      • Laps Led - Jeff Gordon - 2,117 in 25 races

      “The Rocket” at Dover
      Ryan Newman has started from a top-five starting position in six of his seven races at Dover. His only start outside the top five came in his career-first start there in June 2002 when he started 38th.
      Sweeps at Dover
      Three of the last five years have produced sweeps at Dover. Tony Stewart won both races in 2000, Jimmie Johnson won both in 2002 and Ryan Newman won both races in 2003.
      Domination at Dover International Speedway
      A Dodge has won three of the last five races at Dover International Speedway. A Ford won the other two.
      “Last-Timers” at Dover International Speedway
      • Rusty Wallace has scored three victories and 21 top-10 finishes in his 43 races at Dover.
      • Mark Martin has scored four victories and 23 top-10 finishes in his 38 races at Dover.
      And the Beat Goes On
      Both Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler have been running at the finish in all 13 of their races at Dover International Speedway.
      Owner Domination at Dover
      Rick Hendrick has nine victories at Dover International Speedway, the most of all owners. His victories have been posted by five different drivers: Jeff Gordon (four), Jimmie Johnson (two), plus Geoffrey Bodine, Ken Schrader and Ricky Rudd (one each).
      Starting and Finishing Up Front at Dover International Speedway
      • Ryan Newman has an 8.0 starting average and a 6.7 finishing average in seven races at Dover International Speedway. His starting average is the best among active drivers.
      • Tony Stewart has a 15.8 starting average and a 5.076 finishing average in 13 races at Dover International Speedway. His finishing average is the best among active drivers with more than one start.

      Top 10 Lap Leaders at Dover International Speedway
      Driver Races Led
      1. Allison, Bobby 35 2,803
      2. Petty, Richard 46 2,205
      3. Earnhardt, Dale 44 2,146
      4. Gordon*, Jeff 25 2,117
      5. Elliott*, Bill 41 2,050
      6. Yarborough, Cale 20 2,049
      7. Pearson, David 16 2,046
      8. Gant, Harry 31 1,737
      9. Martin*, Mark 38 4 1,651
      10. Waltrip, Darrell 53 1,326
      active *

      Would You Believe?
      Jeff Gordon has finished 36th and 39th in two of his last three races at Dover.

      Season Nuggets
      Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005
      After 27 races in 2005, there are still four drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Mark Martin, Elliott Sadler, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek. There are two drivers ranked in the top 10 that have not won a race in 2005 (Wallace and Martin). There are five drivers not in the top 10 that have scored at least one victory in 2005.
      Manufacturer Dominance
      Chevrolet has won 13 of the 27 races in 2005. Ford has won 11 races and Dodge has three victories. Streaks
      • Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 40 consecutive races - since Bristol last fall, the longest current streak.
      • Tony Stewart has scored 13 straight top-10 finishes, a streak that began with a second-place finish at Michigan in June.
      Get Those Bonus Points
      • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 19 of the 27 races in 2005. He has led 1,036 laps this season and is second behind Tony Stewart who has led 1,419, the most of all drivers.
      • Tony Stewart has led the most laps in nine of the 27 races this season.
      • Both Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart have each earned 110 bonus points in the first 27 races, more than any other drivers.
      Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
      Jimmie Johnson is the only driver that has ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after every race in 2005. He has ranked among the top-10 drivers since Atlanta in March 2004, 60 straight races, the longest current streak.
      2005 Success
      • Greg Biffle ranked 21st in the point standings after 27 races one year ago. This year he is second.
      • Rusty Wallace ranked 17th in the point standings after 27 races one year ago. This year he is fourth.
      • Carl Edwards ranked 42nd in the point standings after New Hampshire one year ago. This year he is ninth.
      2005 Struggles
      • Jeff Gordon ranked third in the point standings after 27 races one year ago. This year he is 12th
      • Elliott Sadler ranked sixth in the point standings after 27 races one year ago. This year he is 14th.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranked first in the point standings after 27 races one year ago. This year he is 15th.
      • Bobby Labonte ranked 14th in the point standings after 27 races one year ago. This year he is 24th.
      • Robby Gordon leads all drivers with 10 DNFs in 27 races.
      • Elliott Sadler has finished 12th or worse in his last 11 races.
      • Dale Jarrett has finished 14th or worse in his last 10 races.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has led only 27 laps in 2005. One year ago he had led 926.
      • Dale Jarrett has led only two laps in 2005.
      • Jamie McMurray has led only one lap in 2005.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-19-2005)


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • 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: doverspeedway.com

    • 2005 Dover June Race Info Page
    • 2004 Dover June Race Info Page

    • 2004 Dover Sept. Race Info Page

      Race Festivities:
      Grand Marshal: Chief Master Sergeant Richard Dean, Executive Director of the Air Force Sergeants Association
      Command to start engines: Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of TV's Bart Simpson
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Vice Admiral Norb Ryan, US Navy Retired, the president of the Military Officers Association of America
      National Anthem: Shannon Brown, Warner Brothers recording artist
      Military Flyover: Four F-16's
      Invocation: Dan Schafer, Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, N.J.

    • Pre-Race Activities at Dover:
      * A special tribute to Rusty Wallace will include a proclamation by Governor Ruth Ann Minner, declaring Sept. 25, 2005 "Rusty Wallace Day." Mayor Stephen Speed will present Wallace with a key to the City of Dover. Frank McKelvey, Sr. Executive Vice President of MBNA, and Denis McGlynn, CEO and president of Dover International Speedway, will also present Wallace with gifts.
      * 43 lucky fans who have attended races at Dover International Speedway for 20 years or more will participate in pre-race, and will hold the American flag at each pit stall during the singing of the National Anthem. The winners were selected from an online promotion orchestrated by the Speedway.
      * Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, will give the command "Gentlemen Start your Engines" on Sunday for the MBNA RacePoints 400. Cartwright is in Dover to promote "The Kelly's" an animated series about a stock car racing family. The series will debut immediately after the race on NASCAR.COM and will feature 18 short-form episodes optimized for broadband Internet viewing. New episodes will appear weekly at NASCAR.COM.
      * The 200-piece Tiger Marching Alexis I. DuPont High School from Wilmington, Del., will perform.
      * A 40-piece United States Army Field Band will also perform throughout the ceremony.(DIS PR)(9-24-2005)

    • NFL Player Ray Lewis Busch Race Grand Marshal UPDATE cancels: Ray Lewis, all-pro NFL linebacker for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, will be the Grand Marshal on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the Dover 200. In his first visit to a NASCAR event, Lewis will give the command to start engines, participate in pre-race, attend the driver's meeting and visit the DuPont Monster Bridge at Dover International Speedway.(DIS PR)(9-20-2005)
      UPDATE: Ray Lewis, the Ravens' All-Pro linebacker, canceled his appearance to serve as grand marshal for today's Dover 200 Busch Series race. He was scheduled to give the command to the drivers to start their engines. No reason was given for the cancellation.(Delaware News Journal), should had gotten an E-A-G-L-E.(9-24-2004)

    • Dover Honors Four Local Soldiers: DuPont recently extended a small token of appreciation to the troops who have returned from the Middle East after serving on behalf of all United States citizens. Via a radio contest, Dupont awarded four members of the US military, and a guest, seats on the DuPont Monster Bridge to watch the Dover 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Sept. 24 at Dover International Speedway. Listeners of WDSD 92.9 FM and The River 94.7 FM in Dover had the chance to nominate a returning soldier by calling in or visiting the radio stations' Web site.
      Sgt. First Class Bill Ziolkowski (US Army), Tech Sgt. Tony Forcier (USAF), Staff Sgt. Paul Cross (USAF) and Tech Sgt. John McHale (USAF) were all selected to spend the day at the NASCAR race in Dover and meet Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR champion and driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet. Ziolkowski, of Wilmington, served one year in Iraq, returning home in June. Cross and McHale, both hail from Magnolia. Cross served in Kuwait while McHale served in Iraq. Forcier, of Dover, served three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
      The DuPont Monster Bridge, built in 2004, is a glass-enclosed seating structure that suspends 56 people in air-conditioned comfort 29 feet above the Dover International Speedway. The bridge is made possible by more than one dozen DuPont products and innovative building materials including DuPont Tyvek CommericalWrap and DuPont SentryGlas Plus ionoplast interlayer, a material that allows the glass to sustain a lug nut being fired at it at 200 mph without shattering.(DIS PR)(9-20-2005)

    • National Anthem at Dover: The national anthem on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005 for the MBNA RacePoints 400 will be sung by Warner Bros. recording artist Shannon Brown. Shannon Brown is the product of a small town in Iowa and of a childhood filled with the music floating out of the nightclubs and restaurants her parents owned. Her country delivery was infused with a soulfulness born of hours of listening to Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.(DIS PR)(9-20-2005)

    • NFL Player Ray Lewis Busch Race Grand Marshal: Ray Lewis, all-pro NFL linebacker for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, will be the Grand Marshal on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the Dover 200. In his first visit to a NASCAR event, Lewis will give the command to start engines, participate in pre-race, attend the driver's meeting and visit the DuPont Monster Bridge at Dover International Speedway.(DIS PR)(9-20-2005)

    • Heat buckles track at Dover UPDATE all fixed: The summer heat wave that has gripped Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region the past couple of weeks has caused a small portion of Dover International Speedway's concrete backstretch to buckle. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of the track, said Friday he does not expect it to be a major issue and anticipates the MBNA-sponsored NASCAR weekend from Sept. 23-25 to go on as scheduled. "We've put a call in to NASCAR and let them know of the issue," McGlynn said. "It's something that we'll probably have fixed in just a few days." Workers at the high-banked, one-mile track have installed temporary sprinklers on the frontstretch in an effort to cool the track down and avoid the buckling issue that has popped up on the backstretch. Dover did have to cancel this weekend's Monster Racing experience, in which people buy laps to either drive or ride NASCAR race cars around the track. Jerry Dunning, senior vice president and general manager of motorsports at Dover, learned of the problem at about 6:30 Friday morning. He said the damaged area of concrete was only about four-feet wide by the track's width of 48-feet across. However, in order to make the repair properly, workers from Dover's Kent Construction have already begun to take out 24 feet by 48 feet of the concrete on the backstretch. It was unknown how much the unexpected project would cost the track.(Delaware News Journal)(8-6-2005)
      UPDATE: The track at Dover International Speedway has been repaired. Because of consistently high temperatures, the track did have some blistering of the concrete. A 24' x 48' section of the track was repoured and some expansion joints were slightly widened around the track, allowing more room for expansion of the concrete if temperatures remain high. Maintenance workers are also watering the track and keeping it as moist/cool as possible to avoid any further issues during the summer months. The driving school at the track, Monster Racing, has returned to their normal schedule. Track officials do not anticipate any problems for the upcoming September 23-25, 2005 race weekend.(Dover Int'l Speedway PR)(8-23-2005)

    • Dover gets approval to add more seats UPDATE: Dover International Speedway has received approval from it's board that would allow the track to incease seating capacity from 135,000 to 170,000.(NASCAR Scene Magazine)(8-11-2005)
      UPDATE: The rumors in regards to the expansion of the grandstands at Dover International Speedway are false. The track has had permission from the City of Dover for some time to increase seating up to 170,000. There are currently, however, no plans to expand seating at Dover International Speedway.(Dover Int'l Speedway PR)(8-23-2005)

    • Dover's initiative to seize counterfeit merchandise proves very successful: An undercover initiative to stop the sale of counterfeit merchandise at Dover International Speedway has proven very successful. Dover International Speedway, in conjunction with the FBI, Dover Police Department and Delaware State Police, conducted an undercover sting to prevent counterfeit merchandise from being sold on the property on race weekends. Law enforcement officials, disguised as race fans, canvassed the parking lots at Dover International Speedway throughout race weekend. Officers focused on locating main distribution points of counterfeit merchandise early in the weekend, and began apprehending the major conspirators on Saturday. Historically, as race weekends progress, the appearance of unlicensed merchandise becomes more visible. This year, by the start of the Sunday, June 5 race at Dover International Speedway, illegal vendors were almost nonexistent. Over the course of the weekend, eight individuals, identified as illegal vendors, were removed from track property, detained and questioned. All counterfeit merchandise in their possession was seized. Nextel Communications also played a critical role in the initiative by providing wireless phones to the undercover officers. Dover Motorsports, Inc. will continue to allocate significant resources to further prevent the sale of counterfeit merchandise at race events.(Dover International Speedway)(6-8-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Furniture Row Racing to make Cup debut at Dover: Furniture Row Racing will debut their #78 Chevy at the Dover International Speedway on September 25. T he newly formed stand-alone NEXTEL Cup team has signed veteran driver Kenny Wallace to a five-race deal headed up by team manger Joe Garone. "We’ll be testing before every race to make sure the car is competitive, so we do this CUP deal right,” explains Wallace. Based in Denver, Colorado Furniture Row Racing is the NEXTEL Cup Series newest team, formed and sponsored by Furniture Row Companies [furniturerow.com]. The company also sponsors the #78 car in the Busch Series driven by Jerry Robertson. Furniture Row Companies is the fourth largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailer. The company is comprised of five specialty store brands including: Oak Express, Sofa Mart, Bedroom Expressions, Denver Mattress Company and Furniture Row Outlets. Furniture Row operates more than 250 stores nationwide; the company is among the "Top 15" national furniture retailers.(Furniture Row Racing site)(9-22-2005)

    • Lepage to drive the #66 at Dover: Peak Performance Motorsports owner Jeff Stec announced today that NASCAR veteran Kevin Lepage will take over the driving duties for the #66 EAS Ford at Dover this weekend. Lepage opened the season with a stellar run in the Daytona 500 [in the #37 Dodge]. After qualifying ninth, Lepage battled all day and picked up an impressive eight-place finish. He has made 14 starts in the Nextel Cup Series this season. "This is a great opportunity for me, and as a racer, it's my goal to be on the track racing every opportunity I get," said Lepage. "I want to thank Jeff and his crew for working with me. I'm hopeful we can put together a solid race this weekend. I've had some success at Dover and I believe my experiences in the past will be helpful to the team."(PSE-3 / Peak Performance Motorsports), no word if Mike Garvey will be back in the #66 at Talladega the following week.(9-21-2005)

    • Long gets teammate at Dover: McGlynn Racing announced that Truck Series veteran, Ryan McGlynn, will be driving a second McGlynn Racing entry in the MBNA NASCAR Race Points 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 25th. Ryan will likely run #13 (pending NASCAR approval), and sport a brand new sponsor. The name of the sponsor and terms of the sponsorship agreement will be announced at a later date. McGlynn Racing's primary driver, Carl Long, will be racing at Dover driving the team's usual #00 car.(McGlynn MotorSports)(9-15-2005)

    • See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #0-Mike Bliss Best Buy #0 Schemes Page
      #18-Bobby Labonte MBNA NASCAR Racepoints/Red Cross #18 Schemes Page
      #22-Scott Wimmer CAT Chopper #22 Schemes Page
      #49-Ken Schrader Red Barons Pizza #49 Schemes Page
      #97-Kurt Busch Crown Royal #97 Schemes Page


    • #97 Back in Crown Royal Purple at Dover: For the final time this season, the #97 Ford Taurus will be coated with Crown Royal purple & gold for the NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway this Sunday, including a special logo that commemorates the Crown Royal Relief initiative. Previously, Busch drove the Crown Royal car to a victory at Richmond on September 10. To help aid relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims in the Gulf Coast area, Crown Royal and Diageo are auctioning on eBay a one-of-a-kind 2004 Chip Collins Custom Crown Royal Chopper motorcycle, including a helmet signed by the last two NASCAR Nextel Cup champions - Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch. Bidding started on September 19 and will be open through September 29, more info on my Racing Charities page.
      Voting for the Crown Royal IROC Legends of Victory Lane program has come to a close and now the four finalists that will be named to the first all-time IROC team will be announced and take part in special ceremonies at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the Oct. 29 race weekend. The nominees include: Mario Andretti, Mark Donohue, Dale Earnhardt, Hurley Haywood, Tom Kendall, Steve Kinser, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Scott Pruett, Al Unser Jr., Bobby Unser and Cale Yarborough.(Alan Taylor Communications)(9-23-2005)

    • Best Buy colors for Bliss: Mike Bliss will be behind the wheel of the #0 Best Buy Chevy for the first time this season as the Haas CNC Racing team heads to Dover International Speedway for this Sunday’s MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400. Best Buy has been a co-primary sponsor on the #0 Haas CNC Racing entry all year. The event this weekend at “The Monster Mile” will mark the first time in which the #0 Haas CNC Racing Chevy arrives at the track and ready for action featuring the bold blue and yellow colors of Best Buy, North America’s leading consumer electronics retailer. In addition, the trunk of the Monte Carlo also will feature a tribute to the more than 1,200 Best Buy associates in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The message reads, “Hats off to Best Buy’s hurricane heroes,” followed by a listing of the affected stores and their markets. Best Buy had 12 stores that were affected by the hurricane, including four that remain closed. All employees who were displaced by the disaster have been accounted for, and many now are helping to rebuild their stores and their communities. Best Buy stores nationwide are collecting customer donations to the American Red Cross, and matching these donations with up to $2 million from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation.(NetZero Best Buy Racing / Motorsports Marketing Solutions PR), no images of the car found yet.(9-21-2005)

    • CAT Chopper at Dover: Some may have to do a double-take at the #22 Dodge of Scott Wimmer this weekend at Dover International Speedway, because it will have the CAT Chopper riding alongside it … well, on the side of it. Earlier this year on the Discovery Channel hit “American Chopper” series, the father-and-son duo—the Teutuls—created the “CAT Chopper.” The bike was featured on the popular series during the months of April and August and has been touring the country since its completion, traveling to CAT dealers for open houses, bike rallies and more. The original CAT Chopper will be on display at Dover International Speedway this Sunday just outside the Caterpillar hospitality tent. Go to cat.com and click on “showcases” to learn more about the CAT Chopper, but don’t forget to check it out for yourself this weekend at Dover.(Bill Davis Racing), no images yet of the scheme.(9-21-2005)
      IMAGE: see an image of the scheme on my #22 Team Schemes page.(9-22-2005)

    • Red Barons back at Dover: Ken Schrader will be driving the #49 Dodge emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week at the Dover International Speedway, for Sunday’s MBNA Race Points 400. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season.(Williams Company), Schrader also ran this cool looking scheme at Atlanta in March, the Nextel Open, Indy and California a few weeks ago, see an image of the scheme on my #49 Team Schemes page.(9-20-2005)

    • NASCAR Race Points scheme: #18-Bobby Labonte will run a MBNA NASCAR RacePoints scheme at the Dover International Speedway, for Sunday’s MBNA Race Points 400. MBNA has added the Red Cross logo to the trunk deck. Labonte will be wearing a white fire suit with the American Red Cross logo on the front and 1-800-help-now on the back. The #11 FedEx Chevy of Joe Gibbs Racing will also carry the Red cross logo on the trunk. Fed Ex and MBNA are teaming up to take credit card and cash donations at the track on Saturday and Sunday to help with the Hurricane relief., see an image of the car and suit on my #18 Team Schemes page.(9-20-2005)

    • New #45 Scheme for Rest of 2005, Petty Blue Returns: This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Chicagoland for Sunday's Chicagoland 400. Petty and the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge will have a new look for the rest of the season starting this weekend. Georgia-Pacific will pay tribute to the Petty family by returning the family Petty Blue to the #45 Dodge. The "Petty Blue" color is unmistakable in the minds of race fans across America. The color is synonymous with winning and with Richard Petty's record-tying seven Nextel Cup championships.(Williams Company)(7-7-2005)

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


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