- Race: Sunday, Sunday June 4, 2006 in Dover, DE
- Title Sponsor/Link: The Neighborhood Excellence 400 Presented by Bank of America
- Track: Dover International Speedway
- TV: FX 2:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: FX - 1:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et [90 minutes] with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 2:10pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, June 8 [Replay] at 2:30 on Speed Channel
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Jeanne Zelasko
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore
MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle
MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,697,009 (was $5,541,387 in 2005)
- Friday Practice: Friday, June 2, 11:35am - 1:00pm/et, TV-none
- First Saturday Practice: Saturday, June 3, 9:00 - 10:00am/et, TV-none
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 3, 10:35 - 11:20am/et on TV-FX via tape at 2:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 2, 10:35am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, June 2 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel via tape at 5:30pm/et, re-air - none AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
(the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
THURSDAY, JUNE 1ST
2:30 PM NCTS Practice
4:00 PM NCTS Rookie Practice
4:30 PM NCTS Final Practice
FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND
9:00 AM NBS Practice
10:15 AM NCTS Qualifying
11:35 AM - 1:00 PM NNCS Practice
1:20 PM NBS Rookie Practice
1:50 PM NBS Final Practice
3:10 PM NNCS Qualifying
4:45 PM NCTS AAA Insurance 200 Race
SATURDAY, JUNE 3RD
9:00 - 10:00 AM NNCS Practice
10:35 - 11:20 AM NNCS Final Practice
12:05 PM NBS Qualifying
3:30 PM NBS StonebridgeRacing.com 200 Race
SUNDAY, JUNE 4th
1:40 PM NNCS Drivers Introductions
2:10 PM NNCS Race
NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)
Number of Tires: Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 625, Right-side -- 625;
Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4060; Right-side -- D-4062
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 -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Estimated Pit Window:
Nextel Cup and Busch Series -- Every 90-95 laps, based on
Craftsman Truck -- Every 85-90 laps, based on fuel mileage
Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and
right-side tires to the track . . . all three NASCAR series -- Nextel Cup, Busch
and Craftsman Truck -- will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup
and Busch tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Truck tires will be
branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . Cup teams are also scheduled to run
these codes at Michigan in two weeks . . . unlike on other NASCAR ovals one mile
or less in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire
positions 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: "This set-up
features new and improved constructions over last year, as well as slightly
tougher compounds on both sides to improve treadwear. We tested extensively
with these new constructions -- at Texas and Atlanta in January and at Charlotte
in March -- and had great results."
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 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.
2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
- Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award: The Bank of America Card Service 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 Bank of America Card Service 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 Bank of America Card Service 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 Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Winners for 2006 so far:
Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
California: Greg Biffle, $10,000
Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Bristol: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Martinsville: Tony Stewart, $40,000*
Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
Phoenix: Mark Martin, $10,000
Talladega: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $30,000*
Darlington, Matt Kenseth, $10,000
Charlotte: Kasey Kahne, $30,000*
(* won race and bonus)
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Dover: $10,000
NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
2 points for leading the most laps, 1 points for winning also
#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.
Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
#20-Tony Stewart, 7
#17-Matt Kenseth, 6
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5
#9-Kasey Kahne, 3
#16-Greg Biffle, 2
#6-Mark Martin, 2
#24-Jeff Gordon, 2
LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Kenseth wins at Dover: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway for his 2nd win of 2006 and 12th of his 12th win of his career [ties with Newman for 30th overall]. Kenseth passed teammate #26-Jamie McMurray with 3 laps to go to gain the victory. McMurray held on to 2nd, followed by #29-Kevin Harvick, #31-Jeff Burton and #5-Kyle Busch. #48-Jimmie Johnson fell off the lead lap early, spun once causing the 4th caution, but got back on the lead lap later by not pitting and wound up 6th, keeping the points lead by 74 over Kenseth. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran in the top 15 all day and ended up 10th. The win is Roush Racing's 92nd, tying the owner with Holman-Moody for 5th place overall. The win is the third for Ford, Kenseth has two and #16-Biffle has the other one. The pole sitter, #12-Ryan Newman, led 12 laps and finished 14th. There were 23 lead changes among 12 drivers and 9 cautions for 51 laps.
Race Results on my Dover Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Dover page.(6-4-2006)
- Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Dover [13 of 36 races]:
#48-Jimmie Johnson 2011
#17-Matt Kenseth 1937 -74
#6-Mark Martin 1795 -216
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1729 -282
#20-Tony Stewart 1718 -293
#9-Kasey Kahne 1715 -296
#31-Jeff Burton 1615 -396
#29-Kevin Harvick 1591 -420
#24-Jeff Gordon 1583 -428
#5-Kyle Busch 1572 -439
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Dover Page.(6-4-2006)
- Dover Race News and Notes:
• Matt Kenseth won the Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America at Dover International Speedway, scoring his 12th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 233rd career start.
• It is Kenseth’s second victory in 2006. His other victory came at California Speedway, 11 races earlier.
• Kenseth won from a 19th starting position, the first time in the last seven races at Dover that a driver has won from outside a top-10 starting position.
• Kenseth scored his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 15 career races at Dover
• This is Kenseth’s 10th victory on a superspeedway.
• Kenseth scored his ninth top-10 finish this season. He has finished sixth or better in six of his last seven races.
• Kenseth led seven times for 83 laps including the final four laps in the Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America.
• Kenseth has won a race each season 2002-2006, five consecutive years.
• This was team owner Jack Roush’s 92nd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Roush has scored six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at Dover.
• Jack Roush Racing has won at least one race each season 1997-2006, 10 consecutive years.
• Jamie McMurray (second) scored his fifth top-10 finish and best finish of the 2006 season. It is also his best finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway.
• Jamie McMurray led 95 laps, leading the most laps for just the second time in his career. He also led the most laps when he scored his career-first victory at Lowe’s in October 2002.
• Kevin Harvick (third) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 13 races in 2006. It was his first top-10 finish in the last three races. Harvick climbed from ninth to eighth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He has scored five top-10 finishes in 11 races at Dover.
• Jeff Burton (fourth) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2006. It was his in ninth top-10 finish in 25 races at Dover International Speedway. Burton has scored top-15 finishes in his last seven races, a streak that began at Texas. Burton climbed from eighth to seventh in the point standings. One year ago he ranked 16th in the standings after 13 races.
• Kyle Busch (fifth) scored his seventh top-10 finish in 13 races in 2006. It was his third top-five finish in three races at Dover. He remained 10th in the point standings. One year ago he ranked 19th after 13 races.
• Jimmie Johnson (sixth) remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, and is now 74 points ahead of secondplace
Matt Kenseth. Johnson lost 35 points of his lead to race winner Kenseth.
• With his eighth-place finish, Greg Biffle is now 85 points behind 10th. Four races ago he was 232 points behind 10th. Biffle has climbed from 23rd to 12th in points in those four races. After 13 races in 2005, he ranked second in the point standings.
• Mark Martin (ninth) has scored top-15 finishes in 12 of the 13 races in 2006.
• Dave Blaney (30th) extended a 31-race streak of running at the finish that began at Pocono last June, which is the longest current streak.
• Rookie contender David Stremme (41st) led for the first time in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. He led just one lap.
• At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 13 races this season.
• Jeff Burton has climbed from 21st to 7th in the point standings since Martinsville.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-4-2006)
- Rumblings - Dover: Matt Kenseth passed teammate Jamie McMurray with four laps to go today at Dover International Speedway and went on to win the Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America for his second win of the season.
This was Matt's 12th career victory (he's tied for 48th on the all-time win list with Ryan Newman) and #92 for Roush Racing. It was worth $323,591 from the over $5.6M in posted awards. Real racey at the end as we had five or six cars with a shot late....
Tony Stewart got the early caution that team wanted, but you can bet they wished it would have been earlier than lap #37. Ricky Rudd's substitute role ended up with a 25th place finish, and I would think they're happy with that.
Jamie McMurray (2nd) had his best finish since he was the runner-up at Daytona last July.
Derrike Cope (37th) had his best finish since he was 33rd at Martinsville last October (only four races).
STREAKIN....Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10's in a row.
Matt Kenseth has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
Jeff Burton has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
The Rookie Report: For the seventh time already this season Denny Hamlin (11th) grabs this award. He was followed by: Clint Bowyer (17th), Reed Sorenson (19th), Martin Truex Jr (22nd), David Stremme (41st), and J. J. Yeley (42nd).
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Jimmie Johnson (+36), followed by Kyle Busch (+25) and Reed Sorenson (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Elliott Sadler (-32), followed by J. J. Yeley (-28 ), Hermie Sadler (-27), Joe Nemechek (-22), and Kevin Lepage (-21).
David Stremme led a lap today for the first time in his NEXTEL Cup career. He's the 40th different driver to lead a lap this season....last year's number was 51.
Matt Kenseth shaved 35 points off Jimmie Johnson's lead today....it now stands at 74. No change in our "Stayin' Alive" line....the spread from 1st to 10th (after penalties) last week was 449, this week it's 439. Jamie McMurray (18th to 15th) and Ryan Newman (22nd to 19th) made the best moves forward today, while J. J. Yeley (24th to 27th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(6-4-2006)
Dover Race Rundown
- The Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 400 of 400 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
#17-Kenseth-f (19)(83 laps led)
#26-McMurray-f (9/back)(95 laps led)
#31-Burton-c (17)(48 laps led)
#5-Busch-c (30)(22 laps led)
#16-Biffle-f (20)(2 laps led)
#6-Martin-f (6)(39 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (11)(1 laps led)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports.com
- Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 1,25,88
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 20,96,45,66,32,22,14,55,21,4,01,7,74,78
- Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
#40-Stremme (over heating-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 leaders with 23 lead changes):
#12-Newman (pole, 12);
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (1);
- Lap leaders: #12-Newman - pole; #12-Newman 1-12; #19-Mayfield 13-26; #6-Martin 27-37; #24-Gordon 38-115; #17-Kenseth 116; #40-Stremme 117; #24-Gordon 118-120; #17-Kenseth 121-163; #31-Burton 164-175; #17-Kenseth 176-189; #31-Burton 190-193; #17-Kenseth 194-200; #31-Burton 201-209; #5-Busch 210; #16-Biffle 211-212; #99-Edwards 213-214; #31-Burton 215-237; #6-Martin 238-265; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 266; #17-Kenseth 267-279; #5-Busch 280-300; #17-Kenseth 301; #26-McMurray 302-396; #17-Kenseth 397-400
Cautions: 9 for 51 laps
Caution 9 - Laps 346 - 349: #7-Gordon got loose in turn 4 and smacked the wall.
Caution 8 - Laps 321 - 327; #49-Lepage's engine blew up, with Lepage spinning, smacking the wall.
Caution 7 - Laps 301 - 312; #49-Lepage had an engine problem and laid fluid on the track and #38-Sadler spun in the fluid, spinning into turn 3 wall, Lepage then spun himself.
Caution 6 - Laps 291 - 295; #18-Yeley wacked the turn 1 wall again.
Caution 5 - Laps 285 - 288: #18-Yeley snapped around in turn 2 and slammed the right rear into the wall.
Caution 4 - Laps 275 - 278: #40-Stremme got loose and came up into #48-Johnson, who got into the turn 4 wall and spun a bit, has some damage to the rear under the spoiler.
Caution 3 - Laps 265 - 269: Debris in turn 2.
Caution 2 - Laps 116 - 120: Debris in turn 4.
Caution 1 - Laps 37 - 41: #96-Raines got out of shape and slid in turn 4.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
Caution 9: #10-Riggs, 20th
Caution 8: #2-Busch, 16th
Caution 7: #19-Mayfield, 18th
Caution 6: #26-McMurray, 2nd
Caution 5: #43-Labonte, 13th
Caution 4: #11-Hamlin, 11th
Caution 3: #99-Edwards, 15th
Caution 2: #32-Kvapil, 29th
Caution 1: #88-Jarrett, 24th
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)
---- on the 9th caution, all the lead lap cars but the top 5 drivers #'s 26,29,5,31,17, plus the #9 and #8.
---- #48-Johnson and #41-Sorenson got their laps back by staying in front of leader #26-McMurray, #2-Busch didn't but got the lucky dog pass
---- during the 7th caution, all the lead laps cars came in to pit, three drivers a lap down, didn't pit amd are infront on the leaders, on the tail end of the lead lap, #2-Busch, #48-Johnson and #41-Sorenson.
---- during the 4th caution, only a few lead lap cars came in, #'s 29,6,99,42
---- all 12 lead laps cars came in to pit during the 3rd caution, #6-Martin came in with the lead, but had a missing lugnut and had to come back in with all the lapped cars [29 of them]
---- around lap 201, teams started making green flag pit stops, thru 215. #20-Rudd was penalized for speeding off pit road during his stop and had to do a pass-thru penalty.
---- on lap 127, #38-Sadler made an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel.
---- during the 2nd caution, #4-Wimmer slowed on the track, ran out of gas, messed up the pit plans with the #48-Johnson team, who is sharing a pit with Wimmer.
---- on lap 109, #18-Yeley, after just getting into the top-10, the car showed a puff of smoke and came into make an unscheduled pit stop, he cut down a right front tire and lost 2 laps.
---- on lap 65, #7-Gordon went high in turn 4 and may had scraped the wall, drove on ok.
---- #78-Wallace was off track for about 8 laps, no idea why, but as of lap 50, is back on the track.
---- on lap 38, #20-Stewart made his pit stop and Ricky Rudd got in the car and is now the driver.
---- #11-Hamlin and #19-Mayfield made contact during the 1st caution pit stops, some damage to the right front of Hamlin.
---- green flag at 2:23pm/et
---- command to start engines at 2:18pm/et
---- To The Back : #20-Stewart [driver change/Rudd qualified]; #26-McMurray [engine change]; #78-Wallace [driver choice]
- Race Coverage of the Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway, Sunday, June 4, 2006.
TV: FX at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:30am/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, June 8th at 2:30pm/et
- Saturday's Happy Hour Practice for the Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway was rain delayed and shortened, the fastest were:
slowest: #7-Menard 144.185 and #78-Wallace 144.208
no speed listed: #16-Biffle and #00-Sadler.
most lap run: #20-Rudd 26; #26-McMurray 24
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#14-Marlin 147.957 [14th fastest lap], 6 laps run
#99-Edwards 147.732 [27th], 6 laps
#25-Vickers 147.915 [1st], 8 laps
the practice is scheduled to be televised on FX via tape at 2:00pm/et before the Busch Series race.
See all the speeds from all the practices, laps run on my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(6-3-2006)
- Saturday's First Practice for the Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #74-Cope 145.278 and #78-Wallace 145.814
most laps run: #6-Martin 66; #2-Busch 61
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#16-Biffle 148.086 [2nd fastest lap], 38 laps run
#6-Martin 147.785 [8th], 61 laps
#38-Sadler 147.370 [3rd], 43 laps
See all the speeds, laps run on my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(6-3-2006)
- Newman is back, wins pole at Dover: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser pole for the Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 154.633mph for his 1st pole of 2006 and 36th of his career, but his first in 14 races, which was Texas in November 2005. #19-Mayfield will start on the outside pole, 2nd, for the 2nd race in a row, followed by #24-Jeff Gordon. #2-Kurt Busch and #29-Kevin Harvick. Qualifying was delayed over an hour as heavy rain fell, but the sun came back out and the concrete surface dried quickly. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson came off turn 4 on his first lap, looped the car around a few times, came close but missed hitting the inside or outside walls with no damage to the car. #20-Ricky Rudd qualified Tony Stewart's car 10th [but Stewart will start the car Sunday and have to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race, Rudd will get in under the first caution]. #61-Chad Chaffin wrecked in turn 2 on his first lap and will miss the race, along with #34-Carl Long and #95-Stanton Barrett. #52-Neuenberger never took a lap in practice or qualifying. #00-Hermie Sadler [starting 16th] and #49-Kevin Lepage qualified best of the go-or-go homers [non top-35 in owners points]. #55-Waltrip made the race and will start 33rd. #78-Kenny Wallace wrecked in practice but still got the backup car in the field at 37th. See the qualifying results/starting lineup and more on my Dover Starting Grid/Qualifying Page(6-2-2006)
- Dover Qualifying News and Notes:
• Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America, lapping Dover International Speedway in 23.281 seconds at 154.633 mph. Jeremy Mayfield holds the track-qualifying record of
22.288 seconds, 161.522 mph - set June 4, 2004.
• This is Newman’s 36th career Bud Pole in 165 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
• This is his first Bud Pole and fourth top-10 start in 2006. It is his third front-row start this season.
• Newman posted his eighth top10 start in nine races at Dover. He has finished in the top-10 seven of his eight previous races, including three victories.
• Newman ended a streak of 14 races without a Bud Pole which tied the longest of his career. He posted his career-first Bud Pole in his third career start (qualifying for the Coca- Cola 600 at Charlotte in May 2001) - prior to his official rookie season. He went 14 races
before scoring his second Bud Pole, which occurred at California in April 2002.
• Jeremy Mayfield posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 23.322 seconds, 154.361 mph – and will join Newman on the front row for the Neighborhood Excellence 400. Mayfield posted his 10th top-10 start in 24 races at Dover. He has three Bud Poles here.
Mayfield’s best finish in his 23 previous Dover races was second in September 2003.
• This is the sixth Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006, including the past three races. Chevrolet and Ford each have three. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol. This is the fourth all-Dodge front row of the season.
• Jeff Gordon (third) posted his fourth top-10 start in 2006. Gordon posted his 17th top-10 start in 27 races Dover. Gordon has 16 top-10 finishes, including four victories at Dover.
• Thirty-six of seventy races at Dover have been won from the top-three starting positions.
• Kurt Busch (fourth) has eight top-10 starts in 12 races at Dover. His best finish here was fifth in September 2004.
• Kevin Harvick (fifth) posted his third top-10 start in 2006 and his fourth in 11 Dover races.
• Four drivers failed to qualify for the Neighborhood Excellence 400: Stanton Barrett, Carl Long, Chad Chaffin, and Donnie Neuenberger.
• Ricky Rudd (10th) qualified the Home Depot Chevrolet for Tony Stewart. Stewart is expected to start the race. Rudd posted 19 top-10 starts, including four Bud Poles, in his 55 previous races at Dover and started outside the top-20 just seven times.
• The most recent time a relief driver was used was in June 2005 when Brendan Gaughan relieved Mike Bliss #0 NetZero Chevrolet on lap 30 of the 200-lap event.
• The most recent time a relief driver won a race was in August 1977, when Darrell Waltrip relieved Donny Allison and won the August race at Talladega.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-2-2006)
- Ramblings - Dover: #12-Ryan Newman took his first Bud Pole of the season today at Dover International Speedway for Sunday's Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America (say that fast three times!), and for a driver who's got 36 of 'em, it's been awhile. His last pole (of the eight he won last year) was at Texas last November, and he's the 9th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
Jeremy Mayfield will start from the outside pole for the second week in a row.
Jeff Gordon (3rd) has his best starting spot since he started from the outside pole at Daytona in February.
Kurt Busch (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at California in February.
Kevin Harvick (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Richmond last September.
Hermie Sadler (16th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 11th at Talladega in October of 2004.
Kevin Lepage (18th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 13th at Atlanta last October.
STREAKIN....Denny Hamlin has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
Ricky Rudd qualified Tony Stewart's car in 10th place today, but Tony will start the car on Sunday (from the back) and I'm sure we'll see a driver switch at first opportunity. This place is not very kind to pain.(Stock Car Fans)(6-2-2006)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2006 at 3:10pm/et.
TV: Speed Channel - via tape delay at 5:30pm/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: none
- Qualifying Order List for the Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #21-Schrader is due out first on Friday, June 2nd at 3:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #16-Biffle. For the Qualifying order, see my Dover Qualifying Page.(6-2-2006)
- Friday's Practice Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #10-Riggs 147.923 and #7-Gordon 148.441
no speed listed: #52-Neuenberger..withdrew??
most laps run: #17-Kenseth 46; #31-Burton & #11-Hamlin 41 laps
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#2-Bucsh 150.583 [1st fastest lap], 21 laps run
#32-Kvapil 150.488 [23rd], 21 laps
#21-Schrader 150.483 [12th], 20 laps
See speeds on my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(6-2-2006)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice?
Eight in and four out [47 entered for 43 spots]:
if things stayed the same, these drivers make the race
#40-David Stremme, 5th fastest
#49-Kevin Lepage, 18th
#32-Travis Kvapil, 23rd
#55-Michael Waltrip, 29th
#61-Chad Chaffin, 31st
#4-Scott Wimmer, 32nd
#95-Stanton Barrett, 33rd
#74-Derrike Cope, 39th
if things stayed the same, these 4 miss the race
#00-Hermie Sadler, 42nd
#34-Carl Long, 43rd
#78-Kenny Wallace, 44th
#52-Donnie Neuenberger, 47th..no speed
See speeds on my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(6-2-2006)
- Entry List for the Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
#34-Carl Long in for Chad Blount
If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 4,55,40,32,61,49,78,95
missing the race would be #'s: 34,00,74,52.
see entry list on Jayski's Dover Entry List Page.
- The Top 35 Owners Points is now set for Dover [adjusted after Mayfield/#19 penalty]:
no moves into or out of the top-35 in owners points
32) #45-Kyle Petty/Petty +187 points ahead of 36th
33) #14-Marlin/Nelson Bowers +171
34) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis +170
35) #19-Mayfield/Evernham +114 [was -139 before 25pt penalty]
these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
36) #4-Wimmer/Larry McClure -114 points behind 35th
37) #55-Waltrip/Doug Bawel -135 [unoff points didn't have the 22 owners pts added]
38) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates -139
39) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -144
Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used for the remainder of the season, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses. See driver/owners points on my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte Page.(5-28/30-2006)
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]
- see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
#2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
#3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
#4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
#5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
#2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
#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 7-13 days before the race)
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- for race results and current drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's - 2006 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).
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Who's Hot - Dover:
• Three races ago Greg Biffle was 232 points behind 10th. After his seventh-place finish at Lowe’s he is now 86 points behind 10th, a gain of 146 points on 10th in three races. Biffle has scored top-10 finishes in his last three races.
• Greg Biffle has posted 11 straight top-10 starts, a streak that began at California Speedway.
• Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson have each won three races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
• Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to score seven top-five finishes in the 12 races this season.
• Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score nine top-10 finishes in the first 12 races of 2006.
• Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson have each scored top-15 finishes in 11 of the 12 races of 2006.
• Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 10 of the 12 races this season.
• Matt Kenseth ranks second in the point standings after Lowe’s. After 12 races one year ago, he ranked 23rd.
• Jeff Burton has climbed from 21st to 8th in the point standings since Martinsville. In those six races he scored five top-10 finishes and all six were top-15s. One year ago he ranked 17th.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-29-2006)
- Heading to Dover International Speedway
• Jimmie Johnson has started from a top-15 starting position in seven of his eight races at Dover.
• Ryan Newman has started from a top-five starting position in seven of his eight races at Dover, including two Bud Poles.
• Ryan Newman has won three of the last six races at Dover International Speedway.
• Newman has scored seven top-10 finishes in his eight races at Dover, all eighth or better.
• Mark Martin has finished fourth or better in his last four races at Dover.
• Nine of the last 10 races at Dover International Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
• Ryan Newman is the only driver to win a race from the Bud Pole in the last 13 races at Dover.
• All three manufacturers’ have scored a victory in the last three races at Dover.
• Jimmie Johnson scored top-five finishes in both races at Dover in 2005. Tony Stewart finished 15th and 18th at Dover in
2005, his worst single season there.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-28-2006)
- Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 132.719, 9/17/97
- June 2005 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 122.626mph, started 2nd
- Sept 2005 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 115.054mph, started 5th
- 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
- 2005 Sept Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 158.102mph, finished 5th
- 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: 26, Chevy
- Races won from starting pos 1: 11 [of 72 races] 15.3%
- 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: 4
- 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: 45 of 72 - 62.5%
- Races won from the top 10: 59 of 72 - 81.9%
- Dover Nuggets
Starting Up Front is Important at Dover International Speedway
Only one of the last 10 races at Dover was won from a starting position outside the top 10. Seven of those 10 races
were won from a top-five starting position.
Dover Pole Winners
Ryan Newman and Jeremy Mayfield have each won two of the last six Bud Poles at Dover. Qualifying was
canceled in the other two races.
• Ryan Newman has started from the top five in the last seven races at Dover, the longest current streak. He has eight
races at Dover and started 38th there in his first race in June 2002.
• Mark Martin has scored top-five finishes in his last four races at Dover.
• Ryan Newman has scored seven top-10 finishes in his eight races at Dover. Three of those finishes were victories.
His last Dover victory came in September 2004.
Owner Wins at Dover International Speedway
Car owner Rick Hendrick has scored 10 wins at Dover International Speedway, the most of any car owner.
Hendrick’s victories were scored by five different drivers: Jeff Gordon (four), Jimmie Johnson (three), Ken Schrader,
Ricky Rudd and Geoffrey Bodine (one each).
Recent Domination at Dover International Speedway
• Tony Stewart has won two races at Dover. His 6.0 average finish there is the best among active drivers with more
than two starts there. Stewart has scored 11 top-10 finishes in his 14 races at Dover. Despite his great record at Dover,
he finished 15th and 18th there in 2005, his worst season at Dover since he first raced there in 1999.
• Kyle Busch finished second in both of his races at Dover in 2005.
• Ryan Newman has won three of the last six races at Dover.
Leading The Way at Dover
Jeff Gordon ranks fourth all-time in laps led at Dover, leading 2,117 laps in 26 races there. Bobby Allison holds the
record leading 2,803 laps in 35 races at Dover.
Would you Believe?
All three manufacturers have won in the last three races at Dover. Chevrolet (Jimmie Johnson - fall 2005), Ford
(Greg Biffle - spring 2005) and Dodge (Ryan Newman - fall 2004).
How Slow Can You Go?
The spring race at Dover in 2004 was run with an average speed of 97.042 mph. This is the only race in Dover’s 72-
race history that fell below a 100 mph average speed.
• Ricky Rudd had 55 career starts at Dover International Speedway, more than any other driver.
• Kyle Petty leads all full-time drivers with 47 starts at Dover International Speedway.
• David Pearson scored six Bud Poles at Dover International Speedway, leading all drivers.
• Mark Martin leads all active drivers with four Bud Poles at Dover International Speedway.
• Bobby Allison and Richard Petty lead all drivers each with seven victories at Dover International Speedway.
• Dale Earnhardt and Mark Martin lead all drivers with 19 top-five finishes at Dover International Speedway.
• Mark Martin leads all full time, active drivers with 16 top-five finishes at Dover.
• Mark Martin has scored 24 top-10 finishes at Dover, the most among full time, active drivers.
• Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with a 7.125 starting average in eight races at Dover International Speedway.
• Kyle Busch has a 2.0 finishing average in his two races at Dover, the best of all active drivers.
• Jeff Gordon is expected to make his 450th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career start at Dover International Speedway.
All of his starts are consecutive.
• Jamie McMurray is expected to make his 125th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Dover.
• The point standings after 12 races one year ago, at the 1/3rd point of the season, had Jimmie Johnson leading Greg
Biffle by 71 points. Johnson is again the leader after 12 races in 2006, leading Matt Kenseth by 109 points.
• Four drivers that ranked in the top-10 after Race No. 12 in 2005 failed to make the Chase.
• After 12 races in 2006 just six drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were 16 drivers within
the 400-point window.
• After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won four of the first 12 races in 2006. Chevrolet has six
victories in 2006 while Ford has just two. One year ago Ford had five victories at this point of the season.
• There were 10 drivers that failed to qualify at Lowe’s. The 53 entries was the second largest field of the season.
Daytona had 58, the largest field of the season.
• Greg Biffle is the only driver who has led at least one lap in 10 of the 12 races in 2006. Biffle has earned 70 lap
leader bonus points, 20 more than second-place Matt Kenseth who has 50.
• Ken Schrader, Reed Sorenson and David Stremme are the only drivers that have competed in all 12 races that have
yet to lead in 2006.
• At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. Three times in 2006, at least three rookies
have finished in the top-15.
• Dale Jarrett is the only driver among the top 19 in points that has not scored a top-five finish in 2006.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-29-2006)
- 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
Grand Marshal: Three grant recipients, selected by Bank of America: Bernice M. Edwards; Alvin Snyder; Mary DuPont
Command to start engines: Three grant recipients, selected by Bank of America: Bernice M. Edwards; Alvin Snyder; Mary DuPont
Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
National Anthem: Stephanie Iverson, Nashville recording artist
Military Flyover: Four F-16’s from the Texas Air National Guard at Kelley Field
- Track Website: doverspeedway.com
- 2005 June Dover Race Info Page
- 2005 Sept Dover Race Info Page
- Dover announces plans on improvements: Dover International Speedway announced plans for a new five-year capital improvement project, referred to as the "Monster Makeover," that will provide new offerings and upgraded amenities for fans, competitors and the media. Construction on the multi-million dollar project will begin after the upcoming June 2-4, 2006 NASCAR weekend. Some planned elements of the Monster Makeover at Dover International Speedway include:
A skybox complex that will include a luxury club for individual fans
A new entrance thoroughfare for fans on the east side of the Speedway, ushering guests into a variety of new race weekend entertainment options
A reorganized vehicle and pedestrian pattern to improve ingress, egress and overall safety of patrons
New and upgraded food and beverage facilities
New ticket and merchandise sales buildings
An expanded and relocated expo and souvenir vendor area
An outdoor concert area
A special recognition area that pays tribute to legendary NASCAR drivers
Additional permanent restrooms
Expanded bus parking
A new first aid center
A play area for children
While a majority of the planned improvements will be concentrated outside of the track, efforts will also be made to further enhance the top-notch racing product provided on the one-mile concrete oval. The Monster Mile is already recognized for providing gritty, competitive action on the track; planned improvements are designed to create an even better experience for all fans, competitors and the media. Improvements inside the track include:
An expanded pit road that will provid more fans with views of the action in the pits, while providing safer and easier entry and exit from pit lane for competitors
A new garage for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams that will also incorporate rooftop viewing for fans
An expanded infield media center to better accommodate the legions of national, regional and local media who cover the Dover races
Ongoing improvement projects began after the conclusion of last year’s September race weekend. Some of this work includes: Continued renovations of the permanent restrooms around the facility; additional paving of concession, bathroom and stairwell areas; shower facilities for guests in Dover RV lots; upgrades to the PA sound system; signage and exterior upgrades to the hospitality tent villages; renovations to the media centers; renovations to the existing skybox suites; and overall landscaping and beautification projects around the property. Tickets for the June 2-4 and Sept. 22-24, 2006 NASCAR race weekends at Dover International Speedway are available by calling the ticket office at 800-441-RACE or online at www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Speedway PR)(5-25-2006)
- Dover International Speedway creates monster comic book: The story of Miles the Monster will now be told for the first time ever... Race fans of all ages will soon be able to learn how Miles the Monster came to be-all in a beautifully illustrated collectible comic book. This one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia offers a rare opportunity for fans to learn the story behind his creation, and to be involved in the history of the Monster Mile. The first issue, "Miles the Monster, Issue #1 -- His Shocking Birth," will be sold exclusively at Dover International Speedway during the June 2-4, 2006 race weekend. This first limited-edition issue costs $3, with each copy individually numbered on the back cover. Issue No. 2 will be exclusively available at the Dover International Speedway September 22-24, 2006 race weekend. Issues No. 3 through 8 will be released in 2007. More info on how to pre-order, go to www.DoverSpeedway.com. The comic book was created by Mark Wheatley and Allan Gross at Insight Studios. Tickets for a June 2-4, 2006 race weekend full of activity at Dover International Speedway are still available. Call 800-441-RACE, or go online to www.DoverSpeedway.com for tickets.(Dover International Speedway PR)(3-26-2006)
- AAA Mid-Atlantic to sponsor Dover truck race: AAA Mid-Atlantic is proud to announce its title sponsorship of the Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway on Friday, June 2, 2006. The race will be called the AAA Insurance 200. The
multi-year deal was signed late last week. "Auto racing is the fastest growing spectator sport in the country and so many AAA members are avid fans, so this sponsorship is a natural fit for us," said Spencer M. Roman, COO and Executive
Vice President of the AAA Mid-Atlantic Insurance Group. AAA Insurance decided to seize the opportunity to capitalize on AAA's recent re-entry into NASCAR sponsorship by adding the insurance group to a title sponsorship race. AAA intends to use its motorsports sponsorships as one way to reach young drivers with safety information. No one is more aware of the need to drive with care and skill than a professional race car driver. AAA believes motorsports can be an excellent venue for delivering important safety information to the driving public.(Dover Motorsports PR)(3-9-2006)
- Dover seeks sponsors after sale of MBNA: Dover International Speedway's 11-year, 19-race affiliation with sponsor MBNA has ended. The Bank of America, which recently bought the former Delaware-based credit card giant, has assumed sponsorship of the June 4 Nextel Cup Series event on Dover's high-banked, one-mile oval. Dover's spring race will be known as the Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America. Negotiations for sponsorship of the Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series races are continuing. Dover's spring race is also the last one that remained on MBNA's contract with Dover International Speedway, leaving the track scrambling to find sponsors for its September races, also. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover, said he does not think that Bank of America will automatically fill MBNA's shoes at Dover. "I doubt they will play the role that MBNA played with us," McGlynn said. "We are still actively seeking sponsors for many of our NASCAR events."(Deleware News Journal)(3-2-2006)
- Monster Trophy Program Expands: The Monster trophy, awarded to the winner of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover International Speedway, has quickly become one of the most popular awards on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series circuit. The creation of a new Monster trophy will now become one of the most popular awards in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck, Busch and Busch East Series, as well. Speedway officials unveiled today a rendering of the new-for-2006 trophy, to be presented to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck, Busch and Busch East Series winners at Dover International Speedway. The original Monster trophy, first awarded to Ryan Newman as the winner of the MBNA America 400 on Sept. 26, 2004, was created to celebrate the Monster Mile’s inclusion in the “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.” The unique reward has been seen on the cover of NASCAR Scene, in AutoWeek magazine, and on television highlight reels around the country. The trophies will stand approximately 20 inches tall, and will be composed of sandstone, a granite-like material. The fierce trophy will strike a different pose than the trophy awarded to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup winner, and will include a different colored mirror as part of the base. The mirrored base is designed to make the trophy glow in the sunlight.(Dover Speedway site)(2-24-2006)
- Two promoted at Dover: Dover International Speedway announced the promotion of Michelle Melvin to Advertising Manager and Lindsay McNamara to Special Events Coordinator. In her new role, Melvin will develop and execute all advertising plans for Dover
International Speedway. She will work with radio, print, web and television outlets to maximize exposure in core metropolitan markets, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Melvin has worked as the Special Events Coordinator since March 2004 at Dover International Speedway, and will continue to oversee the hiring process for race weekend staff in the sales & marketing department. A graduate of Elon University in N.C., she now resides in Wilmington, DE.
Lindsay McNamara has been promoted to the position of Special Events Coordinator at Dover International Speedway. She previously served as an intern in the sales & marketing department. McNamara will assist in the development, coordination and evaluation of the
Dover International Speedway event marketing program. She will also oversee the on-site execution of Speedway hospitality programs on race weekends, such as the Monster Mile Club and SuperFresh Kids Zone. McNamara, a graduate of the University of Delaware, in Newark, Del., currently resides in Dover.(Dover Intl. Speedway PR)(1-15-2006)
- Dover promotes from within: Dover International Speedway, Inc. announced the promotion of Lisa Courtney to Director of Promotions. Prior to her promotion, Courtney served as Promotions Manager at Dover International Speedway. She has been employed with the Speedway since March 1998. On a daily basis, Courtney works with the sales & marketing team to develop unique and creative promotional programs, sweepstakes and sponsor programs geared at enhancing event awareness, attendance and ticket sales. She also plays an important role in database research and marketing efforts. Some notable programs at the Speedway to her credit include: a special promotion to recognize fans who have attended races at Dover for 20-plus years; the "Party with the Busch Winner," a fan amenity that allows fans to participate in a question-and-answer session with the winner of the NASCAR Busch Series race; the free NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series autograph session on Friday of the June race weekend; and the always entertaining pre-race festivities before each Dover International Speedway event. Courtney, a graduate of Wesley College in Dover, Del., resides in Rehoboth Beach, Del., with her husband Michael.(Dover International Speedway PR)(11-10-2005)
- Dover Weekend Sched changed: The NASCAR schedule at Dover International Speedway will have a different look, beginning with race weekend in June 2006. The biggest change is that Nextel Cup qualifying will be moved from Friday to Saturday in a move that will align Dover with most other tracks on NASCAR's schedule. Highlighting the changes in the race weekend schedule at Dover beginning next year:
• Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series teams will have alternating practice sessions on Friday, prior to the Craftsman Truck Series race.
•The Busch Series will have qualifying on Saturday morning prior to their race, which will start at 3 p.m., two hours later than it has traditionally been.
•The Nextel Cup Series is tentatively scheduled to qualify for Sunday's race at noon on Saturday. NASCAR will impound the race cars immediately following the qualifying session. This is already being done for 21 of the 36 Nextel Cup races this season.(Delaware News Journal)(10-20-2005)
- Lights at Dover in 2006? UPDATE NO: Next season's two Nextel Cup races at Dover could be run under the lights, on Saturday night.(Winston Salem Journal)
AND With concrete light poles placed all around the infield at Dover Downs, expect both of Dover's NASCAR weekends to be run under the lights next year.(Yahoo! Sports)(9-26-2005)
UPDATE: After another successful race weekend at Dover International Speedway, the rumor mill has again begun to turn. The construction of new light towers in the infield of Dover Downs Raceway, the harness racing track owned and operated by Dover Downs
Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., have led some to believe that lights are being added to motorsports events at the one-mile concrete oval.
Dover International Speedway has no plans to add lights in 2006. "There is no truth to the rumor that lights will be added in 2006 at
Dover International Speedway," said Denis McGlynn, CEO and president of Dover Motorsports, Inc. The new harness track lights are currently being erected in 26 locations around the property to replace the original lights which were installed when the track opened in 1969. The installation of the lights will be completed at Dover Downs Raceway in time for the opening of the 2005-2006 season on Oct. 31,
2005. NASCAR action returns to Dover International Speedway next year for two tripleheaders in 2006 on June 2-4 and Sept. 22-24. Tickets for the June 2-4 race weekend are now on sale, and can be obtained by calling 800-441-RACE or online at www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(9-29-2005)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Dover Internationals Speedway
- Menard to practice for Robby: With Robby Gordon in Ensenada, Mexico, for the Baja 500 off-road race Saturday, Busch Series driver Paul Menard will practice Gordon's #7 Menard's/Mapai Chevy at Dover International Speedway. "I've obviously had an ongoing relationship with Menards Inc., and Paul's done a tremendous job," Gordon said. "[He] actually blew my doors off at Charlotte last weekend." Gordon, a veteran off-road racer, was scheduled to fly to Mexico after Friday's Cup qualifying, start the Baja 500 on Saturday in his Trophy Truck and finish, he hopes, in his Hummer H3 before flying back to Dover for Sunday's Neighborhood Excellence 400.(SceneDaily.com)(6-3-2006)
- Stewart Sustains Fracture of Right Scapula UPDATE Stewart will start race, then Ricky Rudd to take over: #20-Tony Stewart sustained a fracture of his right scapula in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 Nextel Cup Series race when a flat right front tire sent his #20 Home Depot Chevy into the SAFER barrier on the outside retaining wall of turn one. Stewart was running in the 25th position when the accident happened on lap 33 of the 400-lap race. According to doctors at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, a CT scan revealed a minimally displaced fracture at the tip of the right scapula. Stewart is scheduled to meet with Joe Gibbs Racing's team physicians on Tuesday for further evaluation. An update on Stewart's condition will be provided following that evaluation.(True Speed Communication PR)(5-28-2006)
UPDATE: Tony Stewart will start Sunday's Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs said Tuesday afternoon. Gibbs said during a break of the test of the "car of tomorrow" that the team would release an official statement later in the day updating the condition of Stewart, who broke his shoulder blade in a crash during the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday. "He's definitely sore, no doubt about it," Gibbs said. "We'll know more here in a little bit." JGR Senior Vice President Jimmy Makar said the team is looking at its options and has a short list of drivers available if needed to spell Stewart this weekend. Mike Bliss, a former JGR driver, is on that list. Bliss was at the track Sunday in case Stewart had to get out of the car from beings sore as a result of a Busch Series accident. "Usually an injury like that comes from the seat, and the design of the area of the seat, we're looking at that to see if there is anything we can do or something that needs to be given some attention," Makar said. "Bobby [Labonte] sustained an injury at Darlington years ago, a lot worse than Tony's. We think we know what it is, and we're going to address that area to see if we can get some more support under the shoulder." The accident, coming on the heels of a hard accident the day before in the Busch Series event, was the result of a bead melting in the tire. The outside of the tire was fine as far as temperature, Makar said. "That's something we see on occasion at short tracks - we use a lot of brakes and get a lot of brake heat," Makar said. "For a speedway like this, that's a really odd thing to see. Tony said he wasn't using an excessive amount of brake compared to what he has done here in the past. We're kind of shaking our heads a little bit about why that happened, where that heat came from."(SceneDaily.com) and hearing reports that Ricky Rudd is being considered as an option to drive the #20 Powerade Chevy at Dover.
UPDATE 2: Tony Stewart will not require surgery for the fractured right scapula he sustained in an accident during Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. Stewart's #20 Chevy suffered a right front tire failure on lap 33 of the 400-lap race, sending the #20 machine into the SAFER barrier on the outside retaining wall of turn one. Stewart was running in the 25th position when the accident happened. "Tony sustained a non-displaced fracture at the tip of his right scapula," said Dr. Jerry Petty, a neurosurgeon who has consulted with many NASCAR drivers. "It is a non-surgical injury that only time and rest can heal." While Stewart's fractured right scapula won't require surgery, it will limit his participation in this weekend's Nextel Cup event at Dover.
Veteran NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd has been secured by Joe Gibbs Racing to serve as the relief driver for the #20 team this weekend at Dover. Rudd, a winner of 23 Nextel Cup races - four of which came at Dover - will practice and qualify the #20 Chevrolet while Stewart will start the 400-lap race. Rudd will be on standby in the pit area to relieve Stewart at any point during the event. By starting at Dover, Stewart will receive all points toward the Nextel Cup driver's championship. "Tony's injury is unfortunate, and we are going to do everything we can to get him healed up quickly," said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. "Tony is as tough as they come, but we aren't going to take any chances on making his situation worse. We're very appreciative of Ricky Rudd for being able to drive the #20 car at Dover. He's a proven winner who will allow us to stay in contention for the championship." Stewart is currently fourth in the championship point standings, 231 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson.
"Tony's our driver and we'd love to have him in the car, but we want him to be 100%, not just for one race but for the rest of the season," said Greg Zipadelli, crew chief for the #20 team. "We'll do what we have to do until he heals up. This is a strong race team that's no stranger to adversity, so I know we'll make the best of this situation at Dover and in the weeks to come." Al Shuford, a certified athletic trainer formerly with the NFL's Carolina Panthers, will work with Stewart to get him ready for his limited participation at Dover and what is expected to be his full participation during the Nextel Cup race weekend at Pocono June 9-11. Shuford joined Joe Gibbs Racing in
October 2000. "Basically, we're just going to work with Tony to make him comfortable," said Shuford. "As Dr. Petty said, Tony's injury is something that only time and rest can heal. But we can help speed up that timetable with a rehabilitation program specific to his injury and his profession."(JGR/True Speed Communication)(5-30-2006)
- Long in the #34 at Dover: Carl Long will be driving the #34 Oak Gloves Chevy for Front Row Motorsports this weekend at Dover International Speedway for the running of the Neighborhood Excellence 400 Nextel Cup Series race.(Carl Long site)(5-31-2006)
- See the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Microsoft to sponsor #66 IMAGE: on Sunday, there will be a Best Buy Racing / Microsoft Sponsorship Announcement at Lowe's Motor Speedway to detail Microsoft car sponsorship, in association with Best Buy Racing and the unveiling of the #66 Windows Live OneCare Chevy.(Best Buy Racing PR)(5-26-2006)
UPDATE/IMAGE: UPDATE: For the first time, computer giant Microsoft will be the primary sponsor of a NASCAR Nextel Cup car. At next Sunday’s Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover, Del., Microsoft’s Windows Live OneCare will be the primary sponsor of the Haas CNC Racing No. 66 driven by Jeff Green. The deal is for one-race only, but does mark a significant first for Microsoft.(Speed Channel), see an image of the scheme on my #66 Team Schemes page.(5-29-2006)
- Stewart to sport POWERade scheme at Dover: #20-Tony Stewart will take on the infamous Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2006 with a little extra power behind his ride and a little extra support for his charity. While Stewart’s orange Chevrolet is recognized by NASCAR fans everywhere, the #20 will sport a different kind of orange in Dover after it’s decked out in custom POWERade Orange graphics to support the launch of the new, commemorative clutch bottle of the popular sports drink and to raise money for the Tony Stewart Foundation. Stewart will officially unveil the new racecar following the personal delivery of multiple cases of POWERade 32oz Orange to a Home Depot location in Atlanta on May 31st. As part of the initiative, POWERade is donating $100,000 to the Tony Stewart Foundation.(Coca-Cola/POWERade PR), see an image of the scheme on my #20 Team Schemes page.(5-26-2006)
- Special AAA scheme: AAA, 2006 sponsor of Roush Racing's #6 Ford driven by Nextel Cup veteran Mark Martin, announced it will introduce a special paint scheme highlighting AAA's insurance products the weekend of the "Neighborhood Excellence 400" at the Dover International Speedway in June. Weekend events also include the "AAA Insurance 200" NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. The special AAA design also may be used selectively at other NEXTEL Cup events throughout the 2006 season. It features a dominant, dark blue background and chrome lettering while maintaining key elements of the traditional AAA #6 paint scheme.(AAA), see an image of the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page, supposedly it will run at Indy also.(5-9-2006)
- Special Scheme for #24 at All-Star race and other races: Jeff Gordon’s #24 DuPont car will once again carry the DuPont Performance Alliance colors at the Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge on May 20, 2006. Like last year, the car's color scheme was designed by renowned NASCAR graphic artist Sam Bass. This special version of the #24 Chevy celebrates DuPont’s all-star collision repair centers and auto body shops throughout the United States. The paint scheme reverses the primary colors of the Fire and Flames design, and the Performance Alliance logo and name will be featured on the hood, side panels and TV panel. Gordon will also be wearing a matching Performance Alliance-themed uniform for the special event. The Performance Alliance logo will appear on the cars decklid or tv panel at Richmond [May]. Dover [June], Loudon [July], Pocono [July], Watkins Glen, LMS [Oct], Martinsville and Texas. See images of the three schemes on my #24 Team Schemes page.(4-18-2006)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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