THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: The Dover 400 at the
Dover International Speedway

Nextel Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, September 24, 2006 in Dover, DE

  • Title Sponsor/Link: None

  • Track: Dover International Speedway

  • TV: TNT 1:00pm/et

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

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 1:30pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, September 28 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • 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

  • 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)

    XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144

    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: $5,028,146 (was $4,975,638 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, September 22, 11:35am - 1:00pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, September 23, 9:00 - 10:00am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 23, 10:35 - 11:20am/et on TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 22, 10:35am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, September 22 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et and 2:00am/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

    (the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race


    Friday, September 22nd, 2006
    Grandstand gates open 9:00am
    Busch Series practice 9:00am-10:05am
    NEXTEL Cup Series practice 11:35am-1:00pm
    Busch Series rookie practice 12:10pm-40pm
    Busch Series final practice 1:20pm-50pm
    NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying (two laps, all positions) 3:10pm
    Busch East Series race, 150 laps 4:30pm

    Saturday, September 23
    Grandstand gates open 9:00am
    NEXTEL Cup Series practice 9:00am-10:00am
    NEXTEL Cup Series final practice 10:35am-11:20am
    Busch Series qualifying (two laps, all positions) 11:40am
    Busch Series race, 200 laps 3:05pm

    Sunday, September 24
    Infield gates open 4:30am
    Grandstand gates open 8:00am
    NEXTEL Cup Series driver introductions 12:40pm
    NEXTEL Cup Series race, 400 laps 1:10pm
    (these times are local to the track)

    key
    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

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 625, Right-side -- 625

    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: Every 90-95 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought to Dover earlier this season . . . this set-up has also been run at Michigan by Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams in 2006 . . . teams in these two series ran this left-side code (D-4060) with a different right-side code at Chicagoland . . . unlike on other NASCAR one-mile ovals, teams are required to run liners in their tires at Dover . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    full report will be posted Thursday/Friday before the race time range


NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Dover for leading the points and winning the race [all in the top-10 have a shot at it]. 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
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000
    #29-Kevin Harvick, New Hampshire, 9/17/2006, $60,000
    (9-17-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper/News 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:


Raceweather.net


The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
Red Bus Racing 69
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 known are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

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
Gofastmotorsports.com

In-Car Audio SIte:
Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Jeff Burton wins at Dover: #31-Jeff Burton won the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway for his 1st win of 2006 and first in 175 races ago, at Phoenix in Oct 2001, the 18th of his career and vaults the #31 Cingular Wireless driver into the points lead for the first time since May 1999. Burton led only 6 laps, the final 6 laps, dueling with #17-Matt Kenseth [who led the most laps 215] until passing Kenseth on lap 394. Kenseth then ran out of fuel on the final lap and finished 10th. Rounding out the top 10 were: #99-Edwards, #24-Gordon, #2-Busch, #16-Biffle, #1-Truex Jr. [best career finish], #43-Labonte, #07-Bowyer and #17-Kenseth. Points leader, #29-Kevin Harvick was running in the top-10 when his engine failed on lap 366, dropping him out of the points lead. Three other Chasers had rough days with #9-Kasey Kahne getting caught up early in a #20-Stewart spin finishing 38th, #5-Kyle Busch lost an engine and finished 40th and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. had some tire issues, finishing 21st down 3 laps. There were 9 leaders with 12 lead changes and 10 cautions for 48 laps.
    Race Results on my New Hampshire Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after New Hampshire page.(9-24-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Dover [28 of 36 races]:
    #31-Jeff Burton 5351
    #24-Jeff Gordon 5345 -6
    #17-Matt Kenseth 5333 -18
    #11-Denny Hamlin 5333 -18
    #29-Kevin Harvick 5297 -54
    #6-Mark Martin 5276 -75
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5249 -102
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 5215 -136
    #9-Kasey Kahne 5169 -182
    #5-Kyle Busch 5127 -224
    and fighting for 11th
    #20-Tony Stewart in 11th
    #16-Greg Biffle -217
    #99-Carl Edwards - 242
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-24-2006)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Points Standings
    ...the old way, not the Chase after Dover:
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth 4068
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3898 -170
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick 3738 -330
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 3658 -410
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon 3656 -412
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin 3651 -417
    7) #6-Mark Martin 3592 -476
    8) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3562 -506
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 3537 -531
    10) #5-Kyle Busch 3516 -552
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne 3483 -585
    (9-24-2006)

  • Rumblings - Race Notes Dover:
    Jeff Burton has been knocking on the door all season and today the #31 Cingular Wireless team kicked that door in. Burton passed Matt Kenseth with six laps to go today at Dover International Speedway and went on to win the Dover 400 by almost 8 seconds, and we beat the rain by all of about 10 minutes. Burton broke a 175 race losing streak (his last win was at Phoenix in October of 2001) for his 18th career win (he's now tied with Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett, and Harry Gant for 35th on the all-time win list). He's the 12th different winner of 2006, and the third winner in a row for Richard Childress (he now has 82 all-time). The victory was worth $230,370 from the over $5M in posted awards. We had great racing today for the final 20 laps or so....maybe the best stretch we've seen in a long time. Both Kenseth & Burton were working overtime to make sure they kept their cars off each other, and they were successful....proving it can be done! The decision by the #17 Dewalt Team to stay out on that last caution and not take fuel may come back to haunt them. Check back in about 8 weeks and we'll see just how big those 36 points are.
    Carl Edwards (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Loudon in July
    Kurt Busch (4th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Pocono in July
    Greg Biffle (5th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Loudon in July
    Martin Truex Jr (6th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 7th at Lowe's in May of 2005
    Bobby Labonte (7th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Bristol in March
    Kyle Petty (25th) had his best finish since he was 21st at Infineon in June
    David Gilliland (27th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 32nd twice....once at Infineon in June and again at Fontana earlier this month
    Stanton Barrett (35th) had his best finish since he was 33rd at Phoenix in April (only three races)
    STREAKIN....Matt Kenseth has 6 Top-10's in a row
    ...Denny Hamlin has 9 Top-10's in the last 10 races
    ...Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-5's in the last 6 races
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Martin Truex Jr (+27), followed by Dave Blaney (+26). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Scott Riggs (-32), followed by Robby Gordon (-27), Kevin Lepage (-26), Joe Nemechek (-21), and Ryan Newman (-20).
    We have a new "Chase" leader as Jeff Burton assumes the points lead by six markers. We've got a spread of 18 points 1st to 4th.
    In "Classic" points six positions in the Top-10 changed hands. We had five drivers advance two spots, and Kyle Busch fell four spots (6th to 10th).(Stock Car Fans)(9-24-2006)

  • Dover Race News/Notes:
    • Jeff Burton won the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway, scoring his 18th Nextel Cup victory in his 431st career start.
    • This is his first victory in 2006 and first at Dover in 26 races here. His most recent victory came at Phoenix in October 2001 – 176 races ago.
    • Burton became the 12th different race winner in 2006.
    • Burton climbed to 35th on NASCARS all-time win list, tied with Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnet and Harry Gant.
    • Burton won the $10,000 Nextel Leader Bonus for winning the race and leading the points.
    • Burton won the race from the 19th-place starting position. Matt Kenseth also won the spring race at Dover from 19th.
    • Burton climbed from fifth to first in the point standings, the biggest gain among the top 10. He is six points ahead of second-place Jeff Gordon.
    • This is the seventh time in his career that Burton has held the point lead. He last held the point lead after California in May 1999.
    • Burton led the final six laps in the Dover 400, the only laps he led during the race.
    • This is team owner Richard Chidress’ 82nd Nextel Cup victory. Childress has scored four victories at Dover. His last Dover victory was by Dale Earnhardt in the 1993 Budweiser 500.
    • Burton’s victory was the 17th Chevrolet victory in 28 races in 2006.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-24-2006)

  • Dover Notebook
    • Carl Edwards (second) scored his 14th top-10 finish in 2006 and his second top-10 finish in five races at Dover.
    • Jeff Gordon (third) scored his 14th top-10 finish in 2006. It marked his 17th top-10 finish in 28 races at Dover. Gordon climbed from fourth to second in the point standings and is now just six points behind Burton.
    • Kurt Busch (fourth) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2006. It marked his fourth top-10 finish in 13 races at Dover.
    • Greg Biffle (fifth) scored his 13th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fourth top-10 finish in nine races Dover.
    • Martin Truex Jr. (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie for the first time in 2006.
    • Denny Hamlin (ninth) scored his 11th straight top-15 finish.
    • Matt Kenseth (10th) scored his sixth straight top-10 finish, extending a streak that began at Michigan in August.
    • Jimmie Johnson (13th) has been ranked among the top 10 for 97 consecutive races. Johnson has been running at the finish in all 28 races in 2006. Johnson climbed from ninth to eighth in the point standings.
    • Four rookies finished in the top-15 at Dover: Truex (sixth), Clint Bowyer (eighth), Denny Hamlin (ninth) and Reed Sorenson (11th). This is the fourth time this season that four rookies posted top-15 finishes.
    • At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 28 races this season.
    • Kevin Harvick (32nd) ended a 39-race streak of running at the finish that began at California last September, which was the longest current streak. Mark Martin takes over the streak, running at the finish in the last 35 races. Martin’s streak began at Kansas City one year ago.
    • Harvick also ended a streak of 11 straight top-15 finishes that began at Daytona in July.
    • Tony Stewart (33rd) remained 11th in the point standings. He has a 217-point lead over 12th-place Greg Biffle who finished fifth. This is the first year that Stewart will not finish among the top-10 since 1999, ending a seven-year streak. Stewart missed The Chase by 16 points. Stewart is chasing the $1 million bonus for finishing 11th in the final point standings. Jeff Gordon finished 11th in 2005 and Jamie McMurray finished 11th in 2004, the inaugural year of the Chase.
    • Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship at Loudon- the 30th Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet. Chevrolet has won the Manufacturers’ Championship in each of the last four years.
    • Matt Kenseth led 215 laps in the Dover 400, leading the most laps for the fourth time in 2006. Kenseth also led the most at Las Vegas, Chicago and second Michigan.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-24-2006)

  • The Chase Drivers
    • Four of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10 in the Dover 400.
    • Six of the 10 of The Chase drivers changed points positions at Dover.
    • Jeff Burton climbed from fifth to first in the point standings. He is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.
    • Jeff Gordon climbed from fourth to second in the point standings. Gordon is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the second time in three years. He is one of just two drivers that have competed in two of the three. Gordon finished third in 2004 and 11th in the 2005 final standings.
    • Matt Kenseth remained third in the point standings. He is now 18 points behind point leader Burton. Kenseth is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the third straight year. He is one of just three drivers to do so. Kenseth finished eighth in 2004 and seventh in 2005.
    • Denny Hamlin dropped from second to fourth in the point standings. Hamlin is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for first time and is the first Raybestos rookie contender to compete in The Chase. He is 18 points behind point leader Burton.
    • Kevin Harvick dropped from first to fifth in the point standings. Harvick is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for first time. He is also one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.
    • Mark Martin (14th today) remained sixth in the point standings. Martin is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the third straight year. He is one of just three drivers to do so. Martin finished fourth in 2004 and 2005.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., remained seventh in the point standings. He is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the second time in three years. He is one of just two drivers that have competed in two of the three. Earnhardt finished fifth in 2004 and 19th in the 2005 final standings.
    • Jimmie Johnson climbed from ninth to eighth in the point standings. Johnson is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the third straight year. Johnson finished second in 2004 and fifth in 2005.
    • Kasey Kahne dropped from eighth to ninth in the point standings. Kahne is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for first time.
    • Kyle Busch remained 10th in the point standings. He is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for first time and is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-24-2006)

    Dover Race Rundown

  • The Dover 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-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #31-Burton-c (19)(6 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-f (6)(21 laps led)
    #24-Gordon-c (1)
    #2-Busch-d (10)
    #16-Biffle-f (8)(49 laps led)
    #1-Truex Jr.-c (33-r)
    #43-Labonte-d (26)
    #07-Bowyer-c (16-r) - engine problem
    #11-Hamlin-c (23-r)
    #17-Kenseth-f (3)(215 laps led), -1 lap

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
    (chasers above in blue)

    where the other Chasers are running:
    #48-Johnson-c (18) running 13, -1 lap
    #6-Martin-f (9) running 14, -1 laps
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (13) running 21, -3 laps
    #29-Harvick-c (25) OUT 32
    #9-Kahne-d (21) OUT 38th
    #5-Busch-c (27) OUT 40th

  • Drivers Points after lap 400 of 400 at Dover
    #31-Jeff Burton 5351
    #24-Jeff Gordon -6
    #17-Matt Kenseth -18
    #11-Denny Hamlin -18
    #29-Kevin Harvick -54
    #6-Mark Martin -75
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -102
    #48-Jimmie Johnson -136
    #9-Kasey Kahne -182
    #5-Kyle Busch -224
    fighting for 11th
    #20-Tony Stewart in 11th
    #16-Greg Biffle -217
    #99-Carl Edwards - 242

  • Cars on the lead lap: 9 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 17,41,22,48,6

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 88,19,26,40,21,66,8,42,96,12,45,01,38,55,25,18,14

  • Cars on the track: 31 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (12) and reason:
    #74-Cope (engine-out)
    #06-Ragan (accident-out)
    #7-Gordon (accident-out)
    #5-Busch (engine-out)
    #32-Kvapil (accident-out)
    #49-Lepage (accident-out)
    #4-Wimmer (engine-out)
    #61-Barrett (accident-out)
    #10-Riggs (accident-off)
    #9-Kahne (accident-out)
    #29-Harvick (engine-out)
    #20-Stewart (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 12 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (pole, no laps led);
    #17-Kenseth (215, led most);
    #16-Biffle (57);
    #99-Edwards (54);
    #41-Sorenson (39, led halfway);
    #19-Sadler (30);
    #12-Newman (28);
    #31-Burton (6, WON);
    #40-Stremme (3);
    #14-Marlin (1);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - pole; #12-Newman 1-28; #99-Edwards 29-49; #40-Stremme 50-52; #19-Sadler 53-73; #17-Kenseth 74-113; #19-Sadler 114-122; #17-Kenseth 123-166; #14-Marlin 167; #41-Sorenson 168-206; #16-Biffle 207-263; #17-Kenseth 264-394; #31-Burton 395-400

    Cautions: 10 for 48 laps

    these are approx. caution laps....
    Caution 10 - Laps 324 - 327: #18-Yeley got loose in turn 4 and spun down the frontstretch
    Caution 9 - Laps 298 - 306: #10-Riggs lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 3 wall and stopped there.
    Caution 8 - Laps 206 - 213: #61-Barrett slapped the turn 4 wall
    Caution 7 - Laps 186 - 189: #49-Lepage lost it off turn 2, spun and backed into the outside wall.
    Caution 6 - Laps 166 - 169: Debris between turn 3 and 4, from the #32 Chevy
    Caution 5 - Laps 100 - 104: #7-Gordon slapped the turn 3 wall, possible tire going down.
    Caution 4 - Laps 49 - 52: #06-Ragan shot up the track and slammed the wall in the backstretch and spun around
    Caution 3 - Laps 24 - 26: #21-Schrader tapped the rear of #06-Ragan who spun in turn 4.
    Caution 2 - Laps 13 - 15: #20-Stewart spun off turn 3 and collected #9-Kahne, heavy damage to both.
    Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 7: #32-Kvapil spun off turn 4 and hit the frontstretch wall, doing heavy damage to the front and back of the car

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 10: #16-Biffle, 5th
    Caution 9: #43-Labonte, 7th
    Caution 8: #88-Jarrett, 15th
    Caution 7: #11-Hamlin, 9th
    Caution 6: #22-Blaney, 12th
    Caution 5: #96-Raines, 23rd
    Caution 4:no driver a lap or more down, on the track
    Caution 3:no driver a lap or more down, on the track
    Caution 2:no driver a lap or more down, on the track
    Caution 1:no driver a lap or more down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • PENALTY REPORT:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    9 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 11
    20 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 11
    48 TELL Rolling a tire beyond the center of pit road L 24
    4 TELL Excessive speed exiting the pits L 100
    4 TELL Excessive speed exiting the pits L 167
    49 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 185
    61 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 206
    22 TELL Excessive speed exiting the pits L 299
    55 TELL Excessive speed entering the pits L 296
    18 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 324
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-24-2006)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- WOW on the last lap #17-Kenseth ran out of gas while fighting for the lead, #41-Sorenson also ran out of gas.
    ---- on lap 366, #07-Bowyer is reporting an engine problem and #29-Harvick slows and has smoke showing
    ---- on lap 353, #29-Harvick is reporting an engine problem, is switching ignition systems, radio is reporting Harvick is well off the pace is the last car on the lead lap and it sounds sluggish on TV
    ---- on the caution 10 restart, #8-Earnhardt Jr. slowed again and fell back, but is still 2 laps down
    ---- during the 10th caution, 3 cars stayed out #'s 17,2,41, everyone else did.
    ---- with only 10 cars on the lead lap [#'s 17,99,2,31,07,41,24,22,29,11 and lucky dog #43], there will be four [#16,#1,#48, #88] cars on the tail end of the lead lap after the top-10 make their pit stops during the 9th caution
    ---- on lap 281, #8-Earnhardt Jr. slowed up with a right front tire going down and had to make an unscheduled pitstop while running 11th
    ---- leader on lap 264, #16-Biffle, who was off pit sequence, had to pit for gas and tires, the last caution, he stayed out
    ---- around lap 246, #14-Marlin got tapped and smacked the wall with the right front, but drove on, losing a few laps
    ---- during the 7th caution, 4 of the top-10 came in to pit, the leader #41-Sorenson stayed out as did #16-Biffle, #2-Busch, #99-Edwards, #12-Newman and #1-Truex Jr
    ---- during the 6th caution, #17-Kenseth came in leading, but was parked on the line of his pit stall and had to be dropped off the jack and pushed back, he came out 20th
    ---- on lap 153, #9-Kahne came back on track after the team made repairs to his damaged car, he is 139 laps down, #32-Kvapil is also back on the track
    ---- just after the 5th caution restart, #5-Busch dropped back, thinks he has an engine problem, came in to pit the next lap, then to the garage and out of the race
    ---- during the 5th caution, all the drivers came in to pit, #17-Kenseth came in 1st and came out 1st.
    ---- around lap 65, #20-Stewart came back on track after the team made repairs to his damaged car, he is 53 laps down
    ---- during the 4th caution, #99-Edwards came in leading, but he shot thru his pit stop and had to back up into his stall
    ---- during the 3rd lap cations, #48-Johnson's crew let a tire roll out of the pit stall and was sent to the end of the longest line and restarted 40th after coming in 12th.
    ---- some of the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 3rd caution, including 2nd place #24-Gordon; The leader #12-Newman stayed out, along with the rest of the top 10
    ---- green flag at 1:11pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 1:03pm/et by Grand Marshal Hulk Hogan
    ---- To The Back [3]: #18-Yeley [backup]; #10-Riggs [engine]; #32-Kvapil [engine]


  • Race Coverage of the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, September 24, 2006.
    TV: TNT at 12:30pm/et [green flag around 1:30pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, 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 28th at 2:30pm/et

  • To The Back [3]: #18-Yeley [backup]; #10-Riggs [engine]; #32-Kvapil [engine]

  • Happy Hour Practice: for the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 151.273
    #10-Riggs 150.558
    #99-Edwards 150.257
    #41-Sorenson 150.225
    #9-Kahne 150.175
    slowest: #61-Barrett 144.724 and #74-Cope 145.661
    most laps run: #9-Kahne 48; #16-Biffle 45
    delay: just after practice started, it was delayed about 5 minutes when notes from the #21 team that were left on the car, blew off the car and scattered around turn 1.
    no average speeds reported.
    See speeds on my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(9-23-2006)

  • Saturday's First Practice for the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #12-Newman 152.188
    #9-Kahne 151.899
    #20-Stewart 151.835
    #10-Riggs 151.790
    #07-Bowyer 151.528
    slowest: #74-Cope 145.643 and #61-Barrett 145.784
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #07-Bowyer 148.599 [5th fastest lap], 36 laps run
    #5-Busch 148.362 [10th], 46 laps
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 148.070 [13th], 27 laps
    See speeds on my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(9-23-2006)

  • Jeff Gordon wins pole at Dover: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 156.162mph for his 1st pole of 2006, 1st since Sonoma in June 2005 [47 races] and 55th of his career, tying Bill Elliott for 6th All Time Poles Won. This is the 14th straight season Gordon has won a pole, the longest current streak and 3rd longest of all time. Starting on the outside pole is #10-Scott Riggs [but he may have to have an engine changed]. The rest of the top-10 are #17-Kenseth, #12-Newman, #01-Nemechek, #99-Edwards, #41-Sorenson, #16-Biffle, #6-Martin and #2-Busch. #8-Earnhardt Jr. qualified 13th [same as last week]. #18-Yeley wrecked on his first lap off turn 1 and backed into the wall, will have to go to a backup car. #10-Riggs said he missed a shift during his qualifying lap, may have to change engines and would have to go to the rear of the feild at the start of the race, but would keep the good pit stall. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #49-Lepage, #45-Petty, #55-Waltrip, 32-Kvapil, #74-Cope,#06-Ragan, #61-Barrett and #4-Wimmer. Missing the race were: #89-Shepherd, #78-Wallace, #34-Blount and #52-Neuenberger. See the qualifying results on my Dover Qualifying/Grid Page.(9-22-2006)

  • Where do the Chasers start at Dover:
    #29-Harvick starts 25th
    #11-Hamlin 23rd
    #17-Kenseth 3rd
    #24-Gordon 1st
    #31-Burton 19th
    #6-Martin 9th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 13th
    #9-Kahne 21st
    #48-Johnson 18th
    #5-Busch 27th

  • Ramblings - Dover Qualifying Notes: The Chase rolls on and for the second week in a row we've got a "Chaser" in the top-spot. Jeff Gordon took the Bud Pole today for Sunday's Dover 400 with a time of 23.053 (156.162 mph) for his first pole of the season and 55th of his Nextel Cup career. This is his first pole since he led 'em to the green at Infineon Raceway in June of 2005, and he's the 13th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Scott Riggs (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.....but there's a chance they'll change engines so he may have to drop to the back.
    Joe Nemechek (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Daytona in July
    Carl Edwards (6th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 3rd at Talladega in April
    Reed Sorenson (7th) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was at Loudon in July when he started 9th
    Kevin Lepage (11th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 6th at Kansas last October
    Derrike Cope (31st) has his best starting spot since he lined up 31st at Texas in April of 2004 (20 races)
    Welcome David Ragan! He'll start 37th this week in a Jack Roush Ford for his Cup debut.
    STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races
    Only three "Chasers" in the Top-10 spots this week could lead to a little tippy-toeing early on Sunday. This place has been known to chew up more than a few cars.....they don't call it the Monster Mile for nothin'.(StockCarFans.com)(9-22-2006)

  • Dover Qualifying Notes:
    • Jeff Gordon won the Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the Dover 400, lapping Dover International Speedway in 23.053 seconds at 156.162 mph. Jeremy Mayfield holds the trackqualifying record of 22.288 seconds, 161.522 mph - set June 4, 2004.
    • This is Gordon’s 55th career Bud Pole in 465 Nextel Cup Series races. He moved into a tie with Bill Elliott for sixth all-time on the Bud Pole winners list.
    • This is Gordon’s 14th consecutive year to score a Bud Pole, every season since his full-time career began in 1993. He ended a 47-race streak without a Bud Pole – the longest of his career.
    • Gordon became the 13th different Bud Pole winner in 2006. This is his 13th top-10 start in 2006.
    • This is Gordon’s third Bud Pole and 18th top-10 start in 28 Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, but his first Bud Pole here since June 1996.
    • Gordon became the third different Bud Pole winner in the past eight races at Dover International Speedway. Ryan Newman had three Bud Poles and Jeremy Mayfield two since 2002. Qualifying was canceled twice in the eight-race period.
    • Scott Riggs posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 23.068 seconds, 156.060 mph – and will join Gordon on the front row for the Dover 400. It is his fourth top-10 start this season, Riggs had not started better than 15th in his previous five races at Dover.
    • This is the 11th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge has 12 Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Matt Kenseth (third) posted his fifth top-10 start in 16 races at Dover. Kenseth had just eight top-10 starts in the first 22 races of the season, but has posted four in the past six races.
    • Ryan Newman (fourth), who started 38th in his career-first Dover race (June 2002), has posted nine top-10 starts in 10 races here – all top-fives. This is only qualifying effort that did not result in a front-row starting position for Newman since September 2002 when he started fourth in his second race here. His other non-front row starts were when qualifying was canceled in September 2003 (fifth) and again in June 2005 (fourth).
    • Joe Nemechek (fifth) posted his ninth top-10 start in 25 races at Dover. It is also his eighth top-10 start of 2006 but just his second in the past 11 races.
    • Reed Sorenson (seventh) was the highest qualifying rookie and posted his career-best qualifying effort.
    • David Ragan (37th) qualified for his career-first Nextel Cup race. He became the 86th driver to attempt to qualify this season and the 72nd to compete in 2006.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-22-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday,September 22, 2006 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 3:00pm/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: 8:00pm/et and 2:00am/et on Speed Channel

  • Qualifying Order List for the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #2-Kurt Busch is due out first on Friday, September 22nd at 3:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #40-David Stremme. For the Qualifying order, see my Dover Qualifying/Grid Page.(9-22-2006)

  • Friday Practice for the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #9-Kahne 155.958
    #16-Biffle 156.081
    #24-Gordon 155.595
    #99-Edwards 155.568
    #10-Riggs 155.461
    slowest: #52-Neuenberger 143.609 and #34-Blount 147.384
    most laps led: #31-Burton 42; #20-Stewart 34
    incidents: #96-Tony Raines, #42-Casey Mears and #38-David Gilliland all crashed in the practice and went to backup cars
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #01-Nemechck 152.433 [8th fastest lap], 16 laps run
    #4-Wimmer 152.00 [30th], 8 laps
    #49-Lepage 151.904 [26th], 9 laps
    See speeds on my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(9-22-2006)

  • How did the non-top 35 teams do in Friday's practice:
    if things stayed the same these drivers would make the race:
    #45-Kyle Petty, 12th fastest
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 25th
    #49-Kevin Lepage, 26th
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 30th
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 34th
    #74-Derrike Cope, 36th
    #06-David Ragan, 40th
    #61-Stanton Barrett, 42nd
    if things stayed the same these drivers would miss the race:
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 44th
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 45th
    #34-Chad Blount, 46th
    #52-Donnie Neuenberger, 47th/last
    See speeds on my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(9-22-2006)

  • Entry List for the Dover 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:
    #06-David Ragan
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Blount
    #45-Kyle Petty
    #49-Kevin Lepage
    #52-Donnie Neuenberger
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #61-Stanton Barrett in for Chad Chaffin
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 45,32,55,4,49,61,78,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 74,89,52,06.
    see entry list on Jayski's Dover Entry List Page.
    (9-19-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Dover:
    #45-Petty is still out, loses more ground and has get in via speed at Dover
    34) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates 133 points ahead of 36th
    35) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn +55
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #45-Petty/Petty 55 points behind 35th
    37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -117
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used to determine the top-35 and the other drivers who need to make the race on speed, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-17-2006)

  • 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 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 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 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 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

  • Heading to Dover:
    • Ryan Newman has won the last two Bud Poles at Dover International Speedway and three of the last seven. Qualifying was rained out in fall 2003 and spring 2005.
    • Newman has posted eight straight top-five starts at Dover in his nine races there. He started 38th in his career-first race there in June 2002. Newman has posted three Bud Poles and five front-row starts in the last eight races.
    • There have been five different race winners in the last five races at Dover International Speedway.
    • Matt Kenseth won at Dover International Speedway in June, posting his first victory in 15 races there.
    • Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers, each scoring four victories at Dover.
    • Mark Martin leads all active drivers scoring 19 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes in 40 races at Dover.
    • Kyle Busch has posted three straight top-five finishes in his three races at Dover, the longest current streak.
    • Mark Martin has posted five straight top-10 finishes at Dover International Speedway, the longest current streak.
    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with a 6.44 starting average in nine races at Dover International Speedway.
    • Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with a 7.266 finishing average in 15 races at Dover International Speedway. Stewart posted top-15 finishes in his first 13 races at Dover but finished 18th and 25th in his last two races there.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-17-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Dover:
    • Kevin Harvick has won two straight races and three of the last six. He has out-scored all other drivers in the past 10 races – scoring 1,585 points – 118 more than Denny Hamlin, his nearest competitor.
    • Denny Hamlin has posted 14 top-10 finishes this season and ranks second the Championship point standings after the first race of The Chase- his career-best points position. He is also second in points earned over the past 10 races - earning 1,465 points.
    • Matt Kenseth has posted 13 top-five finishes in 2006 and ranks third in the point standings.
    • Matt Kenseth has posted five straight top-10 finishes, the longest current streak.
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored a top-15 finish in 22 of the 27 races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 18 top-10 finishes in the first 27 races of 2006.
    • Kasey Kahne has won five races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Denny Hamlin has scored top-15 finishes in 17 of the last 18 races.
    • Kevin Harvick has posted 11 straight top-15 finishes. Harvick has been running at the finish in the last 39 races, the longest current streak.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-18-2006)

  • June 2006 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 109.865mph, started 19th

  • Sept 2005 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 115.054mph, started 5th

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

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

  • June 2006 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 154.633mph, finished 14th

  • Sept 2005 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 158.102mph, finished 5th

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

  • 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, Mark Martin

  • Most Top 10s: 26 - Richardt Petty, Ricky Rudd

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 4 months, 21 days, 5/31/1992

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 24 years, 1 month, 13 days, 9/17/1995

  • Most Lead Changes: 29 - twice, most recently 5/18/1986

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 3 - 10/17/1971

  • Most Leaders: 13, twice, most recently, 9/24/2000

  • Fewest Leaders: 3 - five times, most recently 5/16/1982

  • Most Cautions: 16 - 9/19/1993

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 6/6/1771

  • Most Caution Laps: 103, 9/19/1993

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 6/6/1971

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 21, 6/4/2006

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1, 11 times, most recently 9/15/1991

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 6/2/2002

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 13, 5/17/1981

  • Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 381, Jeff Gordon, 6/3/2001

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 491 [of 500], Richard Petty, 9/15/1974

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 8, Dale Jarrett, 5/31/1998

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 26, Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 11 [of 73 races] 15.1%
  • 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: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 45 of 73 - 61.6%
  • Races won from the top 10: 59 of 73 - 80.8%

  • Dover Nuggets:
    Dover Milestones
    • Jeff Green is expected to make his 225th career start at Dover International Speedway.
    • Jimmie Johnson is expected to make his 175th career start at Dover International Speedway.
    • Kasey Kahne is expected to make his 100th career start at Dover. All of his starts have been consecutive.
    Dover Bud Pole Winner
    Ryan Newman scored three Bud Poles in the last seven races at Dover. Qualifying was rained out in two of those races giving Newman three Bud Poles in the five qualifying sessions. Newman also won three of those seven races.
    Different Race Winners
    There have been five different race winners in the last five races at Dover International Speedway.
    Dover Sweepers
    Ryan Newman (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2002) and Tony Stewart (2000) each swept both races at Dover. There have been nine sweeps at Dover since twice-a-year racing began there in 1971. Only two occurred between 1971 and 1987. The remaining seven sweeps all occurred since 1988.
    Starting Up Front is Important at Dover
    Six of the last seven races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position. Only seven of the 73 race winners started from a starting position outside the top 15.
    Starting Up Front is the Place to Be at Dover
    Twenty-four of the 73 race winners at Dover started from the front row (33%).
    Recent Dominance at Dover International Speedway
    Kyle Busch has posted three top-five finishes in his three races at Dover International Speedway. Busch finished second in his first two races at Dover in 2005 and followed with a fifth-place finish there this past June.
    Dover Streaks
    • Ryan Newman has posted eight straight top-five starts at Dover, the longest current streak.
    • Kurt Busch has posted nine straight top-15 starts at Dover, the longest current streak.
    • Mark Martin has posted five straight top-10 finishes at Dover, the longest current streak.
    • Jimmie Johnson has posted four straight top-10 finishes at Dover.
    Owner Wins at Dover International Speedway
    Rick Hendrick leads all owners scoring 10 victories with five different drivers at Dover International Speedway: Jeff Gordon (four), Jimmie Johnson (three), Geoffrey Bodine (one), Ricky Rudd (one) and Ken Schrader (one).
    Leading The Way at Dover
    Jeff Gordon has led 2,198 laps at Dover – the most of all active drivers, leading in 17 of his 27 races. Gordon ranks third all-time in laps led at Dover behind Bobby Allison (2,803) and Richard Petty (2,205).
    Dover Standouts
    • Mark Martin leads all active drivers with four Bud Poles in his 40 races at Dover
    • Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers, each with four victories at Dover.
    • Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 19 top-five finishes at Dover.
    • Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 25 top-10 finishes at Dover.
    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with a 6.44 average start in nine races at Dover.
    • Kyle Busch leads all drivers with more than two races with a 3.0 average finish at Dover.

    Chase Drivers at Dover (Ranked by Average Finish)
    Driver Starts Average Finish Laps Led

    1. Kyle Busch, 3, 3.0, 112
    2. Denny Hamlin, 1, 11.0, 0
    3. Jimmie Johnson 9, 11.2, 553
    4. Jeff Gordon 27, 12.9, 2,198
    5. Mark Martin 40, 13.1, 1,697
    6. Matt Kenseth 15, 15.1, 142
    7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13, 2.9, 366
    8. Kevin Harvick 11, 16.3, 133
    9. Jeff Burton 25, 18.1, 121
    10. Kasey Kahne 5, 24.2, 36

    Season Nuggets
    • Race No. 28 at Dover marks the second of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    • Kevin Harvick leads the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by 35 points over Denny Hamlin. It is Harvick’s career-first time as the point leader.
    • Eleventh-place Tony Stewart has a 313-point lead over 12th-place Greg Biffle.
    • Six different car owners are represented in the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup: Hendrick Motorsports (Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon), Jack Roush Racing (Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin), Richard Childress Racing (Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton), Joe Gibbs Racing (Denny Hamlin), DEI (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Evernham Motorsports (Kasey Kahne).
    • Seven Chevrolets, two Fords and one Dodge are competing in the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    • Ten of the top 10 and 16 of the top-25 drivers changed point positions at New Hampshire.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers scoring 18 top-10 finishes in 27 races in 2006 - one more than Matt Kenseth.
    • All 27 victories in 2006 have been scored by drivers ranked in the top-14 in the point standings. Jeff Burton (fifth) and Mark Martin (sixth) and are the only two drivers among the top 10 yet to score a victory in 2006.
    • Jeff Gordon is the only driver to lead in 19 of the 27 races this season and leads all drivers, scoring 110 lap leader bonus points, five more than third-place Matt Kenseth.
    • Denny Hamlin has posted six straight top-10 starts, the longest current streak. Hamlin has posted 11 straight top- 15 starts, also the longest current streak. Kevin Harvick has posted 10 straight top-15 starts.
    • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won six of the 27 races in 2006. Chevrolet has 16 victories while Ford has just five. Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship for the 30th time for Chevrolet. Chevrolet has won the Manufacturers’ Championship in each of the last four years. One year ago Ford had 11 victories at this point of the season.
    • Three of the top-10 in driver points have been running at the finish in every race in 2006: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin.
    • Jeff Gordon has posted four DNFs - the most of any driver ranked in among the top 19.
    • NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year contender Denny Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in 14 of the 27 races in 2006 (52 percent). He has scored 17 top-10s in 34 career races - 50 percent. He has scored top-10 finishes in eight of the last nine races and 17 top-15 finishes in the last 18. He also has been the highest finishing rookie in 14 of the 27 races in 2006 (52 percent).
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. In 21 of the 27 races a rookie finished in the top 10 (78 percent). In nine races two or more rookies finished in the top 10.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-19-2006)


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

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Hulk Hogan
    Command to start engines: Hulk Hogan
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Michael Stewart, professional boxer and participant on ESPN's “The Contender.”
    National Anthem: Brooke Hogan of VH1 [daughter of Hulk Hogan]
    Military Flyover: (2) F18's from Naval Air Station Oceana and attached to Strike Fighter Squadron 15
    Invocation: Dan Schafer Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, NJ

  • Some other highlights of the Sunday, Sept. 24 Dover pre-race festivities:
    -- An elaborate fireworks display, parachute jumpers, and other patriotic elements will be included.
    -- The 150-member Tiger Marching Band from Alexis I. duPont High School in Wilmington, Del., will participate in front of the assembled crowd.
    -- X-game gold medalist Scott Cranmer will lead "Hell on Wheels," a special high-flying freestyle bike exhibition. The show features a moving ramp circles the track, and provide all fans with a view of the theatrics.

  • Track Homepage: doverspeedway

  • Juun 2006 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • September 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • June 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • Rowdy hosts Buck and Bass to host pre-race activities at Dover: "Bass" Masters and "Buck" Fever, the hosts of Rowdy, the daily racing radio show you get on your cell phone, will be hosting pre-race activities prior to driver introductions for both the Busch and Cup races this weekend at Dover. The festivities will include parachute jumpers, fireworks, a BMX bike stunt show, a Dodge Caliber car contest giveaway, and if they're lucky, even the chance for Buck and Bass to lead a full-fledged marching band around the high-banked concrete oval (the challenge will be getting the band to turn in the apex of the corner). Buck and Bass will also be joining the folks at WDSD-FM radio (92.9) in the Dover area on Friday night from 8-10 PM and Sunday morning from 6-10 AM for racing talk and driver interviews. Race fans who want to check out Rowdy should visit www.rowdy.com or www.rowdypodcast.com for the downloadable version of the show.(9-22-2006)

  • Hulk Hogan grand marshal at Dover: Hulk Hogan, iconic professional wrestler and star of the VH1 reality show “Hogan Knows Best,” will serve as the Grand Marshal of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 24, 2006. Hogan will deliver “the most famous words in motorsports” before the start of the 1:10pm/et race. (Dover Speedway PR)(9-18-2006)

  • Brooke Hogan to sing the National Anthem at Dover: Dover International Speedway today announced that Brooke Hogan, pop-musician and co-star of the VH1 reality TV show "Hogan Knows Best," will sing the National Anthem prior to the Nextel Cup race on Sunday, September 24, 2006.(Dover Intel Speedway PR)(9-18-2006)

  • No Sponsor for Dover Fall Cup race: For the first time in 11 years, Dover International Speedway will not have a title sponsor for a Nextel Cup race. The Sept. 24 race, the second in the 10-race Chase for the Cup championship, will be known only as the Dover 400. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said the previous contract expired after the June race. Bank of America finalized its purchase of MBNA on Jan. 1 and finished out the company's 11-year partnership with the track. MBNA had sponsored every race at Dover since 1998. It had sponsored every Dover track spring race since 1995. But McGlynn said Bank of America informed him in February that it wasn't going to renew the sponsorship. Since then, McGlynn said, he has tried to find a new title sponsor, but nothing has materialized. "It's not that we couldn't have gotten a deal done," McGlynn said. "It just wasn't the right one. We're being very cautious on this. A long-term relationship is almost like getting married, and we want to make sure we have the right partner. We would have preferred to have one in place, but the fact that we don't isn't going to cause us to jump off a bridge. This is not a crisis scenario." Title sponsor deals are generally worth $1.5 million to $3 million a year for races in NASCAR's top series, according to published reports. Bank of America, which this year began a five-year deal to sponsor the fall race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., paid an estimated $2.5 million a year for the naming rights. McGlynn said he had a feeling that when Bank of America committed to Lowe's Motor Speedway, it wasn't likely to renew at Dover. Dover is the only Chase for the Cup race without a title sponsor. McGlynn said he plans to have a commitment in place in time for the spring race. "We had a great relationship with MBNA, and I think the marketplace considered us married to them because we've been with them for 11 years, so we kind of dropped off the radar screens," McGlynn said. "Now we're trying to get everyone's attention, and we want to get this right."(Delaware News Journal)(9-14-2006)

  • 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)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Sharp to sponsor Ragan at Dover: Sharp AQUOS, maker of LCD TVs with Vikuiti™ technology from 3M, has secured the primary sponsorship of the #06 Ford driven by David Ragan at Dover International Speedway this weekend. Ragan, who currently competes in the Craftsman Truck Series, will make his Nextel Cup Series debut in the Dover 400 on Sunday. “We’re happy to join with 3M to sponsor the car and make NASCAR fans aware that Sharp AQUOS LCD TVs are made with 3M Vikuiti technology and help us deliver amazing picture quality to AQUOS customers,” said Bruce Tripido, Sr. Director and Group Leader of Marketing for Sharp’s Product and Marketing Group. The Sharp Electronics’ Sharp Vikuiti paint scheme is scheduled to run as the major associate sponsor on both #06 Fords in the Busch and Cup Series at Phoenix November 11 and 12.(Roush Racing PR)(9-22-2006)

  • New Sponsor for the #49, starting at Dover: BAM Racing announced that WhatsOnline.com, a subsidiary of Abble Media, as primary sponsor of the #49 Dodge starting this weekend at Dover International Speedway. The first peek anyone will get of WhatsOnline.com will on Sunday afternoon. Abble Media has timed the "sneak peek" launch of WhatsOnline.com to coincide with the website's primary sponsorship of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge driven by Kevin Lepage this weekend in the Dover 400. In light of the recent personnel changes taking place at BAM Racing, the addition of WhatsOnline.com as a repeat primary sponsor in 2006 and 2007 is an additional step in the reorganization process for the team. The full-featured official launch of WhatsOnline.com is expected in mid-October.(BAM Racing PR-pdf)(9-20-2006)

  • See the 2006 Team Chart and the 2007 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
#07-Clint Bowyer DirecTV #26 Schemes Page
#20-Tony Stewart Six Flags/Home Depot #20 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal - Dark scheme #26 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Well's Fargo #45 Schemes Page


  • DirecTV back on the #07 at Dover: For the third time this season, Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will sport a DIRECTV paint scheme. DIRECTV is the nation's leading digital television service provider. DIRECTV is also the official satellite television service provider of NASCAR. The team's customary primary sponsor, Jack Daniel's, will be featured on the car's lower-rear quarter panels and deck lid. (RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(9-20-2006)

  • Six Flags Paint Scheme on the #20 Chevy at Dover: The hood of the #20 Home Depot Chevy will feature Six Flags graphics to commemorate the strategic partnership with The Home Depot and to launch the Fright Fest in-store promotion. From Sept. 29 through Oct. 31, over 1,000 The Home Depot stores nationwide will offer discount coupons to 12 Six Flags parks. Discounts range from "Buy One Get One Free" to "Save $15 to 10% Off." Coupons are available at stores within a 150-mile radius of Six Flags-branded U.S. theme parks. Motorsports Authentics and Six Flags have a licensing agreement for the production of 3,400 1/24-scale die cast cars to be sold online and through Motorsports Authentics dealer networks.(True Speed Communication/JGR PR), see images of the scheme on my #20 Team Schemes page.(9-20-2006)

  • Two Crown Royal 2006 schemes: added two Crown Royal images, a scheme to be used for day race, scheduled at: Daytona 500, California(1), Las Vegas, Texas (both), Pocono (1), Michigan (?), Infineon Raceway, Indy, Watkins Glen, Loudon (2), Dover (2), Talladega (2), Atlanta (2) and Homestead; and a night scheme scheduled for Phoenix (1), Darlington, Lowe's (2) and Richmond (1), to the #26 Team Schemes page.(12-2-2005)

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


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