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THE RACE: The Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa

Nextel Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Purse/Race Awards | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Event Sched | Goodyear Notes
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  • Race: Sunday, June 3, 2007 in Dover, DE

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Visa

  • Track: Dover International Speedway

  • TV: FOX 1:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 1:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:30pm/et

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: Thursday, June 7 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, June 7 at 8:00pm/et & & Friday, June 8 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • 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 Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,781,700 (was $5,697,009 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, June 1, 11:45am - 1:15pm/et on TV-SPEED; and Saturday, June, 2, 10:00 - 10:50am/et on TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 2, 1:20 - 2:20pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 1, 10:45am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, June 1 at 3:15pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 12:30am/et; live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Thursday, May 31 Grandstand gates open 2:00pm
    Craftsman Truck Series practice 2:30pm-3:30pm
    Craftsman Truck Series rookie practice 3:45pm-4:15pm
    Craftsman Truck Series final practice 4:30pm-5:30pm

    Friday, June 1 Grandstand gates open 9:00am
    Busch Series practice 9:00am-10:20pm
    Craftsman Truck Series qualifying 10:30am
    Nextel Cup Series practice 11:45am-1:15pm
    Busch Series rookie practice 1:20pm-1:45pm
    Busch Series final practice 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Nextel Cup qualifying 3:15pm
    Craftsman Truck Series race driver introductions 4:20pm \
    "AAA Insurance 200" race 4:45pm

    Saturday, June 2 Grandstand gates open 9:00am
    Nextel Cup Series practice 10:00am-10:50am
    Busch Series qualifying 11:05am
    Nextel Cup Series final practice 1:20pm-2:20pm
    Busch Series race driver introductions 2:20pm
    Busch Series race 3:00pm

    Sunday, June 3 Grandstand gates open 8:00am
    Nextel Cup Series race driver introductions 12:50pm
    Autism Speaks 400 presented by VISA 1:30pm

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,600, Right-side -- 1,600;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
    Truck Series: Left-side -- 400, Right-side -- 400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4078; 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 78-82 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . teams in all three of these series ran this specific combination of left- and right-side tires at a triple-header weekend at California Speedway earlier this season . . . truck series teams also ran this combination at Kansas in late-April . . . . this left-side code (D-4078) is new to the Goodyear tire lineup for 2007 . . . this right-side code (D-4062) was run at Dover, Kansas and Michigan in 2006 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals one mile or greater 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.


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

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

The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
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 I know of 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 - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Truex Jr. wins at Dover: #1-Martin Truex Jr. won the rained delayed Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway for his 1st ever Nextel Cup Series win in his 58th career start. #25-Casey Mears was a first time winner last week, this is the first time we have had back-to-back first time winners since Jerry Nadeau won at Atlanta in the final race of 2000 and Michael Waltrip won the 2001 Daytona 500, the first race of 2001 [not Stewart/Nemechek as reported earlier]. Truex led 216 of the 400 laps. Pole sitter, #12-Newman finished 2nd, followed by #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #17-Kenseth, #16-Biffle, #01-Martin, #07-Bowyer, #24-Gordon and #7-Gordon. #20-Stewart and #2-Busch got together, Stewart finished 40th after the team made repairs, Busch came to pit road and ran close to the #20 and stopped, the jackman had to hustle to get out of the way, Busch then peeled out when he left, NASCAR parked Busch the rest of the race and will meet with NASCAR at the trailer after the race. #48-Johnson was running 2nd [but was 6 seconds behind Truex] and cut down a right rear tire with 19 laps to go, finishing 15th, a lap down. There were 7 cautions for 35 laps and 6 drivers lead the race with 18 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Dover Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Dover page(6-4-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standing after Dover [13 of 36 races]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 2059
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1907 -152
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth 1869 -190
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin 1842 -217
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 1704 -355
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 1584 -475
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 1573 -486
    8) #07-Clint Bowyer 1525 -534
    9) #29-Kevin Harvick 11518 -541
    10) #5-Kyle Busch 1471 -588
    11) #2-Kurt Busch 1439 -620
    12) #01-Mark Martin 1435 -624 [has run 10 of 13 races]
    some noteables:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 15th
    #42-Juan Montoya is 22nd
    #9-Kasey Kahne is 29th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(6-4-2007)

  • Rumblings - Dover Race Notes: Martin Truex Jr made it back-to-back firsters today at Dover International Speedway as he took the rain-delayed Autism Speaks 400 present by Visa in a romp. Martin pretty much dominated the race (leading 216 circuits) and went on to a convincing 7.355 second victory. He becomes the 8th different winner this season, the 174th different driver to win a NASCAR top-division race, and he's tied for 115th on the all-time win list. Win #24 for DEI was worth $295,045 from the over $5.7M in posted awards. And, he's the first non-Hendrick Motorsports driver to win a COT event!
    I guess it's only fitting that we lost Bill France Jr during a race. We are where we are in this sport because of that man, and tho he passed the torch a couple years ago, we can only hope the new generation of leadership remembers what Bill Jr knew to be true....it's the racing! Both he and his father before him knew it all came down to putting the fans in the seats, and our series today is a testament to that fact. Bill Jr took us up to the big leagues and we feel his loss today. Bill France Jr dead at the age of 74.
    Ryan Newman (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Infineon Raceway last June.
    Carl Edwards (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up here last September.
    Robby Gordon (10th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Atlanta last October. We've now had 36 drivers score a Top-10 this season....last year that number was 38.
    Kasey Kahne (11th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Daytona in Febraury.
    David Ragan (14th) had his best finish since he was 5th in the 500 in February.
    Michael Waltrip (28th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Talladega last October (only seven races).
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races. Denny Hamlin has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races. Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    Gonna be interesting to see if Kurt Busch's little escapade on Pit Road gets him any additional penalties (besides getting parked today). NASCAR's been comin' down on drivers for antics like that, especially in the pit lane. With the spread from 11th to 13th only 12 markers, point deductions at this time could make or break your year.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Casey Mears (+28 ), followed by Martin Truex Jr (+25), Denny Hamlin (+25), Robby Gordon (+23), and Sterling Marlin (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kurt Busch (-30), followed by Ward Burton (-28 ), Bill Elliott (-21), and Dale Earnhardt Jr (-20).
    Johnny Sauter led a lap today for the first time since he led one lap at Texas Motor Speedway in April of 2004. He's the 42nd driver to lead a lap this year....last season we had 48 different leaders. No change in the Top-35 in Owner Points after today. The #10 car of Scott Riggs is still in 36th....now 70 points behind the #70 of Johnny Sauter. Four Drivers in the Top-30 (Martin Truex Jr, Sterling Marlin, Kasey Kahne, and Robby Gordon) advanced three spots today, while J. J. Yeley (15th to 19th) and Kyle Petty (26th to 30th) fell four spots.(Stock Car Fans)(6-4-2007)

  • Fast Facts - Dover International Speedway
    .. Truex joined Casey Mears, who won last week at Lowe’s Motor Speedway as the first back-to-back first time race winners since Jerry Nadeau and Michael Waltrip in the final race of 2000 and the first race of 2001. The last time there were back-to-back first-time race winners in the same season was Tony Stewart and Joe Nemechek in 1999.
    .. This is his fourth top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his second top-10 finish in three races at Dover. He finished fifth in September 2006.
    .. Ryan Newman (second) posted his season-best finish with his fifth top-10 of 2007.
    .. Carl Edwards (third) also posted his season-best finish. It is his fourth 2007 top-10.
    .. Robby Gordon (10th) posted his best finish since he was 10th at Atlanta in October 2006.
    .. Jeff Gordon continues to lead the 2007 point standings. He has led the point standings since Bristol and is now 152 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-4-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • The Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa 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)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (26)(216 laps led) +7.4 seconds lead
    #12-Newman-D (1)(135 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-F (5)(17 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-C (29)
    #17-Kenseth-F (17)
    #16-Biffle-F (10)
    #01-Martin-C (21)
    #07-Bowyer-C (15)(2 laps led)
    #24-JGordon-C (6)
    #7-RGordon-F (33/back)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota

    Pt Stall Note: there are only 42 pits stalls, so two teams have to share: #84-Allmendinger [qualified 43rd] and #70=Johnny Sauter [42nd]. Car #70 has the first option to stay or move from the 39th pit.

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - Dover Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 13 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 6,14,48

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 10,83,5,8,43,29,26,96,13,41,19,38,55,70,42,84,66,21,45,40,18,36

  • Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
    #44-Jarrett (engine-out)
    #2-Busch (PARKED-out)
    #4-Burton (accident-out)
    #20-Stewart (accident-out)
    #88-Rudd (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (6 leaders with 18 lead changes):
    #1-Truex Jr. (216);
    #12-Newman (135, pole)
    #9-Kahne (28);
    #99-Edwards (18);
    #07-Bowyer (2);
    #70-Sauter (1);

  • Lap leaders: #12-Newman - pole; #12-Newman 1-27; #9-Kahne 28-55; #12-Newman 56-67; #70-Sauter 68; #12-Newman 69-108; #99-Edwards 109-124; #1-Truex Jr. 125-136; #12-Newman 137; #1-Truex Jr. 138-141; #12-Newman 142-157; #1-Truex Jr. 158-217; #99-Edwards 218; #07-Bowyer 219-220; #1-Truex Jr. 221-271; #99-Edwards 272; #12-Newman 273-293; #1-Truex Jr. 294-328; #12-Newman 329-346; #1-Truex Jr. 347-400;

    Cautions: 7 for 35 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 357 - 361: #38-Gilliland spun off Turn 4 and collected his teammate #88-Rudd, with both hitting the inside front stretch wall
    Caution 6 - Laps 338 - 342: #55-Waltrip had a tire go down and slapped the turn 2 wall
    Caution 5 - Laps 329 - 332: #4-Burton had a tire go down and slapped the turn 2 wall,
    Caution 4 - Laps 272 - 279: #20-Stewart was on the outside, #2-Busch was inside, they made contact in Turn 4, spinning Busch and sent the the #2 into the frontstretch wall. Busch then drove up next to Stewart on pit road, may even touched the #20 car, then peeled out to the garage, the #20 then headed to the garage.
    Caution 3 - Laps 137 - 140: #5-Busch slapped the wall coming off turn 4 on the frontstretch
    Caution 2 - Laps 67 - 71: competition caution for team to check setups and tires

    Caution 1 - Laps 27 - 30: competition caution for team to check setups and tires

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: #25-Mears, 13th
    Caution 6: #7-Gordon, 10th
    Caution 5: #31-Burton, 12th
    Caution 4: #9-Kahne, 11th
    Caution 3: #13-Nemechek, 25th
    Caution 2: #55-Waltrip, 28th
    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.

  • Dover Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #5 TE Running over/under equipment 70
    2 #29 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 137
    3 #5 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 137
    4 #36 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 197
    5 #20 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 271
    6 #40 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 272
    7 #2 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 272
    8 #2 PARKED Safety violation 272
    9 #55 TE Commitment Line Violation 337
    10 #55 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 338
    11 #38 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 357
    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 Statistics)(6-4-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 381, #48-Johnson was 2nd, then had a right rear flat tire and had to make an unscheduled pit stop and went 2 laps down
    ---- the top 10 did not pit during the 6th caution, three did pit who are the lead lap, #9-Kahne, #31-Burton & #7-Gordon
    ---- as of lap 272, NASCAR parked #2-Busch for agressive driving for almost hitting Stewart on the pit road, putting the crew in danger.
    ---- Regan Smith is driving the #40 Dodge for David Stremme as Stremme is not feeling well
    ---- on lap 241, #44-Jarrett made an unscheduled pit stop and the crew went under the hood with a dead battery, then changed the battery, going down 6 more laps
    ---- scheduled green flag pit stops started around lap 214. #17-Kenseth was the first of the top-10 to come in. The leader #1-Truex Jr. came in on lap 218, #99-Edwards took the lead then came in to pit.
    ---- on lap 205, #8-Earnhardt Jr. made an unscheduled pit stop with a right rear flat tire, losing 2 more laps
    ---- on lap 141, #18-Yeley went to the garage for a broken shock mount
    ---- during the 3rd caution, #29-Harvick's team has the hood up again, looking for the electrical/engine problem
    ---- on lap 118, #83-Vickers made an unscheduled pit stop, for a flat right rear tire, he was running 10th
    ---- on lap 111, #8-Earnhardt Jr. made an unscheduled pit stop with a right rear flat tire, losing a lap
    ---- on lap 102, #36-Mayfield made an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire, losing a lap
    ---- during the 2nd caution #12-Newman came in leading and went out in the lead, after #70-Sauter stayed out a lap, waiting to use the pit he is shaing with #84-Allmendinger; #29-Harvick's crew is under the hood. #21-Elliott had problems getting in his pitstop and came out last; #5-Busch stayed in to get a shock changed, but ran over the airhose and had to do a stop-and-go stop.
    ---- during the 1st caution, #48-Johnson and #7-Gordon and #14-Marlin and #25-Mears made contact on pit road and there is damage to the #48 and the team is making repairs, #29-Harvick came in a 2nd time as he is having an engine problem
    ---- all the teams came in to pit during the 1st caution, #12-Newman was 1st in, came out 3rd, #9-Kahne came out leading
    ---- If there is a caution between 25 and 60, NASCAR will close pitroad and decide then if to let the cars pit before lap 60
    ---- NASCAR plans to throw a competition caution at lap 60 [if none between 25& 60]
    ---- NASCAR plans to throw a competition caution at lap 25
    ---- green flag at 12:17pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 12:08pm/et by VISA's Jim Duncan & Autism Speaks Mark Roithmayr
    ---- To The Back [2]: #7-Gordon [engine change]; #84-Allmendinger [trans change]
    ---- weather = cloudy, slight chance of rain, 70°, track temp ?° wind NW 10-15mph


  • No Engine change for Newman: after Happy Hour practice for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway it was reported that #12-Ryan Newman's team may change engines, it was reported on ESPN2's NASCAR Now that the #12 team will not change engines and will start from the pole, when the race starts.(6-3-2007)

  • RAINOUT at Dover: the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway has been postponed due to rain from the remnants of Tropical Depression Barry. The race is scheduled to run on Monday, June 4th starting at 12:00pm/et and be aired on FOX. NASCAR Raceday will air on SPEED at 11:00am/et.
    The forecast from the Weather Channel is:
    MONDAY: Morning showers, becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. High 81F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
    The National Weather Service has the forecast on MONDAY as: Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly cloudy, with a high near 79. West wind between 13 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
    Also see more weather at Raceweather.net or a few other sites listed above in my weather section.(6-3-2007)

  • Race Coverage of the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2007.
    TV: FOX at 1:00pm/et [green flag around 1:40pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:00am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Thursday, June 7 at 3:00pm/et and;
    Thursday, June 7 at 8:00pm/et on HDNET [high def broadcast]

  • Pt Stall Note: there are only 42 pits stalls at Dover International Speedway, so two teams have to share: #84-Allmendinger [qualified 43rd] and #70=Johnny Sauter [42nd]. Car #70 has the first option to stay or move from the 39th pit when/if one becomes available.(6-2-2007)

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway is over, the top 5 and some results:
    #48-Johnson 149.241
    #99-Edwards 148.816
    #5-Busch 148.687
    #11-Hamlin 148.454
    #2-Busch 148.270
    slowest: #7-Jones 141.682 & #70-Sauter 142.439
    most laps run: #31-Burton 70; #48-Johnson 65
    Best ten lap average speed from SPEED
    #99-Edwards 144.769 [2nd fastest] 43 laps run
    #11-Hamlin 144.536 [4th] 41
    #48-Johnson 144.467 [1st] 65
    #12-Newman reported a vibration and the team MAY change the engine, if so, the pole sitter would have to start the race from the rear of the field.
    For the speeds see my Dover Practice page.(6-2-2007)

  • First Saturday practice: for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnsson 149.309
    #99-Edwards 149.155
    #12-Newman 149.124
    #26-McMurray 148.877
    #16-Biffle 148.766
    slowest: #70-Sauter 141.699 and #7-Jones 142.602
    most laps run: #12-Newman 48; #48-Johnson 46
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #24-Gordon 146.606 [13th fastest lap], 8 laps run
    #07-Bowyer 146.218 [8th], 30 laps
    #29-Harvick 146.098 [12th], 18 laps
    Best ten lap average speed from SPEED
    #48-Johnson 147.565 [1st fastest] 46 laps run
    #99-Edwards 147.444 [2nd] 41
    #16-Biffle 147.155 [5th] 34
    For the speeds see my Dover Practice page.(6-2-2007)

  • Newman wins pole at Dover: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 152.925mph for his 3rd pole of 2007, 4th at Dover and 40th of his career [ties him for 12th all-time with Buddy Baker]. Newman has only won three races in the 39 races which he won the pole. #8-Earnhardt Jr. qualified 2nd followed by #43-Labonte, #9-Kahne, #99-Edwards, #24-Gordon, #19-Sadler, #26-McMurray, #31-Burton and #16-Biffle. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: , #10-Riggs, #4-Burton; #21-Elliott, #36-Mayfield, #44-Jarrett, #55-Waltrip, #83-Vickers and #84-Allmendinger. See the qualifying results and starting lineup on the Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-1-2007)

  • Six do not qualify for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway: #22-Blaney, #15-Menard; #78-Wallace, #37-Lepage; #49-Bliss and #00-Reutimann.(6-1-2007)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #7-Gordon is due out first on Friday, June 1 at 3:15pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #19-Sadler. For the Qualifying order, see my Dover Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-1-2007)

  • Friday's practice for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway is over, the results:
    #2-Busch 152.136
    #43-Labonte 151.338
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 151.337
    #96-Raines 151.121
    #31-Burton 150.823
    slowest: #70-Sauter 144.503 & #88-Rudd 146.234
    most laps run: #41-Sorenson 22; #11-Hamlin 29
    incidents: #40-Stremme flattened the ride side of the car; #5-Busch hit the turn 2 wall, scraping the right rear;
    #26-McMurray hit debris and cracked the splitter, the team replaced it.
    weather = partly cloudy, 82°, track temp ?° wind SW 5-10mph
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #31-Burton 149.256 [5th fastest lap], 19 laps run
    #96-Raines 148.922 [4th], 16 laps
    #24-Gordon 148.582 [8th], 10 laps
    For the speeds see my Dover Practice page.(6-1-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Dover
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 6th fastest
    #10-Scott Riggs, 10th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 16th
    #00-David Reutimann, 17th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 18th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 19th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 24th
    #15-Paul Menard, 34th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 35th
    #4-Ward Burton, 38th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 40th
    #22-Dave Blaney, 43rd
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 44th
    #49-Mike Bliss, 47th [of 49]
    For the speeds see my Dover Practice page.(6-1-2007)

  • Entry List for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa at Dover International Speedway is up, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (12 attempts/43th in 2007 owners pts)
    #4-Ward Burton (11/44)
    #10-Scott Riggs (12/37)
    #15-Paul Menard (12/38)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ prov to use](12/39)
    #22-Dave Blaney (12/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (12/46)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (12/48)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](12/40)
    #49-Mike Bliss (12/45)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (12/49)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (12/42)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(12/41)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (12/47)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,22,10,15,78,00
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 36,49,84,37,55,4 [only 11 race attempts]
    See the full list at my Jayski's Dover Entry List
    (5-29-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Dover are set:
    no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, but the gap from 35th to 36th widens
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    31) #88-Rudd/Yates 999, +135
    32) #9-Kahne/Evernham 998, +134
    33) #7-Gordon/RGM 992, +128
    34) #38-Gilliland/Yates 986, +122
    35) #70-Sauter/Haas CNC Racing 956, +92pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 864, -92pts out of 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 848, -108
    38) #15-Menard/DEI 765, -191
    39) #83-Vickers/Red Bull 742, -214
    40) #21-Schrader-Wood/Wood Brothers 721, -235
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(5-27-2007)

  • COT Pts: the top 10 in drivers pts in the five [of 16] COT races:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 895 (2 wins)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 825 (2)
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 816
    4) #5-Kyle Busch 728 (1)
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth 714
    6) #20-Tony Stewart 696
    7) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 683
    8) #99-Carl Edwards 656
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 650
    10) #31-Jeff Burton 612
    the lowest pts pos for a driver who made all 5 races:
    34) #7-Robby Gordon 326
    35) #40-David Stremme 326
    41) #38-David Gilliland 254
    (5-21-2007)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2007 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).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, 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 top 35 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]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #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) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] 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)

  • 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][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - ALL 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]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

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

  • Sept 2006 Race Winner: #31-Jeff Burton, 111.966mph, started 19th

  • 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 2006 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 156.162mph, finished 3rd

  • 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 on a lead lap: 21, 6/4/2006

  • Fewest 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: 27, Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 11 [of 74 races] 14.9%
  • 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: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 45 of 74 - 60.8%
  • Races won from the top 10: 59 of 74 - 79.7%

  • At Dover International Speedway:
    • There have been 74 Nextel Cup races at Dover International Speedway since the first race there in 1969. There were single races the first two years and two a year since 1971.
    • David Pearson won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole in 1969.
    • Richard Petty won the first Nextel Cup race in 1969.
    • There have been 31 different Bud Pole winners; 20 have won more than one.
    • There have been 29 different race-winners; 18 have more than one victory there.
    • The track opened in 1960. The first two races were 300 laps, 300 miles.
    • Between 1971 and 1996 both races were 500 miles.
    • The track surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1995.
    • The format was changed to 400 miles following the June race in 1997.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 races – three more than any other car owner.
    • Roush Fenway Racing has won the last three June races – all with a different driver: Mark Martin (2004), Greg Biffle (2005) and Matt Kenseth (2006).
    • Ryan Newman has finished on the lead lap in 80 percent of his Dover races, the best percentage of any active driver with more than one race there.
    • There have been just three Bud Pole winners in the last eight races: Ryan Newman (three), Jeremy Mayfield (two) and Jeff Gordon (one). Qualifying was canceled twice in the eightrace period.
    • There have been six different race winners in the last six races.
    • Eleven of 74 races have been won by the Bud Pole winner, but only three in the past 19 races. Ryan Newman was the last to win from the pole (2003).
    • Both races in 2006 were won from the 19th starting position.
    • The June 1995 race was won by Kyle Petty who started 37th – the deepest in the field of a race-winner.
    • David Pearson won three consecutive races in 1972-73 – the only time a driver has won more than two in a row there.
    • There has been one green-white-checkered finish: September 2005 (404 laps).
    • Mark Martin has won in all three of NASCAR’s national series.(NASCAR PR)(5-29-2007)

  • Dover Active Streaks
    • Kyle Bush has finished in the top five in three of the last four races.
    • Kurt Busch has started in the top 10 in four consecutive races.
    • Jimmie Johnson has finished in the top 10 in four of the last five races.
    • Mark Martin has started in the top 10 in three consecutive races.
    • Ryan Newman has started in the top five in nine consecutive races.
    (NASCAR PR)(5-29-2007)

  • By the Numbers: Autism Speaks 400 Presented by Visa from Dover International Speedway
    1 – Starting position of Ryan Newman in 2003, the last driver to win from the pole
    3 – Different NASCAR national series in which Mark Martin has won a Dover race
    4 – Poles won by Mark Martin and Ricky Rudd, most among active drivers
    4 – Wins by Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Ricky Rudd, most among active drivers
    6 – Poles won by David Pearson, more than any other driver
    6 – Different race winners in the past six Dover races
    6.953 – Average Running Position of Greg Biffle over the past two years at Dover, best of any driver
    7 – Wins by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, more than any drivers
    8.9 – Average finish by Tony Stewart, best of any active driver
    10 – Car owner wins by Rick Hendrick, more than any other driver
    11 – Drivers who have won from the pole
    19 – Starting position of both 2006 race winners – Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton
    19 – Top-five finishes by Mark Martin, more than any active driver
    26 – Number of top-10 finishes by Ricky Rudd, more than any active driver
    34.5 – Average number of Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green) per Dover race by Clint Bowyer, best of any driver
    37 – Starting position of Kyle Petty in 1995, the lowest starting position by a race winner
    55 – Dover races by Ricky Rudd, more than any driver
    100 – Fastest Laps Run by Matt Kenseth in 2006 at Dover, most of any driver
    117.2 – Driver Rating of Greg Biffle at Dover, best of any driver
    (NASCAR PR)(5-31-2007)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
    Track/Race Length: 1.0 concrete oval, 400 laps, 400 miles
    Banking: turns: 24ฐ; straights: 9ฐ
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
    Pit Stalls: 42 (1 shared) 15" wide x 28" long
    Grandstand Seating: 147,000
    Pit Road Speed: 35mph
    Pace Car Speed: 45mph
    Opened: 1969

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Actress Catherine Bell
    Command to start engines: Actress Catherine Bell
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Fan Auction - not named yet
    National Anthem: Tiffany Affair
    National Anthem: Beth Cahill [Monday]
    Military Flyover: four F-16's from the 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard, Lackland AFB, TX
    Honor Guard: Military District of Washington Armed Forces Color Guard
    Invocation: Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God, Heightstown, N.J.
    Pre\race activities include: .Psychogang Extreme Motorcycle Racing Team. and Wheels. BMX riders, performing stunts at various locations around the track; parachute jumpers; and fireworks. The band Hoobastank will be performing a the Garnier display area outside the track beginning at 11 a.m.

  • Track Homepage: doverspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Dover International Speedway

  • June 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • September 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Dover spring race to April? NASCAR officials are contemplating moving the spring races at Dover International Speedway from June to April as part of a plan to revamp the first half of the racing schedule next season. It's a possibility that Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports Inc., would rather not think about. McGlynn said it's "way too early" to predict what will happen with the spring race weekend. The culmination of this spring's race weekend, the Autism Speaks 400 Nextel Cup race, was rained out Sunday and is scheduled to be made up today at noon. This is the first time Dover's spring Nextel Cup race has been postponed since 1975, when the race was held in May. It would seem that having the Dover spring races in April would be worse. For one, the weather is much more unpredictable than it is the weekend after Memorial Day, when the spring races have been held since 1987. In addition, the track's harness racing season doesn't end until mid-April, and McGlynn said there wouldn't be enough time to get the NASCAR track ready for auto racing by the end of the month. The only alternative in May would be a Mother's Day race weekend, which for the past three years has been held in Darlington, S.C. The annual Old Dover Days takes place the first weekend in May. The Nextel All-Star Challenge is held two weeks after that. Typically, Nextel Cup takes the third week of the season off. NASCAR is considering pushing that first off-week back to the first weekend in June, the spot now occupied by the spring Dover race. "We're looking at ways to fill that hole" in the third week of the season, NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. "We're looking to run more races before the break." Poston said NASCAR would like to get a consensus from track owners and driver teams before changing the schedule. He said pushing the first break back a few months would keep the momentum going from the start of the season. The 2008 schedule will be released in August.(Delaware News Journal)(6-4-2007)

  • Fans at Dover: NASCAR today announced that the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa Nextel Cup Series race has been postponed and will be held on Monday, June 4, 2007. Grandstands will open at 9:00am/et with the green flag scheduled to fly at 12:00pm/et. A steady rain held the Nextel Cup cars on pit road and the fans underneath the grandstands for most of the afternoon. The announcement came 30 minutes after the jet-dryer trucks attempted to dry the track, but a steady rain dampend any chance of the cars actually taking to the Speedway. Parking at the Speedway will be free of charge on Monday, June 4. All Sunday tickets will be honored at the gates. A ticket or ticket stub is required for admission. Tickets can be purchased on Monday at the main ticket office and at Gate 4. The Will Call, at Gate 4, will be open until 1 :00pm/et. For more information, call 800-441-RACE.

  • Grand Marshal, Starter, National Anthem at Dover: Actress Catherine Bell will command the most famous words in motorsports - "Gentleman, start your engines!"- as the Grand Marshal for the "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa" Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 3. For nine seasons, 16 million Americans tuned in every Friday to watch the stunning Bell on the award winning adventure drama JAG. Beginning on June 3 at 10:00pm, Bell can be seen in the new series Army Wives on Lifetime Television. The opportunity to be the Honorary Starter for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa was auctioned online, and the winning bid was $13,010. The winning bidder's name will be announced shortly. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Autism Speaks. The charitable winner will have the unique opportunity to wave the green flag to start the June 3 Nextel Cup race; be on stage for driver introductions; watch the race in a catered suite above the frontstretch with three guests; receive a pit and garage tour; and ride in the pre-race parade lap.
    Tiffany Affair, Reprise Warner Brothers recording artists, will deliver the National Anthem before the race. Ayanna, 18, Bianca, 18, and Gabrielle, 16, make up the R&B group widely known for their hit singles, "Start A Fire" and "Over It." Both songs are featured on their latest album, Flavors, which is slated for a summer 2007 release.
    "Psychogang Extreme Motorcycle Racing Team" and "Hell on Wheels" BMX riders will entertain race fans with high flying stunts during pre-race festivities. Parachute jumpers, fireworks, a flyover featuring four F-16's from the 149th Fighter Wing [Lackland AFB, TX], and a free concert by the band Hoobastank at the Garnier display outside of the track at 11:00am/et will provide plenty of pre-race entertainment prior to the 1:30pm/et start time.
    Tickets are still available for the June 1-3, 2007 NASCAR race weekend. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(5-29-2007)

  • Infield media center expansion is complete at Dover: Construction that began soon after the last hauler pulled out of Dover International Speedway on September 24, 2006 is now complete. A 2,100 square-foot expansion to the infield media center at the Monster Mile adds space and amenities to better accommodate the local, regional and national media that report on each Dover race weekend. The infield media center is located at the entrance to the Nextel Cup garage, inside Turn 4 of the one-mile, concrete oval. The expansion adds 60 new seats for public relations representatives and photographers; a remodeled deadline seating area; an expanded stage for driver interviews; 18 flat-panel televisions; a spacious dining area; two new interview rooms; a new work area and office for Dover public relations staff; and four new bathrooms. Each individual seat in the media center is now equipped with improved connectivity. New inputs at each seat provide high-speed internet, a phone line, two AC outlets, and the ability to listen to - and record - a variety of audio feeds from the event weekend. Each seat has the ability to toggle between the Motor Racing Network, television audio, the track announcer, and additional media center audio feeds.
    The expansion is part of the Monster Makeover, a multi-year capital improvement project underway at Dover International Speedway. Dover race fans will notice a vast array of improvements to the facility in 2007, including the addition of a new skybox complex with 12 suites, each with a premium view of pit road, victory lane and the entire racetrack. The new complex is also home to Velocity, an all-inclusive suite now available to individual fans at the Monster Mile. Additional improvements include widened walkways behind the Allison, Petty and Earnhardt grandstands; six renovated restroom facilities; additional paved handicapped parking areas; expanded bus parking; continued beautification and landscaping of the entire property; a new grandstand sound system with improved audio quality for broadcasting and music; a larger, and combined, hospitality tent village; and a new alcohol- and tobacco-free Family Seating Section.
    Tickets are still available for the June 1-3, 2007 NASCAR race weekend. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(5-28-2007)

  • Dover June Cup race named "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa": Dover International Speedway announced that the June 3, 2007 Nextel Cup Series race will be named the "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa." Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to increasing understanding and knowledge of autism spectrum disorders; to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. From now until June 1, Dover International Speedway will donate $5 to Autism Speaks from each ticket purchased with a Visa card for the June 3 "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa" race. Fans can visit www.autismspeaks.org to learn more and donate to this worthwhile cause. As part of the entitlement, a special one-of-a-kind experience will be auctioned, with all proceeds going directly to Autism Speaks. The prize includes the opportunity to wave the green flag as the honorary starter for the June 3 race; an autographed flag signed by the starting lineup of the Nextel Cup Series race; the chance to be on stage for driver introductions; a ride in the pre-race parade lap for four guests; four tickets to watch the race from a skybox suite; four pit passes; and a guided tour for four of the Nextel Cup garage. To participate in this unique auction and support Autism Speaks, go to www.autismspeaks.org/dover400. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway on June 1-3 and Sept. 21-23, 2007. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(5-19-2007)

  • Science lessons on the Monster Mile: Driving around the high banks of Dover International Speedway and getting a small taste of just how enormous NASCAR race weekends are is enough to spark almost anybody's imagination. For seventh-grade teacher Julie Rickansrud and her 22 accelerated science students at Garnet Valley Middle School, in Glen Mills, Pa., a trip to the track known as the "Monster Mile" proved to be almost beyond words Tuesday morning [April 24th]. The Garnet Valley students got lessons in history, NASCAR and science on a field trip that was hosted by Gerry Wright, director of public relations and marketing for Monster Racing, which operates a fan driving experience at the track. The trip far exceeded Rickansrud's expectations. She especially enjoyed the grins on her students' faces after they climbed up the track's 24-degree banking in the first turn. After all, just two of them admitted to being NASCAR fans when they got off their bus.
    There were plenty of interesting nuggets that the students picked up on at Dover, such as:
    • The majority of people who work on NASCAR race cars these days have backgrounds in engineering, debunking the misconception that stock cars are built out in a barn in the South, a la Tom Cruise's "Days of Thunder."
    • Current NASCAR race cars are far from being actual "stock cars," as they are tweaked in wind tunnels for aerodynamic sleekness and, yes, the headlights are just stickers.
    • Wright also touched on how sensitive it is for pit crews to set up a race car for a particular track. For example, every gallon of fuel burned results in eight fewer pounds in the rear end of the car, which affects the handling. And that is constantly changing, since the cars get just four miles per gallon of fuel.(Delaware News Journal)(4-26-2007)

  • Dover 2007 Cup sanction fees: $11 million: Dover's two Nextel Cup races will cost the track more than $11 million in sanction fees in 2007, according to its annual report. The June race's sanction fee (including Dover's contribution to the purse) is $5,914,346, and the September purse contribution and sanction fee is $5,293,075. (The figures are for this year, not 2006, as SceneDaily initially reported.) Dover Motorsports operates four speedways - Dover International Speedway, Gateway International Raceway, Memphis Motorsports Park and Nashville Superspeedway. The company also listed an "impairment charge" of more than $61 million for Nashville, Memphis and Gateway - devaluing the value of those tracks because of the lower-than-anticipated television revenues generated by the four Busch races at those tracks. Dover expected the new TV deal, which went into effect this year, to allot a bigger percentage to Busch races than the 5 percent allocated in the 2001-2006 package. But NASCAR is allotting only 5.75 percent of the new contract for Busch events. With that impairment charge, Dover reported an overall loss of $35.345 million last year. It's after-tax adjusted earnings for last year were $5.7 million, the same as for 2005.(SceneDaily.com)(4-10-2007)

  • Construction continues at Dover International Speedway: The "Monster Makeover" continues as Dover International Speedway is currently in the midst of adding new elements in the first phase of its multi-year capital improvement project. Two new structures have been erected at Dover including a new skybox complex featuring Velocity, a luxury suite option for individual race fans, and a 2,100 square foot addition to the infield media center. Updated construction photos are posted on www.DoverSpeedway.com every Wednesday. Dover race fans will notice a vast array of improvements to the facility in 2007 including widened walkways behind the Allison, Petty and Earnhardt grandstands; six newly renovated restroom facilities; additional paved handicapped parking areas; expanded bus parking; continued beautification and landscaping of the entire property; a new grandstand sound system with improved audio quality for broadcasting and music; and a new alcohol- and tobacco-free Family Seating Section. The existing hospitality tent villages at Dover have been combined and will now be situated behind turn one, on the north end of the facility. With the relocation of the village, an expanded, fan friendly midway will be created behind turn four and will feature exhibits, vendors, and Monster Mile and NASCAR team merchandise. The new skybox complex will include 12 new suites, each with a premium view of pit road, victory lane and the entire one-mile concrete oval at Dover International Speedway. The new complex is also home to Velocity, an all-inclusive suite now available to individual fans at the Monster Mile. A limited number of tickets to Velocity are still available and include access to all three days of the NASCAR tripleheader race weekend, appearances by NASCAR personalities, convenient parking, pit and garage tours, unlimited food and beverages, high quality audio and video, and many other premium amenities. A 2,100 square foot addition to the infield media center is also well underway with insulation and drywall now in place. Located inside turn one, the infield media center accommodates local, regional and national media who cover races at Dover. The expansion will add 60 seats for working media; 18 flat-panel televisions; a larger, revamped dining area; additional restrooms; two new interview rooms; and a new work area for Dover public relations staff. Most improvements will be completed in time for the June 1-3, 2007 NASCAR race weekend.(images and more at the Dover Intl Speedway site)(3-2-2007)

  • Dover keeps traditional early start times: The Nextel Cup Series schedule has evolved over time, and with the influence of television, NASCAR has opted to begin many of its races later in the afternoon or early evening hours. With the recent announcement of most of the 2007 Nextel Cup Series start times, fans of the Monster Mile received good news. Stemming from the voice of race fans accustomed to the traditional start times for the races at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR has announced 1:30pm/et start times for both the June 3 and September 23, 2007 Nextel Cup races. Dover has claim to two of the three earliest Nextel Cup Series race start times in 2007. All other races are scheduled to begin after 2:00pm/et. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on June 1-3 and September 21-23, 2007. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(2-27-2007)

  • Construction underway at the Monster Mile: At Dover International Speedway, the roar of cars has been replaced by the sounds of construction crews, as work on a new skybox complex and infield media center is taking shape at the one-mile track. The additions will be completed in time for the June 1-3, 2007 NASCAR race weekend in Dover. The new skybox complex will include 12 new suites, each with a premium view of pit road, victory lane and the entire concrete oval. The structure will connect to the existing skyboxes near the start/finish line at the one-mile track. Footers were in place before the September 22-24, 2006 race weekend, and construction of the steel infrastructure has been steady since the haulers pulled out of Dover after race weekend. The complex will add two tiers to the top of the grandstands, measuring the same height of the existing skyboxes, and includes "Velocity," a luxury suite for individual race fans. Velocity is a new 90-person, all-inclusive suite option that offers fans a chance to experience a race at the Monster Mile like never before. Velocity offers fans a blend of modern conveniences and impressive amenities. Positioned above the frontstretch, and boasting a premium view of the entire track, a ticket to Velocity provides guests with access for all three days of race weekend, including qualifying; multiple state-of-the-art viewing screens with superb audio and video; convenient premium parking and private restrooms; upscale, unlimited gourmet food selections; in-seat beverage service, with non-alcoholic, beer, wine and spirit options; a trackside tour that puts guests on the track on Sunday of race weekend; and much more.
    Along with the skybox construction, a 2,000-square-foot addition to the infield media center is also underway to accommodate the news media that report on Dover's races. The infield media center expansion will add approximately 60 seats for public relations representatives and photographers that attend race weekends in Dover; 18 flat-panel televisions; a revamped dining area; two new interview rooms and an office; additional bathrooms; and a new work area for Dover PR staff.
    NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway on June 1-3 and Sept. 21-23, 2007. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(11-27-2006)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Dover test cut back to one day UPDATE 3 postponed: [Due to the postponement of the race at Darlington to Sunday] A NASCAR spokesman said a scheduled two-day test session scheduled for Dover International Speedway has been cut back to Tuesday [May 15th] only instead of Monday and Tuesday.(Gaston Gazette)(5-13-2007)
    UPDATE: on SPEED's NASCAR Raceday, it was mentioned a few times that the COT test at Dover has been postponed and will not occur Monday or Tuesday [May 14-15th], no word on when the rescheduled test will be run.
    UPDATE 2: Due to the schedule change at Darlington Raceway this weekend (with inclement weather postponing the race until Sunday afternoon), there will not be a Nextel Cup Series test this week at Dover International Speedway. The test was scheduled to be Monday and Tuesday. NASCAR will visit with the teams regarding the possibility of rescheduling this test.(NASCAR PR)(5-13-2007)
    UPDATE 3: The Monday and Tuesday tests at Dover International Speedway were canceled, due to the postponement of the Darlington race, and will not be made up. NASCAR officials might consider adding a Car of Tomorrow test at a 1.5-mile track late in the season with the governing body leaning toward going to a full COT schedule in 2008.(ESPN.com)(5-14-2007)

  • See 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
    #00-David Reutimann Burger King #00 Schemes Page
    #6-David Ragan AAA Insurance #6 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Mapei #7 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Schemes Page
    #13-Joe Nemechek Haier #13 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle 3M #16 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal / Autism Speaks #26 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells Fargo #45 Schemes Page


  • McMurray to run special Autism scheme at Dover: #26-Jamie McMurray, who has been one of the most vocal spokesmen for autism awareness in the sport of NASCAR, hopes to bring a lot more attention to the cause this weekend with a new autism-themed paint scheme, firesuit, helmet and gloves. "I went to Crown Royal a few weeks ago and asked them how I can do more in support of the Autism Speaks 400," said McMurray. "I had the idea of wearing a different firesuit and helmet in the race and then auctioning them off after and have all of the funds go towards the Jamie McMurray Foundation, which supports autism research, education and families afflicted with autism. Needless to say, Crown Royal was very supportive and backed us completely." Crown Royal even went further and changed the look of the #26 Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Dover International Speedway. The sides, front and rear of the #26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion will be outfitted with the well-known autism puzzle piece design. Along with the special paint scheme on the #26 Ford Fusion, McMurray will also don a new firesuit, helmet and gloves - all of which will be outfitted with the Autism puzzle piece design. Following the race, all of these special items will be auctioned off on Speed Channel's website (www.speedtv.com) with the proceeds going to benefit the Jamie McMurray Foundation. Heading into this weekend, McMurray, along with a handful of NASCAR drivers, will participate in the Drive for Autism Research Golf Tournament in Wilmington, Del. The golf tournament is organized by Artie Kempner of FOX Sports, with the proceeds of the tournament being split between the foundations of McMurray and Elliott Sadler. This Sunday morning at the Dover International Speedway media center, McMurray will be presenting Autism Speaks with a charitable donation. The presentation is set to begin at 9:30am/et.(Roush Racing)(5-29-2007)

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


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