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THE RACE: The Dodge Dealers 400

Nextel Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, September 23, 2007 in Dover, DE

  • Title Sponsor: Dodge Dealers

  • Track: Dover International Speedway

  • TV: ABC 1:30pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:40pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, September 24 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, September 24 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, September 27 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, September 27 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, September 28 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little

  • Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links 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: $5,132,767 (was $5,028,146 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, September 21, 11:00am - 12:30pm/et TV-none; and Saturday, September 22, 11:00 - 11:50am/et TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 22, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et on TV-none


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 21, 10:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, September 21 at 3:15pm/et, TV-ESPN2, re-air at 6:30pm/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Nextel CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    FRIDAY, September 24
    Grandstand gates open 9:00am
    Busch Series practice 9:00am-10:10am
    Busch Series rookie practice 10:20am-10:50am
    Nextel Cup Series practice 11:00am-12:30pm
    Busch East Series qualifying 12:35pm
    Busch Series final practice 1:50pm-3:00pm
    Nextel Cup Series qualifying 3:15pm
    Sunoco 150 driver introductions 4:30pm
    Sunoco 150 4:45pm

    Saturday, September 22
    Grandstand gates open 9:00am
    Nextel Cup Series practice 11:00am-11:50am
    Busch Series qualifying 12:05pm
    Nextel Cup Series final practice 1:50pm-2:50pm
    RoadLoans.com 200 introductions 3:00pm
    RoadLoans.com 200 Busch Series race 3:30pm

    Sunday, September 23
    Grandstand gates open 8:00am
    Nextel Cup Series driver introductions 1:00pm
    Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover 1:30pm

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,425, Right-side -- 1,425;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500

    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 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: This is the second straight NASCAR race weekend at Dover to which Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires . . . this is one of the more popular tire combinations in Goodyear's 2007 tire lineup, having been run by Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams at Dover, California and Michigan already this season . . . Busch teams have also run this tire set-up at Kentucky in 2007 . . . in addition, this left-side code (D-4078) has been run by these teams with a different right-side code at both Texas and Chicagoland this season . . . unlike on other NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Dover . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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

  • Edwards car too low? MORE: been told that #99-Carl Edwards Ford, which won the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway, was too low on one side of the rear of the car. Supposedly NASCAR will take the car back to its R&D Center in Concord, NC to check it out further, but that they do not consider it as the team altering the COT [Car of Tomorrow] and probably would not be any fines or penalties unless they find something different. Edwards Statement: “The worse case would be 25 points, the right rear being low – any engineer or crew chief in the garage will tell you that’s the last thing you want,” Edwards said. “You want the right rear to be high. The only thing I can think of is at the end of the race, Greg came up and gave me a couple of love taps to say ‘good job, good race’ and hopefully they find that that bent the tail of the car down a little bit. There are some braces bent under the decklid so hopefully that’s what it is.”(PRN's Garage Pass)
    AND #99-Carl Edwards' race-winning Roush Fenway Racing Ford failed postrace inspection Sunday at Dover International Speedway. The right rear of his car fell below the 1/2-inch tolerance for height, NASCAR said. The victory most likely will stand, but Edwards' team is expected to be penalized later this week. Team owner Jack Roush said that there were no changes made to the right side of the car and that he believes NASCAR will find the car is bent. He added it was his understanding that the right-rear was 3/8ths of an inch low, which doesn't make sense to him. Although this is a car of tomorrow entry, the likely penalty does not fall under the tampering-with-COT rules since the structure of the body has not been manipulated. The question NASCAR now will have to answer is what did happen. The sanctioning body is taking the car to its research and development center in Concord, N.C. for further review.(SceneDaily.com)(9-23-2007)

  • Edwards wins Dover wreckfest: #99-Carl Edwards won the wild Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway for his 3rd win in 2007 and 7th of his career. With 13 laps to go there was a big wreck that included 12 cars and took out Chase drivers #2-Busch [who caused the wreck when something broke in the car or lost a tire] and damaged the cars of #1-Truex Jr. and #48-Johnson. #17-Kenseth led 192 laps [the most led] until he lost his engine late and finished 35th. #11-Hamlin tangled with #45-Kyle Petty and even after the crew made repairs to the car, Hamlin only finished 38th and is now 12th in the Chase pts, down 158. #24-Gordon finished 11th and leads the points by 2 pts over #20-Stewart, 3 pts over #48-Johnson and 4 pts over #99-Edwards. #16-Biffle finished 2nd, followed by #8-Earnhardt Jr., #01-Martin, #5-Busch, #25-Mears, #31-Burton, #26-McMurray, #20-Stewart and #42-Montoya. Other chase drivers finished: #24-Gordon 11th; #07-Bowyer 12th; #1-Truex Jr. 13th [in a battered car]; #48-Johnson 14th; #29-Harvick 20th; #2-Busch 29th/accident; #17-Kenseth 35th/engine and #11-Hamlin 38th. There were 13 cautions for 66 laps with 2 red flags and 9 drivers led the race with 14 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Dover Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Dover page.(9-23-2007)

  • The Chase Standings [after Dover, race 28]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 5340
    2) #20-Tony Stewart 5338, -2
    3) #99-Carl Edwards 5337, -3
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5336, -4
    5) #5-Kyle Busch 5330, -10
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer 5322, -18
    7) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 5294, -46
    8) #31-Jeff Burton 5265, -75
    9) #29-Kevin Harvick 5225, -115
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth 5224, -116
    11) #2-Kurt Busch 5192, -148
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin 5182, -158
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-23-2007)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Driver Points Standings after Dover [28 of 36 races]:
    (Traditional Points...the old way, not the Chase)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 4149
    2) #20-Tony Stewart 3845 -304
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3715 -434
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 3689 -460
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin 3662 -487
    6) #17-Matt Kenseth 3644 -505
    7) #5-Kyle Busch 3622 -527
    8) #31-Jeff Burton 3583 -566
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 3501 -648
    10) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 3444 -705
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick 3370 -779
    12) #2-Kurt Busch 3329 -820
    13) #8-Earnhardt Jr. 3239 -910
    14) #12-Newman 3112 -1037
    (9-23-2007)

  • Rumblings - Dover Race Notes: Carl Edwards takes the Dodge Dealers 400 today at Dover International Speedway by a comfortable .671 seconds over teammate Greg Biffle after another teammate (Matt Kenseth) pretty much dominated. When Kenseth lost a motor on lap 374, Edwards was home free. This was Carl's 3rd win of the season and 7th of his Nextel Cup career (moving him into a six-way tie for 58th on the all-time win list with Darel Dieringer, A. J. Foyt, Kasey Kahne, Jim Reed, and Marshall Teague). This was win #5 for Roush Racing on the season, and #100 in their history. And, if that weren't enough, Edwards takes down $229,250 from the over $5.1M in posted awards.
    BULLETIN.....BULLETIN: Carl's Ford failed post-race inspection (he was too low in the right rear).....so if we see the usual non-sensical NASCAR penalty, he'll keep the win and get a point & $$$ penalty. There is always the posibility of a crew-chief suspension as well, but a point penalty alone in the Chase could be disastrous. Stay tuned!
    Now, I realize that Kyle Petty probably wasn't a math major, but he's gotta learn to stop selling himself short. After his "discussion" with Denny Hamlin, he told us he knew that Denny had won more races than he had. Well, here are your numbers.....Kyle 8, Denny 3. That's not even close! What Kyle didn't realize is that he's probably not a part of the NASCAR Now generation....meaning, he's not in the Chase so he's rather inconsequential to the whole race. He's gotta realize the rules are different the final ten races....remember what I told ya' last week: If you ain't in the Chase, stay out of the way! Those are the only drivers who count till February.....
    Greg Biffle (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Homestead last November.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Pocono in August.
    Mark Martin (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Texas in April.
    Casey Mears (6th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Chicagoland in July.
    Jamie McMurray (8th) had his best finish since he won at Daytona in July.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (10th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at the Brickyard in August.
    Michael Waltrip (15th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Michigan in June.
    Joe Nemechek (22nd) had his best finish since he was 15th at Pocono in June.
    Kenny Wallace (23rd) had his best finish since he was 21st at Bristol in March.
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 9 Top-10's in the last 10 races.
    Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    BTW, Mr. Lead Lap had his best finish since he was 6th when we were here in June of 2004. Long-time readers will remember our hero, but if you're new, that just means the last time we had fewer than six cars on the lead lap at the finish was that Dover event in June of '04 when we had just five. That "Lucky Dog" thang has just killed ol' LL.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Jeff Burton (+31), followed by Clint Bowyer (+30), Michael Waltrip (+28 ), Mark Martin (+27), Jamie McMurray (+22), and Robby Gordon (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Denny Hamlin (-35), followed by A. J. Allmendinger (-32), Scott Riggs (-28 ), Kurt Busch (-25), Matt Kenseth (-25), and Kyle Petty (-24).
    In the Chase standings, ten of the twelve spots changed hands today....Jeff Gordon has a two point lead over Tony Stewart at the top. In "Classic" Points, Tony trimmed eight markers from Jeff's lead, but it's still a healthy 304 point spread. The only multiple position changes in the Top-30 on the upside belonged to Carl Edwards (6th to 4th) and Mark Martin Martin (26th to 24th). On the down side, Denny Hamlin (3rd to 5th) and David Stremme (24th to 26th) were the biggest droppers.(Stock Car Fans)(9-23-2007)

  • Dover Fast Facts:
    .. Edwards won the Dodge Dealers 400, his seventh victory in 113 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. This is his third victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway.
    .. Greg Biffle (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 11 races at Dover.
    .. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 16 races at Dover. It is his 11th top-10 this season.
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. Jeff Gordon leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by two points over Tony Stewart. Just 10 points separate the top-five.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-23-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • The Dodge Dealers 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)
    #99-Edwards-F (15)(95 laps led)
    #16-Biffle-F (9)(6 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (21)
    #01-Martin-C (31)(22 laps led)
    #5-Busch-C (22)
    #25-Mears-C (17)
    #31-Burton-C (36) down a lap
    #26-McMurray-F (30) down a lap
    #20-Stewart-C (28) down a lap
    #42-Montoya*-D (2) down a lap

    where are the rest of the Chasers running?
    #24-Gordon-C (27) 11 down a lap
    #07-Bowyer-C (42) 12 down a lap
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (5) 13 down a lap
    #48-Johnson-C (1) 14, down 2 laps
    #29-Harvick-C (7) 20, down 4 laps
    #2-Busch-D (4) 29 OUT
    #17-Kenseth-F (10) 35, OUT/engine
    #11-Hamlin-C (3)(54 laps led) 38, down 92 laps
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

  • Pit Road at Dover: there are 42 pit stalls at Dover International Speedway [something that will be corrected in the next year or two]. Pit 1 is nearest the Turn 1 exit to pit road, and Pit 43 is nearest the Turn 4 entrance to pit road. #07-Bowyer [started 42nd] and #55-Waltrip [starts 43rd] will share pit 39 and the #07 team has the first option to stay or move from the 39th pit when another becomes available if another team falls out of the race.(9-22-2007)

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

  • Cars on the lead lap: 6 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 31,26,20,42,24,07,1

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 48,55,83,19,00,7,29,15,78,88,38,6,43,21,11

  • Cars on the track: 28 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (15) and reason:
    #84-Allmendinger (engine-out)
    #70-Sauter (accident-out)
    #45-Petty (accident-out)
    #44-Jarrett (engine-out)
    #40-Stremme (engine-out)
    #49-Andretti (accident-out)
    #96-Raines (accident-out)
    #17-Kenseth (engine-out)
    #10-Riggs (accident-out)
    #18-Yeley (accident-out)
    #9-Kahne (accident-out)
    #66-Green (accident-out)
    #41-Sorenson (accident-out)
    #12-Newman (accident-out)
    #2-Busch (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 14 lead changes):
    #17-Kenseth (192);
    #99-Edwards (95);
    #11-Hamlin (61);
    #01-Martin (22);
    #2-Busch (20);
    #16-Biffle (6);
    #41-Sorenson (2);
    #48-Johnson (1, pole);
    #55-Waltrip (1);

  • Lap leaders: #48-Johnson - pole; #48-Johnson 1; #11-Hamlin 2-41; #17-Kenseth 42-55; #55-Waltrip 56; #11-Hamlin 57-77; #2-Busch 78-97; #17-Kenseth 98-266; #99-Edwards 267-287; #01-Martin 288-309; #16-Biffle 310-315; #41-Sorenson 316-317; #17-Kenseth 318-320; #99-Edwards 321-356; #17-Kenseth 357-362; #99-Edwards 363-400;

    Cautions: 13 for 66 laps

    Caution 13 - Laps 394 - 396: Debris coming off #1-Truex Jr.'s car
    RED FLAG during 12th caution, as of 5:36pm/et to 5:47pm/et due to cars/debris/fluids all over the 3rd turn
    Caution 12 - Laps 387 - 389: BIG WRECK, #2-Busch broke something and slammed the backstretch wall, #1-Truex had no place to go and into the #2, which headed back into traffic into #12-Newman, then #9-Kahne with others involved and damaged included: #18-Yeley, #43-Labonte, #66-Green, #10-Riggs, #48-Johnson, #41-Sorenson
    Caution 11 - Laps 382 - 384: #7-Gordon got loose and slapped the turn 2 wall
    Caution 10 - Laps 375 - 378: #17-Kenseth finally lost the engine
    RED FLAG during 9th caution, as of 5:13pm/et to 5:18pm/et due to debris/fluids on the backstretch
    Caution 9 - Laps 364 - 373: #49-Andretti came up into #96-Raines on the backstretch, with the #49 slamming the wall
    Caution 8 - Laps 356 - 360: Debris on the track, not shown or reported where
    Caution 7 - Laps 230 - 235: #42-Montoya and #26-McMurray got together in the backstretch, spinning the #26, flattening a couple tires, McMurray limped the car to the garage
    Caution 6 - Laps 205 - 211: #11-Hamlin punted #45-Petty off turn 4, sending Petting nose first into the front stretch after a spin, #07-Bowyer also got into Hamlin and has some front damage, #11-Hamlin has damage on the splitter
    Caution 5 - Laps 149 - 153: to allow the ambulance to leave with #55 jackman Art Harris to cross the track, no tunnels at Dover
    Caution 4 - Laps 77 - 84: #21-Schrader got into #45-Petty, with Petty spinning around in turn 2

    Caution 3 - Laps 55 - 58: Debris on the track, not shown or reported where
    Caution 2 - Laps 22 - 24: #21-Schrader spun around on the frontstretch and smacked the inside wall when #41-Sorenson got into the rear of Schrader, not a whole lot of damage to the #21 and he drove the car to the pits
    Caution 1 - Laps 13 - 17: #38-Gilliland got into the rear of #70-Sauter, spinning Sauter who smacked the outside and inside front stretch wall, a lot of damage to the #70

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 13: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 12: #25-Mears, 6th
    Caution 11: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 3rd
    Caution 10: #5-Busch, 5th
    Caution 9: #2-Busch, 29th
    Caution 8: #12-Newman, 28th
    Caution 7: #18-Yeley, 33rd
    Caution 6: #31-Burton(2), 7th
    Caution 5: #7-Gordon, 19th
    Caution 4: #21-Schrader (still down a lap), 26th
    Caution 3: #31-Burton, 7th
    Caution 2: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
    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
    1 #21 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 21
    2 #21 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 76
    3 #44 TE Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road 77
    4 #66 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 150
    5 #31 TE Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road 206
    6 #07 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 207
    7 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 229
    8 #40 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 230
    9 #9 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 386
    10 #10 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 386
    11 #12 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 386
    12 #41 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 386
    13 #1 MCI Safety violation 393
    14 #1 MCI Safety violation 397
    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)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #2-Busch should had been the Lucky Dog during the 9th caution, but wasn't, then fell back to 15th, no word what happened...yet....looks like it was a mistake and was corrected
    ---- it was reported on ABC that #55 gasman Art Harris was treated and released from the local hospital
    ---- just before the 9th caution, #17-Kenseth was leading and reported his engine is running on 7 cylinders and is gonna blow soon and #99-Edwards passed him
    ---- during the 8th caution, all the leaders came in to pit with #99-Edwards coming in with the lead headed out 2nd and #17-Kenseth coming out leading
    ---- #11-Hamlin was back on the track, but around lap 332, he spun out and went back to the pits
    ---- on lap 316, #16-Biffle made hias sched pit stop while leading with #41-Sorenson taking over for 2 laps, then pitted with #17-Kenseth taking over the lead and the green flag pit stops have finally cycled thru
    ---- on lap 310, #01-Martin made hias sched pit stop while leading with #16-Biffle taking over
    ---- on lap 295, #40-Stremme was pushed by his crew to the garage, no word why, would imagine engine/trans/elec problems
    ---- on lap 288, leader #99-Edwards came in to start scheduled green flag pit stops, the next lap, 2nd place #17-Kenseth came in for his. other leaders followed
    ---- around lap 256, #11-Hamlin is back on the track, 39th down 42 laps
    ---- after the 7th caution restart, #29-Harvick slowed on the track and came in for another unscheduled pit stop for right side tires
    ---- just after the 6th caution, in the garage, #45-Petty came over to #11-Hamlin, who was in the #11 while the crew is working on the car, Petty took the window net down and yelled and pointed at Hamlin, have Hamlin the one finger salute [which was blurred by ABC], NASCAR Officials tired to block Petty, then Hamlin had enough and removed his helmet and got out the car, where he was restrained by his crew and NASCAR officials, then ABC cut back to the race.
    ---- on lap 187, #48-Johnson, while running 8th, cut down a tire and scraped the back stretch wall and made an unscheduled pit stop, no major damage, but he lost 2 laps and came out 37th
    ---- on lap 170, #29-Harvick, who was running 10th at the time, had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel, losing 2 laps and coming out in 37th place
    ---- ABC is reporting that the leader, #17-Kenseth is having an alternator problem, and one battery is getting low, the #17 does have a 2nd battery, but with so many laps to go, both will probably lose power
    ---- during the 5th caution, #99-Edwards, who came in 2nd, made a 2nd pit stop and the crew went under the hood and had a throttle linkage problem, supposedly it was fixed; and #44-Jarrett is back on the track after spending 36 laps in the pits for an engine problem
    ---- during the 5th caution, all the leaders came in to pit with #17-Kenseth coming in and out leading
    ---- the #6-Ragan car had a bad vibration, who made an unscheduled pit stop around lap 138 to change tires and lost 2 laps
    ---- around lap 110, ABC reported that #55 gasman Art Harris is awake and alert and will be transported to the local hospital for further observation
    ---- during the 4th caution, a tire from the #44-Jarrett team, rolled onto pit road, many cars were able to avoid it, #6-Ragan tried but the tire rolled in front of his car and he hit it, the tire shot into the #55-Waltrip pit and hit Art Harris, the gasman for the #55 team and knocked him down. He was attended by paramedics and transported by Ambulance
    ---- during the 4th caution, all the leaders came in to pit with #11-Hamlin in 1st out 6th and #2-Busch came out as the leader
    ---- during the 3rd caution, all the leaders came in to pit for their first pit stops of the day, #17-Kenseth came in leading went out 2nd with #11-Hamlin winning the race off pit road and moving up to the lead after coming in 2nd. #55-Waltrip stayed out to lead a lap
    ---- during the first caution, all the cars from 18th back came in to pit. #20-Stewart was not happy with #15-Menard and was beating and banging on him down pit road when Menard didn't put all the way forward in the small Dover pit stall.
    ---- by lap 3, #42-Montoya, who started 2nd, had dropped back to 8th
    ---- green flag at 1:47pm/et by Actor R. Lee Ermey
    ---- command to start engines at 1:38pm/et by Bob Nardelli CEO of Chrysler
    ---- Military Flyover: (3) UH60 Blackhawk helicopters from Bravo Company 238th Aviation of the Delaware Army National Guard
    ---- National Anthem by Julienne Irwin
    ---- weather = sunny/clear, 79° wind from NNW at 9mph; 10% of rain
    ---- To The Back [1]: #84-Allmendinger [engine change/was to start 11th]


  • Race Coverage of the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, 2007.
    TV: ABC in Hi-Def at 1:30pm/et [scheduled green flag around 2:15pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ABC at 1:30pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED at 11:30am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN Classic, Monday, September 24 at 9:00am/et
    ESPN2, Monday, September 24 at 3:00pm/et
    SPEED, Thursday, September 27 at 3:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, September 27 at 8:00pm/et & 12:00am/et

  • Pit Road at Dover: there are 42 pit stalls at Dover International Speedway [something that will be corrected in the next year or two]. Pit 1 is nearest the Turn 1 exit to pit road, and Pit 43 is nearest the Turn 4 entrance to pit road. #07-Bowyer [started 42nd] and #55-Waltrip [starts 43rd] will share pit 39 and the #07 team has the first option to stay or move from the 39th pit when another becomes available if another team falls out of the race. See the pit selections link on my Dover Racepage.(9-22-2007)

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #11-Hamlin 150.338
    #17-Kenseth 149.838
    #99-Edwards 149.576
    #48-Johnson 149.508
    #07-Bowyer 149.278
    slowest: #84-Allmendinger 144.456 and #44-Jarrett 144.526
    most laps run: #11-Hamlin 42; #2-Busch, #26-McMurray, #25-Mears 36
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #17-Kenseth 146.248 [2nd fastest lap], 19 laps run
    #8-Earnhardt Jr 146.073 [10th], 29 laps
    #29-Harvick 145.212 [13th], 29 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-22-2007)

  • 1st Saturday Practice: for the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #11-Hamlin 150.950
    #48-Johnson 150.194
    #20-Stewart 149.464
    #2-Busch 149.334
    #25-Mears 149.105
    slowest: #19-Sadler 143.638 and #88-Wallace 144.219
    most laps run: #48-Johnson 57; #2-Busch 53
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from foxsports practice coverage)
    #99-Edwards 146.355 [18th fastest lap], 29 laps run
    #17-Kenseth 146.161 [9th], 38 laps
    #11-Hamlin 145.795 [1st], 46 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-22-2007)

  • Johnson wins pole at Dover: #48-Jimme Johnson won the Budweiser Pole for the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 154.765mph for his 2nd pole of 2007 and the 11th of his career. #42-Montoya qualified second with the rest of the top-10: #11-Hamlin, #2-Busch, #1-Truex Jr., #10-Riggs, #29-Harvick, #43-Labonte, #16-Biffle and #17-Kenseth. Other Chasers will start: #99-Edwards 15th; #5-Busch 22nd; #24-Gordon 27th; #20-Stewart 28th; #31-Burton 36th and #07-Bowyer 42nd. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #10-Riggs, #84-Allmendinger, #00-Reutimann, #78-Nemechek, #44-Jarrett, #83-Vickers, #49-Andretti and #55-Waltrip.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(9-21-2007)

  • Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway: #4-Burton [27 team attempts/41st in OWNERS pts], #36-Mayfield [27/42]; #22-Blaney [27/36]; #33-Wimmer [3/49]; #06-Hornish [1/59]; #and 37-Lepage [26/47].(9-21-2007)

  • Ramblings - Dover Qualifying Notes: Jimmie Johnson captured the Bud Pole today for Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway....round two of the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Jimmie's time of 23.261 (154.765 mph) was over a tenth of a second quicker than Juan Pablo Montoya, and gives Johnson his second pole of the season (he had the top-spot at Richmond two weeks ago) and 11th of his Cup career.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (2nd) ties his career-best starting position. He also had the outside pole at the Brickyard and Bristol in August.
    Scott Riggs (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Richmond in May.
    Kevin Harvick (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at New Hampshire in July.
    A. J. Allmendinger (11th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 13th at Richmond in May.
    Kyle Petty (16th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 14th at Martinsville last October.
    Joe Nemechek (18th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 5th at Michigan in June.
    Dale Jarrett (19th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 16th at Infineon Raceway in June.
    Tony Raines (20th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 17th at Pocono last month.
    Johnny Sauter (25th) has his best starting spot since he started 18th at Chicagoland in July.
    Ken Schrader (26th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 8th at Darlington in May (only three races).
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 8 Top-10 starts in a row.
    The Trouble Train pulled out with six cars in tow today. The dnq's were: Ward Burton (his 14th of the season), Scott Wimmer (his 3rd), Sam Hornish Jr (his second....back to back), Kevin Lepage (that team's 24th), Dave Blaney (his third, and both of the events here at Dover), and Jeremy Mayfield (his 16th miss of the year).
    (Stock Car Fans)(9-21-2007)

  • Dover Qualifying Fast Facts:
    .. Jimmie Johnson won the Bud Pole for the Dodge Dealers 400 with a lap of 23.261 seconds, 154.765 mph.
    .. This is his 11th Bud Pole in 211 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his second Bud Pole and 19th top-10 start in 2007, including each of the past eight races.
    .. This is Johnson’s first Bud Pole and seventh top-10 starts in 12 races at Dover International Speedway. He started first here in June 2005 when qualifying was canceled.
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 23.402 seconds, 153.833mph. This is his seventh top-10 start in 2007 and his third time to start second. He started 16th in his first race at Dover this past June.
    .. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his second top-10 start in four Dover races and his xx this season.
    .. Six of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Johnson, Hamlin, Kurt Busch (fourth), Martin Truex Jr. (fifth), Kevin Harvick (seventh) and Matt Kenseth (10th).
    .. Scott Riggs (sixth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-21-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2007 at 3:15pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: on ESPN2 at 6:30pm/et

  • Friday's Practice for the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 153.695
    #11-Hamlin 153.231
    #96-Raines 153.126
    #1-Truex Jr. 152.990
    #42-Montoya 152.847
    slowest: #36-Mayfield 147.783 & #88-Wallace 148.014
    no speed listed: #84-Allmendiner
    most laps run: #06-Hornish Jr. 37; #31-Burton 36

    incident: #84-Allmendiner lost an engine on his first lap
    #99-Edwards [3rd fast at the time] came in early with a vibration, team made some adjustments
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson 151.998 [1st fastest lap], 9 laps run
    #10-Riggsi 150.634 [9th], 20 laps
    #96-Raines 150.467 [3rd], 15 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-21-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Dover
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Scott Riggs, 9th fastest
    #83-Brian Vickers, 17th
    #00-David Reutimann, 23rd
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 25th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 29th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 33rd
    #49-John Andretti, 36th
    #4-Ward Burton, 37th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #06-Sam Hornish Jr., 38th
    #33-Scott Wimmer, 43rd
    #22-Dave Blaney, 45th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 46th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 47th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 49th no speed, lost engine
    (9-21-2007)

  • Entry List for the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway is posted, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    some added drivers and driver change: Schrader is back in the #21 Ford as long as the car stays in the top-35 in owners pts. The #88 is listed with Ricky Rudd in the car, but Kenny Wallace could sub for him again this week. Also #06-Sam Horish Jr. looks to make his Nextel Cup debut again and #77 Marcos Ambrose was listed in a 2nd Robby Gordon Ford but has opted out.
    And 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 (27/39)
    #06-Sam Hornish Jr. (1/59)
    #4-Ward Burton (26/41)
    #10-Scott Riggs (27/37)
    #22-Dave Blaney (27/36)
    #33-Scott Wimmer (3/49)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (27/42)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (26/47]
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (27/40)
    #49-John Andretti (27/46)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (27/45)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (27/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](27/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (27/44)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,22,10,00,36,78,84
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 55,49,4,37,33,06
    withdrawn
    #77-Marcos Ambrose (1/69)
    See the full list at my Jayski's Dover Entry List
    (9-17-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
    #21 is still 35th and increses its lead to 39 points[was 19 last week]
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 2,154, +171
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,065, +82
    35) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros. 2,022 +39 pts
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 1,983, 39 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,810, -212
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full owners pts rundown.(9-16-2007)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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)

  • 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

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

  • June 2007 Race Winner: #1-Martin Truex Jr., 118.959mph, started 26th

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

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

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

  • June 2007 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 152.925mph, finished 2nd

  • 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: 28, Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 11 [of 75 races] 14.7%
  • 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 26: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 45 of 75 - 60.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 59 of 75 - 78.7%

  • At Dover International Speedway:
    • The official opening of Dover International Speedway (then called Dover Downs International Speedway) was in 1969. The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.
    • The first Nextel Cup race was held on July 5, 1969.
    • There was one race in 1969 and 1970. There has been two-a-year since 1971.
    • The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
    • The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971 and then to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.
    • There have been 75 Nextel Cup races at Dover International Speedway since the track opened.
    • David Pearson won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole in July 1969.
    • Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Ricky Rudd lead all active drivers, each with four poles.
    • Richard Petty won the first Nextel Cup race at Dover.
    • There have been 31 different pole winners at Dover led by David Pearson (six). Qualifying has been canceled three times.
    • Sixteen different active drivers have posted victories at Dover led by Jeff Burton (four).
    • Bobby Allison and Richard Petty lead all drivers, each with seven victories.
    • Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers, each with four victories.
    • Rick Hendrick has won 10 races, more than any other car owner.
    • Forty-five races have been won from a top-five starting position while only 16 races, including three of the past four, have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    • The farthest back in the field that a race winner started was 37th by Kyle Petty in 1995.
    • Ryan Newman won in June 2003 - the first victory for Dodge there since 1975. Newman repeated as the race winner in the fall race, the first time Dodge posted consecutive victories. Newman then won again in the fall of 2004, giving Dodge three of their five Dover victories in the four-race span.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-17-2007)


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: 147,000
    Pit Road Speed: 35mph
    Pace Car Speed: 45mph
    Opened: 1969

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Bob Nardelli CEO of Chrysler
    Command to start engines: Bob Nardelli
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Actor R. Lee Ermey
    National Anthem: Julienne Irwin
    Chaplain: Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, NJ
    Military Flyover: (3) UH60 Blackhawk helicopters from Bravo Company 238th Aviation of the Delaware Army National Guard

  • Track Homepage: doverspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Dover International Speedway

  • June 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • September 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Dover International Speedway activities not affected by Delaware State University incident: Local officials believe the shooting incident that occurred at Delaware State University early this morning is isolated and poses no threat to patrons or activities at Dover International Speedway. All events at the Speedway are on schedule for this weekend and are currently operating according to plan. Nextel Cup qualifying is scheduled for 3:15pm/et today, followed by the Sunoco 150 Busch East Series race at 4:45pm/et. Traffic patterns have not been affected. On Friday, September 21, 2007 at approximately 12:54 a.m., a double shooting occurred at Delaware State University, which is located near Dover International Speedway. The Delaware State University police department continues to investigate this incident, and any inquiries should be directed to them at (302) 857-6290.(DIS PR)(9-21-2007)

  • DelDOT Welcomes NASCAR Fans to Dover International Speedway: The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) greets NASCAR fans to Dover for the 2007 Nextel Cup Series, Busch East Series, and Busch Series at the Dover International Speedway beginning on Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23. DelDOT and DART First State encourage motorists to use the two Race Express Bus Services that will be available on Sunday, September 23. For $ 20.00 per car, race fans can park at the Blue Hen Corporate Center on Bay Road in Dover, and all vehicle occupants can once again ride the Race Express Bus to and from Dover International Speedway. The Blue Hen Corporate Center Race Express Bus will avoid race day traffic congestion by traveling south on Bay Road, away from the traffic, and enter Route 1 to an exclusive, buses-only exit ramp leading directly to Dover International Speedway. The total trip will have race fans at the racetrack in only 12 minutes. The service will begin at 8:00 a.m., and will be available to transport passengers back and forth until 1 hour after the race. For more information and the full release, goto the Dover International Speedway site.(9-21-2007)

  • Air Force Celebrates 60th Anniversary Heading to Dover: The United States Air Force celebrated its 60th Anniversary on Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 and the #21-Wood Brothers/JTG race team will be sporting the familiar dark blue paint Air Force paint scheme this weekend for the running of the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway. Ken Schrader will drive the #21 car in his second race back since the team moved into the top-35 in owner points. Currently, they enjoy a 39-point advantage over 36th place and they remain 43 markers from the 34th spot. Following Friday’s qualifying session, Wood Brothers/JTG drivers and team owners will attend a private reception at the Dover Air Force base [where Jayski was stationed while in the Air Force from 1982-1986]. There’s no doubt this will be an important weekend for a long-running sponsor of the Wood Brothers, as the United States Air Force is in their seventh consecutive year with the team. The team will be hoping for a great finish that will continue their upward climb in the owner point standings as the season’s final weeks tick off the clock. In support of this Air Force weekend, the #21 Wood Brothers/JTG souvenir hauler will be offering a 10% discount on all products for those with a Military ID.(Wood Brothers/JTG Racing PR)(9-20-2007)

  • Grand Marshal change at Dover, Nardelli in; Spade out: Bob Nardelli has been named Grand Marshal for the Dodge Dealers 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007 at Dover International Speedway. Nardelli [formerly of Home Depot], chairman and CEO of Chrysler LLC, will command the 43 drivers to fire their engines and prepare to take to the high-banked Speedway. Nardelli will join actor R. Lee Ermey in the pre-race festivities. Ermey, Honorary Starter for the Dodge Dealers 400, is best known for his role as Sgt. Hartman in the military film "Full Metal Jacket." He is currently the celebrity spokesperson for GLOCK "Safe Action" Pistols and can be seen each week on his show "Mail Call" on The History Channel. Nardelli replaces actor David Spade who was previously announced as Grand Marshal of the race. Spade has cancelled his appearence due to a change in the production schedule for his television show [Rules of Engagement on CBS]. The "Chase" returns to Dover International Speedway on Sept. 23 for the Dodge Dealers 400 Nextel Cup Series race. Tickets are still available for the entire Sept. 21-23 race weekend and can be purchased by calling 800-441-RACE.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(9-19-2007)

  • America's Got Talent finalist Julienne Irwin to perform National Anthem at Dover: Julienne Irwin's got natural talent. The Bel Air, Md. native demonstrated it as a finalist on the second season of NBC's America's Got Talent, television's highest rated summer program. She will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the "Dodge Dealers 400" Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. Irwin is currently an eighth grade student at Harford Christian School in Darlington, Md., and recently became class president. Tickets are still available for the entire Sept. 21-23 weekend and can be purchased by calling 800-441-RACE or online at DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(9-11-2007)

  • Kahne Kicks Off Dover Ticket Donation on Sept 5th: Kasey Kahne will be on hand to officially announce the Dodge Dealers' donation of 3,000 Nextel Cup tickets to the USO. Tickets to the Sept. 23 "Dodge Dealers 400" Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway will be distributed to troops and their families in the region. Leadership from Dodge, Dover International Speedway, the USO and Dover Air Force Base are expected to attend this event at AMC Museum, 1301 Heritage Road, Dover AFB, DE at 10:30am/et.(Dover International Speedway PR)(9-2-2007)

  • Grand Marshal & Starter named for Dover: Two important NASCAR traditions will be served by two famous and funny film stars to start the "Dodge Dealers 400" on Sept. 23 at the Monster Mile. Actor, comedian and Grand Marshal David Spade will give the command to start engines, and Honorary Starter R. Lee Ermey, well known for his role as Sgt. Hartman in the war movie classic "Full Metal Jacket," will wave the green flag to get the second race in the ten race "Chase for the Nextel Cup" underway at Dover. David Spade can currently be seen in Sony Pictures Television's hit series, "Rules of Engagement" which returns to CBS for its second season beginning Monday, September 24 at 9:30pm/et/pt. Instantly recognizable and known for his thunderous voice and intimidating stature, R. Lee Ermey has appeared in more than 60 films since retiring from the United States Marine Corps in 1972. Ermey was a Golden Globe nominee and won the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." Ermey is also the celebrity spokesperson for GLOCK "Safe Action" Pistols and can be seen each week on his show "Mail Call" on The History Channel. Ermey rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant while serving in the military before turning his attention to acting. In 2002, he received a promotion to E-7 Honorary Gunnery Sergeant becoming the first retiree in the history of the Marines to be promoted. The "Chase" returns to Dover International Speedway on Sept. 23 for the Dodge Dealers 400 Nextel Cup Series race. Tickets are still available for the entire Sept. 21-23 race weekend and can be purchased by calling 800-441-RACE or online at DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(8-28-2007)

  • Dover Fall race gets a sponsor: When the Nextel Cup Series returns to Dover next month, the concrete oval will be the same monster it has always been. The race itself will take on a new identity: the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway. The primary sponsorship builds on the strong presence Dodge has had as the official vehicle of the "Monster Mile." To kick off the Dodge Dealers 400, David Spade, "Saturday Night Live" alum and current star of the CBS comedy "Rules of Engagement", will serve as grand marshal. R. Lee Ermey, the recognizable host of "Mail Call," will serve as the honorary starter and wave the green flag. Dodge is giving fans the opportunity to get involved in the racing action by offering them fast fun with a high-speed spin in the Dodge SRT Thrill Rides. Fans can ride for free in a Dodge Viper SRT10 or Dodge Charger SRT8 on a high-speed, closed course. Dodge also is inviting consumers throughout the region to join in the fun:
    -- Any customer that purchases a Dodge car or truck from dealers in the Baltimore, DelMarVa Peninsula, Norfolk, Richmond or Roanoke areas or in West Virginia, between August 13 and September 10, will receive four tickets to the September 23rd Dodge Dealers 400 race. Visit www.FreeDoverTickets.com for details.
    -- Fans also can enter a "No Purchase Necessary" sweepstakes, simply by visiting www.FreeDoverTickets.com. Entrants will have a chance to win numerous prizes, including the Grand Prize - a VIP Experience at the Dodge Dealers 400. Five first-place prize winners will receive a pair of tickets to the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover and 125 second-place winners will receive Dodge merchandise.
    -- In a gesture of thanks to the men and women that defend the United States, 3,000 tickets will be distributed through the USO to active-duty servicemen and women and their families so they can enjoy the Dodge Dealers 400 in person. For more information on Dodge and Dodge Motorsports, visit www.Dodge.com.(DIS PR)(8-16-2007)

  • Dover confirms 2008 NASCAR race dates will follow tradition on NASCAR's annual schedule: Despite some industry speculation to the contrary, Dover International Speedway officials confirmed that the Monster Mile will host race weekends on May 30-June 1 and September 19-21, 2008. Dover International Speedway has played host to similar dates since 1987, and has hosted NASCAR's premiere series since 1969. The 2008 season will mark the 40th year of racing at the high-banked, one-mile oval. Tickets for the June 1, 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, May 31 NASCAR Busch Series race and May 30 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will go on sale to the public beginning on Monday, October 1, 2007. Tickets for the Sept. 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Sept. 20 NASCAR Busch Series race, and Sept. 19 NASCAR Busch East Series race will go on sale on Monday, December 10, 2007. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on September 21-23, 2007 as the "Chase for the Nextel Cup" races into Dover International Speedway. Race fans who purchase tickets to the upcoming event weekend, or any of the 2008 events, can now add event ticket insurance to their purchases. The new insurance option, provided by World Access, provides greater peace of mind and offers a full refund of the purchase price if the Dover ticket holder cannot attend the event for a number of unforeseen personal, medical or travel reasons. The Monster Mile offers a long list of ticket options including 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early-buy discounts and a variety of payment plans. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(7-27-2007)

  • Dover & World Access to offer event ticket insurance to race fans: If an event at Dover International Speedway [the Monster Mile] is postponed due to weather - as it was for the June 3, 2007 Nextel Cup Series race - fans who opt for event ticket insurance can now take comfort knowing that they will receive a full refund if they must work on the date of the rescheduled event. The new insurance option, provided by World Access, provides greater peace of mind and offers a full refund of the purchase price if the Dover ticket holder cannot attend the event for a number of unforeseen personal, medical or travel reasons. Dover International Speedway leads the way by becoming the first motorsports venue hosting NASCAR-sanctioned events to offer this level of service and protection for its fans. The insurance may be used for all NASCAR events held at Dover International Speedway, including the Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series, and Busch East Series races. All add-on fan hospitality options at Dover, like the Monster Mile Club and Blue Crew Premium Seating, may also be insured. All Dover fans will have the opportunity to add the event ticket insurance to their September 21-23, 2007 race tickets, beginning in late-July 2007. For more information, visit DoverSpeedway.com or by call the ticket office at 800-411-RACE. Dover International Speedway is partnering with World Access, a leading insurance and assistance company, to provide this coverage. World Access supplies the travel industry, financial institutions and healthcare companies with a wide variety of customized travel insurance and assistance services. The event ticket insurance is available for 5% of your total purchase, with a $6.25 minimum. If a medical issue, a traffic accident, a mechanical breakdown, or any of the other covered categories prevent the insured from attending an event, 100% of the ticket price, including shipping fees, is returned to the covered person. For more on this, see DoverSpeedway.com. The three other Dover Motorsports, Inc. venues - Gateway International Raceway, Memphis Motorsports Park and Nashville Superspeedway - will soon provide this same insurance option for their events.(DIS PR)(7-12-2007)

  • 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)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Hornish to attempt Dover: Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #06 Penske Truck Rental Dodge Avenger, will attempt to make his Nextel Cup Series debut at Dover International Speedway on Sunday in the Car of Tomorrow. This is Hornish's inaugural appearance at the 1-mile concrete oval. Although Hornish's 2008 plans have not been finalized, the 28-year-old is determined to qualify for each of the four remaining COT races, including two additional Car of Yesterday events, with Roy McCauley leading the charge.(Penske Racing PR)(9-19-2007)

  • Wimmer to attempt Cup race: Scott Wimmer will attempt to qualify for his second Cup Series race of the season at Dover International Speedway, giving RCR four entries in the Dodge Dealers 400. Wimmer was behind the wheel of the #33 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, where he started 22nd and finished 33rd after being involved in an incident on pit road. The #33 Chevy will be sponsored by Holiday Inn and will be crewed by RCR's #2 Busch Series team and crew chief Dan Deeringhoff.(RCR PR)(9-19-2007)

  • Ambrose not to race Cup at Dover..to take a raincheck: Marcos Ambrose has chosen family over money, turning down the chance to compete in this weekend's Nextel Cup race in Delaware [Dover]. The former V8 Supercar champion was entered to drive a #77 Robby Gordon Motorsport Ford at the race at Dover International Speedway. The deal was meant as a payback after Ambrose and Gordon clashed in the Montreal Busch Series race. However Ambrose has rescheduled his deal with Gordon as his wife Sonja is expecting the couple's second child this weekend. "We'll try and hook up down the road," Ambrose said yesterday. Ambrose will have a private plane on stand-by to make sure he can rush home to North Carolina as soon as his racing commitments finish. Despite his delay getting to Nextel Cup, Ambrose has the support of Ford and is expected to move to the series at least part-time next year while still driving in the Busch Series. Any deal to move up to the Nextel Cup would come with his current team, Wood Brothers/JTG Racing.(Herald-Sun)(9-18-2007)

  • Kenny Wallace back in the #88 at Dover: Kenny Wallace will be driving the #88 Snickers Ford at Dover, Ricky [Rudd] told Friday the team he won't be healed enough by Dover to race. After that it is still a race by race decision, making sure Rudd is healed enough not to put himself in a worse position in case of another accident.(Kennywallace.com)(9-17-2007)

  • Ambrose may run for Robby at Dover: Marcos Ambrose gets a do-over. One of the feel-good stories of this year happened when Robby Gordon provided a Nextel Cup car for Australia's Ambrose at Watkins Glen, a week after an on-track confrontation cost both of them a victory in the Busch race in Montreal. The only problem was, qualifying was rained out and Ambrose never got an opportunity. Gordon says he's going to enter Ambrose in one of his Ford Fusions for Dover.(Sports Illustrated)(9-4-2007)

  • Latest on Hornish to NASCAR: UPDATE: If all goes better than it did on this crisp September day, [Sam Hornish & Crew Chief Roy McCauley] will be together permanently at Penske Racing when the 2008 season begins at Daytona. "It's a good match right now," McCauley said. "Obviously, I had a situation that took me away from it. I can help him a lot and give him an opportunity to have good experience around him and have a great crew around him. We'll go from there. I can't predict anything. And I don't like predicting anything." Predictions aside, it's a safe bet to say Hornish is planning to drive a full schedule. Otherwise, he wouldn't be trying to make all five Car of Tomorrow races and possibly two others over the final 10 Cup events of this season. "I can't say that there's no possibility that we'd do it, because we wouldn't be over here doing this if there wasn't," Hornish said with a smile. "I look at it as a new challenge." But Hornish remained firm that he's split down the middle on whether to run Cup or return to the IRL next season.(ESPN.com)(9-15-2007)
    UPDATE: Team owner Roger Penske says his gut tells him he wants to move Indy Racing League driver Sam Hornish from the Indy Racing League to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing next season. Penske said there is a chance that Hornish could be entered in another race after he missing NHIS. "Every bit of track time he can get will only make him better if he runs," Penske said. Penske could move some resources from his part-time Busch Series team for his third Nextel Cup team. He said with the difference in the Busch car compared to the car of tomorrow, there is little information that can be transferred from one to the other.(SceneDaily.com)(9-17-2007)

  • Hornish to run at NHIS in #06: Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #06 Penske Truck Rental Dodge Avenger, will attempt to make his Nextel Cup Series debut at New Hampshire on Sunday in the Car of Tomorrow. This is Hornish's first run at the 1.058-mile oval. Although Hornish's 2008 plans have not been determined, the 28-year-old will attempt to qualify for no more than seven events, including each of the five remaining COT races with Roy McCauley leading the charge taking chassis PRS-512 to this weekend's Sylvania 300. This car was last driven by Kurt Busch at Phoenix in April where it started sixth and finished 18th. Hornish on New Hampshire International Speedway: "I'm excited about my first Cup race but there is definitely a lot of pressure. At this point, qualifying on Friday is our main concern. Hopefully we'll get it in. The COT cars are pretty good but they'll be even better if I make it in."(Penske Racing PR)(9-11-2007)

  • 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 Dominos Pizza #00 Schemes Page
    #07-Clint Bowyer DIRECTV #07 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam Black #7 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Nintendo Wii #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth DeWalt/NANO #17 Schemes Page
    #21-Ken Schrader US Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray IRWIN Industrial Tools #26 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Halo 3 #40 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells Fargo #45 Schemes Page
    #66-Jeff Green Comast #66 Schemes Page


  • DIRECTV back on the #07: Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will feature DIRECTV colors this weekend in Dover. Jack Daniel's, the team's customary primary sponsor, 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.(9-19-2007)

  • Comcast on the #66 at Dover: Comcast Corporation, a Best Buy retail partner, will be the primary sponsor of the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy and driver Jeff Green during the Nextel Cup Series weekend at Dover International Speedway. The Dover event marks the second time this season Green's Chevy is carrying a special black and yellow design representing Comcast, the nation's leading provider of cable and entertainment products and services, which is headquartered in nearby Philadelphia, PA. The design was also featured on the #66 entry at Chicagoland Speedway in July.(Best Buy Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #66 Team Schemes page.(9-19-2007)

  • Special Scheme for Kenseth at Dover UPDATE: #17-Matt Kenseth is scheduled to run a DeWALT / NANO Technologies special paint scheme at Dover on September 23rd. See an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(9-17-2007)
    UPDATE: This weekend, the #17 Ford Fusion will be painted black and carrying the DEWALT NANO Technology logo. NANO Technology is a proprietary technology from DEWALT that delivers to the user longer cycle life, lighter weight, greater performance, and an expanded system of tool offerings.(Roush Fenway Racing)(9-19-2007)

  • Stremme to feature Halo 3 scheme at Dover: Target, Microsoft and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced that the # 40 Dodge will feature an exclusive "Halo 3"-themed paint scheme during the Doodge Dealers 400 Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 23. As fans throughout the world line up for the blockbuster Xbox 360 title, CGRFS driver David Stremme will showcase a distinctly designed paint scheme in advance of the game's much anticipated release on Tuesday, September 25. In addition to the special paint scheme in the Nextel Cup race on Sunday, Target and Microsoft are giving select drivers the chance to play "Halo 3", one of the most anticipated video games of all time, before it releases to the public. "Halo 3," the final chapter in the groundbreaking "Halo" trilogy, is set to shatter day-one entertainment sales records when it is released worldwide beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25.(CGRFS PR), see an image of what the scheme is supposed to look like on my #40 Team Schemes page.(9-14-2007)

  • Wii scheme on the #16 at two races: For two Nextel Cup races, #16-Greg Biffle will run a special Nintendo Wii paint scheme for the #16 Ford at Watkins Glen in August and Dover in September. See an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(7-3-2007)
    UPDATE: Greg Biffle will debut a Nintendo Wii-themed Ford at Watkins Glen in August and then provide an encore performance at Dover in September. Nintendo's partnership with Roush Fenway Racing is the company's first endeavor with NASCAR.(Roush Fenway PR)(7-17-2007)

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


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