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THE RACE: Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks

Sprint Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, June 1, 2008 in Dover, DE

  • Title Sponsor: Best Buy

  • Track: Dover International Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:10pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • FOX 1:30pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, June 5 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, June 5 at 5:30pm/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

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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, May 30, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, May 31, 12:00 - 12:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, May 31, 1:20 - 2:20pm/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, May 30, 10:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, May 30 at 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air reported;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Kyle Busch wins at Dover: #18-Kyle Busch won the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of 2008 and 8th of his career. #99-Edwards finished 2nd, followed by #16-Biffle, #17-Kenseth, #24-Gordon, #1-Truex Jr., #48-Johnson, #31-Burton, #22-Blaney and #26-McMurray. There was one big wreck, early in the race which knocked six curretn Chase drivers out of the race or way back in the running order. A few involved included #88-Earnhardt Jr who finished 35th, #29-Harvick 38th, #20-Stewart 41st and #11-Hamlin 43rd. There were only 5 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps and 9 drivers lead a lap for 15 lead changes.
    For races results, awrds and more, see my Dover Race Results Awards Page.(6-1-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Dover race 13 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 2050 [4 wins]
    2) #31-Jeff Burton 1908 -142 [1 win]
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1779 -271
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 1713 -337 [would be 3rd without 100 pt penalty][3 wins]
    5) #16-Greg Biffle 1658 -392
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 1646 -404
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1644 -406 [1 win]
    8) #07-Clint Bowyer 1633 -417 [1 win]
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 1630 -420 [1 win]
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 1566 -484
    11) #20-Tony Stewart 1551 -499
    12) #9-Kasey Kahne 1524 -526 [1 win]
    other chase contenders
    13) #6-David Ragan 1516 -534 [8 pts out of the chase]
    14) #12-Ryan Newman 1495 -555 [1 win]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Dover page.(6-1-2008)

  • Dover International Speedway Penalty Report:
    Car #, Reason, Penalty, Lap Issued
    1 20 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 17
    2 66 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 17
    3 15 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 18
    4 9 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 19
    5 21 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 19
    6 07 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 22
    7 43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 18
    8 34 Intentionally causing a caution 2 Laps 66
    9 34 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 67
    10 77 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 68
    11 9 Removing equipment from assigned pit area MCI 69
    12 78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 75
    13 9 Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road. TE 76
    14 78 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 76
    15 66 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 107
    16 00 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 152
    17 48 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 152
    18 01 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 151
    19 83 Excessive speed - Exiting pits PT 231
    20 29 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 244
    21 40 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 245
    22 83 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 245
    23 00 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. PT 328
    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)(6-1-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none...no drivers a lap down
    Caution 2: #9-Kahne, 31st
    Caution 3: #96-Yeley, 24th
    Caution 4: #42-Montoya, 12th
    Caution 5: #42-Montoya(2), 12th
    (6-1-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Kyle Busch won the Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway after starting the race third. Busch scored his eighth career victory in his 127th career race. Busch's previous victory came at Darlington. Busch scored his fourth victory in 2008, the most in the series. Three of those victories have come in the past five races. Busch scored his seventh straight top-10 finish, extending a streak that began at Texas. This is Busch's first victory in seven races at Dover. His previous best Dover finish was second (twice). It marked his fifth top-five finish in seven races at Dover.
    * Busch's win marked Toyota's fifth victory in 2008. Chevrolet and Ford each have three wins, and Dodge has two.
    * Greg Biffle led the most laps, leading three different times for 164 laps total.
    * This was the fifth victory for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008.
    * Busch led four times for 158 laps, including the final 74.
    * Carl Edwards (second) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2008. Edwards has scored top-10 finishes in his past four races, extending a streak that began at Richmond. Edwards has finished third or better in the past four races at Dover.
    * Busch remained first in the points standings. Busch gained 48 points in the race. He is now 142 points ahead of Jeff Burton -- the largest championship lead so far this season.
    * Busch has won 10 races in NASCAR's three National divisions (four in Cup, four in Nationwide, two in Trucks). Busch is the only driver to score nine top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes in 13 races this season.
    * Biffle (third) scored his fifth straight top-10 finish at Dover.
    * Matt Kenseth (fourth) scored his third top-10 finish in his past three races.
    * Jeff Gordon (fifth) scored his fourth straight top-10 finish, extending a streak that began at Richmond. He climbed from 10th to sixth in points.
    * Burton (eighth) is the only driver to score top-15 finishes in all 13 races this season.
    * Sam Hornish Jr. (18th) was the highest-finishing rookie.
    * Kevin Harvick (38th) extended the longest streak of running at the finish of 57 races that began at Kansas in October 2006.
    * A Lap 18 accident involving 11 cars (Nos. 07, 9, 11, 15, 19, 20, 21, 29, 43, 66 and 88) resulted in a 15-minute, 42-second red flag. Six of the top 12 in points were involved in this accident, resulting in a shuffle in the points standings.
    * Only six cars finished on the lead lap, the fewest in a race this season.(ESPN.com)(6-3-2008)

  • Competition Yellow at lap 30: NASCAR will throw a competition caution after 30 laps [unless there is a caution before lap 30] of the Best Buy 400 today at Dover International Speedway. Teams cannot refuel prior to the competition caution. The caution will allow teams to check tire wear because there is not as much rubber on the track after Saturday's rain. A typical fuel run at Dover would be between 70 and 80 laps.(SceneDaily)
    UPDATE: with an 11 car wreck on lap 18, taking out #19-Sadler, #11-Hamlin, #20-Stewart and doing serious damage to #88-Earnhardt Jr., #29-Harvick among others, there will probably not be any competition yellow.(6-1-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 1, 2008.
    TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 1:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, June 5 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, June 5 at 5:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway is over after being delayed practice, the teams got about 10-15 minutes of practice, then the rain came back, the fastest when the rains came:
    #48-Johnson 150.830
    #11-Hamlin 150.319
    #18-Busch 149.750
    #99-Edwards 149.663
    #1-Truex Jr. 149.638
    Slowest: #00-McDowell 144.133 & #7-Crafton 144.922
    no speed for: #21-Elliott
    For the speeds and average speeds, laps run and more, see my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(5-30-2008)

  • Saturday's 1st practice for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway is over, the top 5 were:
    #48-Johnson 151.847
    #18-Busch 151.585
    #24-Gordon 150.678
    #11-Hamlin 150.426
    #16-Biffle 150.244
    slowest: #34-Raines 145.220 & #21-Elliott 145.355
    most laps run: #17-Kenseth 47; #2-Busch 43
    For the speeds and average speeds, laps run and more, see my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(5-31-2008)

  • Biffle wins pole at Dover: #16-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 155.219mph [about 1.5mph faster then 2nd] for his 2nd pole of 2008 and 6th of his career, #2-Busch starts 2nd, followed by #18-Busch, #48-Johnson, #26-McMurray, #83-Vickers, #24-Gordon, #84-Allmendinger, #19-Sadler and #40-Mayfield. The go-or-go homers who made the race: #84-Allmendinger, #40-Mayfield [see, he can still drive!], #77-Hornish Jr., #21-Elliott [no champ prov needed], #06-Yeley, #78-Nemechek, #10-Carpentier and #34-Raines [first Cup start of 2008]. Missing the race: #70-Leffler and #45-McCumbee
    For qualifying results. order, pole progression, starting lineup and more, see my Dover Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(5-30-2008)

  • Dover Qualifying Fast Facts:
    .. Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks with a lap of 23.193 seconds, 155.219 mph.
    .. This is his sixth pole in 199 career Sprint Cup races.
    .. This is his second pole and fourth top-10 start in 2008.
    .. This is Biffle’s first pole and sixth top-10 start in 12 races at Dover International Speedway.
    .. Kurt Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2008 and his 11th in 16 Dover races.
    .. Kyle Busch (third) posted his 10th top-10 start of the season and his second in seven races at Dover.
    .. Jimmie Johnson (fourth) joined Kyle Busch as the only drivers with 10 top-10 starts in 2008.
    .. AJ Allmendinger (eighth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Sam Hornish Jr. (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-30-2008)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #48-Johnson, 153.754, starts 4th
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 153.971, starts 2nd
    Ford: #16-Biffle, 155.219, starts 1st
    Toyota: #18-Busch, 153.787, starts 3rd
    (5-30-2008)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start at Dover:
    #00-Michael McDowell, 151.261, starts 32nd
    #01-Regan Smith, 151.350, starts 29th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (X), 150.363, starts 36th
    #77-Sam Hornish, 152.458, starts 16th
    X = needed to race their way in to the race
    (5-30-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 30, 2008 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: SPEED at 12:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #8-Earnhardt Jr., the final top-35 driver scheduled is #2-Busch. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #96-Yeley, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #21-Elliott. See the full qualifying order on my Dover Qualifying Page.(5-30-2008)

  • Friday practice for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway is over, the top five:
    #24-Gordon 154.407
    #99-Edwards 153.899
    #16-Biffle 153.794
    #18-Busch 153.708
    #48-Johnson 153.649
    slowest: #5-Mears 148.093 and #01-Smith 149.248
    most laps run: #17-Kenseth 43; 316-Biffle & 32-Busch 40
    For the speeds and average speeds, laps run and more, see my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(5-30-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Dover
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #40-Jermey Mayfield, 13th fastest
    #70-Jason Leffler, 15th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 16th
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr., 17th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 31st
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 35th
    #21-Bill Elliott [has past champ prov to use if needed], 37th
    #34-Tony Raines, 38th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #45-Chad McCumbee, 41st
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 43rd
    (5-30-2008)

  • Entry List for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (12/43)
    #21-Bill Elliott (12/44) [can use past chhamp provisional]
    #34-Tony Raines (12/45)
    #40-Jeremy Mayfield (12/38)
    #45-Chad McCumbee (12/41)
    #70-Jason Leffler (12/44)
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. (12/36)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (12/42)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (12/39)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (12/37)
    withdrawn:
    #08-Tony Raines (6/48)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,77,96,40,84,45,78,10
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 70,34
    See the full entry list on my Jayski's Dover Entry List
    (5-27/29-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
    REVISED after penalties to the #66 and #70 teams on 5-28-2008
    just some changes in order and Hornish in now only out of the top 35 by 3 pts
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing, 945, +14
    32) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis, 941, +11
    33) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc, 941, +11
    34) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing, 935, +5
    35) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing, 933, 3 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing, 930, -3 points out of 35th
    37) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing, 779, -154
    38) #40-Mayfield/Ganassi Racing 760, -173
    39) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing, 757, -176
    40) #45-McCumbee/Petty Racing, 630, -303
    43) #70-Leffler/Haas CNC Racing, 587, -346
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(5-25/28-2008)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

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

  • Sept 2007 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 101.846mph, started 15th

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

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

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

  • Sept 2007 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 154.765mph, finished 14th

  • 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: 20 - 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 76 races] 14.5%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 12
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 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: 4
  • 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 76 - 59.2%
  • Races won from the top 10: 59 of 76 - 77.6%

  • At Dover International Speedway:
    • The first Sprint Cup Series race was held on July 5, 1969.
    • The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.
    • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover was May 15, 1982.
    • The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
    • The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.
    • The first Craftsman Truck Series race was held in September 2000.
    • There have been 76 Sprint Cup races at Dover International Speedway since the track opened in 1969.
    • There was one race in 1969 and 1970. There has been two-a-year since 1971.
    • There have been 32 different pole winners at Dover led by David Pearson (six).
    • David Pearson won the first Sprint Cup pole at Dover in July 1969.
    • Mark Martin and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers, each with four poles at Dover.
    • 31 different drivers have posted victories at Dover led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, each with seven.
    • Richard Petty won the first Sprint Cup race at Dover.
    • Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers, each with four victories at Dover.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 races at Dover, more than any other organization.
    • 44 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position while only 17 races, including the past four, have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    • The furthest back in the field that a Dover race winner started was 37th,by Kyle Petty in 1995.
    • Ryan Newman won at Dover 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 at Dover. Newman then won again in the fall of 2004, giving Dodge three of their five Dover victories in the four-race span.(NASCAR PR)(5-28-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-Michael McDowell Microsoft Small Business Specialist #00 Team Schemes Page
    #07-Clint Bowyer DIRECTV #07 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam #7 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Bumper to Bumper #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Team Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Menard's/Pittsburgh Paints #15 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth DeWalt NANO #17 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Combos #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy/Garmin/Autism Speaks #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott US Air Force #21 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Chad McCumbee Richard Petty Driving Experience #45 Team Schemes Page
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Trucking #77 Team Schemes Page


  • #00 gets primary sponsor for Dover IMAGES added: Microsoft is continuing on its commitment to connect its Small Business Specialist Community with the more than 21 million small and home-based businesses in the U.S. by announcing an additional NASCAR sponsorship opportunity with Michael Waltrip Racing. In conjunction with California-based advertising agency RainMakers International, this sponsorship will provide an affordable marketing platform for Microsoft's Small Business Specialist Partners, service providers and Small Business+ customers on both a local and national level by helping to dramatically increase their exposure. Microsoft announced in April an associate sponsorship on Michael Waltrip Racing's #00 Toyota Camry entry, driven by rookie Michael McDowell. To kick off this exciting new opportunity, the Michael Waltrip Racing #00 car will feature a full car Microsoft Small Business and SBSC primary sponsorship design for the June 1st race at Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. In addition, the Microsoft Across America Mobile Event Experience Truck will be in the newly designed "Fan Zone" at Dover International Speedway throughout the race weekend where fans can come to view and learn more about Small Business offerings from Microsoft and this sponsorship. All three of Michael Waltrip Racing's (MWR) cars (#00, #44, #55) are in the top 35 in owner's points, which means they are guaranteed to be on the track for the upcoming races of the 2008 NASCAR season. In the event the #00 car is not in a race for whatever reason, MWR will put the SBSC Blue Badge onto one of its other two cars for that race, so it continues to have on track presence throughout the entire 2008 NASCAR season. This opportunity follows on Microsoft's earlier NASCAR sponsorship with BAM Racing.(MWR PR), See images of the scheme on my #00 Team Schemes page.(5-24-2008)

  • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper to sponsor #10 for 2 races: Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper has contracted with Gillett Evernham Motorsports as the primary sponsor for six 2008 races. The Auto Value logo will decorate the Dodge race car for three races during the season while the other three races will showcase the Bumper to Bumper logo on the renowned Gillett Evernham Dodge racecar. Taking the wheel of the #10 Dodge in 2008 Sprint Cup races will be new GEM teammate Patrick Carpentier. He will drive the #10 Bumper to Bumper Dodge on June 1 at the Dover International Speedway and the #10 Auto Value Dodge at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2008. Auto Value will be making their first appearance in international racing during the Nationwide Series race with the #9 Auto Value Dodge on the track in Mexico at the Autodromo in Mexico City, April 20, 2008 with Carpentier taking the wheel. A driver, yet to be announced, will be at the Kentucky Speedway on June 15, 2008 behind the wheel of the #9 Bumper to Bumper Dodge for another Nationwide Series race. Elliott Sadler will begin his second year of driving for Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper in two Nationwide Series races in 2008. Sadler will be racing the #9 Auto Value Dodge July 11, 2008 at the Chicagoland Speedway and the #9 Bumper to Bumper Dodge August 22, 2008 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be an associate sponsor of the Gillett Evernham Dodges for all other Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races in 2008 and will receive branding on Gillett Evernham team uniforms, team haulers and pit equipment.(Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper site)(1-23-2008), see images of the schemes on the #10 Team Schemes page. Comment here

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


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: 137,500
    Pit Road Speed: 35mph
    Pace Car Speed: 45mph
    Opened: 1969

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Camille Galli & family Joe, Shelly & Francesca, winners of Best Buy 400 auction to benefit Autism Speaks & Brad Morrill, Best Buy Senior Manager of Motorsports
    Command to start engines: Camille Galli & family Joe, Shelly & Francesca & Brad Morrill
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Kimberly Frank, GM, Dover Best Buy
    Invocation: Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, N.J.
    National Anthem: Emerson Drive
    Military Flyover: (3) F-16's, 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard
    Honor Guard: Military District of Washington Armed Forces Color Guard
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: doverspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Dover International Speedway

  • Last Year: see my June Dover Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the September Dover Race Info page




  • Special Start/Finish Line at Dover: Autism Speaks, the nation's leading non-profit organization dedicated to autism is championing an effort and encouraging race fans to cheer for a special goal at this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at the Dover International Speedway. This goal will extend far beyond the racecars crossing the finish line by bringing the NASCAR community a unique "Goal Line" dedicated to Autism Speaks. In a first-of-its-kind, the proverbial black and white checkered finish line has been transformed into a symbolic paint scheme featuring the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece logo alternating across the grid, forming the new "Goal Line" of the race. The puzzle piece, which symbolizes Autism Speaks and the missing piece of the autism puzzle, will commemorate the longstanding efforts of Autism Speaks and its dedication towards changing the future for all those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.(PR)(5-31-2008)

  • Bruton looking at Dover? Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith said on Tuesday that, based on conversations he has had with Dover officials, the track is "more or less for sale." Smith's company, Speedway Motorsports Inc., owns six NASCAR tracks and is buying another in Sparta, Ky., for a reported $78 million. Dover Motorsports Inc. president and CEO Denis McGlynn would not speak in detail about the Delaware track's status. "I can never read [Smith's] mind," McGlynn said Wednesday. "These situations can be somewhat frustrating as a publicly held company. We don't, and cannot, comment on acquisitions. We are not allowed to speculate." McGlynn insists that moving one or both of the track's dates to another venue wouldn't make sense. "Under any circumstance, whether we remain the way we are or are sold, the markets don't change," McGlynn said. "We're the only track in NASCAR that serves four markets -- Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York." Despite its proximity to those four major cities, Dover Motorsports earnings have been up and down in recent years, according to financial reports. In 2007, the company's earnings topped $86 million, compared to $91 million in 2006 and 2005, $84 million in 2004 and $78 million in 2003. The track's ownership is separate from that of the adjoining casino, hotel and harness racing operations, which are owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment Inc.(Delaware News Journal)
    AND If Marathon Partners LP has its way, Dover International Speedway will be the next purchase of Speedway Motorsports Inc. Mario D. Cibelli, the manager of the largest outside shareholder of Dover Motorsports Inc., on Thursday sent a letter to the board of directors urging the company to sell. "We're really getting down to the end of a consolidation of the industry," said Cibelli, noting the remaining tracks with Cup dates are owned by SMI and International Speedway Corporation."It's clear Dover does not have an independent future. In my opinion, it's time to do something now." Marathon Partners owns 7½% of Dover Motorsports Inc. Cibelli said he hasn't talked to another shareholder that doesn't agree with his position, which he first stated in a letter written last year.(see more at ESPN.com)(5-29-2008)

  • Emerson Drive to perform benefit concert at Dover: Grammy-nominated band Emerson Drive will perform a benefit concert on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 8 p.m. in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casi#Heluva Good!, sponsor of the Saturday, May 31 "Heluva Good! 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover, is underwriting the cost of the concert so that all proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware. Emerson Drive will also perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 1, 2008. Tickets are now on sale for the concert and can be purchased by calling 800-711-5882 or online at DoverDowns.com. Tickets are priced from $25 to $35 and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the concert scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available for the June 1 "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 "Heluva Good! 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 "AAA Insurance 200" NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS PR)(5-29-2008)

  • Sprint Cup Series race at Dover to be named the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks": Dover International Speedway and Best Buy officials announced that the June 1, 2008 Sprint Cup Series race will be named the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks." A variety of initiatives are planned for Dover's May 30 - June 1, 2008 NASCAR race weekend to increase awareness and raise funds for Autism Speaks. While Best Buy is in its fourth season as a team sponsor, with its iconic yellow tag logo appearing on Elliott Sadler's #19 Gillett Evernham Motorsports entry in select 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, this race marks the first time the company has sponsored a NASCAR event. This event also marks the second year Autism Speaks has partnered with Dover International Speedway. Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Student Clubs for Autism Speaks (SCAS) helps further the mission of Autism Speaks by creating the opportunity for students to engage and actively participate in positively affecting the lives of people with autism. Through education, awareness, friendship and fundraising, SCAS includes students at the middle school, high school and college level.(Dover Raceway/Best Buy PR)(4-22-2008)

  • Dover's Monster Monument is coming together - one limb at a time: Dover International Speedway's big addition for the 2008 season - The Monster Monument - is coming together on schedule at ACI Composites in Lancaster, Pa. The 46-foot structure is much too large to be housed indoors, so Miles' current home is just outside the front door at the factory. The ACI team has completed welding together the inner support beams of the monster including the head and face, torso and shoulders. Within the next few weeks, the crew will begin assembling the arms and hands of the monster along with putting the finishing touches on the full-size Dodge 'Car of Tomorrow' stock car that will be mounted in his right hand. Once those pieces are finished, they will be temporarily mounted on the monster before the entire structure is carved out of sprayed foam and then wrapped in fiberglass. The large shards of broken concrete have been built, assembled and sprayed with fiberglass. These pieces will be mounted on top of the base of the structure and will give the appearance of the monster breaking through the ground. In late-April, the entire structure will be disassembled and shipped in several large pieces, to be erected again on-site in its permanent location outside of Turn 4 at Dover International Speedway. The monster will be placed atop a 7-foot-tall, 60-foot-round base, which will include a chronological listing of all past Dover winners by race and series. A grand unveiling of the Monster Monument, Victory Plaza, the expanded FanZone and more is scheduled for May 14, 2008 with special guest Jeff Gordon. The Monster Monument will be complete when NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile for the May 30 - June 1 and Sept. 19 - 21, 2008 race weekends.(Dover International Speedway PR)(3-12-2008)

  • The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza planned for Dover: He's been portrayed as an intimidating, car crushing creature who wreaks havoc on NASCAR's most skilled competitors. He's been molded into the winner's trophy, playfully mimicked by victorious drivers, featured in a comic book, and posed as an action figure. In 2008, Miles the Monster will become the largest attraction at a NASCAR track and will be one of the tallest fiberglass structures in the world. The Monster Monument will stand 46-feet-tall amongst race fans in the newly created Victory Plaza at Dover International Speedway. The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza will be completed prior to the May 30 - June 1, 2008 race weekend and will become a new focal point for race fans visiting the Monster Mile. Nearly five stories tall, the structure depicts the monster bursting out of the concrete ground, carrying with him a full-scale stock car in his right hand that will hover high over race fans below. Glowing red eyes and a menacing grin will make the monster a "must see" for race fans visiting the Monster Mile in June, September, and all year round. Motorists on Route 1, the major highway behind the Speedway, will also be able to see the Monster Monument's bright red eyes when commuting past the track.
    The 60-foot-round base of the monument will serve as a tribute to all Dover race winners and legendary drivers who make their mark at the Monster Mile. Special driver dedications will be commemorated around the base of the monument which will also include a chronological listing of Dover winners by race and series. Richard Petty and Bobby Allison, each with seven career wins at Dover, will be the first drivers to be honored. Details regarding the special dedications and ceremonies will be announced prior to the June race weekend.
    Located outside Turn 4 of the one-mile oval, Victory Plaza will welcome race fans who are entering the facility from Leipsic Road, the various RV lots, and the parking areas located on the east side of the Speedway. Fans will walk through a new archway and up a colorful walkway as they make their way towards the Monster Monument, new FanZone, souvenir haulers and frontstretch grandstands.
    The FanZone has doubled in size since last year and now encompasses 7.8 acres of land at the Speedway. The expansion eliminates the road formerly known as Old Leipsic Road. The FanZone features fan experiences, sampling, interactive attractions, driver appearances and more. It's free and open to the public every day of race weekend. Also under construction is a 3,800 sq. foot emergency services building that will be completed in time for the May 30 - June 1, 2008 event weekend. The building is centrally located near Gate 1 of the Speedway, and will provide an improved base of operations for Dover's emergency response system. The new facility will further enhance the Speedway's emergency response efforts on race weekends.
    NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile May 30 - June 1 and Sept. 19 - 21, 2008. Dover continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early-buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(1-28-2008)

  • Tickets for Fall Races at Dover go on sale: As the second race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” the Monster Mile has been known to throw a high-banked wrench into the 10-race championship playoffs. The concrete, one-mile oval has become a track most of the “Chasers” worry about surviving, while fans in the stands have come to know Dover’s Sept. race as one of the most entertaining and exciting races in the Chase. Beginning on Monday, Dec. 10 at 8:00 a.m., fans can secure their seats for the Sept. 21 Sprint Cup Series race, Sept. 20 RoadLoans.com 200 Nationwide Series race and Sept. 19 Sunoco 150 Grand National Division, East Series race by calling 800-441-RACE or at DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(12-9-2007)

  • Dover Motorsports reports lower quarterly revenues: Dover Motorsports Inc. officials say the expected decrease in NASCAR television revenues were to blame as the company reported lower revenues for the financial quarter that ended Sept. 30. The track operator said it had revenues of $40.951 million, down from $42.441 million in the comparable quarter of 2006, after promoting seven major motorsports events in each quarter. The company said in a press release that broadcast rights fees from the new industry-wide TV contract with NASCAR decreased in 2007 by 10 percent and represented substantially all of the decrease in revenue during the third quarter. (SceneDaily.com)(10-28-2007)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle [Wrangler/Trucks] Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,450, Right-side -- 1,450;
    Nationwide Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 400, Right-side -- 400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4134; Right-side -- D-4148

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 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 (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck -- will run the same tire codes at Dover this weekend . . . compared to the tire codes run at Dover in 2007, there have been slight changes to the left-side construction to improve performance and to the right-side compound to improve treadwear . . . in addition to Dover, major NASCAR teams are scheduled to run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Michigan and Kentucky this season . . . this left-side code (D-4134) will also be run with a different right-side code at Texas and Chicagoland . . . unique among NASCAR's one-mile ovals, 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.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • #34 team gets sponsor for Dover UPDATE: The #34 Front Row Motorsports Chevy driver [either John Andretti or Jeff Green] takes the track with associate sponsorship from doorstopnation.com. Dealing with, among innumerable other things,  entertainment, sports and  Americana. The Doorstop Nation was founded in 2005 by Joe Laracuente and it has gained a loyal and growing following. See more at Doorstopnation.com.(Doorstop Nation PR)(5-29-2008)
    UPDATE: being told that Tony Raines, who tested the #34 at Pocono on Tues/Wed, will drive the car at Dover and that the #08 Dodge that was entered by EM Motorsports has been withdrawn.(5-29-2008) Comment here

  • Mayfield to drive #40 at Dover: Dario Franchitti, full-time driver of the #40 CGRFS Dodge, will sit out this weekend’s Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, but will return to the action in the #40 Fastenal Dodge on Saturday in the Nationwide Series race. Jeremy Mayfield will be the substitute driver of the #40 Target Dodge this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Mayfield has 25 starts at the Monster Mile, where he still holds the track qualifying record (161.522 mph, 22.288 seconds) which he earned in June 2004. In addition to that pole position he holds two more, one coming in September 2000 and then again in September 2004. Franchitti and the #40 CGRFS Cup team tested at Pocono Raceway this week along with the majority of the NSCS teams. It marked Franchitti’s first time back in the #40 NSCS car since he was injured in the NNS race at Talladega Superspeedway in late April.(CGRFS PR)(5-28-2008) Comment here

  • Robby to run Baja & Dover, Crafton to sub: #7-Robby Gordon once again prepares for double duty action - he will race more than 850 miles this weekend while running both the Baja 500 and the Best Buy 400 at Dover. Widely regarded as one of the best off-road racers of all time, Gordon's weekend will begin in Ensenada, Mexico for the 40th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on Saturday while Truck Series regular Matt Crafton practices and qualifies the #7 Jim Beam Dodge in Dover. Immediately following the conclusion of the Baja 500, Gordon will make his way cross country to Dover to start the Best Buy 400 on Sunday. Thursday will mark a day in history, when Gordon is honored at the 5th annual Monster Energy Baja Legacy party and inducted into the Carreras Cantina Hall of Fame.(RGM PR)(5-28-2008) Comment here

  • Leffler to test #70 at Pocono, could run Dover: Jason Leffler said Saturday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway that the “tentative plan” is for him to drive Haas CNC Racing’s #70 Sprint Cup Chevy at Dover next weekend. Leffler drives Braun Racing’s #38 Toyota in the Nationwide Series but has gotten permission to drive in Cup. Leffler said he tested for Haas CNC at Nashville Superspeedway recently, the first time he’s driven NASCAR’s new model car. Leffler will also test the #70 at Pocono Raceway next week [May 27-28], he said. Leffler’s deal is for one race, but he could do more.(SceneDaily)(5-25-2008) Comment here

  • Terry Labonte to Drive for Petty UPDATE: Terry Labonte will be a teammate to his brother Bobby at Petty Enterprises starting next month, pending sponsor approval. Terry (and Chad McCumbee) will drive the #45 when Kyle Petty gets out for the summer. Petty is scheduled to compete in the Coca-Cola 600 and then miss the next seven races (one for his daughter's wedding and the other six to work as an analyst for TNT). McCumbee likely will drive at Dover and Chicago. Terry Labonte likely will drive in the other five races. Labonte's addition is key for Petty Enterprises because the #45 car is not in the top 35 in car owner points. Labonte's second of his two titles came in 1996 -- that makes him the most recent champion not in the top 35 since Bill Elliott's title came in 1988. Thus, Labonte would be guaranteed a starting spot each time he starts, while the Wood Brothers would lose that even with Elliott in the seat. This would be the second time the Labonte brothers have run as teammates. Terry Labonte drove in five races for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2005 when Bobby Labonte was there. Terry Labonte ranks fourth in series history with 851 career starts. He won 22 races.(Roanoke Times)(5-11-2008)
    UPDATE: Petty Enterprises announces its driver lineup for the #45 Marathon/Wells Fargo/PVA Dodge for the races beginning with the June 1 event at Dover through the July 12 event at Chicagoland. Kyle Petty is scheduled to step away from the car at Dover to attend his daughter's wedding. Petty will also return to the broadcasting booth to cover the Sprint Cup events that will air on TNT Sports, which begin with the June 8 event at Pocono. Petty made his TNT Sports broadcasting debut in 2007 to rave reviews and accolades. Petty will return when the series makes its annual mid-summer trek to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chad McCumbee will bookend Petty's hiatus by getting behind the wheel of the #45 Dodge at Dover and Chicagoland. He previously filled in for Petty at Pocono and the Michigan International Speedway in 2007 and at the Texas Motor Speedway last month. McCumbee's best finish for Petty Enterprises came at Pocono when he came home 25th. "As a father there aren't many days more special than the day you get to give your daughter away in marriage," said Petty. "I appreciate Chad jumping in the car at Dover to allow me to do that. He is strong on the intermediate tracks and I'm confident that he will do a great job at Dover as well as Chicagoland. It's just another part of our evaluation process of him." For the remaining five races, Petty will turn the reins of the #45 Dodge over to a familiar friend and competitor. Two-time Sprint Cup Series champion, Terry Labonte, will become a teammate to his younger brother, 2000 series champion Bobby, for only the second time in their Sprint Cup careers. The Labontes are the only brothers to both win the series championship and have combined to win 43 Sprint Cup races.(MCG Sports/Petty Racing)(5-13-2008) Comment here

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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