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THE RACE: Camping World RV 400

Sprint Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2008 season

Sprint Cup Chase Race #2 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, September 21, 2008 in Dover, DE

  • Title Sponsor: Camping World

  • Track: Dover International Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:17pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ABC 2:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, September 22 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, September 22 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, September 25 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, September 25 at ?pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, September 19, 11:00am - 12:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, September 20, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et, TV-none?

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 20, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2 via tape at 6:00pm/et


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, September 8, 10:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, September 19 at 3:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Biffle wins at Dover: #16-Greg Biffle won the Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway after winning last week at New Hampshire for his second win of 2008 and 14th of of his career. #17-Matt Kenseth finished 2nd, followed by #99-Edwards, #8-Martin, #48-Johnson, #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #07-Bowyer, #31-Burton and #55-Waltrip. Other chase drivers: #20-Stewart finished 11th, #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 24th [3 laps down] and #11-Hamlin 38th [had rear-end gear problems]. #18-Busch, the points leader before the chase, lost an engine and finished last/43rd, coupled with the 34th at New Hampshire, has Busch in 12th and down 210 points with 8 races to go. There were 15 lead changes among 9 drivers and 10 cautions for 45 caution laps.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Dover Race Results Awards Page.(9-21-2008)

  • UNOFFICIAL Chase Drivers Points Standings [after Dover race 28 of 36]:
    1) #99-Carl Edwards 5390 [6 wins]
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5380 -10 [4 wins]
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 5380 -10 [2 wins]
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 5308 -82 [1 win]
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick 5289 -101
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer 5284 -106 [1 win]
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 5277 -113
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon 5272 -118
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5261 -129 [1 win]
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth 5223 -167
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 5197 -193[1 win]
    12) #18-Kyle Busch 5180 -210 [8 wins]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Dover.(9-21-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Classic Drivers Points Standings [after Dover race 28 of 36]:
    1) #99-Carl Edwards 3978 [6 wins]
    2) #18-Kyle Busch 3978 -33 [8 wins]
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3916 -95 [4 wins]
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3739 -272 [1 win]
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 3682 -329 [1 win]
    6) #16-Greg Biffle 3660 -351 [2 wins]
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 3572 -439
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 3562 -449
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon 3493 -518
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin 3422 -589 [1 win]
    11) #07-Clint Bowyer 3390 -621 [1 win]
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 3355 -656
    13) #9-Kasey Kahne 3262 -749 [2 wins]
    14) #6-David Ragan 3227 -784
    (9-21-2008)

  • Race Fast Facts - Dover International Speedway
    Greg Biffle won the Camping World RV 400 presented by AAA, his 14th victory in 214 Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2008.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at Dover International Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 20 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2008.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Dover International Speedway.
    Michael McDowell (29th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 10 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-21-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
    #84-Allmendinger moves back in and #00-McDowell drops out
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    32) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2220 +98
    33) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2195, +73
    34) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 2133 +11
    35) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2130 8 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 2122, 8 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2052 -78
    38) #10-Carpentier/GEM: 1877 -253
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(9-21-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no drivers a lap down
    Caution 2: no drivers a lap down
    Caution 3: #19-Sadler,
    Caution 4: #38-Gilliland,
    Caution 5: #43-Labonte,
    Caution 6: #21-Ambrose,
    Caution 7: #15-Menard,
    Caution 8: #5-Mears,
    Caution 9: #43-Labonte(2),
    Caution 10: #5-Mears(2),
    (9-21-2008)

  • Dover Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #2 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 1
    2 #38 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 13
    3 #10 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 13
    4 #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 64
    5 #11 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 65
    6 #19 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 66
    7 #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 143
    8 #22 Removing equipment from assigned pit area S&G 144
    9 #10 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 145
    10 #43 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 158
    11 #38 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 158
    12 #26 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 163
    13 #7 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 163
    14 #77 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 171
    15 #77 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 173
    16 #77 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 186
    17 #77 Excessive speed - Exiting pits PT 189
    18 #01 Excessive speed - Exiting pits PT 246
    19 #21 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. PT 261
    20 #42 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 293
    21 #77 Safety violation MCI 311
    22 #2 Safety violation MCI 313
    23 #42 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 351
    24 #44 Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box OL 352
    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)(9-21-2008)

  • Pit Stall Selections have been made for the Camping Word RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, #24-Gordon got to choose first since he won the pole and took stall #1, #8-Martin who starts 2nd took stall #11, the next with an opening in front of it and #11-Hamlin who starts 3rd, took stall #2 right behind Gordon. Since there are only 42 pitstall, pitstall 39 will be used by two teams #96-Schrader and #43-Labonte until another teams drops out of the race and one of the teams will move to the open stall. Usually the driver who is running in the highest position will get to use the stall first. Of not, it is in the plans for Dover to reconfigure the pit road so there are enough stalls for all the cars. See who took what stall on my Dover Pit Stall selections page.(9-20-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 2:00pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, September 22 at 1:00am/et
    SPEED, Thursday, September 25 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, September 25 at 5:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Camping Word RV 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 151.656
    #16-Biffle 151.229
    #48-Johnson 151.089
    #17- Kenseth 150.647
    #12-Newman 150.634
    slowest: #96-Schrader 145.755 and #41- Sorenson 146.466
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 1:50 - 2:50pm/et and will be televised via tape at 6:00pm/et on ESPN2.
    See the speeds, laps run and more on my Dover Practide Speeds page.(9-20-2008)

  • 1st Saturday practice for the Camping Word RV 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 152.588
    #99-Edwards 152.278
    #16-Biffle 151.719
    #17-Kenseth 151.688
    #48-Johnson 151.668
    Slowest: #96-Schrader 146.466 and #7-Gordon 146.544
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 1:50 - 2:50pm/et and will be televised via tape at 6:00pm/et on ESPN2.
    See the speeds, laps run and more on my Dover Practide Speeds page.(9-20-2008)

  • Jeff Gordon on pole at Dover: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coor's Light Pole for the Camping Word RV 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 157.061mph for his 3rd pole of 2008, 4th at Dover and 66th pole of his career [Gordon has won 17 races from the pole]. #8-Martin will start second and just missed the pole with a speed of 157.054, starting 3rd is #11-Hamlin, followed by #2-Busch, #16-Biffle, #07-Bowyer, #38-Gilliland, #17-Kenseth, #26-McMurray and #88-Earnhardt Jr. Chase leader #99-Edwards will start 22nd. The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #21-Ambrose, #78-Nemechek, #84-Allmendinger, #70-Raines, #10-Carpentier, #45-Petty, #00-McDowell and #96-Schrader. Missing the race are #34-Chaffin, #08-Sauter and #50-Barrett [withdrew]
    See starting lineup, qualifying results/order, pole progression and more on my Dover Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(9-19-2008)

  • Where do the 12 Chase Drivers start at Dover:
    1) #99-Carl Edwards 22nd
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 20th
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 5th
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10th
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 21st
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin 3rd
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 33rd
    8) #18-Kyle Busch 11th
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 6th
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 24th
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon 1st - the pole
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 8th.(9-19-2008)

  • Dover Qualifying Fast Facts
    Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Camping World RV 400 with a lap of 22.921 seconds, 157.061 mph.
    This is his 66th pole in 537 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 20th top-10 start in 2008.
    This is his fourth pole in 32 races at Dover International Speedway.
    Mark Martin (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2008 and his 28th in 45 races at Dover International Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his third top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his ninth in 28 races this season.
    Patrick Carpentier (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-19-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2008 at 3:10pm/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: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Camping World RV 400 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 #15-Menard, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #12-Newman. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #45-Petty, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #78-Nemechek. See the full qualifying order on my Dover Qualifying Page.(9-19-2008)

  • Friday practice for the Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 156.461
    #48-Johnson 155.952
    #8-Martin 155.844
    #17-Kenseth 155.844
    #16-Biffle 155.783
    slowest: #08-Sauter 145.891 and #96-Schrader 150.301 [in the backup car]
    no speed listed: #50-Barrett as he wrecked on his first lap
    incidents: #96-Schrader smacked the wall in turn 4, and will go to a backup car
    #77-Hornish Jr. spun off turn 2 and looped the car on the back stretch, did NOT hit anything
    #50-Barrett got into the wall, left some parts on the track
    See the speeds, laps run and more on my Dover Practide Speeds page.(9-19-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Dover:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #70-Tony Raines, 25th
    #21-Marco Ambrose, 27th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 29th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 32nd
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr.,33rd
    #45-Kyle Petty, 37th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 42nd
    #34-Chad Chaffin, 43rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #96-Ken Schrader, 44th
    #08-Johnny Sauter, 45th
    #50-Stanton Barrott, no speed
    See the speeds, laps run and more on my Dover Practide Speeds page.(9-19-2008)

  • Entry List for the Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #08-Johnny Sauter (11/47)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (27/38)
    #21-Marcos Ambrose (27/42)
    #34-Chad Chaffin (23/45)
    #45-Kyle Petty (27/40)
    #50-Stanton Barrett (4/53)
    #70-Tony Raines (27/43)
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. (27/37)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (27/41)
    #84-AJ Allmendinger (27/36)
    #96-Ken Schrader (27/39)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 84,77,10,96,45,78,21,70
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 34,08,50
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Dover Entry List.(9-15-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
    #7-Gordon moves back in and #84-Allmendinger drops out
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2107 +89
    32) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 2097 +79
    33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2093, +75
    34) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 2046 +28
    35) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2033 15 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 2018, 15 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2015 -18
    38) #10-Carpentier/GEM: 1837 -196
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(9-14-2008)

  • 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

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

  • June 2008 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 121.171mph, started 3rd

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

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

  • June 2008 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 155.214mph, finished 3rd

  • 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: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 0 month, 29 days, 6/1/2008

  • 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, twice 6/2/2002 and 6/1/2008

  • 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 77 races] 14.3%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13
  • 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: 46 of 77 - 59.7%
  • Races won from the top 10: 60 of 77 - 77.9%

  • At Dover International Speedway:
    • The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 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 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race was held in September 2000.
    • The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.
    • There have been 77 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 33 different pole winners, led by David Pearson (six). Qualifying has been canceled three times.
    • David Pearson won the first Sprint Cup pole in July 1969.
    • Mark Martin and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers, each with four poles.
    • 32 different drivers have posted victories led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, each with seven.
    • Richard Petty won the first Sprint Cup race.
    • Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers, each with four victories.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has 10 wins, more than any other car owner.
    • 46 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position, while only 17 races – including three of the past four – have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    • The furthest back in the field a race winner started was 37th by Kyle Petty in 1995.
    • There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Dover: September 2005 (404 laps).
    • Carl Edwards has an average finish of 8.3 in five races at Dover, the best among active drivers. Only David Pearson (8.0 in 16 races) has a better average finish among the drivers with more than two starts there.
    • 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.(9-15-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #7-Robby Gordon Menard's #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler McDonald's #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie's #21 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Hitachi Power Tools #28 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Ford. Drive one #38 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Big Red Slim Pack #42 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells-Fargo #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page


  • Last 2008 race for Interstate Batteries: The Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway is the sixth and final 2008 event during which Dallas-based Interstate Batteries will serve as the primary sponsor of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota that Kyle Busch will drive.(JGR PR), see images of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(9-18-2008)

  • Big Red scheme for Montoya: The #42 Dodge of Juan Pablo Montoya will carry the bold red scheme of Big Red for this weekend’s 400-lap race in Dover. The #42 Dodge will carry the Big Red Slim Pack colors in one more event after Dover this season at Martinsville Speedway. Montoya will be celebrating his birthday this weekend at Dover. He turns 33 on Saturday.(CGWFS PR), see my #42 Team Schemes page for the image of the car.(9-17-2008)

  • McDonald's to sponsor Sadler UPDATE: McDonald's will make its return to NASCAR's Cup series as one of three primary sponsors for Gillett Evernham Motorsports' #19 Dodge of Elliott Sadler this season. McDonald's, Best Buy and Stanley Tools were announced as company's sharing sponsorship on the car Tuesday. Best Buy is expected to be on the car for 15 races, while Stanley will have 13 and McDonald's eight, although those numbers are still subject to change.(SceneDaily.com)(1-23-2008)
    UPDATE: McDonald's USA and Gillett Evernham Motorsports [GEM] announced that McDonald's will sponsor Elliott Sadler's #19 Dodge in six [not 8] Sprint Cup races in 2008. "McDonald's is thrilled to partner with Gillett Evernham Motorsports, which is one of the premier teams in the Sprint Cup Series," said John Lewicki, McDonald's senior director of alliance marketing. "This partnership is a great fit as McDonald's, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Elliott Sadler are all committed to delivering quality experiences to fans and customers alike." McDonald's will sponsor Sadler's #19 Dodge all season and serve as the primary sponsor at:
    Martinsville on March 22
    Darlington on May 10 Michigan on June 15 [Big Mac]
    California on Aug. 31
    Dover on Sept. 21 [added]
    Talladega on Oct. 5 and
    Atlanta on Oct. 26.
    McDonald's logos will also appear on the uniform of Sadler's teammate Kasey Kahne in the 2008 season. McDonald's has sponsored Gillett Evernham Motorsports since 2004 and has continued to grow its involvement. "McDonald's is obviously one of the great brands of American history and we feel proud a company of its prestige selected Gillett Evernham Motorsports," said team co-owner Ray Evernham. "The sponsor partners we have at this race team are second to none. McDonald's has supported my team and my family for quite a few years now. They are more than just a sponsor, they are my friends." Sadler will carry "trimary sponsorship" in 2008 with Best Buy and Stanley taking turns serving as primary sponsor along with McDonald's throughout the season. "The cool thing is I've always been a McDonald's, Best Buy and Stanley kind of guy," Sadler said. "We have some great partners and I am glad they are coming on board with us. McDonald's has been a big part of my life growing up." For more information about McDonald's visit www.McDonald's.com.(GEM PR).see an image for the car on the #19 Team Schemes page.(1-24-2008)

  • 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/Dignitaries:
    Grand Marshal: Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO, Camping World
    Command to start engines: Marcus Lemonis
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Kevin Bostrom, VP Camping World
    Invocation: Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, N.J.
    National Anthem: Kate and Kacey Coppola, Big Machine Records recording artists
    Military Flyover: (2) F-18 Hornets, SC USMC Air Station
    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 September 2007 Dover Race Info page

  • Last June: see the June 2008 Dover Race Info page


  • Over 500 supporters of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to attend Dover race: What started as an opportunity for supporters of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to attend a NASCAR event together has blossomed into a large gathering for one very worthy cause. Since being introduced earlier this summer, the partnership between the NFFF and Dover International Speedway has garnered much attention through a special offer that will attract over 500 people associated with the firefighting community. Supporters of the NFFF are coming to Dover to enjoy race day on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 – and to honor the nearly 100 firefighters who lose their lives each year in the line of duty. Every day, the over one-million firefighters around the country respond to calls to keep citizens safe. At the races in Dover, over 250 fire and EMS crews work to keep drivers, crews and all the fans in attendance out of harms way.
    The offer includes a ticket to the Sept. 21, 2008 “Camping World RV 400 presented by AAA” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, admission to a pre-race, NFFF hospitality area, and a trackside tour of the Monster Mile. Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 AT&T Mobility Chevy, has volunteered his time and will participate in a special question-and-answer session in the NFFF hospitality tent on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 21. As part of pre-race activities, a ceremonial lap around the track will feature several fire trucks carrying survivor families of loved ones lost in the line of duty in 2006. A portion of proceeds from the sale of a special firefighter Miles the Monster t-shirt and substantial contributions from sponsors, including Holmatro, Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services, Kidde Fire Fighting and PBI Performance Products, will make the donation of more than $27,000 possible. Plans are currently being made to grow the program for next year’s Sept. 27, 2009 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on Sept. 19-21, 2008. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(PR - firehero.org)(9-17-2008)

  • Sept Dover Cup race gets a sponsor: The world's largest retailer of recreational vehicles and the world's fastest one-mile oval have entered into a multi-year agreement that includes entitlement for the upcoming Sept. 21, 2008 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, now known as the "Camping World RV 400." The new partnership expands Camping World's increased involvement in NASCAR to include one of the toughest and most unpredictable races in the 10-race championship playoffs. Dover's partnership with Camping World includes the addition of a 6,400 sq. foot store in the newly developed FanZone display area at the Speedway on race weekend. The new store will feature a variety of products and services also offered at over 100 Camping World retail locations across the country. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway this September for three days of championship-fueled action including the Sept. 21, 2008 "Camping World RV 400" Sprint Cup Series race, Sept. 20, 2008 "RoadLoans.com 200" Nationwide Series race, and the Sept.20 "Sunoco 150" NASCAR Camping World Series race. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS PR)(8-11-2008)

  • Attendence off at Dover: The crowd was an estimated 25,000 short of a sellout in the Spring Cup race at Dover International Speedway. The speedway seats about 140,000. Nine fan-less sections each in Turns 2 and 3 were covered with advertising banners. Rising gas prices and food prices are seen as the reasons for the smallest crowd in years.(Philadelphia Daily News)(6-2-2008)

  • 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)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,425, Right-side -- 1,425;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4134; Right-side -- D-4186

    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

    Notes: Goodyear held a tire test at Dover with the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Incorporated Chevrolet (Mark Martin) and No. 43 Petty Enterprises Dodge (Bobby Labonte) on September 3 . . . based on that test, Goodyear decided to bring back a different right-side tire than it ran at the track earlier this season . . . "Our goal was to provide a slight increase in grip without negatively impacting tire temperatures or wear, and we feel like we accomplished just that," according to Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales . . . the new right-side code (D-4186) will be paired with the same left-side code (D-4134) that teams ran here before . . . teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Dover this weekend . . . in addition to Dover, this left-side code has been run with a different right-side code at Texas, Michigan (twice), Chicagoland and Kentucky (Nationwide only) already this season . . .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 lines should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Testing update: Goodyear conducted two test this past week -- Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday . . . Atlanta was a re-test with the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Kyle Busch), No. 28 Yates Racing Ford (Travis Kvapil) and No. 66 Haas-CNC Racing Chevrolet (Scott Riggs), following up the work Goodyear did at the track on July 21-22 . . . based on this week's test, Goodyear came up with a new right-side tire recommendation for the upcoming Atlanta race . . . the Daytona test was held with the No. 6 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford (David Ragan) and No. 15 Dale Earnhardt Incorporated Chevrolet (Paul Menard) and was in preparation for the 2009 season . . . other tire tests scheduled for later this season include Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Sept. 22-23 and Oct. 6-8), Homestead (Oct. 14) and Las Vegas (Dec. 10-11).


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Barrett and the NOS Energy Drink Team to attempt 2 races at Dover: Coming out of nowhere, the NOS Energy Drink #30 car hurtled to a top-20 finish at 2007’s fall Dover Nationwide Series race. With that auspicious start boosting it forward, the NOS Energy Drink NASCAR program took off and raced forward into 2008 with a plan to be the leading energy drink in NASCAR. Now, with less than a third of the season remaining, the NOS NASCAR team revisits the track that began the journey last September. With a double dose of racing scheduled for the #30 and #50 cars, team driver Stanton Barrett knows that this weekend will be action packed. “I love Dover. It’s one of my favorite tracks, very fast and a good place to race” said Barrett. “Last season, we had a great first race for NOS at Dover - I’m looking forward to seeing everyone from NOS and FUZE out there supporting the team this weekend, just like last year.” Barrett has qualified very well at the Dover track over the course of his career, with two of his nine starts there in the NASCAR Nationwide Series coming from within the top-10. He’ll need to translate that success over to the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, as the #50 NOS Energy Drink Chevy will be qualifying with the group of go-or-go-homers near the end of the order.(PR)(9-18-2008) Comment here

  • Triple Duty for Johnny Sauter: Fresh off a top-20 finish at New Hampshire [in the #70], Johnny Sauter looks forward to a triple duty weekend at Dover International Speedway. Sauter will pilot the #08 FUBAR All Natural Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series. In addition, he will be behind the wheel of the #78 Chevy in the Nationwide Series and the #12 Dodge in the Camping World East Series. “I just want to race as much as I possibly can,” said Sauter. “Anytime someone comes to me with an opportunity to race, no matter what series or division, I’m all for it.”(9-17-2008)

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


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