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    THE RACE: Autism 400
    presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese

    TRACK: Dover International Speedway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)



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    • Race: Sunday, May 31, 2009 in Dover, DE

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    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: 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:
      Wednesday, June 4 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

    • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

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    • Practices:
      Friday, May 29, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et, TV-SPEED
      Saturday, May 30, 11:30am - 12:15 pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, May 30, 12:50-1:50pm/et, TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Information/Times/TV

    • Qualifying Draw: Friday, May 29, 10:30am/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, May 29 at 3:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, no scheduled re-air;
      AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.


    RACE RUNDOWN
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    • Johnson wins at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway, his 2nd win of 2009 and 42nd of his career. #14-Stewart finished 2nd, followed by #16-Biffle, #17-Kenseth, #2-Busch, #9-Kahne, #99-Edwards, #39-Newman, #07-Mears and #5-Martin. Pole sitter, #00-Reutimann finished 18th. #88-Earnhardt Jr, finished 12th with his new crew chief. Only one of the go-or-go-homers finished the race, #78-Smith at 22nd, all the rest did not finish the race. Stewart now leads the points with 1853, 36 pts ahead of #24-Gordon, who finished 26th. There were 25 lead changes among 11 drivers and 10 cautions for 43 laps.
      For race results, awards and more on the Dover Race Results Page.(5-31-2009)

    • UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings [after Dover, race 13 of 36]:
      1) #14-Tony Stewart 1853
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon 1807, -46 [1 win]
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1789, -64 [2 wins]
      4) #2-Kurt Busch 1762, -91 [1 win]
      5) #39-Ryan Newman 1680, -173
      6) #18-Kyle Busch 1634, -219 [3 wins]
      7) #11-Denny Hamlin 1630, -223
      8) #17-Matt Kenseth 1625, -228 [2 wins]
      9) #16-Greg Biffle 1618, -235
      10) #31-Jeff Burton 1587, -266
      11) #99-Carl Edwards 1582, -271
      12) #5-Mark Martin 1567, -286 [2 wins]
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #00-David Reutimann 1536, 31 points out of 12th [1 win]
      14) #9-Kasey Kahne 1501, -66
      15) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya 1475, -92
      16) #33-Clint Bowyer 1449, -118
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(5-31-2009)

    • Racing Resources Says …Sprint Cup Series
      * Jimmie Johnson won the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! at Dover International Speedway.
      * Johnson became the fourth repeat race winner in 13 races this season, joining Kyle Busch (three), Mark Martin (two) and Matt Kenseth (two). Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and David Reutimann have one Cup win each this season. Johnson previously won at Martinsville this season.
      * Johnson scored his 42nd career win in his 268th start. He started the race in the eighth position.
      * Johnson scored his fourth victory in 15 races at Dover. His previous Dover win came in September 2005. Johnson has scored 10 top-10 finishes in 15 Dover races, including in each of the past three.
      * Hendrick Motorsports earned its 11th victory at Dover on Sunday, the most by any car owner. Five drivers have won races for Hendrick Motorsports at Dover: Jeff Gordon (four), Jimmie Johnson (four), and Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader and Geoffrey Bodine (one each). Hendrick Motorsports scored its 180th series victory.
      * Johnson climbed from fourth to third in the standings and is 64 points behind first-place Tony Stewart. He has ranked among the top 12 in the past nine races.
      * Johnson led nine times for 298 laps, including the final three laps. He led the most laps he has led in a race this season. It also was his largest total since Martinsville in October 2008, when he led 339, the most in a single race in his career. Sunday marked the fourth time Johnson has led more than 250 laps in his 268-race career.
      * Johnson was just the second driver to lead the most laps and win in the past eight races at Dover. He has led in 11 of the 13 races this season, more than any other driver.
      * Stewart (second) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2009. Stewart has scored top-5 finishes in six of his past eight races. This was his third second-place finish in 13 races in 2009.
      * Stewart overtook Jeff Gordon (26th) in the Cup standings. For the first time, Stewart-Haas Racing holds the points lead. The last time Stewart led the standings was after the Homestead race in 2005 -- his last championship season. In every season Stewart has led the standings, he has gone on to win the championship (2002 and 2005).
      * Greg Biffle (third) tied his best finish of the season.
      * Matt Kenseth (fourth) posted his third straight top-10 finish in as many weeks. He climbed from ninth to eighth in points.
      * Kurt Busch (fifth) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 13 races.
      * Joey Logano (15th) was the higher-finishing rookie of the two rookies in the race.
      * Clint Bowyer (11th) scored his best finish in his past seven races.(ESPN)(6-2-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Dover:
      Jimmie Johnson won the Autism Speaks 400 Presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips and Cheese, his 42nd victory in 268 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his fourth victory and 10th top-10 finish in 15 races at Dover International Speedway.
      Tony Stewart (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 21 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2009.
      Greg Biffle (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Dover International Speedway.
      Joey Logano (15th) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 46 points over Jeff Gordon.
      Stewart is the first driver-owner to lead the point standings since Alan Kulwicki at the end of the 1992 season (Nov. 15, 1992).(NASCAR Statistics)(5-31-2009)

    • Penalty Report - Dover
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #24, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, backup car
      #34, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, transmission change
      #37, 45 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #34, 47 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #96, 110 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
      #17, 116 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #42, 164 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #11, 232 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #34, 272 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
      #98, 285 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #42, 286 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #77, 333 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #34, 366 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
      #6, 366 Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
      #12, 369 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      (NASCAR Statistics)(5-31-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: #37-Raines, 42nd
      Caution 2: none as #37-Raines caused the caution
      Caution 3: #83-Vickers, 25th
      Caution 4: #00-Reutimann, 18th
      Caution 5: #18-Busch, 23rd
      Caution 6: #26-McMurray, 14th
      Caution 7: #33-Bowyer, 11th
      Caution 8: #47-Ambrose, 20th
      Caution 9: #29-Harvick, 17th
      Caution 10: #77-Hornish Jr., 13th
      (5-31-2009)

    • Pit Stall Selections - Dover: The selections for pit stalls of the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #00-Reutimann chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], while outside pole sitter #9-Kahne took pit stall 10 the next with an opening in front of it and #42-Montoya, who starts 3rd tool stall 17, the next and last stall with an opening in front of it. #48-Johnson, who starts 8th, chose the final pit stall as they tend to do. See the pit selection chart on the Dover Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-30-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, 2009.
      TV: FOX at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:30 pm/et; green flag approx 2:16pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, June 4 at 12:00pm/et;


    NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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    • Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway Pit Stall Selections

    • Happy Hour 'final' practice for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the top five:
      #11-Hamlin 151.286
      #48-Johnson 150.294
      #18-Busch 150.219
      #1-Truex Jr. 150.106
      #07-Mears 149.850
      slowest: #37-Raines 145.056 and #36-Skinner 146.145
      no speed: #66-Blaney
      See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Dover Practice Speeds page.(5-30-2009)

    • First Saturday practice for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the top five:
      #18-Busch 153.512
      #9-Kahne 153.139
      #00-Reutimann 152.983
      #17-Kenseth 152.562
      #26-McMurray 152.342
      slowest: #37-Raines 145.891 and #34-Andretti 146.074
      best five lap average - late in SPEED's coverage
      #00-Reutimann 152.349
      #9-Kahne 152.220
      #18-Busch 151.963
      #17-Kenseth 151.388
      #16-Biffle 151.324
      See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Dover Practice Speeds page.(5-30-2009)

    • Reutimann wins pole at Dover: #00-David Reuitmann won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway with a lap of 156.794mph for his 2nd pole of 2009 and 3rd pole of his career. #9-Kahne will start 2nd, followed by #42-Montoya, #43-Sorenson, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #44-Allmendinger, #48-Johnson, #83-Vickers and #19-Sadler. So all four Richard Petty Motorsports cars are in the top-10. #24-Gordon slammed the turn 2 wall on his first qualifying lap and will start 42nd and go to a back up car, Gordon was uninjured. #88-Earnhardt Jr., with a new crew chief, will start 22nd.
      The eight go-or-go homers who made the race: #82-Speed, #71-Gilliland, #78-Smith, #36-Skinner, #09-Bliss, #87-Nemechek, #66-Blaney and #37-Raines.
      The four drivers who failed to qualify: #25-Keselowski, #13-Papis, #75-Cope and #06-Starr.
      For qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying order, see my Dover Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/OrderPage.(5-29-2008)

    • Qualifying Fast Facts - Dover International Speedway
      David Reutimann won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Autism Speaks 400 Presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips and Cheese with a lap of 22.960 seconds, 156.794 mph.
      This is his third pole in 76 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2009.
      This is his first pole in four races at Dover International Speedway.
      Kasey Kahne (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2009 and his third in 11 races at Dover International Speedway.
      Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his second top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his fifth in 13 races this season.
      Joey Logano (21st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistices)(5-29-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2009 at 3:10pm/et.
      TV: SPEED - 3:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

    • Qualifying Order for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #9-Kahne, the final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #24-Gordon. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #06-Starr with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #37-Raines. See the full qualifying order on the Dover Qualifying Page.(5-29-2009)

    • Friday practice for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the top five:
      #00-Reutimann 157.467
      #9-Kahne 157.048
      #24-Gordon 156.952
      #39-Newman 156.883
      #48-Johnson 156.801
      fastest go-or-go-homer: #71-Gilliland at 22nd
      slowest: #06-Starr 148.331 and #75-Cope 149.266
      See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Dover Practice Speeds page.(5-29-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Dover International Speedway:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #71-David Gilliland, 22nd fastest
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 31st
      #78-Regan Smith, 33rd
      #09-Mike Bliss, 36th
      #36-Mike Skinner, 37th
      #66-Dave Blaney, 38th
      #25-Brad Keselowski, 39th
      #82-Scott Speed, 41st
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #37-Tony Raines, 42nd
      #13-Max Papis, 45th
      #75-Derrike Cope, 46th
      #06-David Starr, 47th
      See fast speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Dover Practice Speeds page.(5-29-2009)

    • The Entry List for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
      #06-David Star (53rd in owners points/3 attempts)
      #09-Mike Bliss (2009 Race Winner as owner)(40/12)
      #13-Max Papis (47/5)
      #25-Brad Keselowski (2009 Race Winner as driver)(48/3)
      #36-Mike Skinner (41/12)
      #37-Tony Raines (51/6)
      #66-Dave Blaney (42/12)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/12)
      #75-Derrike Cope (54/2)
      #78-Regan Smith (39/6)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/12)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (38/12)
      withdrew
      #41-J.J. Yeley (43/12)
      #64-Todd Bodine (49/10)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,25,82,71,87,36,66,78
      missing the race would be [4]: #'s 37,13,06,75
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Dover Entry List.(5-25/29-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
      No teams jumped into the top 35, #34-Raines loses points, Gordon increases his lead over 36th
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 967, +131 [included penalty]
      35) #34-Rainesi/Earnhart Ganassi: 882, 46 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 836, 46 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 756, -126
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(5-25-2009)

    • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
      #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)

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • Single File Restarts with 20 laps to go: NASCAR will use single-file lineups for restarts with 20 laps remaining in all three national series this year, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said today. The previous rule called for single-file restarts with only 10 laps remaining. All other restarts had lapped cars on the inside lane. NASCAR is still allowing for the first driver one-lap down [Lucky Dog] to get back on the lead lap until there are 10 laps left in the race. Pemberton said the rule was to allow the leaders more room to race following a caution in the waning laps. “We’ve been talking to the crews, teams and drivers and we felt like it was a time to make a change,” Pemberton said. “We haven’t taken away the lucky dog and haven’t hurt anybody from getting a lap back.”(SceneDaily)(2-12-2009) Comment here

    • 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.

    • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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.
      See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • Chase Notes/Stats: 2008 Chase participants Clint Bowyer (36th), Dale Jr. (40th) and Kevin Harvick (41st) all lost important ground at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca Cola 600 as the halfway mark in The Race to The Chase is reached. Harvick, now 279 points out of the Top 12, is in the toughest spot, and is going through one of the toughest streaks he's had in recent memory. Bowyer is still within one race out of the Top 12 at 109 points out, but this team has lost a dizzying 13 spots in the last five races. Carl Edwards' tumble in the standings stopped at LMS with a fourth in rain-shortened race. Still, Cousin Carl is only 9 points ahead of 13th place and needs to generate some momentum. We are officially at the halfway point of The Race to The Chase after Dover: 13 down, 13 to go. Special halfway analysis next week. For more see my Chase Stats page.(5-29-2009)

    • Dover Goodyear Tire Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Dover this week, though the tires for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the tires for the Camping World Truck Series will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this i s the same tire combination that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Dover last fall . . . additionally, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup and Truck teams will run at Michigan in two weeks . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length -- on which teams do not run inner liners -- 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. The estimated pit window is every 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage (Cup). See tire pressures, codes and more on my Dover Race Info Page - Goodyear section.(5-29-2009)

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

    • Sept 2008 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 114.168mph, started 5th

    • 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 2008 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 157.061mph, finished 7th

    • 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 Wins (active): 4 - Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Bill Elliott

    • Most Poles: 6 - David Pearson

    • Most Poles (active): 4 - Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 5s: 21 - Mark Martin

    • Most Top 10s: 28 - Mark Martin

    • 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: 40, 9/21/2008

    • 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 78 races] 14.1%
    • 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: 5
    • Races won from the top 5: 47 of 78 - 60.3%
    • 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 the top 10: 61 of 78 - 78.2%
    • 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

    • 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 Camping World Truck Series race was held in September 2000.

      • The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

      • There have been 78 NASCAR 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).

      • David Pearson won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in July 1969.

      • Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon 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 NASCAR 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.

      • 47 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position, while only 17 races 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 7.7 in nine races at Dover, the best average finish of any driver in history with more than two starts at the track. David Pearson (8.0 in 16 races) ranks second 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.


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs-Tony the Tiger/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
      #7-Robby Gordon Richmond Water Heaters #7 Team Schemes Page
      #11-Denny Hamlin Fedex Office #11 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
      #16-Greg Biffle 3M-Nexcare #16 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
      #24-Jeff Gordon DuPont/Police Museum #24 Team Schemes Page
      #33-Clint Boyer The Hartford Financial Services #33 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson U.S. Air Force #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper #44 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Racesavers.com #47 Team Schemes Page
      #48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
      #71-David Gilliland CompUSA #71 Team Schemes Page
      #82-Scott Speed Red Bull Cola #82 Team Schemes Page
      #87-Joe Nemechek G.P.'s Enterprises #87 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink/MtnDew #88 Team Schemes Page
      #96-Bobby Labonte Ask.com/Autism Speaks #96 Team Schemes Page


    • #24 car to honor police at Dover: The TV panel on the #24 DuPont Chevy of Jeff Gordon will feature www.PoliceMuseum.org at Dover International Speedway, and visitors to the site are encouraged to donate to the National Law Enforcement Museum that will be built in Washington, D.C. “Dover International Speedway offered special race-day ticket packages for law enforcement officers and their families with a portion of the proceeds donated to the museum,” said Gordon. “And DuPont has done a lot to raise awareness and money for this project. “A very worthwhile project that I’m glad to be a part of.”(HMS)(5-28-2009) Comment here

    • Autism Speaks featured on #96 at Dover: The #96 Ask.com Ford Fusion of Bobby Labonte will sport an Autism Speaks paint scheme this weekend for the Autism Speaks 400. As part of the Askers on the #96 program, Xuhui Ao’s name will be placed on the nose of the #96 Ask.com Ford Fusion for this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Ao leads Ask.com’s ranking team which plays a critical role for the relevancy of Ask’s search results. Ao works closely with the product development and engineering teams to integrate and rank algorithmic search results with Ask’s multiple answers and vertical products. With his great passion, dedication, and ability to work with other teams, Ao helps lead continuous improvements to make Ask.com the best place on the web for answers.(HOF)(5-28-2009)

    • New sponsor for Ambrose: the entry list has RaceSavers.com listed as #47-Marcos Ambrose sponsor for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway. No idea what RaceSvers.com is and the website racesavers.com is pretty bare. But see an image of the scheme on my #47 Team Schemes Page.(5-26-2009)

    • The Hartford Set to Sponsor RCR: With its iconic stag logo ready to stand firm on the hood at top speeds of 200 miles per hour, The Hartford Financial Services Group announced that it will sponsor Richard Childress Racing's #33 Chevy and driver Clint Bowyer at the following three Sprint Cup Series races this year - Dover International Speedway on May 31, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 28, and Pocono Raceway on August 2. The Hartford will also be an associate sponsor of RCR's #31 Caterpillar Chevy and driver Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series. Both Bowyer and Burton will be spokesmen for the program, which will focus primarily on automobile and home insurance. For more information about The Hartford's commitment to racing, see thehartfordracing.com.(RCR PR)(2-13-2009) 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: 43 stalls, 15 feet wide x 32 feet long
      Grandstand Seating: 135,000
      Pit Road Speed: 35mph
      Pace Car Speed: 45mph
      Opened: 1969
      Carry-In Items
      Coolers: Allowed (14"x14"x14" limit).
      Glass containers: Not allowed.
      Alcoholic beverages: Beer allowed, no hard liquor or wine.
      Cameras/binoculars: Allowed, must be worn separately.

    • Race Festivities/Officials:
      Grand Marshal: Larry Oliveri
      Command to start engines: Autistic singer Larry Oliveri (also sang God Bless America)
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Richard Kletke and Mariann Castagna, from Randolph, N.J., winner of the Autism Speaks 400 charity auction
      Invocation: Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, N.J.
      National Anthem: Sarah Darling, Black River Music Group recording artist
      Military Flyover: Four (4) F-16’s of the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard
      Honor Guard: Military District of Washington Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
      for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website: doverspeedway.com

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Dover International Speedway

    • Last June: see my Dover Race Info page

    • Last September: see the Dover Race Info page


    • Autisic teen to sing at Dover: Huguenot's Larry Oliveri has had to overcome several obstacles in his life and has had to cope with difficult challenges, but his God-given gift of song has helped him soar to new heights. Larry, now 17, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. A student at Bishop Patrick V. Ahern High School at the Seton Foundation for Learning in Graniteville, where he's developing his melodic singing voice -- especially in the opera genre -- Larry has performed in several school productions. Now his parents, Vivian and Paul, have given us an update on their eldest son. Larry has been tapped to sing "God Bless America" at the Dover International Speedway on Sunday. This race, the "Autism Speaks 400," is sponsored by the nationally known organization of the same name. In fact, the organization has invited the entire family -- including Larry's brothers, Paul Jr., 15, and Christopher, 8 -- to join them in their hospitality suite. In conversation with a neighbor about the upcoming Dover event, Larry said, "Autism never sounded so good!"(Staten Island Live), Larry Oliveri also gave the command to start engines and was the grand marshal.(5-31-2009)

    • Dover Is Latest Addition To ServiceMaster Clean Yellow Flag Program: Dover International Speedway is the latest addition to the ServiceMaster Clean Yellow Flag program. ServiceMaster Clean will have official and exclusive sponsorship of the Yellow Flag – known as ServiceMaster Clean Caution periods – at ‘The Monster Mile’ for both racing weekends in 2009 and beyond. When there is a problem on the track, the ServiceMaster Clean Yellow Flag will wave, and the company’s familiar yellow trucks will be dispatched to clean the track. The cleaning and drying vehicles and equipment at the Monster Mile this weekend will feature the ServiceMaster Clean logo and colors. In racing, a yellow flag means it’s time to clean up the track. Debris removal and track drying must be done quickly and professionally in order to get back to racing. In homes and businesses across North America, a yellow ServiceMaster Clean van means cleaning and restoration is being done quickly and professionally by America’s number one cleaning team. Earlier this year, ServiceMaster Clean became the first-ever official sponsor of the caution period during races at International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated (SMI) race tracks. The multi-year agreement now includes Dover and all 19 ISC and SMI race tracks around the country. Including Dover, those racetracks feature 33 Sprint Cup, 26 Nationwide and 18 Camping World Truck Series races and hundreds of other racing events during the season. The multi-year agreement is not limited to what happens on the track, but also includes hospitality events for franchise owners, the right to create and sell promotional merchandise and a host of other marketing opportunities designed to generate consistent visibility. The ServiceMaster Clean motorsports program also includes national coverage on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Performance Racing Network (PRN), With more than 4,500 franchise locations around the world, ServiceMaster Clean serves customers through a global network of franchises that provide janitorial services, commercial carpet cleaning, hard surface floor care, residential carpet cleaning and upholstery, and disaster restoration services. The company has been a market leader more than 60 years. For more information, visit us at www.servicemasterclean.com.(5-30-2009)

    • NASCAR teams in all three series to sport Autism Speaks logo at Dover: Since the title of the Sunday, May 31, 2009 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was announced, the NASCAR community has come together to offer their support for a great cause. Drivers and teams in all three of NASCAR’s national series have answered the call to sport the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece logo on their vehicles as a sign of support for the nation’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Race fans at the track and watching at home will see a variety of NASCAR cars and trucks with the very recognizable logo on their vehicles. 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams entered in the “Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese” on May 31, six NASCAR Nationwide Series teams entered in the “Heluva Good! 200” on May 30, and nine teams entered in the “AAA Insurance 200” on May 29 have volunteered to carry the logo throughout the race weekend.
      Participating Sprint Cup drivers and teams include: #07-Mears, #9-Kahne, #13-Papis, #14-Stewart, #19-Sadler, #26-McMurray, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #33-Bowyer, #39-Newman, #43-Sorenson, #44-Allmendinger, #78-Smith, #96-Labonte and #98-Menard.
      From the Nationwide Series: #15-Annett, #24-McClure, #28-KWallace, #29-Bowyer, #49-Davis, and #89-Shepherd.
      From the Camping World Truck Series: #1-Benson, #9-Papis, #10-Buescher, #11-Bell, #14-Crawford, #16-Scott, #24-Starr, #25-Cook and #30-Bodine.
      Bobby Labonte and David Starr have taken their support to the next level. Both will sport Autism Speaks’ signature puzzle piece logo, “It’s time to listen,” phrase and website address AutismSpeaks.org on their quarter panels. Starr will also feature the same messaging proudly on his hood. Fans wanting to support Autism Speaks and wear the colors of the organization are encouraged to purchase a limited-edition Autism Speaks 400 collectible pin. Pins will be available at Dover International Speedway souvenir locations at the track on race weekend. The pin retails for $7 and a portion of all sales will benefit Autism Speaks. Great seats still remain for the May 29-31, 2009 race weekend at the Monster Mile. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-29-2009)

    • Pit Road, Frontstretch Wall Improvements Make Debut At The Monster Mile: Pit road at Dover International Speedway historically has been one of the most difficult, not to mention tightest, on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. No longer. During the winter, the track made major improvements to pit road. They include installation of a SAFER barrier supported by a new 1,592-foot concrete wall that wraps from Turn 4 down the frontstretch to near Turn 1. The new pit wall is 432 feet longer than the previous steel boilerplate wall. Also eliminated was the grass strip on the frontstretch. That allowed the wall to be placed closer to the track creating four additional feet of room to the width of passing on pit road. By lengthening the pit wall, the track was able to reconfigure the 43 pit stalls and make them longer in size. The pit boxes are 32 feet long compared with the previous 28-foot measurements. Thanks to the elimination of some grass in the infield of Turn 4, new apron space was created between Turns 3 and 4 to allow more room for cars to slow down as they approach the pit road entrance. This also created a new entrance for track emergency service vehicles to enter the speedway from the infield near the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage.(NASCAR PR)(5-29-2009)

    • It’s a Heluva Good! Race Weekend at Dover International Speedway: The spring race weekend at Dover International Speedway will prove to be a Heluva Good! weekend for racing fans as the “Heluva Good! 200” Nationwide Series race and the “Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese” Sprint Cup Series race will be run at the Monster Mile on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 respectively. Heluva Good!, a leading producer of real sour cream dips and naturally aged cheese, teamed up with Dover International Speedway and Autism Speaks for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover, now known as the “Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese.” Throughout the race weekend, the trio of partners will work together to educate and increase public awareness of autism. Heluva Good! will also serve as the title sponsor of the second annual “Heluva Good! 200” after announcing their continued sponsorship of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover through 2010. “Heluva Good! is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Autism Speaks 400, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to help generate awareness for this important cause,” said Chris Ross, vice president of marketing for Heluva Good!. “We are excited to expand our track sponsorship and marketing programs with Dover International Speedway and build upon the success of our 2008 initiatives. The Heluva Good! brand is built on bold flavors and personality, which complement the characteristics of NASCAR’s passionate fan base.” As the Official Dip and Cheese of Dover International Speedway, Heluva Good! will distribute samples of its Jalapeño Cheddar Dip, which spices up any tailgate party or summer barbecue, in the track’s FanZone display area all weekend. Fans will also be able to enjoy the “Heluva Good! Monster Burger,” a special menu item featuring Heluva Good! Jalapeño Cheddar Dip and Heluva Good! American Cheese during the course of the weekend at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s Garden Café. Heluva Good! also gave away ticket packages to consumers for the race weekend through several consumer promotions. For information on where to buy Heluva Good! products, visit www.HeluvaGood.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-27-2009)

    • Dover and Pepsi extend relationship: Dover International Speedway and Pepsi Bottling Ventures announced a new seven-year agreement that reaffirms Pepsi as the “Official and Exclusive Soft Drink & Bottled Water of Dover International Speedway.” Dover’s relationship with Pepsi Bottling Ventures spans many years, and Pepsi products have become a staple amongst thirsty race fans at the Monster Mile. Pepsi’s involvement blankets the sport of NASCAR, from being on the hood of Jeff Gordon’s #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, to its partnership with Dover, and the two partners regularly work together to offer fans special promotions leading up to the event weekends at the Monster Mile. Fans will be able to purchase Pepsi products – including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, Aquafina and AMP Energy – at the dozens of concessions stands located around the one-mile, concrete oval. Pepsi products are also served on the property adjacent to the track at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Great seats still remain for the May 29-31 NASCAR race weekend at Dover International. For more information, or to purchase race tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-26-2009)

    • Dover’s pit road wall renovation project is done: A long winter’s work has finally reached completion as construction crews at Dover International Speedway recently bolted the SAFER barrier into place to complete the renovation of the new pit wall. With the steel tubing secured and the foam blocks installed, the new, longer and safer pit wall is ready for action when NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on May 29-31, 2009. The new improvements are expected to impact the competition on the track and pit road, and add another exciting element that will keep drivers guessing and fans cheering.
      The SAFER barrier (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) is supported by a new 1,592 ft. concrete wall that wraps from Turn 4 down the frontstretch to near Turn 1. The new pit wall is 432 ft. longer than the previous steel boilerplate wall. The SAFER barrier consists of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks, and reduces the force of the initial impact of a crash. SAFER barriers are currently in place in all four turns at the track and on the inside retaining walls of the one-mile, concrete oval.
      Since the project began in December 2008, much has changed to the original landscape of pit road. Crews first removed the existing 1,160 ft. steel boilerplate wall, working backwards from Turn 1 to Turn 4. After digging a trench the length of pit road, drainage was installed, and concrete was poured to create a foundation for the new concrete wall to stabilize the additional 40 in. of concrete that stands vertically above the ground.
      Also by eliminating the grass strip on the frontstretch, crews were able to place the new wall closer to the apron of the track which created four additional feet of room to the width of the passing lane on pit road. With the additional length of the pit wall, track officials were able to reconfigure the 43 pit stalls and make them longer in size allowing more room for cars to enter and exit their stalls. They are now 32 ft. long, compared to 28 ft. The new space also reduces the likelihood of cars getting boxed in by cars while pitting, which should improve the race off pit road and on-track competition. Seven stalls now sit directly in front of grandstand sections 116-126 in Turn 4, and feature a concrete inside retaining wall from behind which crews will work.
      By eliminating some of the grass in the infield of Turn 4, new apron space was created between Turns 3 and 4 to allow more room for the cars to slow down as they approach the entrance to pit road. This also created a new entrance for track emergency service vehicles to enter the Speedway from the infield near the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage. Great seats are still available for NASCAR’s return to the Monster Mile on May 29-31. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(5-20-2009)

    • Dover race in June gets title name: Dover International Speedway, Autism Speaks and Heluva Good! have teamed up for the upcoming May 31, 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, now known as the “Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese.” Throughout the race weekend, the trio of partners will work together to educate and increase public awareness of autism. Dover, FOX Sports and the NASCAR community will again embrace the message of Autism Speaks by featuring the organization’s puzzle piece logo on the track’s retaining walls, limited-edition souvenir merchandise, and during the broadcast of the Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese. Fans at the track on race weekend can donate to Autism Speaks by purchasing a limited-edition souvenir event pin. The pin retails for $7 and will be available at track souvenir stands throughout the May 29-31, 2009 race weekend. Great seats still remain for the May 29-31, 2009 race weekend at Dover International Speedway. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-7-2009)

    • No more infield tickets or parking at Dover: on the Dover International Speedway website: "Infield tickets and Infield parking are no longer available," referring to the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race on May 31.(Delaware News Journal)
      AND Dover International Speedway which has been hosting NASCAR races since 1969, has closed its infield to fan parking. The decision wasn’t necessarily based on the current state of the economy however, but the lack of fan interest according to the track. “As we evaluated the attendance in that area, year-to-year, it continued to decrease and didn't make sense from a business perspective to continue to operate it,” said Gary Camp, Director of Public Relations at Dover. “Every year, the numbers were essentially cut in half from the prior year. Around 100 customers paid to park in the infield for the Sept. 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Fans can experience a race for much less by purchasing a grandstand seat to the event. And the view from the grandstands is certainly much better.”(NASCAR Examiner)(4-16-2009) Comment here

    • Hotel Options for Dover: Dover International Speedway has been meeting regularly with local hotel operators and tourism officials to create a list of participating "fan friendly" hotel options for race fans. To participate in the new program, participating hotel operators have reduced minimum-night-stay requirements and created fan friendly room rates. The track previously included a large list of all hotels in the area on its website and in its fan guide. With this new policy, the Speedway will only actively help to promote properties that are making a sincere effort to put race fans first. More than fifteen hotels have agreed to participate so far, and more are expected to be added soon. A list of hotels is available online at DoverSpeedway.com/track/hotels. Ticket office representatives can also provide fans with the list of participating hotels by calling 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway PR)(3-29-2009)

    • Dover not lowering Tix prices: Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said Wednesday that Dover will not be among the many race tracks on the NASCAR circuit that will be slashing ticket prices this year in an effort to address the woeful economy. "We approached the issue of ticket pricing last year and came up with some package discounts for our customers," McGlynn said. "If a race fan buys a ticket for Friday, Saturday and our Sunday races, then they get a discount. We have several different packages available. We have tried to add more value to the overall experience [at Dover] so that race fans get more of their money's worth." Ticket prices for a Sprint Cup Series race at Dover range from $50-$96. The cheapest ticket is located in the indoor grandstand on the backstretch while the most expensive are on the highest rows of the front straightaway. Dover has a seating capacity of 140,000 but hasn't sold out a NASCAR event since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Dover officials have tried to ease the price of the ticket by adding several all-inclusive packages that include amenities such as food and transportation to and from the track. "The ticket price is not necessarily the single thing that customers use to determine whether they're coming or not," McGlynn said. "It's what the area's hotels are doing to them and what the restaurants are doing to them. That's really where the stress needs to be eased." It's not uncommon for hotels in the Dover area to nearly double rates and to demand up to four-night stay minimums for NASCAR weekends. That is a common practice in hosting cities throughout the 36-event Sprint Cup season.(Delaware News Journal)(1-16-2009)

    • Dover to widen, lengthen pit road: Phase three of Dover International Speedway's "Monster Makeover" is currently underway. Construction crews in Dover have already removed the existing front stretch pit wall and preparations are underway to install a longer, SAFER wall in time for the May 29-31, 2009 NASCAR race weekend. The end result will be a wider, safer pit road, and one additional pit stall. Construction began in mid-December 2008 as crews removed the existing 1160 ft. inside steel retaining wall that separated pit road from the apron and concrete racing surface. The demolition makes way for a new 1592 ft. concrete wall that will be fully equipped with SAFER barrier. The new inside retaining wall will be 432 ft. longer than the previous configuration and will be extended further into Turn 4, allowing the track to add a 43rd pit stall for competitors. The wall will also be set nearly five feet closer to the track apron, eliminating all grass on the frontstretch, while providing more space in the drive lane of pit road. A large plot of grass will also be removed in Turn 4 to make way for the new entrance to pit road.(Dover Speedway PR)(1-8-2009)

    • 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 (Sprint Cup & Nationwide);
      Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

      Number of Tires:
      Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,450, Right-side – 1,450;
      Nationwide: Left-side – 575, Right-side – 575;
      Camping World Truck: Left-side – 375, Right-side – 375

      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 (Sprint Cup).

      Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Dover this week, though the tires for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the tires for the Camping World Truck Series will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same tire combination that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Dover last fall . . . additionally, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup and Truck teams will run at Michigan in two weeks . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length -- on which teams do not run inner liners -- 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

    • Twelve Different Spring Winners and Counting at Dover: Dover International Speedway’s spring race is a fan favorite for a variety of reasons but one in particular stands out: There’s a very good chance someone’s favorite driver may be headed for Victory Lane. The past 12 editions of the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips and Cheese have produced 12 different winners. There hasn’t been a repeat winner in the 21st Century. Jeff Gordon is the only double winner since 1996. Gordon’s most recent Dover spring victory came in 2001. In other words, just about everyone is in the mix when the green flag drops at The Monster Mile. #18-Kyle Busch is the defending spring winner at Dover. Sprint Cup Series champions are well represented among the dozen repeat winners: Gordon; #48-Johnson; #14-Stewart; #17-Kenseth; #96-Labonte; and Dale Jarrett. Manufacturer winners? Doesn’t matter. All four count victories during the 12-race run with General Motors and Ford tied with five wins apiece.(NASCAR PR)(5-29-2009)

    • Kahne to run new Dodge engine at Dover: #9-Kasey Kahne will break in Dodge's new engine for Richard Petty Motorsports next weekend at Dover International Speedway. RPM has been slow in introducing the new R6P8 engine that the other Dodge organization, Penske Racing, has used all season. Vice president of racing operations Robbie Loomis said last month that the engine would be used at Dover, but he wasn't sure which of RPM's four drivers would use it. Kahne was selected because officials are confident in the engine's durability and believe the added horsepower will help propel the driver into the Chase. Kahne is 16th in points, 66 out of the top 12 that make the Chase, heading into Sunday's 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600. "We feel where we're at he has a good chance at the Chase," Loomis said. "More than anything we want the performance." #44-A.J. Allmendinger and #19-Elliott Sadler are 25th and 26th, respectively, in points. #43-Reed Sorenson is 23rd.(ESPN)(5-24-2009)

    • See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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