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    THE RACE: AAA 400

    TRACK: Dover International Speedway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2009 season
    Chase for the Sptint Cup race #2 of 10
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Sunday, September 27, 2009 in Dover, DE

    • Title Sponsor: AAA

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

    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

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

    • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 2:00pm/et

    • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
      Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
      Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

    • 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 28 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
      Monday, September 28 at 12:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
      Wednesday, September 30 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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    • Practices:
      Friday, September 25, 11:00am - 12:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
      Saturday, September 26, 12:30 - 1:15 pm/et, TV-none scheduled

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    • Johnson wins at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway for his 2nd win at Dover this year, his 4th win of 2009 and 44th of his career. #5-Martin finished 2nd followed by #17-Kenseth, #42-Montoya, #2-Busch, #24-Gordon, #44-Allmendinger, #9-Kahne, #14-Stewart, and #39-Newman.
      Other Chase drivers finishes: #99-Edwards 11th; #16-Biffle 13th; Vickers 18th; #11-Hamlin 22nd.
      #20-Joey Logano was involved in violent wreck on lap 32 when #14-Stewart got into the back of him after Logano had to check up. Logano slid up the track and was hit by #43-Sorenson, then rolled seven times before coming to rest at the bottom of the track. He walked away from the accident uninjured.
      There were 9 cautions for 38 caution laps and 1 red flag following the Logano accident and 6 lead changes among 4 drivers.
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2: Monday, September 28 at 3:00am/et; ESPN Classic: Monday, September 28 at 12:00pm/et; SPEED, Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00pm/et
      For race results, awards and more, see my Dover Race Results Page.(9-27-2009)

    • Notes and Facts from Dover:
      * Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway -- the 19th straight Chase race won by a Chase driver. This was Johnson's seventh career win from the pole. It was his 44th career victory in his 283rd start. Johnson tied Bill Elliott for 14th on NASCAR's all-time wins list.
      * Johnson scored his fourth victory in 2009. It's the sixth consecutive season that Johnson has won at least four races.
      * Johnson became the second driver to win both races at a track in 2009, joining Kyle Busch, who won both races at Bristol. It was Johnson's fifth Cup win in 16 races at Dover.
      * Hendrick Motorsports scored its 12th victory at Dover, the most by any owner in the 80 Cup races there. Johnson scored the 10th win for Hendrick Motorsports this season, the most by any owner.
      * Johnson led three times for a race-high 271 laps, including the final 225. He has led 650 laps in the past three races at Dover. He extended an 11-race streak of top-15 finishes at Dover.
      * Johnson scored his 15th Chase victory in 52 Chase races. It was the 21st Chase win by Hendrick.
      * Chevrolet has scored 14 wins in 2009, leading all manufacturers. Toyota has nine while Dodge has three and Ford has two.
      * Mark Martin (second) posted his third straight top-10 finish at Dover. He remained the points leader by 10 over Johnson. Martin scored his fifth straight top-5 finish.
      * Matt Kenseth (third) posted his best finish since his victory at California in February. He extended a four-race streak of top-5 finishes at Dover.
      * Juan Pablo Montoya (fourth) posted his best finish in six races at Dover. It marked his first lead-lap finish at Dover.
      * Tony Stewart (ninth) ended a five-race streak of finishes outside the top 10.
      * Ryan Newman (10th) extended a streak of six straight top-15 finishes that began at Michigan.
      * Carl Edwards (11th) ended a six-race streak of top-10 finishes at Dover.
      * Greg Biffle (13th) ended a seven-race streak of top-10 finishes at Dover.
      * Jeff Burton (16th) has finished 16th or worse in the past 14 races, since Michigan in June.
      * Brian Vickers (18th) ended a 10-race streak of top-15 finishes that began at Daytona in July (all 12th or better).
      * Denny Hamlin (22nd) extended a five-race streak of bad finishes at Dover (38th, 43rd, 38th, 36th and 22nd). Hamlin ended a seven-race streak of top-10 finishes.
      * Scott Speed (25th) was the highest-finishing rookie of the year contender.
      * Elliott Sadler (30th) and Tony Stewart (ninth) each have been running at the finish in the past 51 races, the longest current streak.(ESPN)(9-28-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Dover:
      Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 400, his 44th victory in 283 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his fourth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 16 races at Dover International Speedway.
      Mark Martin (second) posted his 30th top-10 finish in 47 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2009.
      Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 22 races at Dover International Speedway.
      Scott Speed (25th) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Mark Martin leads the point standings by 10 points over Jimmie Johnson.
      (NASCAR Statistics)(9-27-2009)

    • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
      [after Dover, Chase race 2 of 10; Season race 28 of 36]:

      pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
      1) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 5400, finished 2nd at Dover
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 5390, -10, 1st
      3) #42-Juan Montoya 5335, -65, 4th
      4) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 5325, -75, 5th
      5) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins] 5294, -106, 9th
      6) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 5292, -108, 22nd
      7) #39-Ryan Newman 5290, -110, 10th
      8) #24-Jeff Gordon 5278, -122, 6th
      9) #16-Greg Biffle 5262, -138, 13th
      10) #83-Brian Vickers [1 wins], 5249, -151, 18th
      11) #99-Carl Edwards 5247, -153, 11th
      12) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5211, -189, 8th
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page.(9-27-2009)

    • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
      [after Dover, race 28 of 36]:
      pos, car#, driver, points, behind
      1) #14-Tony Stewart, 4070
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3895 175
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3894 176
      4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3763 307
      5) #5-Mark Martin, 3651 419
      6) #2-Kurt Busch, 3637 433
      7) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3586 484
      8) #39-Ryan Newman, 3562 508
      9) #99-Carl Edwards, 3527 543
      10) #16-Greg Biffle, 3511 559
      11) #9-Kasey Kahne, 3471 599
      12) #83-Brian Vickers, 3442 628
      13) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3424 646
      14) #18-Kyle Busch, 3395 675
      15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3311 759
      16)#00-David Reutimann, 3275 795

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
      No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now down to 124 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2258, +291
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2091, 124 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1967, 124 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland-Labonte/TRG: 1682, -409
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(9-27-2009)

    • Penalty Report - Dover:
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #19 Pre-Race to the rear - engine change, tail end
      #33 Pre-Race to the rear - engine change, tail end
      #37 Pre-Race to the rear - engine change, tail end
      #66 31, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #99 32, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #55 85, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #00 163, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #18 207, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #12 273, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #18 313, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
      #18 327, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
      #1 342, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #12 342, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #77 369, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #82 370, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #19 387, Safety violation - splitter broken, pit 389
      #19 396, Safety violation - splitter broken, pit
      (NASCAR Statistics)(9-27-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: #34-Andretti, 27th
      Caution 2: #87-Nemechek, 41st
      Caution 3: #82-Speed, 25th
      Caution 4: #31-Burton, 16th
      Caution 5: #96-Labonte, 23rd
      Caution 6: #83-Vickers, 18th
      Caution 7: #31-Burton (2), 23rd
      Caution 8: #98-Menard, 19th
      Caution 9: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. (still 1 lap down), 20th

    • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Dover (or seemed to)?
      43rd: #37-Raines, completed 13 laps
      41st: #87-Nemechek, 51
      40th: #09-Bliss, 54
      39th: #71-Gilliland, 60
      38th: #36-McDowell, 74
      37th: #66-Blaney 76
      (usually only count a team with a history of start and park, not an engine blow or wreck and only if 25% or less of race completed)(9-27-2009)

    • Pit Stall Selections - Dover: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #48-Johnson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], outside pole sitter #42-Montoya took pit stall 10, the next pit stall with an opening in front of it, Points leader #5-Martin, took the 21st stall. The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #9-Kahne, who starts 6th.
      See the pit selection chart on the Dover Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-26-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 27, 2009.
      Television (TV): ABC at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:16pm/et
      Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
      ESPN2: Monday, September 28 at 3:00am/et
      ESPN Classic: Monday, September 28 at 12:00pm/et
      SPEED, Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00pm/et

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
      SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
      Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
      SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
      Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
      SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
      Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
      SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
      Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
      SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
      Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
      SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
      Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
      SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
      Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
      SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
      Pemberton: Yes.
      SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
      Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

    • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
      NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
      The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here

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    • Dover Pit Stall Selections

    • Happy Hour practice: for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #9-Kahne 152.014
      #42-Montoya 151.502
      #20-Logano 151.057
      #5-Martin 151.013
      #48-Johnson 150.981
      slowest: #96-McDowell 147.312 & #37-Raines 147.251
      See speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Dover Practice Speeds Notes page.(9-26-2009)

    • Dover Happy Hour practice results for the 2009 Chase Drivers:
      (by current Chase Points Standings)
      1) #5-Mark Martin, 4th fastest
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5th
      3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 18th
      4) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2nd
      5) #2-Kurt Busch, 7th
      6) #14-Tony Stewart, 26th
      7) #39-Ryan Newman, 11th
      8) #83-Brian Vickers, 30th
      9) #16-Greg Biffle, 6th
      10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 19th
      11) #99-Carl Edwards, 17th
      12) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1st.(9-26-2009)

    • First Saturday practice: for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the top 5:
      #2-Busch 153.035
      #42-Montoya 152.912
      #39-Newman 152.607
      #48-Johnson 151.989
      #33-Bowyer 151.899
      slowest: #37-Raines 147.191 & #34-Andretti 146.789
      There is no TV coverage for this session, Happy Hour [final] practice is scheduled to run from 1:50 - 2:50 pm/pt, and will shown on ESPN at 7:00pm/et. However, there is some rain in the area that could impact on track action this afternoon.
      See speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Dover Practice Speeds Notes page.(9-26-2009)

    • Johnson on pole at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway with a lap of 157.356mph for his 2nd pole of the season and 21st career pole. #42-Montoya was 2nd fastest followed by #39-Newman, #16-Biffle, #00-Reutimann, #9-Kahne, #24-Gordon, #33-Bowyer, #77-Hornish, and #98-Menard. Points leader #5-Martin will start 14th.
      The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #71-Gilliland, #78-Smith, #66-Blaney, #09-Bliss, #82-Speed, #87-Nemechek, #37-Raines, and #36-McDowell.
      The only driver to fail to qualify was #4-McClure.
      See the starting lineup, qualifying results & order, pole progreession and more on the Dover Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(9-25-2009)

    • Dover starting spots for the 2009 Chase Drivers:
      1) #5-Mark Martin, starts 14th
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1st
      3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 13th
      4) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2nd
      5) #2-Kurt Busch, 16th
      6) #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
      7) #39-Ryan Newman, 3rd
      8) #83-Brian Vickers, 12th
      9) #16-Greg Biffle, 4th
      10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 7th
      11) #99-Carl Edwards, 30th
      12) #9-Kasey Kahne, 6th.(9-25-2009)

    • Qualifying Fast Facts - Dover International Speedway:
      Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AAA 400 with a lap of 22.878 seconds, 157.356 mph.
      This is his 21st pole in 283 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his second pole and 21st top-10 start in 2009.
      This is his second pole in 16 races at Dover International Speedway.
      Juan Pablo Montoya (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2009 and his third in six races at Dover International Speedway.<
      Ryan Newman (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his 14th in 28 races this season.
      Joey Logano (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-25-2009)

    • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
      Chevy: #48-Johnson, 157.356, starts 1st
      Ford: #16-Biffle, 156.284. starts 4th
      Toyota: #00-Reutimann, 155.979, starts 5th
      Dodge: #9-Kahne, 155.871, starts 6th

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2009 at 3:10pm/et.
      Television (TV): ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
      Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128 Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
      Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

    • Qualifying Order for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is posted. 44 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 #42-Montoya.
      The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #88-Earnhardt. Jr.
      The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #4-Wimmer with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #66-Blaney.
      See the full qualifying order on the Dover Qualifying Page.(9-25-2009)

    • Friday's practice for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #48-Johnson 158.026
      #39-Newman 157.020
      #42-Montoya 156.986
      #16-Biffle 156.952
      #2-Busch 156.474
      slowest: #37-Raines 151.445 & #4-Wimmer 149.669.
      #33-Bowyer broke a rocker arm. The team will change engines.
      See speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Dover Practice Speeds Notes page. (9-25-2009)

    • Dover practice rank for the 2009 Chase Drivers:
      1) #5-Mark Martin, was 9th fastest
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1st
      3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th
      4) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3rd
      5) #2-Kurt Busch, 5th
      6) #14-Tony Stewart, 14th
      7) #39-Ryan Newman, 2nd
      8) #83-Brian Vickers, 21st
      9) #16-Greg Biffle, 4th
      10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 13th
      11) #99-Carl Edwards, 39th
      12) #9-Kasey Kahne, 40th.(9-25-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice on Friday at Dover:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #71-David Gilliland, 10th fastest overall
      #78-Regan Smith, 29th
      #66-Dave Blaney, 32nd
      #36-Michael McDowell, 34th
      #82-Scott Speed, 36th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 37th
      #09-Mike Bliss, 38th
      #37-Tony Raines, 43rd
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #4-Scott Wimmer, 44th

    • The Entry List for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
      #09-Mike Bliss (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/27 attempts)
      #4-Scott Wimmer (54/2)
      #36-Michael McDowell (42/27)
      #37-Tony Raines (45/19)
      #66-Dave Blaney (41/27)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/27)
      #78-Regan Smith (40/14)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/27)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (39/27)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,82,71,87,66,36,37,78
      missing the race would be [1]: #'s 4
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Dover Entry List.(9-21-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
      No changes the spread between 35th and 36th now up to 130 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2197, +318
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2009, 130 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1879, 130 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland-Labonte/TRG: 1631, -378
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(9-20-2009)

    • May 2009 Race Results: #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)

    • 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

    • 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: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


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

    • June 2009 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 115.237mph, started 8th

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

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

    • 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

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

    • June 2009 Pole Sitter: #00-David Reutimann, 156.794mph, finished 18th

    • Track Qualifying Record: Jeremy Mayfield, 161.522mph, 6/4/2004

    • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kyle Petty, started 37th, 6/1995

    • Oldest Pole Winner: Dick Trickle, 48 years, 7 months, 7 days, 6/03/1990

    • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 0 days, 6/04/1995

    • 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: 29 - Mark Martin

    • 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: 29, Chevy

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 11 [of 79 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 79 - 60.3%
    • Races won from starting pos 6: 3
    • Races won from starting pos 7: 4
    • Races won from starting pos 8: 4
    • Races won from starting pos 10: 4
    • Races won from the top 10: 61 of 79 - 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 track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.

      • The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.

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

      • There have been 79 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.

      • Richard Petty won the track’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

      • There have been 34 different pole winners, led by David Pearson (six). David Reutimann won his first Dover pole in this season’s May race

      • 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.

      • Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers, each with four victories.

      • Hendrick Motorsports has 11 wins, more than any other car owner.

      • 47 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position; 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.

      • In his Dover win earlier this season, Jimmie Johnson scored a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0. He led 298 laps in May.

      • Several active drivers had their first start at Dover, including Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, David Ragan and Tony Raines.

      • In addition, Matt Kenseth (2002) and Michael Waltrip (1991) earned their first pole at Dover. Martin Truex Jr. won his first race there (2007).

      • Three of the last four races have ended with a margin of victory under one second.

      • There have been 79 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware, all at Dover International Speedway.

      • Eight drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Delaware, though none have posted victories.


      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #1-Martin Truex Jr. Vaseline Men Body Lotion #1 Team Schemes Page
      #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
      #7-Robby Gordon Camping World #7 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Burger King #14 Team Schemes Page
      #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy's Geek Squad #19 Team Schemes Page
      #33-Clint Bowyer BB&T #33 Team Schemes Page
      #36-Micheal McDowell Wave Energy Drink #36 Team Schemes Page
      #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Polaroid #42 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson Valvoline #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger Super 8 #44 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie #47 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
      #96-Bobby Labonte DLP #96 Team Schemes Page
      #98-Paul Menard Energizer / Menards #98 Team Schemes Page

    • Geek Squad colors for Sadler at Dover: Elliott Sadler’s #19 Dodge will sport a familiar black, white and orange paint scheme at Dover’s “Monster Mile” this weekend honoring those electronic wizards with the white shirts and clip-on ties from Best Buy—the Geek Squad. Sadler’s race car looks similar to the signature car driven by the 21,000 certified Geek Squad agents around the world. Instead of solving customers’ electronic challenges, Sadler hopes to drive his #19 Best Buy/Geek Squad Dodge to another top-10 finish. On Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sadler finished eighth—his fourth top-10 finish in 2009(RPM). See an image of the scheme on my #19 Team Schemes page.(9-23-2009)

    • Vaseline Men Lotion on the #1 at Dover: Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer products companies, announced on July 23, 2009 that Vaseline MEN Lotion would be an associate sponsor of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. As part of that relationship, Vaseline MEN will be the primary sponsor of the #1 Chevy driven by Martin Truex Jr. at this weekend's race at Dover International Raceway.(Earnhardt Ganassi PR), see an image of the car on the #1 team paint schemes page.(9-23-2009)

    • Wave Energy sponsoring TBR: Wave Energy Drink announced that it will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota and driver Patrick Capentier [now Michael McDowell] in six Sprint Cup Series races this season. Wave Energy Drink branding will appear on the #36 for the following six races [in a row]: Atlanta, Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas and Auto Club Speedway. “The partnership between Wave Energy Drink and Tommy Baldwin Racing will provide the brand with immediate access to a significant number of the core target audience vital to the brand’s success,” said Jason Wolter, V.P. of Marketing for Wave Energy. “The partnership will help us turbo-charge Wave Energy’s upcoming consumer launch. We are also excited about our involvement with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team that has a loyal following like TBR. For more information about Wave Energy Drink visit Marketing Group)(8-31-2009)
      IMAGEs: see images of the scheme on my #36 Team Schemes page (9-1-2009)

    • Burger King to sponsor Stewart for 2 races: Burger King Corp. announced that the company has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing. As part of the sponsorship agreement, BKC has two primary paint schemes on the #14 Sprint Cup car which will be featured at the:
      July 4th Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway and the:
      September 27th race at Dover International Speedway.

      The company also has a personal services agreement with Stewart that includes appearances in commercials, restaurant promotions and at BKC sponsored events. "I'm extremely happy to welcome Burger King Corp. to the team and really proud to be associated with such a great brand," said Tony Stewart. "This demonstrates another important step in getting Stewart-Haas Racing ready for the season. I am a huge fan of Burger King restaurants, especially of the Whopper Sandwich, and even received my own customized BK Crown Card!" BKC will leverage the sponsorship both on and off the track, through comprehensive national marketing programs and promotions. "This sponsorship with Tony provides the perfect scenario to get back into NASCAR. His passion, both on and off the track, resonates very well with our core Burger King customers," said Russ Klein, president, global marketing, strategy and innovation. "We've long understood the power of NASCAR, and its millions of fans, and are looking forward to an exciting season." Additionally, BKC will be the exclusive quick service restaurant sponsor of Eldora Speedway in 2009, giving the company the chance to speak to fans on a grassroots level. Activation surrounding this sponsorship will include Burger King signage at the track, hospitality and other on-site activities.(Edelman/True Speed PR)(1-21-2009)

    • Interstate Batteries returns for 2009: #18-Kyle Busch and Interstate Batteries are back for another season in the Sprint Cup Series. Busch is scheduled to run the scheme six times in 2009:
      California [Feb]
      Texas [Apr]
      NHMS [June]
      Daytona [July]
      Michigan [Aug]
      Dover [Sept]
      See images on my #18 Team Schemes page.(12-22-2008)

    • BB&T to sponsor #33 & Bowyer for eleven 2009 races: BB&T Corporation and Richard Childress Racing have agreed to an 11-race sponsorship for RCR’s #33 Chevy with driver Clint Bowyer for the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season. In addition to 10 points races, BB&T will also be the primary sponsor on Bowyer’s #33 Chevy for the annual Sprint Cup Series all-star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May. The March 8 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will mark the first of three consecutive races for BB&T, followed by four in a row starting at Talladega in April and wrapping up with the all-star festivities in Charlotte. In September, BB&T will be showcased again in Atlanta and at Dover for the first of three Chase for the Sprint Cup races. Bowyer’s #33 Impala SS will also feature a burgundy and gold BB&T paint scheme at Martinsville and Talladega next fall. BB&T will serve as a major associate sponsor of the #33 Chevy for the remaining 26 races on the 2009 schedule while General Mills’ brands Cheerios and Hamburger Helper will be the primary sponsor. Next season will mark the second-consecutive year that BB&T has expanded its role within the RCR family of sponsors. In 2007, BB&T sponsored a partial Nationwide Series schedule with Bowyer in RCR’s flagship #2 Chevrolet. That role evolved into a 25-race schedule in 2008, in addition to two races on the #07 Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series.(RCR PR)(11-12-2008)

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


    • 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: ?
      Command to start engines: Sgt. Major John Jones, Pennsylvania National Guard
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
      Honor Guard: Military District of Washington (D.C.) Armed Forced Color Guard
      Invocation: Pastor Dan Schafer, Calvary Assembly of God, Heightstown, N.J.
      National Anthem: Country Music Group Trailer Choir
      Military Flyover: C-130, Delaware National Guard

    • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website:

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Dover International Speedway

    • September 2008: see my Dover Race Info page

    • May 2009: see the Dover Race Info page

    • Truex Jr. donates 100 Dover tickets to fans in need: #1- Martin Truex Jr., always a fan favorite at the Monster Mile, has purchased 100 tickets to the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race for select fans who were unable to renew their September race tickets due to hardships brought on by the economic downturn or other unforeseen circumstances. Loyal Dover International Speedway ticket holders were contacted and told of Truex's special donation of tickets to the upcoming "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" race. The list was compiled from letters or personal stories shared by fans during the ticket renewal period for the Sept. 25-27 race weekend. "When we heard that Dover had a list of fans who wanted to come to the race but couldn't for one reason or another, we decided to take care of them," said Truex, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation is always looking for new ways to help those in need in the NASCAR community, and we felt this was a great way to support fans who wanted to be at the race in Dover. Dover obviously has a special place in my heart."(Dover PR)(9-23-2009)

    • Dover announces 2010 race dates: Historically, Dover International Speedway’s spring race dates depend on where the Memorial Day holiday falls [since 1987, from 1974 thru 1986 May 14-21 range was the date of the 1st race]. Through the years it’s varied between late-May or early June, and because Memorial Day comes late in 2010, Dover International Speedway’s spring race weekend has been moved to May 14-16, 2010, three weeks earlier than this year’s dates to accommodate a busy spring NASCAR schedule. Tickets for the May 14-16, 2010 tripleheader weekend featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009. Fans that have already renewed their seats and have questions or concerns about the date change are encouraged to call the Dover ticket office at 800-441-RACE for more information. “Dover is traditionally the first stop for NASCAR in the Northeast and it will continue to be that way in 2010,” said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “With Memorial Day falling on May 31 next year, June becomes very crowded and we felt it was better to make this one-time move and preserve our position as the first race in the Northeast. Our dates will return to the slot after Memorial Day in 2011.” Dover’s fall “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” race weekend remains unchanged and is scheduled for Sept. 24-26, 2010. Tickets for the Sept. 24-26, 2010 races will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. Great seats remain for this year’s fall race at the Monster Mile coming Sept. 25-27. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit Speedway)(9-1-2009)

    • AAA sponsoring Dover's fall race: AAA Mid-Atlantic and Dover International Speedway announce a new race name for the upcoming Sept. 27, 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event: the "AAA 400." The Wilmington, Del.-based organization provides automotive, travel, personal insurance and financial services, and has approximately four million AAA members in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. With this new agreement in place, AAA Mid-Atlantic solidifies its relationship with Dover International Speedway through 2015, and will serve as the title sponsor of September's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for six years, beginning with the Sept. 27, 2009 event.(Dover PR)(8-19-2009)

    • Delaware passes a sports-betting bill: The Delware state legislature has passed a sports-betting bill, making Delaware the only state in the East where wagering on sports will be legal. Nevada, Oregon and Montana are the only other states that offer sports wagering. Delaware hopes to have the betting system in place in time for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway in September. This means NASCAR fans will be able to place bets on their favorite drivers. “Martha, I’m putting $10 on Tony Stewart to win. How ‘bout y’all? $10 on Jeff Gordon to win?”
      “We’ll do everything they do in Vegas except straight bets on one team over another,” Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said. He added that point spreads are needed to legally be a lottery. We’ll be the only state east of Montana where fans will be able to bet legally. “We should be able to attract a whole new demographic that we don’t get from slots.”()(6-11-2009)

    • 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

    • 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 International Speedway)(5-26-2009)

    • 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)

    • Park-and-Ride service (Sunday only):
      • Ride the "Race Express Bus" from the Blue Hen Corporate Center on US 113 to Dover International Speedway. This is a 12-minute ride. Cost of $20 per car includes parking and round-trip bus service for everyone in your vehicle. Service begins at 8 a.m. and runs until one hour after the race. (Exact change required.)
      • From Christiana, Del., board the Park-and-Ride Shuttle at the North Parking Lot of the Christiana Mall off Delaware Route 1 and ride directly to Dover International Speedway. Service begins at 8 a.m. and costs $15 per person (exact change required), which includes parking and round-trip bus service to the speedway. There are 800 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. All carry-on items must be stored under your seat. After the race the Race Express Bus will take you directly back to the Christiana Mall Park-and-Ride lot. More information is available by calling Gregg Bus Service at (302) 993-7855. (Service schedule subject to change.)

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


    • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

      Number of Tires: Sprint Cup: Left-side - 1,500, Right-side - 1,500

      Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4270; Right-side -- D-4272

      Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.0 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Dover this weekend . . . this is the first time teams will be running either of these two tire codes. . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Dover on August 4-5 . . . participating in that test were Chevrolet drivers Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge drivers A.J. Allmendinger and David Stremme, Ford drivers Bobby Labonte and David Ragan, and Toyota drivers Marcos Ambrose and Kyle Busch . . . compared to what NASCAR teams ran at Dover in May, Goodyear has incorporated construction changes to both the left- and right-side tires . . . those changes are similar to those previously rolled into the Las Vegas and Charlotte tires and are designed to give the cars more grip . . . Goodyear has also brought a change to the right-side compound, based mostly on the work that was done in preparation for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is designed to help "rubber in" the race track . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Dover . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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