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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the doubleheader at Dover


Top 10 Dover Driver Ratings
Jimmie Johnson………………….. 112.9
Matt Kenseth………………………. 105.8
Kyle Busch…………………………. 104.3
Martin Truex Jr……………………… 99.8
Chase Elliott…………………………. 98.2
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 96.6
Brad Keselowski……………………. 92.4
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 89.8
Kurt Busch…………………………… 89.4
Daniel Suarez……………………….. 87.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (30 total) among active drivers at Dover Motor Speedway.

Dover International Speedway:

HISTORY

  • The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was held on July 6, 1969 and won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (Ford).
  • 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 100 NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race per year in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.

STARTS

  • A total of 407 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 300 drivers have competed in more than one.
  • Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover International Speedway with 56; followed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin with 55.
  • Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth lead all active series drivers in starts at Dover with 39 each.
  • A total of 66 different drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Dover International Speedway; two of the 66 are currently active in the series: Matt Kenseth – Sept. 20, 1998; Kurt Busch – Sept. 24, 2000

Average Starting Position

  • Bobby Isaac (five starts) leads the series in average starting position at Dover with a 2.2.
  • Daniel Suarez (five starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Dover with an 8.5.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Dover (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg. Start Races Rank Active Drivers Avg Start Races
1 Bobby Isaac 2.200 5 1 Chase Elliott 8.875 10
2 David Pearson 2.688 16 2 Kyle Busch 9.867 32
3 LeeRoy Yarbrough 4.500 2 3 Denny Hamlin 10.286 30
4 Bobby Allison 6.400 35 4 Daniel Suarez 10.500 8
5 Friday Hassler 6.500 2 5 Martin Truex Jr 10.750 30
6 Cale Yarborough 7.000 20 6 Jimmie Johnson 10.889 38
7 Kyle Larson 7.750 12 7 Brad Keselowski 11.150 23
8 Ramo Stott 8.500 2 8 Erik Jones 11.167 8
9 Rusty Wallace 8.795 44 9 Ryan Newman 11.250 38
10 Chase Elliott 8.875 10 10 Kurt Busch 11.513 41

POLES

  • A total of 42 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the pole at Dover International Speedway; eight of 41 are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Dover with six poles (1969, 1973 sweep, 1974, 1975, 1981).
  • Ryan Newman (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007) and Denny Hamlin (2012, 2013, 2015, 2019) lead all active series drivers in poles at Dover with four poles each.
  • David Pearson (Ford) won the inaugural pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
  • Youngest series Dover pole winner: Chase Elliott (May 3, 2019 – 23 years, 5 months, 8 days).
  • Oldest series Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (June 1, 2012 – 53 years, 4 months, 23 days).
  • 10 drivers have won consecutive poles at Dover:

    • David Pearson (1973 sweep, spring 1974),
    • Dave Marcis (fall 1975, spring 1976),
    • Cale Yarborough (1980 sweep),
    • Alan Kulwicki (fall 1987, spring 1988),
    • Mark Martin (fall 1988, spring 1989),
    • Bobby Labonte (fall 1996, spring 1997),
    • Rusty Wallace (fall 1999, spring 2000),
    • Jeremy Mayfield (2004 sweep),
    • Ryan Newman (fall 2005, spring 2006),
    • Denny Hamlin (fall 2012, spring 2013).

  • Five drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Dover International Speedway:

    • J.D. McDuffie (09/17/1978),
    • Joe Ruttman (05/15/1983),
    • Dick Trickle (06/031990),
    • Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991),
    • att Kenseth (06/02/02).

WINS

  • A total of 37 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Dover International Speedway; nine of the 37 are active this weekend.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Dover International Speedway with 11 victories (2002 sweep, 2005 Playoffs, 2009 sweep, 2010 Playoffs, Spring of 2012, 2013 Playoffs, Spring of 2014, Spring of 2015 and Spring of 2017).
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was held on July 6, 1969 and won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (Ford).
  • 12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep).
  • Youngest Dover race winner: Chase Elliott (October 7, 2018 – 22 years, 10 months, 0 days).
  • Oldest Dover race winner: Harry Gant (May 31, 1992 – 52 years, 4 months, 21 days).
  • 13 of the 100 (13%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the pole position; the two most recent were by Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010.
  • The second place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (19) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway – the most recent was Kyle Larson (Oct. 2019).

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Dover International Speedway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 13 13.00% 13 3 3.00%
2 19 19.00% 14 2 2.00%
3 13 13.00% 15 5 5.00%
4 7 7.00% 16 1 1.00%
5 5 5.00% 17 1 1.00%
6 4 4.00% 19 4 4.00%
7 4 4.00% 22 1 1.00%
8 5 5.00% 24 1 1.00%
9 1 1.00% 26 1 1.00%
10 6 6.00% 27 1 1.00%
11 2 2.00% 37 1 1.00%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 13.00% 13
Winning from the Front Row: 32.00% 32
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 57.00% 57
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 77.00% 77
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 5.00% 5

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover is 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995.
  • The deepest in the field that an active race winner has started at Dover is 26th, by Martin Truex Jr. in the spring of 2007.
  • Two NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (06/04/07) and Jody Ridley (5/17/81).
  • Seven of the nine active NASCAR Cup Series winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances.
  • Among the nine active series Dover winners, Kevin Harvick (29) and Kurt Busch (22) made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
  • Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin lead the series among active drivers with the most starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 28 each.
  • A total of 27 different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Cup Series with 20 victories among six drivers: Jimmie Johnson (11), Jeff Gordon (five), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one), Ricky Rudd (one) and Chase Elliott (one).
  • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 41 victories; followed by Ford with 26, Dodge (seven), Mercury (seven), Pontiac (six), Toyota (five), Buick (three), Oldsmobile (two) and Plymouth (two).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A total of 54 different drivers have finished runner-up in the series at Dover International Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight second-place finishes.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in runner-up finishes at Dover with four.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Dover (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Runner-Ups Rank Active Drivers Runner-Ups
1 Mark Martin 8 1 Kyle Busch 4
2 Dale Earnhardt 5 2 Brad Keselowski 2
3 Bobby Allison 4 Kevin Harvick 2
4 Cale Yarborough 4 Matt Kenseth 2
5 David Pearson 4 5 Alex Bowman 1
Jeff Gordon 4 Chase Elliott 1
Kyle Busch 4 Clint Bowyer 1
Richard Petty 4 Denny Hamlin 1
Jimmie Johnson 1
Martin Truex Jr 1
Ryan Newman 1

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 95 different drivers have finished in the top-five in the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes with 24 top fives.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers in top-five finishes at Dover with 17 each.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Dover International Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top Fives Rank Active Drivers Top Fives
1 Mark Martin 24 1 Jimmie Johnson 17
2 Dale Earnhardt 19 Matt Kenseth 17
3 Bobby Allison 18 3 Kyle Busch 12
Jeff Gordon 18 4 Kurt Busch 9
5 Jimmie Johnson 17 5 Kevin Harvick 8
Matt Kenseth 17

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 158 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33 top 10s.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active series drivers in top-10 finishes at Dover with 25.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Dover International Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top 10s Rank Active Drivers Top 10s
1 Mark Martin 33 1 Jimmie Johnson 25
2 Jeff Gordon 27 2 Matt Kenseth 24
3 Richard Petty 26 3 Kevin Harvick 19
4 Ricky Rudd 26 4 Kyle Busch 19
5 Bobby Allison 25 5 Clint Bowyer 16
Dale Earnhardt 25 Martin Truex Jr 16
Jimmie Johnson 25

Average Finish:

  • Charlie Glotzbach (two starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover International Speedway with a 2.5.
  • Chase Elliott (10 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with a 8.6.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Dover (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg Finish Races Rank Active Drivers Avg Finish Races
1 Charlie Glotzbach 2.500 2 1 Chase Elliott 8.625 10
2 Ramo Stott 6.000 2 2 Daniel Suarez 8.667 8
3 Kyle Larson 7.417 12 3 Jimmie Johnson 9.917 38
4 David Pearson 8.000 16 4 Erik Jones 11.667 8
5 Bill Dennis 8.500 2 5 Martin Truex Jr 12.179 30
6 Chase Elliott 8.625 10 6 Matt Kenseth 12.923 41
7 Daniel Suarez 8.667 8 7 Brad Keselowski 13.050 23
8 LeeRoy Yarbrough 9.000 2 8 Clint Bowyer 13.071 30
9 Bobby Allison 9.257 35 9 William Byron 13.500 6
10 Jimmie Johnson 9.917 38 10 Kevin Harvick 13.711 40

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 116 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 3,105 laps led in 36 starts.

Top 10 in Laps Led at Dover International Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Led Completed % Rank Active Drivers Led Completed %
1 Jimmie Johnson 3,110 14,165 22.0% 1 Jimmie Johnson 3,110 14,165 22.0%
2 Bobby Allison 2,802 15,586 18.0% 2 Kevin Harvick 1,443 15,026 9.6%
3 Jeff Gordon 2,396 18,788 12.8% 3 Kyle Busch 1,210 10,759 11.2%
4 Richard Petty 2,206 18,919 11.7% 4 Matt Kenseth 904 15,008 6.0%
5 Dale Earnhardt 2,151 19,211 11.2% 5 Martin Truex Jr 892 10,919 8.2%
6 Bill Elliott 2,050 18,910 10.8% 6 Ryan Newman 849 14,209 6.0%
7 Cale Yarborough 2,049 8,502 24.1% 7 Denny Hamlin 494 10,474 4.7%
8 David Pearson 2,041 6,346 32.2% 8 Kurt Busch 429 14,564 2.9%
9 Mark Martin 1,769 22,118 8.0% 9 Brad Keselowski 394 7,623 5.2%
10 Harry Gant 1,727 12,038 14.3% 10 Chase Elliott 294 2,818 10.4%

TRACK/EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest Margin of Victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race, won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a margin of victory of 0.080 second.

Top Five Closest Margin of Victories at Dover International Speedway (NCS):

Margin of Victory Date Winner Runner-Up
0.080 9/25/2005 Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch
0.091 6/1/1997 Ricky Rudd Mark Martin
0.187 5/15/2016 Matt Kenseth Kyle Larson
0.220 6/4/1995 Kyle Petty Bobby Labonte
0.265 10/7/2018 Chase Elliott Denny Hamlin

  • There have been four NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in NASCAR Overtime at Dover International Speedway:

Scheduled No. Of Laps Actual No. Of Laps Overtime Laps Race Winner Date
400 406 6 Jimmie Johnson 6/4/2017
400 405 5 Jimmie Johnson 5/31/2015
400 404 4 Jimmie Johnson 9/25/2005
400 404 4 Chase Elliott 10/7/2018

  • None of the 100 NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway nine times: Fall 1984, Spring 2001, Fall 2003, Spring 2005, Spring 2011, Fall 2015, Spring and Fall of 2016, Spring 2018

Female Competitors

  • Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Danica Patrick 24 18 Sunday, October 1, 2017
Danica Patrick 31 10 Sunday, June 4, 2017
Danica Patrick 24 28 Sunday, October 2, 2016
Danica Patrick 31 13 Sunday, May 15, 2016
Danica Patrick 24 21 Sunday, October 4, 2015
Danica Patrick 33 15 Sunday, May 31, 2015
Danica Patrick 13 25 Sunday, September 28, 2014
Danica Patrick 28 23 Sunday, June 1, 2014
Danica Patrick 31 29 Sunday, September 29, 2013
Danica Patrick 39 24 Sunday, June 2, 2013
Danica Patrick 38 28 Sunday, September 30, 2012
Averages 28.7 21.3
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Janet Guthrie 15 11 Sunday, September 18, 1977
Janet Guthrie 11 33 Sunday, September 19, 1976
Averages 13.0 22.0

NASCAR In Delaware & Maryland

  • A total of 195 NASCAR national series races have been held in the state of Delaware – all at Dover International Speedway.

Track Name City Cup Xfinity Gander Truck Total Races First Year
Dover International Speedway Dover 100 72 20 195 1969

Delaware Drivers in NASCAR

  • Ten drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Delaware; none of the 10 have recorded a victory in NASCAR national series competition.

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