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Gander RV 400

Dover International Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #11 of 36

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:10pm/et
Laps/Stages: 400 laps total. Stages end on laps: 120/240/400


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 7:00pm/et, FS1 and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, May 3, 11:05-11:55am/et, NASCAR.com streaming;
Saturday, May 4, 9:05-9:55am/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, May 4, 12:00-12:50pm/et, TV-FS1.
Qualifying: Friday, May 3 at 3:40pm/et, FS1.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, May 2
7:30 PM-9:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, May 3
8:00 AM-5:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
11:05 AM-11:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:40 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, May 4
8:00 AM-3:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:05 AM-9:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:00 PM-12:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, May 5
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE (STAGES 120/240/400 LAPS = 400 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Contingency awards
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Practice 2 Speeds
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Martin Truex Jr. charges to dominant victory at Dover: If anyone loves a rainy day, it’s Martin Truex Jr. The Mayetta, New Jersey driver won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway after a rain delay pushed the event to Monday, June 4, 2007. On Monday at the Monster Mile, Truex won for the 21st time in the rain-delayed Gander RV 400, beating runner-up Alex Bowman to the finish line by 9.501 seconds, topping the 7.355-second margin he achieved in his inaugural win 12 years ago.[More](5-6-2019)

#19-Martin Truex, Jr won the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Monday. The win is his 2nd win of 2019, 3rd win at Dover and 21st career win.
#88-Bowman finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, pole sitter #9-Elliott, #20-Jones, #22-Logano, #24-Byron, #14-Bowyer, and #18-Busch.
Stage 1 was won by #22-Logano.
Stage 2 was won by #19-Martin Truex, Jr..
There were 15 lead changes among 11 drivers and 6 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 127.242mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – Dover
Martin Truex Jr. won the 50th Annual Gander RV 400, his 21st victory in 488 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at Dover International Speedway.
Alex Bowman (second) posted his first top-10 finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2019.
Kyle Larson (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Dover International Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (25th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 5 points over Joey Logano.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-6-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Dover:
1) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 460 pts
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins]
3) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [2 wins]
4) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins]
5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win]
6) #9-Chase Elliott [1 win]
7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 397, -63
8) #1-Kurt Busch, 347, -113
9) #12-Ryan Blaney, 335, -125
10) #14-Clint Bowyer, 319, -141
11) #10-Aric Almirola, 309, -151
12) #41-Daniel Suarez, 292, -168
13) #88-Alex Bowman, 287, -173
14) #6-Ryan Newman, 270, -190
15) #42-Kyle Larson, 267, -193
16) #20-Erik Jones, 264, -196
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Dover Race postponed: Persistent rain on Sunday foiled NASCAR’s attempts to start the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, forcing postponement of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race until noon Monday, to be broadcast on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The cars started rolling before 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, but the rain, which had stopped long enough to dry the track, picked up again as the field took pace laps around the Monster Mile. Accordingly, pole winner Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron, the second-place qualifier, will lead the field to the green flag on Monday.
(NASCAR Wire Service)(5-5-2019)

Cars to the rear: #15-Chastain (engine change), #27-Sorenson (engine change); #19-Truex, Jr., #47-Preece and #88-Bowman (failed pre-race inspection twice); #36-Tifft (failed pre-race inspecation three times)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #9-Elliott chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #24-Bowman took the 40th and final stall.
#42-Larson, starts 3rd and chose the 17th stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(5-4-2019)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#48-Johnson Ally 161.863
#19-Truex Jr. 161.718
#20-Jones 161.435
#42-Larson 161.139
#10-Almirola 160.908
Slowest: #77-Houff 150.219 & #27-Sorenson 148.939
Most laps run: #00-Cassill, 28 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 26 drivers): #42-Larson 159.747
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(5-4-2019)

First Saturday practice for the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was canceled due to fog and mist at the track.(5-5-2019)

Chase Elliott stays hot with pole-winning run at Dover: In a battle of Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Chase Elliott knocked William Byron off the pole for Sunday’s Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway), stealing the top starting spot late in Friday’s single-car qualifying at the one-mile concrete track. As expected with a new competition package that features a taller rear spoiler and consequent added downforce, Elliott set a track record at the Monster Mile, covering the distance in 21.692 seconds (165.960 mph) to eclipse Brad Keselowski’s 2014 track record mark of 21.892 seconds (164.444 mph).[More](5-4-2019)

#9-Chase Eillott won the Busch pole for the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway with a track record speed of 165.960mph for his 2nd pole of 2019, 1st at Dover and 6 of his career.
#24-William Byron will start 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #22-Logano, #88-Bowman, #4-Harvick, #10-Almirola, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #14-Bowyer.
Qualifying consisted of one round of single car qualifying.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 were entered for 40 spots
See qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-3-2019)

Dover International Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Chase Elliott won the Pole Award for the 50th Annual Gander RV 400 with a lap of 21.692 seconds, 165.960 mph.
This is his sixth pole in 124 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2019.
This is his first pole in seven races at Dover International Speedway.
William Byron (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2019 and his first in three races at Dover International Speedway.
Kyle Larson (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his sixth in 11 races this season.
Daniel Hemric (23rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(5-3-2019)

First practice for the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#1-Busch 168.445
#42-Larson 168.106
#4-Harvick 167.950
#24-Byron 167.546
#12-Blaney 167.645
Slowest: #51-Ware 152.297 & #27-Sorenson 149.988
Most laps run: #47-Preece, 29 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg: #36-Tifft 152.440. He was the only driver to run 10 consecutive laps.
Notes: The top 23 drivers all exceeded the track qualfiiying record speed.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) page.(5-3-2019)

Entry List for the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted, 378 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #27-Sorenson, #51-Ware, #52-McLeod, #77-Houff.
Since only 37 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

May 2018: see the Dover Race Info page
October 2018: see the Dover Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Richard Petty
Command to start engines: Richard Petty
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God, Heightstown, New Jersey.
National Anthem: John Rich of Big & Rich
Flyover: TBA

Saturday Dover Notebook: Top speed in practice boosts Jimmie Johnson’s confidence level; Martin Truex Jr. encouraged by strong final practice.(More)(5-4-2019)

Friday Dover Notebook: Tyler Reddick happy to be in top echelon of Xfinity Series; Top speed is a pleasant surprise to Raphael Lessard; Kyle Larson’s wild ride was a testament to NASCAR safety.(More)(5-3-2019)

Weekend Preview – Dover International Speedway

NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Dover International Speedway

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Gander RV 400


WEATHER

Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
WeatherBug
Weather Underground
Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN
Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event;
Truck: 6 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side — D-4868;
Right-side — D-4872

Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.);
Right-side — 2,250 mm (88.58 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 19 psi; Left Rear — 19 psi;
Right Front — 49 psi; Right Rear — 45 psi

Storyline – Corner speeds and loads to reach monstrous levels at Dover: Like Bristol, Dover is a high-speed, high-load track that features a concrete surface.  The right-side tire run there must withstand the loads generated and at the same time have a tread compound that will rubber-in the track surface.  With the new higher downforce settings and 750 horsepower engine package in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, corner speeds will be up at Dover, thus putting more demand on the tires.
“Like we saw at Bristol, Dover will provide quite the challenge for the Cup cars,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “This falling under the ‘short track’ category, with the high downforce and high horsepower settings, the Cup cars will be running extremely fast through the corners and putting an extreme amount of load on the tires.  Grip will be at a premium and we always put a priority on rubbering in the concrete surface, which we are able to do to an appropriate level with the compounds we bring to Dover.”

Notes – New tire set-up debuts for all three series at Dover: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Dover this weekend will run the same tire set-up . . . this is the first time any of these teams have run either of these two Goodyear tire codes . . . this set-up was confirmed at a tire test at Dover on April 9 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were Richard Childress Racing with Austin Dillon, Chip Ganassi Racing with Kyle Larson and Roush-Fenway Racing with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. . . . compared to what was run at Dover last season, this set-up features construction updates on both sides of the car and, for Cup and Xfinity, a compound change on the left-side designed to match up better with the higher downforce package in Cup . . . Dover is unique among NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, in that inner liners are required on all four tire positions . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

Upcoming Tire Test – Chicagoland test delayed until next week due to weather: Originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Goodyear will now hold its tire test at Chicagoland Speedway next Tuesday and Wednesday (May 7-8) due to inclement weather in the Joliet, Ill., area . . . teams (drivers) scheduled to participate are Penske Racing (Brad Keselowski), Roush-Fenway Racing (Ryan Newman) and Wood Brothers Racing (Paul Menard).