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TRACK: Dover International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #29 of 36 for the 2011 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #3 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, October 2, 2011 in Dover, DE

Title Sponsor: AAA

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN's NASCAR Countdown - 1:00pm/et

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

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Dr. Jerry Punch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
    ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage: Tim Brewer

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 3 at 12:30am/et on ESPN2;
    Wednesday, October 5 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage

(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, September 30

11:00 am-12:25 pm NSCS practice
2:40 - 4:15 pm NSCS final practice

Saturday, October 1

1:40 pm NSCS qualifying

Sunday, October 2

1:30 pm NSCS driver introductions
2:00 pm AAA 400 NSCS race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
Times are local to the Track

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, September 30, 11:00am - 12:25pm/et, TV-none scheduled

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, September 30, 2:40 - 4:15pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, October 1 at 1:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled.


2011: $5,074,329
2010: $5,121,544
2009: $5,273,330
2008: $5,233,851
2007: $5,132,767
2006: $5,028,146
2005: $4,975,638
2004: $4,966,610
2003: $4,559,814
2002: $3,920,256


  • Track Specifications:
    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:Bernie Koch, COO of AAA
    Command to start engines: Bernie Koch, COO of AAA
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Pastor Dan Schafer, Calvary Assembly of God in Hightstown, NJ.
    National Anthem: Actress Melora Hardin
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Websites:
    Dover International Speedway - Facebook
    Dover International Speedway - Twitter
    Dover Motorsports
    Monster Racing

  • May 2011: see my Dover Race Info page

  • September 2010: see my New Hampshire Race Info page

  • May 2011 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 125.578mph, started 24th

  • September 2010 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 131.543mph, started 1st

  • 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

  • May 2011 Pole Sitter: none due to weather, #48-Jimmie Johnson started first via practice speeds

  • September 2010 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 155.736mph, finished 1st

  • 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

  • The Numbers for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway:
    0 - fewest cautions (6/6/71)
    1 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (11 times, most recent 9/15/91)
    3 - fewest leaders (five times, most recent 5/16/82)
    3 - fewest lead changes (10/17/71)
    4 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    6 - fewest laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton, 9/24/06)
    6 - most poles (David Pearson)
    7 - most wins (Bobby Allison and David Pearson)
    13 - fewest cars running at finish (5/17/81)
    13 - most leaders (twice, most recent 9/24/00)
    13 - wins from each of the first three starting positions in 83 races
    16 - most cautions (9/19/93)
    21 - most cars on lead lap at finish (6/4/06)
    29 - most lead changes (twice, most recent 5/18/86)
    31 - fewest cars to start a Sprint Cup race (5/20/79, 500-mile race)
    32 - different race winners
    35 - different pole winners
    40 - most running at finish (9/21/08)
    90 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the one-mile, all-concrete track after a significant rainfall
    103 - most caution laps (9/19/93)
    491 - most laps led by race winner (Richard Petty, Dodge, 9/15/74)
    2011 Caution Update
    3 - fewest cautions this season (New Hampshire 2)
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona1)
    206 - number of cautions in the first 28 races of 2011; includes 100 for accidents, 47 for debris and 28 for spins
    1,004 of 7,943 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    1,380.619 of 10,951.158 - miles under caution in the first 28 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(9-29-2011)

  • 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 83 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 35 different pole winners, led by David Pearson (six).
      David Pearson won the first 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.
      Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers, with six victories.
      Hendrick Motorsports has a series-high 12 wins.
      50 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position; 18 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
      13 drivers have won from the pole. The last to do so was Jimmie Johnson, in last season's September race.
      The furthest back in the field a race winner started was 37th, by Kyle Petty in 1995.
      Several active drivers had their first start at Dover, including three past champions: Kurt Busch (18th in 2000), Matt Kenseth (sixth in 1998) and Bobby Labonte (34th in 1991).
      In addition, Matt Kenseth (2002) and Michael Waltrip (1991) earned their first pole at Dover. Martin Truex Jr. won his first race there (2007).(NASCAR)(9-27-2011)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Dover International Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page

RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Kurt Busch wins at Dover: #22-Kurt Busch won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 24th career win and 2nd of of the season.
    #48-Johnson finished 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #4-Kahne, #17-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #43-Allmendinger, #33-Bowyer, #9-Ambrose and #29-Harvick.
    Pole sitter #56-Truex Jr. had some tire problems and finished 30th.
    #29-Harvick and #99-Edwards are tied in the Chase Points lead, with #14-Stewart and #22-Busch 9 points behind in 3rd.
    There were 24lead changes among 13 drivers and 10 cautions for 44 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 83,000 down from 88,000 last year.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, October 3 at 12:30am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, October 5 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Dover Race Results/Awards page.(10-2-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Dover:
    #22-Kurt Busch won the 42nd Annual AAA 400, his 24th victory in 393 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 23 races at Dover International Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 20 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2011.
    #99-Carl Edwards (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 15 races at Dover International Speedway.
    #71-Andy Lally (33rd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #29-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 0 points over Carl Edwards.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-2-2011)

  • Finishing spots for the Chase drivers at Dover: (by standings order before the race)
    1) #14-Tony Stewart, started 28th, finished 25th [drops to 3rd]
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick, 22nd, 10th
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 15th, 20th
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 4th, 3rd
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 34th, 12th
    6) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th, 6th
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 18th, 5th
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21st
    9) #22-Kurt Busch, 2nd, WON
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th, 2nd
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 20th, 23rd
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 11th, 18th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-2-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    [after Dover, race 29 of 36 and Chase race 3 of 10]
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2122
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2122
    3) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 2113, -9
    4) #22-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2113, -9
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 2109, -13
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2108, -14
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2108, -14
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2107, -15
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2103, -19
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2088, -34
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2081, -41
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2054, -68
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-2-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
    #71 increases their lead slightly to 39 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 397, +50
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 386, 39 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Yeley/Front Row, 347, 39 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 297, -89
    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 Owners Points Standings page.(10-2-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no cars on the track down a lap
    Caution 2: no cars on the track down a lap
    Caution 3: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 24th
    Caution 4: #83-Vickers, 14th
    Caution 5: #34-Gilliland, 28th
    Caution 6: #20-Logano, 29th
    Caution 7: #31-Burton, 11th
    Caution 7: #99-Edwards, 3rd
    Caution 8: #2-Keselowski, 20th
    Caution 9: #2-Keselowski(2), 20th

  • Dover Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Kurt Busch earned his 24th career victory in his 393rd start.
    " This was Kurt Busch's third career Chase victory. All eight Dover Chase races were won by drivers competing in the Chase.
    " Kurt Busch claimed his first victory at Dover; his previous best finish was fourth, which he accomplished twice.
    " Kurt Busch led five times for 90 laps, including the final 42.
    " Jimmie Johnson (second) led the most laps at Dover for the sixth consecutive race; he has finished ninth or better in seven of his past eight Dover races.
    " Carl Edwards (third) was penalized for speeding on Lap 246, received the free pass on eighth caution and recovered for a top-five finish; he has been running at the finish in all 15 of his Dover races.
    " Kasey Kahne (fourth) picked up his first top-five finish since Daytona in July; this was his career-best finish at Dover.
    " Matt Kenseth (fifth) earned his eighth top-five finish of 2011 and his 12th top-five finish in 26 races at Dover.
    " A.J. Allmendinger (seventh) recovered from a spin on Lap 6 to tie his career-best finish at Dover.
    " Marcos Ambrose (ninth) had top-10 finishes in both races at Dover in 2011; this was his best finish since his win at Watkins Glen.
    " Jeff Burton (11th) has only one top-ten finish in 2011, but he has now finished 11th three times this year including both races at Dover.
    " Tony Stewart (25th), the winner of the first two Chase races, has finished 21st or worse in his past three races at Dover.
    (Racing Recall/nascar.com)(10-2-2011)

  • Penalty Report / Infraction Sheet - Dover:
    Car#, Lap, Infraction, Flag, Penalty, Lap Assessed
    #38, 20, Running the stop and go sign/light, Y, Tail of Field 22
    #38, 20, Speed-Entering pits, Y, Tail of Field, 22
    #38, 43, Speed-Exiting pits, Y, Tail of Field, 45
    #16, 112, Commitment Line Violation, G, Pass Thru, 114
    #38, 113, Commitment Line Violation, G, Pass Thru, 117
    #99, 246, Speed-Exiting pits, G, Pass Thru, 250
    #38, 300, Pitting before pit road is open, Y, Tail of Field, 305
    #32, 353, Pitting before pit road is open, Y, Garage
    #16, 362, Pitting before pit road is open, Y, Tail of Field, 365
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-2-2011)

  • Pit Road Times
    Dover International Speedway
    NSCS AAA 400
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics
    Sun, October 02, 2011 @ 06:18 PM Eastern

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    22 7 Kurt Busch 400 04:42.2 282.249 40.321
    18 7 Kyle Busch 400 04:44.4 284.382 40.626
    48 7 Jimmie Johnson 400 04:44.8 284.841 40.692
    33 7 Clint Bowyer 400 04:48.5 288.500 41.214
    17 7 Matt Kenseth 400 04:52.3 292.314 41.759
    9 7 Marcos Ambrose 400 04:56.7 296.666 42.381
    4 7 Kasey Kahne 400 04:59.9 299.938 42.848
    78 7 Regan Smith 400 05:07.3 307.305 43.901
    29 8 Kevin Harvick 400 05:26.4 326.388 40.799
    5 8 Mark Martin 400 05:35.1 335.100 41.888
    00 8 David Reutimann 400 05:42.5 342.518 42.815
    24 8 Jeff Gordon 400 05:43.7 343.656 42.957
    83 8 Brian Vickers 400 05:46.2 346.189 43.274
    99 9 Carl Edwards 400 05:48.1 348.081 38.676
    31 8 Jeff Burton 400 05:56.8 356.822 44.603
    1 9 Jamie McMurray 400 06:12.5 372.516 41.391
    43 9 A J Allmendinger 400 06:22.1 382.130 42.459
    27 9 Paul Menard 400 06:24.5 384.471 42.719
    11 8 Denny Hamlin 400 06:26.1 386.107 48.263
    2 10 Brad Keselowski 400 07:37.7 457.740 45.774
    6 9 David Ragan 399 06:17.4 377.355 41.928
    14 7 Tony Stewart 398 05:05.0 305.015 43.574
    39 8 Ryan Newman 398 05:44.1 344.139 43.017
    47 9 Bobby Labonte 398 06:42.7 402.657 44.740
    42 9 Juan Pablo Montoya 398 06:49.4 409.427 45.492
    88 10* Dale Earnhardt Jr. 398 08:41.2 521.248 52.125
    34 8 David Gilliland 397 06:17.1 377.116 47.140
    20 8* Joey Logano 397 06:35.7 395.670 49.459
    16 8* Greg Biffle 397 07:23.6 443.641 55.455
    56 9 Martin Truex Jr. 396 06:31.2 391.183 43.465
    51 8 Landon Cassill(i) 395 05:38.9 338.899 42.362
    36 8 Dave Blaney 395 06:14.8 374.839 46.855
    71 5 Andy Lally # 394 04:09.8 249.773 49.955
    38 15* J J Yeley 390 12:22.4 742.408 49.494
    13 8* Casey Mears 366 17:19.9 1039.931 129.991
    32 7 Mike Bliss(i) 346 05:19.2 319.162 45.595
    37 2 Josh Wise(i) 56 01:15.8 75.814 37.907
    87 1 Joe Nemechek(i) 49 01:02.5 62.493 62.493

    * Includes time spent in the garage
    # Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate
    (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series.(10-3-2011)

  • Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Continues at Dover: The third race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be run at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2, and ESPN will a live telecast of the 400-lap race on the 1-mile track. The NASCAR Countdown presented by NAPA pre-race show airs at 1:00pm/et with the race's green flag at 2:15 pm/et. ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practice on Friday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 pm. Analysts Dale Jarrett, the 1999 driving champion, and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree will join lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth to call the action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Nicole Briscoe with analysis by 1989 champion driver Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the race telecasts.
    RacingLive! on ESPN.com is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with ESPN.com writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Sunday, Oct. 2, RacingLive! Dover will kick off to coincide with ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway. Fans can join ESPN.com's NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at espn.go.com/racing/nascar/. ESPN.com motorsports writer David Newton will be on hand at Dover.

  • Race Coverage of the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2011.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; NSCS Countdown pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:15pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, October 3 at 12:30am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, October 5 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #56-Truex Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Busch took pit stall 10, the first pitstall in front of the start finish line.
    #27-Menard, who starts 3rd took the 17th pit stall, the 2nd and final stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-1-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race

info, news, speeds and links

  • Truex Jr. wins Dover pole: #56-Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 159.004mph. It is his 1st pole of the season and the 6th of his career, Truex Jr. has never won from the pole. Truex Jr. is the 17th driver to win a pole in 2011.
    #22-Busch starts 2nd, followed by #27-Menard, #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, #48-Johnson, #43-Allmendinger, #47-Labonte, #4-Kahne and #16-Biffle,.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #71-Lally, #37-Wise, #46-Speed, #30-Stremme, #55-Kvapil, #66-McDowell, #7-Sorenson, #87-Nemechek and #38-Yeley.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #60-Skinner.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Dover Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(10-1-2011)

  • Starting spots for the Chase drivers at Dover: (by standings order)
    1) #14-Tony Stewart, starts 28th
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick, 22nd
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 15th
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 4th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 34th
    6) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 18th
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21st
    9) #22-Kurt Busch, 2nd
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 20th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 11th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-1-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 1:30pm/et
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #32-Bkiss, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #27-Menard, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Dover Qualifying Page.(9-30-2011)

  • Happy Hour practice for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 95 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #5-Martin 155.072
    #24-Gordon 154.017
    #42-Montoya 153.840
    #30-Stremme 153.374 (1 lap)
    #55-Kvapil 153.165
    slowest: #71-Lally 149.844 & #32-Bliss 150.169
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run, best 10 lap average on the Dover Practice Speeds Page.(9-30-2011)

  • Friday's 1st practice for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #27-Menard 156.027
    #17-Kenseth 155.986
    #99-Edwards 155.891
    #24-Gordon 155.878
    #18-Busch 155.777
    slowest: #32-Bliss 149.142 & #87-Nemechek 149.558
    notes: no TV coverage for this practice, the qualifying order will be set my practice speeds of this session, slowest to fastest.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run, best 10 lap average on the Dover Practice Speeds Page.(9-30-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers in Dover:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #30-David Stremme, 31st fastest overall
    #66-Michael McDowell, 33rd
    #7-Reed Sorenson, 34th
    #46-Scott Speed, 35th
    #55-Travis Kvapil, 36th
    #37-Josh Wise, 37th
    #38-J.J. Yeley, 38th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 42nd
    this driver would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 43rd

  • Another new twist to the qualifying format: Starting at Kentucky Speedway, there will be a rain-out qualifying procedure change for all three NASCAR national series. If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • 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 owners points:
    #7-Reed Sorenson (37/28)
    #30-David Stremme (43/16)
    #37-Josh Wise (39/28)
    #38-J.J. Yeley (36/28)
    #46-Scott Speed (40/28)
    #55-Travis Kvapil (51/10)
    #60-Mike Skinner (44/27)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/28)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/28)
    withdrew from the event:
    #50-T.J. Bell (50/13)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 38,7,37,46,66,87,30,60
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 55
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Dover Entry List.(9-26/29-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    1) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 2094
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2087, -7
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2083, -11
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2080, -14
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2071, -23
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2068, -26
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 2068, -26
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2068, -26
    9) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2066, -28
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 2065, -29
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2060, -34
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2028, -66
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-25-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
    #71 decreases their lead slightly to 38 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 388, +51
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 375, 38 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Yeley/Front Row, 337, 38 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 290, -85
    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 Owners Points Standings page.(9-25-2011)

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#1-Jamie McMurray McDonald's #1 Team Schemes Page
#5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
#9-Marcos Ambrose Stanley #9 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office #11 Team Schemes Page
#14-Tony Stewart Office Depot / Moblil 1 #14 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle 3M - Cubitron #16 Team Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth Crown Royal #17 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Menard's / Piitsburgh Paints #27 Team Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Rheem 'Chasing the Cure' #29 Team Schemes Page
#38-J.J. Yeley Drive Sober, Arrive Alive #38 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman U.S. Army ROTC none...yet
#47-Bobby Labonte Kingsford grilling.com #47 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page

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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Dover: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Dover International Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #4, #11, #16 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the No.1 McDonald's team will bring chassis #1104 to Dover this weekend. This chassis has already been used four times this season, including both races at Michigan International Speedway, both events (The All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600) at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-748 during Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Keselowski last raced this chassis to a ninth-place finish in the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-672 for Sunday's race at Dover. This is the same chassis that Martin has driven four times this season to an average 12th-place finish. Notably, Martin piloted the car twice at Michigan International Speedway, finishing ninth in June and fourth in August.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-744 last ran Bristol and finished 20th. Backup chassis RK-711 last ran Darlington and finished 21st.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 754 for the 400-mile event at Dover International Speedway. This Stanley Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Martinsvill Speedway the Dover spring race and both Pocono events. Australian Word of the Week: Tea = Supper.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-564 debuted at Texas in November 2009, where it qualified fourth and finishing sixth. The 2009 season finale at Homestead marked the car's second career start. There, it qualified fifth and led twice for 43 laps before two separate on-track incidents with Juan Pablo Montoya relegated it to a 22nd-place finish. It saw action during the offseason when it was used for a Goodyear tire test at Texas Jan. 19-20. It returned to competition in February at Auto Club Speedway, where it started 16th and finished ninth. It returned to Texas in April where it qualified on the pole and led five times for 74 laps before a late-race accident relegated it to an undeserved 32nd-place finish. It was repaired and fitted with a new body for the series' June stop at Michigan, where it qualified 17th and finished a solid fifth. It sat idle until it returned to Michigan in August, qualifying fourth and leading three times for 36 laps before finishing sixth. The October race at Auto Club marked its seventh career start and second at Fontana, and there it delivered Stewart's 39th career Sprint Cup win and his first at Fontana. The same car returned to action in November at Texas, where it qualified 11th and finished 11th. With a new body honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-564 got its first start of 2011 and the ninth of its career at Fontana where it qualifying fifth and leading four times for 11 laps. In the waning laps, however, it dropped from third to 13th after a late-race restart. Its next start came in May at Charlotte in the All-Star Race, where it started sixth and finished fourth. It action in June at Michigan, where it qualified sixth and finishing seventh. Chassis No. 14-564 returned to Michigan in August rallying to ninth after starting 18th. Now the car makes its 13th career start, but first on a track only a mile in length when it rolls off for the AAA 400 this weekend at Dover.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-763 which last run at Pocono, this chassis won the Dover spring race. This weekend, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 308 will make its fourth-ever start in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. No. 308 made its debut in June at Kansas Speedway, where Busch started third and finished 12th. In its most recent start, Busch drove No. 308 to victory lane after starting first in July at the Inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. Most recently, this chassis was brought three races ago to Richmond International Raceway, where Busch started 13th and finished a solid sixth.
    #22-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led Penske Racing "Double-Deuce" team will be racing their "PRS-758" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge this weekend at Dover. This chassis has been raced only once before; in the August 7 race at Pocono. In that race, Busch qualified fifth and led four times for a total of 38 laps en route to a third-place finish. The race will be remembered most, perhaps, for the exciting last-lap battle for third between Busch and defending series champion Jimmie Johnson. The "PRS-746" (last raced in May's Sprint "All Star" Race at Charlotte) will serve as the backup Dodge Charger this weekend at Dover.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 351 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Menards/Pittsburh Paints Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen in competition at Kansas Speedway (June) where he started ninth and finished 19th. Menard also raced this Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway in April where he brought home a fifth-place result after starting from the 19th position.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 353 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Prior to this weekend the team utilized this #29 Chevy twice in 2011 to score a win in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and a seventh-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in early September.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 359 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2011, this is the same Caterpillar Chevy Burton qualified fifth and drove to a 21st-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and qualified 22nd and drove to a 19th-place effort at Kentucky Speedway in July.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 350 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at "The Monster Mile." This Chevy, built new in 2011, has seen action three times this season, posting top-15 efforts at Texas Motor Speedway (started-third, finished-second), at the Coca-Cola 600 in May (started-10th, finished-15th) and Michigan International Speedway in June (started-27th, finished-eighth).
    #36-Dave Blaney will pilot the No. 910 chassis this weekend. TBR last ran this chassis at Bristol in August. Blaney also drove the chassis at Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Pocono. He wheeled the chassis to a chassis-high 24th-place finish at Darlington in May.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Jim Pohlman and the #42 Target team has selected chassis #1003 for the AAA 400 at Dover. This will be the fourth race of 2011 for this chassis, after it was used in both races at Bristol and in the Spring race at Dover. This car also ran five times last year (Charlotte-May, Chicago-July, Atlanta-September, Fontana-October and Texas-November).
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No.752 for this weekend's event at Dover International Speedway. This Best Buy Ford has been run previously this season at Texas, Charlotte, Indianapolis and Atlanta.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 669 in Sunday's event. He finished second in that car at Michigan International Speedway in August. Johnson finished second in backup chassis No. 650 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-657 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 16th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. Earnhardt also raced this chassis to a second-place finish at Kansas Speedway in June. The car also saw action at Darlington Raceway and Kentucky Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 team will be unloading chassis RK-788 this weekend. This car last raced at Chicago where Edwards finished fourth.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(9-29-2011)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,250 Right-side -- 1,350
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend;

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4394; Right-side -- D-4444

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 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 72-76 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Dover this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at Dover in May . . . this tire set-up was tested at Dover this past April, with drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin participating . . . the only other track at which Sprint Cup or Nationwide teams run either of these two Goodyear tire codes is this right-side (D-4444) on the Cup cars at Michigan . . . Dover is unique in that it is the only NASCAR oval one mile or less in length on which teams run inner liners in all four tire positions . . . generally, on mile tracks and short tracks, teams do not run any inner liners, with Dover and Bristol (inner liners in right-side tires only) being the exceptions . . . air pressure in the inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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