The Best Seat at the Track, The Best View on the Net!
Sep. 30, 2016
What to Watch: Friday
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by The Frontstretch Staff
Records and facts
In last year's AAA 400, Kevin Harvick needed to win to advance in the Chase. He did that and more, leading 355 of the 400 laps to take a dominant win. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jamie McMurray and Aric Almirola.
All-time, Jimmie Johnson is the winningest driver at Dover International Speedway, claiming ten victories on the concrete high banks. Richard Petty and Bobby Allison each have seven wins at Dover, tied for the most on the asphalt version of Dover (the track was converted to a concrete surface for 1995). David Pearson and Jeff Gordon each have five wins at Dover.
Track / Race Length: 1 mile oval, 400 laps (400 miles)
Banking: 24 degrees
Straightaways: 1,076 ft., banked 2 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 95,500
Pit Road Speed: 35 mph
Pace Car Speed: 45 mph
Practice No. 1: Friday, September 30, 10 - 11:25 a.m. on NBCSN
Qualifying: Friday, September 30 at 3:45 p.m. on NBCSN
Practice No. 2: Saturday, October 1, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m. on CNBC
Happy Hour: Saturday, October 1, 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. on NBCSN
"There is no doubt Dover is my favorite track. I wish we raced there every single weekend. It suits my driving style. I anticipate it to be a tough race since it's a cutoff race and there will be guys driving their hearts out to stay in the Chase. This Lowe's team is due for a win. I would love to get number 11 at Dover this weekend." - Jimmie Johnson
"I think, when I started running Dover, it was quite a bit different than it is now. What I like about it now is that it seems we race all over the racetrack. When we started, you were pretty much stuck around the bottom. The winner was the guy who could get his car working around the bottom. Now, guys are moving around. The guys who are still fastest are still on the bottom but, if your car is a little bit off, you can move around and not be stuck in that one spot.
"I didn't like it in an Indy car at all. It was like driving across a washboard. I remember the first race we ran there, the PI-dash breaking off in the front of the tub and laying in my lap. When you came in and did your pit stop, you have to reset the fuel on that gauge. I had to pick it up off my right leg, hold it with my left hand, hold the steering wheel with my right hand to keep it from turning while the guys were doing the pit stop, then use my other hand to reset the fuel gauge. It wasn't my favorite track in an Indy car, by any means." - Tony Stewart
"A roller coaster is about the best way to describe Dover. That's the feeling you get driving down into the corner. Kind of like Baja 500 when you launch it down into the corner and land. It's one of the very few racetracks where we do talk about the landing. That's pretty unique. I do like Dover. We got a win there on the XFINITY side. It's a fun racetrack and it widens out a lot.
"There was a wild race there earlier this season where it took out a ton of cars on a restart. So, we've got to make sure we stay out of that kind of mess but maybe be able to benefit from it. We had a good finish there earlier this season, so we'll go there and see what we can do to get a win with our CSX 'Play It Safe' team and try to move on to the second round of the Chase." - Chris Buescher
Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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