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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - FedEx 400 Preview

Date: Sunday, June 1

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

Site: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Del.

Track: 1-mile oval

Laps: 400

Miles: 400

Capacity: 113,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 45th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Mark Martin, 1997 (132.719 mph)

Qualifying record: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2013 (161.849 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Tony Stewart

Runner up: Juan Pablo Montoya

Pole winner: Denny Hamlin (157.978 mph)

Top 10:

1. Tony Stewart (Start: 22)

2. Juan Pablo Montoya (14)

3. Jeff Gordon (20)

4. Kyle Busch (3)

5. Brad Keselowski (8)

6. Clint Bowyer (15)

7. Joey Logano (9)

8. Kevin Harvick (7)

9. Mark Martin (6)

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr (12)

Average speed: 123.172 mph

Time of race: 3 hrs., 14 minutes, 51 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.788 secs.

Caution flags: 7 for 32 laps

Lead changes: 21 among 11 drivers

Past winners

2013 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 123.172 mph

2012 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 122.835 mph

2011 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 125.578 mph

2010 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 128.790 mph

2009 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 115.237 mph

2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 121.171 mph

2007 Martin Truex Jr, Chevrolet, 118.950 mph

2006 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 109.865 mph

2005 Greg Biffle, Ford, 122.626 mph

2004 Mark Martin, Ford, 97.042 mph

2003 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 106.896 mph

2002 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 117.551 mph

2001 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 120.361 mph

2000 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 109.514 mph

1999 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 120.603 mph

1998 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 119.522 mph

1997 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 114.635 mph

1996 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 122.741 mph

1995 Kyle Petty, Pontiac, 119.880 mph

1994 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 102.529 mph

1993 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 105.600 mph

1992 Harry Gant, Oldsmobile, 109.456 mph

1991 Ken Schrader, Chevrolet, 120.152 mph

1990 Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 123.960 mph

1989 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 121.670 mph

1988 Bill Elliott, Ford, 118.726 mph

1987 Davey Allison, Ford, 112.958 mph

1986 Geoff Bodine, Chevrolet, 115.009 mph

1985 Bill Elliott, Ford, 123.094 mph

1984 Richard Petty, Pontiac, 118.717 mph

1983 Bobby Allison, Buick, 114.847 mph

1982 Bobby Allison, Chevrolet, 120.136 mph

1981 Jody Ridley, Ford, 116.595 mph

1980 Bobby Allison, Ford, 113.866 mph

1979 Neil Bonnett, Mercury, 111.269 mph

1978 David Pearson, Mercury, 114.664 mph

1977 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 123.237 mph

1976 Benny Parsons, Chevrolet, 115.436 mph

1975 David Pearson, Mercury, 100.820 mph

1974 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 119.990 mph

1973 David Pearson, Mercury, 119.745 mph

1972 Bobby Allison, Chevrolet, 118.663 mph

1971 Bobby Allison, Chevrolet, 123.119 mph

1970 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 112.103 mph

1969 Richard Petty, Ford, 115.772 mph

Last race

Race: Coca-Cola 600 (May 25)

Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.

Miles: 600

Laps: 400

Finish line order: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray

Time of Race: 4 hrs., 7 mins., 27 secs.

Average speed: 145.484 mph

Margin of victory: 1.272 secs.

Caution flags: 8 for 44 laps

Lead changes: 34 among 9 drivers

Lap leaders: Johnson-pole, Keselowski 1, Johnson 2-47, Keselowski 48-49, Johnson-pole, Keselowski 1, Johnson 2-47, Keselowski 48-49, Johnson 50-75, Harvick 76-95, Johnson 96-97, Harvick 98-108, Johnson 109, Harvick 110-149, Johnson 150-164, Keselowski 165-191, Harvick 192-212, J. Gordon 213, Earnhardt Jr 214, McMurray 215, Harvick 216-223, Johnson 224, Earnhardt Jr 225-236, McMurray 237-240, Kenseth 241, McMurray 242-270, Kenseth 271-276, J. Gordon 277, Johnson 278-293, Kenseth 294-311, Johnson 312-330, Keselowski 331-343, Almirola 344, Johnson 345-373, J. Gordon 374-375, Edwards 376-379, J. Gordon 380-383, Kenseth 384-391, Johnson 392-400.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/American Ethanol

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/Autism Speaks

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 * Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Nationwide

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Burger King

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Pain

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Ford/supportmilitary.org

#33 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Dockside Logistics

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Click It or Ticket

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's The Pete Store

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Cottonelle

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Smithfield

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Scott Products

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/TBA

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/iRacing.com/Reddit.com

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Subway

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Tony Stewart 15 25 40 41 2 9 29 25 Won
Jeff Gordon 39 12 9 5 26 11 17 13 3
Kyle Busch 2 5 17 Won 23 Won 4 29 4
Brad Keselowski --- --- --- --- --- 18 13 12 5
Clint Bowyer --- 17 8 36 11 17 6 5 6
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 15 10 27 8 7
Kevin Harvick 25 3 20 38 17 7 10 2 8
Dale Earnhardt Jr 22 10 22 35 12 30 12 4 11
Kurt Busch 9 16 42 20 5 19 14 24 12
Carl Edwards 16 15 3 2 7 8 7 26 14
Greg Biffle Won 8 6 3 3 6 19 11 15
Jimmie Johnson 4 6 15 7 Won 16 9 Won 17
Kasey Kahne 35 7 11 31 6 20 36 9 23
Austin Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 27
Jamie McMurray 26 2 24 10 14 32 20 19 33
Denny Hamlin --- 11 4 43 36 4 16 18 34
Ryan Newman 8 14 2 14 8 13 21 15 36
Matt Kenseth 7 Won 5 4 4 3 Won 3 40

Notes

The FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway is the 13th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969. The first two NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover were 300 miles. The length was changed to 500 miles in 1971 and remained at that distance until it was reduced to 400 miles beginning with the fall race in 1997. Dover's track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.

Dover has 24 degrees of banking in all of its turns and 9 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The lengths of both straightaways are 1,076 feet.

There have been 88 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Dover. The track hosted one event in 1969 and '70. There have been two races there each season since 1971. Dover will host the third round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship the last weekend in September.

Richard Petty won the inaugural Cup race at Dover, the Mason-Dixon 300, on July 6, 1969.

Ricky Rudd holds the record for most starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon's 42 starts at this track is tops among all drivers entered in this weekend's race.

Jimmie Johnson holds the record for most wins at Dover. Last September, Johnson scored his eighth victory at this track. He had been tied with Bobby Allison and Richard Petty for the record there.

Johnson won both races at Dover in 2002, becoming the first driver in series history to score a season-sweep at a track during his rookie year.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Dover with 15, followed by Jack Roush with nine and eight for Roger Penske.

David Pearson holds the record for most pole wins at Dover with six. Rusty Wallace and Martin have five poles there.

The race winner at Dover has started from the pole 13 times. Johnson most recently did it in September 2010.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Dover occurred on Sept. 25, 2005 when Johnson beat Kyle Busch to the finish line by just 0.080 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Dover is 37th, accomplished by Kyle Petty in June 1995.

Martin Truex Jr. is the only active driver who scored his first career Cup victory at Dover. Truex, who hails from nearby Mayetta, NJ, won at his home track on June 4, 2007.

Three drivers entered in this weekend's race made their Cup debuts at Dover: Matt Kenseth (Sept. 20, 1998), Kurt Busch (Sept. 24, 2000) and David Ragan (Sept. 24, 2006).

Kenseth is the only driver on the entry list that recorded his maiden pole in the series at Dover (June 2, 2002).

Kyle Busch holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Dover. He took the checkered flag there on June 1, 2008 when he was 23 years and 30 days old. When Harry Gant was 52 years, 4 months and 21 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on May 31, 1992.

The next race is the June 8 Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Johnson is the defending race winner.



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