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Dover International Speedway: History

Dover International Speedway:

History

  • 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 – won by Richard Petty.
  • 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.

 

Starts

  • There have been 91 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.
  • 385 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 279 in more than one.
  • Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 45 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth with 33.
  • Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06).
  • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.926.

 

Poles

  • David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
  • 39 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in poles with four each.

Poles

  • Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974.
  • Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013).
  • Youngest Dover pole winner: Jeff Gordon (06/04/1995 – 23 years, 10 months, 0 days).
  • Oldest Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (06/01/2012 – 53 years, 4 months, 23 days).
  • Two active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (06/02/02) and Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991).

 

Wins

  • 34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with 10 wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012, fall 2013, spring of 2014 and spring of 2015).
  • 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 winner: Kyle Busch (06/01/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 30 days).
  • Oldest Dover winner: Harry Gant (05/31/1992 – 52 years, 4 months, 21 days).
  • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 18: Jimmie Johnson (10), Jeff Gordon (five), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
  • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 37 victories; followed by Ford with 25.
  • 13 of the 91 (14.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010.
  • The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway.
  • 28 of the 91 (30.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
  • 71 of the 91 (78%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Five of the 91 (5.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – most recently: Tony Stewart, spring 2013 (22nd-place starting position)

Wins

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover is 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995.
  • 11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint 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 12 active NSCS Dover winners Kurt Busch (22) and Matt Kenseth (14) made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 29.
  • One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (06/04/07).

 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four.
  • Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 18.
  • Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty, Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon with 26 each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with a 7.889.

 

Track / Event Specific

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.08 second.
  • There has been two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Dover International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (400/404) and spring of 2015 (400/405).
  • Not one of the 91 NASCAR Sprint 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 Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway five times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005 and spring of 2011.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,999 laps led in 27 starts.

Track / Event Specific

  • If Jimmie Johnson leads one lap or more this weekend he will surpass the 3,000 laps led mark at Dover International Speedway, becoming the seventh driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at a single track. Jeff Gordon is the only other active driver to accomplish the feat (Martinsville – 3,744 laps led).

 

Female Competitors

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

 

Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating Date
Danica Patrick 33 15 69.9 5/31/2015
Danica Patrick 13 25 59.6 9/28/2014
Danica Patrick 28 23 56.7 6/1/2014
Danica Patrick 31 29 42.8 9/29/2013
Danica Patrick 39 24 44.0 6/2/2013
Danica Patrick 38 28 42.0 9/30/2012
Averages 30.3 24.0 52.5
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating Date
Janet Guthrie 15 11 N/A 9/18/1977
Janet Guthrie 11 33 N/A 9/19/1976
Averages 13.0 22.0

 

 

NASCAR in Delaware

  • There have been 91 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware, all at Dover International Speedway.
Track Name City NSCS
Dover International Speedway Dover 91
  • Nine drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Delaware; none of the nine have recorded a victory in NASCAR national series competition.

Milestones – Dover

DRIVER HAS NEEDS MILESTONE DESCRIPTION
Kasey Kahne 424 1 425th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Consecutive Start Kahne will attempt to post his 425th consecutive NSCS start this weekend. Kahne is eighth on the active consecutive NSCS starts list, 33 consecutive starts behind Greg Biffle (457) in seventh.
Jimmie Johnson 499 1 500th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Start Johnson will attempt to post his 500th NSCS start this weekend. Johnson is 37th on the all-time NSCS starts list, five starts behind Ryan Newman in 36th.
Jimmie Johnson 74 2 76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Jimmie Johnson is eighth on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in seventh (76 wins).
Tony Stewart 48 2 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Stewart is 12th on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett in 10th (50 wins).
Kyle Busch 124 1 125th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top-Five Finish Busch will attempt to post his 125th NSCS top-five finish this weekend. Busch is 28th on the all-time list; eight top fives behind Kevin Harvick (132) in 27th.
Tony Stewart 299 1 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top-10 Finish Stewart is 17th on the all-time NSCS top-10 finishes list, two top 10s behind James Hylton in 16th (301 top 10s).
Jimmie Johnson 2,999 1 3,000 Laps Led Or More At A Single Track Johnson will attempt to post his 3,000th lap led at Dover International Speedway this weekend, he needs one lap led to accomplish the feat. Johnson would become the seventh driver in series history to lead 3,000 laps or more at a track, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip.
Jeff Gordon 24,872 128 25,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps; joining Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Bobby Allison.
#43 car 199 1 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (205). The last win for the No. 43 car came at Daytona last season.
Chevrolet 749 1 750th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Chevrolet will attempt to post the manufacturer’s 750th win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend. Chevrolet leads the series in wins.

 

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