NASCAR X-Finity Series:
Saturday 5/30, Dover Int'l Speedway, Buckle Up 200, Presented by Click It or Ticket, 2:00 PM, MRN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
Sunday, 5/31, Dover Int'l Speedway, FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, 12:00 PM, MRN
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NEXT STOP … DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY … for Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks, the thirteenth stop of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series which marks the mid-point of the regular season. There have been nine different winners thus far, with points leader Kevin Harvick and defending Dover race winner Jimmie Johnson the only competitors with multiple victories. Johnson has nine career Cup Series wins on the one-mile concrete oval to lead all drivers. You have to go all the way back to 1982 and 1983 to find a driver – Bobby Allison – with back-to-back victories in Dover’s spring race … Jeff Gordon, one of Johnson’s teammates at Hendrick Motorsports, was victorious when the tour last visited Delaware’s capital city last fall. Gordon’s five Dover victories leave him second among active drivers on the track’s win list. Johnson, Gordon and Tony Stewart have helped Chevrolet build a four-race winning streak at Dover. The last non-Chevy driver to win a Cup Series race there is Brad Keselowski, driving a Team Penske Dodge in 2012.
THE NASCAR X-FINITY SERIES … also is running on “The Monster Mile” this weekend, with Saturday’s Buckle Up 200 Presented by Click It or Ticket. It’s tight at the top of the driver standings with Chris Buescher holding a four-point lead over Ty Dillon. The manufacturer standings also show a tight race for first place with Ford leading Chevrolet by just four points on the strength of five wins – including two of the last three races … Toyota and Ford have combined to win the last ten X-FINITY Series races at Dover. Chevrolet’s last win there came courtesy of Clint Bowyer in 2009.
THE CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … will get Dover’s weekend tripleheader started with today’s Lucas Oil 200. Teams had their only pre-qualifying practice session on Thursday with rookie Erik Jones setting the pace. He had a fast lap of 155.885 miles per hour in the Number-4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Cole Custer, Daniel Suarez, and rookies Cameron Hayley and Daniel Hemric completed the top five. Two-time defending series champion and current points leader Matt Crafton was twelfth … Jones also had the fastest consecutive ten-lap average speed of 151.351 miles per hour. He’ll celebrate his nineteenth birthday on Saturday.
► Brett Moffitt has pulled to within nine points of leader Jeb Burton in the Sunoco Sprint Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year standings following a thirty-first-place finish last weekend in Charlotte. Burton, who drives for B-K Racing, failed to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600. Alex Kennedy remains in third place with Matt DiBenedetto and Tanner Berryhill completing the top five.
► Darrell Wallace Junior of Roush Fenway Racing finished fifth last weekend at Charlotte, building his lead to eight points over Daniel Suarez in the X-FINITY Series rookie standings. Suarez placed sixth in the Hisense 300. Ross Chastain, Cale Conley and Harrison Rhodes occupy positions three through five in the rookie chase.
► With a second-place finish (behind Kasey Kahne) two weeks ago in Charlotte, Erik Jones of Kyle Busch Motorsports extended his lead to thirty-three points over teammate Justin Boston in the Camping World Truck Series rookie chase. Boston finished ninth in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. He holds second place by a single point over Cameron Hayley among Truck Series rookies with Spencer Gallagher and Daniel Hemric making up the rest of the top five.
TRACK INFORMATION: Dover International Speedway in Delaware’s capital city is a one-mile concrete oval with twenty-four degrees of banking in the turns and nine degrees on the straightaways. The length of both the frontstretch and backstretch is 1,076 feet. Grandstand seating capacity is 113,000.
34th RUNNING OF THE BUCKLE UP 200 X-FINITY SERIES RACE
AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY … Saturday, 2 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Kyle Busch snapped Joey Logano’s four-race Dover winning streak with his third victory of the season. Busch took the lead from Logano late in the first half and led the final 124 laps in recording his sixty-sixth career win … adding to his series record. Trevor Bayne finished second. Third place went to Logano, who had swept the track’s two X-FINITY Series races in 2012 and again in 2013. He started from the pole and led fifty-eight of the first seventy-six laps before yielding to Busch. Matt Kenseth grabbed fourth place. Rookie Chase Elliott, the only driver besides Busch and Logano to lead a lap, finished fifth.
Track Position at Dover: Forty-two of the sixty-two X-FINITY Series races run have been won from a starting position of ninth or better, with eight victories coming from a starting position of twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole in Dover: Just seven of sixty-two X-FINITY Series races have been won from the pole position, most recently by Logano in September 2013 … Track Qualifying Record: Busch (Toyota) … 158.228 mph … 22.752 seconds … May 2010 … Track Record, Race Speed: Logano (Ford) … 131.219 mph … 1 hour, 31 minutes, 27 seconds … September 2013 … Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 10 to 10:55 a.m. and 2 to 3:25 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: Saturday at 11:15 a.m. (ET).
18th RUNNING OF THE FED-EX 400 SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE
AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY … Sunday, 12 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: After going eleven races without a win to start the 2014 season, Jimmie Johnson made it two in a row by dominating Dover’s “Monster Mile.” He led 272 of the four hundred laps, including the final thirty-four trips around the one-mile concrete oval, in posting his sixty-eighth career win. Johnson pulled away from pole sitter Brad Keselowski on the day’s final restart less than five laps from the finish and beat the 2012 champion to the checkered flag by eight-tenths of a second. Matt Kenseth finished third and moved into first place in the regular-season point standings. Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin completed the top five. Jeff Gordon went into the weekend atop the standings, but a fifteenth-place finish bumped him down to second place – just two points behind Kenseth. Kyle Busch, seeking a sweep of the weekend’s three races in Dover after winning X-FINITY and Camping World Truck Series events, led the first eighty-one laps. But he wrecked after contact from Bowyer and finished forty-second, completing just 125 of the four hundred miles.
Track Position in Dover: Seventy-one of the ninety Sprint Cup Series races run (nearly eighty percent) have been won from a starting position of tenth or better. Just five of ninety races have been won from a starting position of twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole at Dover: Thirteen of ninety Cup Series races have been won from the pole position, most recently by Johnson in September 2010 … Track Record, Qualifying: Keselowski (Ford) … 164.444 miles per hour … 21.892 seconds … May 2014 … Track Record, Race Speed: Mark Martin (Ford) … 132.719 mph … 3 hours, 50 seconds … September 1997 …
Practice Schedule: Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. (ET) … Saturday from 10 to 10:50 a.m. and 1 to 1:50 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: TODAY at 3:45 p.m. (ET).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
SUN 6/14, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Quicken Loans 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 6/28, Sonoma Raceway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SUN 7/5, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, 6:30 PM, MRN
SAT 7/11, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:00 PM, PRN
SUN 7/19, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 12:00 PM, PRN
SUN 7/26, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brickyard 400, 12:00 PM, IMS
SUN 8/2, Pocono Raceway, GoBowling.com 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/9, Watkins Glen Int'l, Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/16, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Pure Michigan 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SAT 8/22, Bristol Motor Speedway, TBD, 6:30 PM, PRN
SUN 9/6, Darlington Raceway, Bojangles' Southern 500, 5:30 PM, MRN
SAT 9/12, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400, 6:30 PM, MRN
SUN 9/20, Chicagoland Speedway, MyAFibStory.com 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 9/27, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 1:00 PM, PRN
SUN 10/4, Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/10, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 6:30 PM, PRN
SUN 10/18, Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 10/25, Talladega Superspeedway, Geico 500, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 11/1, Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, 12:30 PM, MRN
SUN 11/8, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SUN 11/15, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500, 2:00 PM, MRN
SUN 11/22, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2:00 PM, MRN
FRI 12/4, Wynn Las Vegas, NV, NASCAR Awards Banquet, 8:00 PM, MRN
NASCAR X-Finity Series
SAT 6/20, Chicagoland Speedway, EnjoyIllinois.com 300, 8:00 PM, MRN
SAT 7/4, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 7:00 PM, MRN
FRI 7/10, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:30 PM, PRN
SAT 7/18, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN
SAT 8/1, Iowa Speedway, U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland, 7:30 PM, MRN
SAT 8/8, Watkins Glen Int'l, Zippo 200 at the Glen, 1:45 PM, MRN
SAT 8/15, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, 2:15 PM, MRN
SAT 8/29, Road America, Gardner Denver 200 fired up by Johnsonville, 2:15 PM, MRN
SAT 9/5, Darlington Raceway, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, 7:30 PM, MRN
SAT 9/19, Chicagoland Speedway, Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 9/26, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:00 PM, PRN
SAT 10/3, Dover Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 200, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/17, Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery 300, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 11/7, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN
SAT 11/14, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Nationwide 200, 3:30 PM, MRN
SAT 11/21, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4:00 PM, MRN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SAT 6/13, Gateway Motorsports Park, Drivin' For Linemen 200, 8:15 PM, MRN
FRI 6/19, Iowa Speedway, American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen, 8:00 PM, MRN
THU 7/9, Kentucky Speedway, UNOH 225, 8:00 PM (joined in progress), MRN
WED 7/22, Eldora Speedway, 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic, 8:00 PM, MRN
SAT 8/1, Pocono Raceway, Pocono Mountains 150, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 8/15, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Careers for Veterans 200, 12:00 PM, MRN
WED 8/19, Bristol Motor Speedway, UNOH 200 presented by Zloop, 8:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/30, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Chevrolet Silverado 250, 1:00 PM, MRN
FRI 9/18, Chicagoland Speedway, Lucas Oil 225, 8:00 PM, MRN
SAT 9/26, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, UNOH 175, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/3, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Rhino Linings 350, 9:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/24, Talladega Superspeedway, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/31, Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/6, Texas Motor Speedway, WinStar World Casino & Resort 350, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/13, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Lucas Oil 150, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/20, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 200, 7:30 PM MRN
Indy Car Series
SAT 6/6, Texas Motor Speedway, Firestone 600, 8pm, IMS
SAT 6/27, Auto Club Speedway, MAVTV 500, 4pm, IMS