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DATE: Sunday, June 1st
SITE: Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware
TRACK: 1-mile banked concrete speedway
CAPACITY: 107,000
ANNUAL: 40th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
PIT REPORTERS: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
RADIO: MRN/SIRIUS Satellite
START TIME: 2:10 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Martin Truex Jr
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Newman
POLE SITTER: Ryan Newman (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: 161.522 m.p.h. (Jeremy Mayfield, 2004)
RACE RECORD: 122.626 m.p.h.(Jimmie Johnson, 2005)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,781,700 (2007 figure)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $295,045; 2nd - $231,650; 3rd - $190,100 (2007 figures)
 
2007 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Martin Truex Jr266Greg Biffle10
2Ryan Newman17Mark Martin21
3Carl Edwards58Clint Bowyer15
4Denny Hamlin299Jeff Gordon6
5Matt Kenseth1710Robby Gordon33
2007 Best Buy 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 118.950 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 21 minutes, 45 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 7.355 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 35 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman 152.925 m.p.h.
Past Best Buy 400 Winners (car) and Speed
2007 -- Martin Truex Jr (Chevrolet) -- 118.950 m.p.h.
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (Ford) -- 109.865 m.p.h.
2005 -- Greg Biffle (Ford) -- 122.626 m.p.h.
2004 -- Mark Martin (Ford) -- 97.042 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (Dodge) -- 106.896 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet) -- 117.551 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet -- 120.361 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (Pontiac) -- 109.514 m.p.h.
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (Pontiac) -- 120.603 m.p.h. (race record)
1998 -- Dale Jarrett (Ford) -- 119.522 m.p.h.
1997 -- Ricky Rudd (Ford) -- 114.635 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 122.741 m.p.h.
1995 -- Kyle Petty (Pontiac) -- 119.880 m.p.h.
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (Ford) -- 102.529 m.p.h.
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 105.600 m.p.h.
1992 -- Harry Gant (Oldsmobile) -- 109.456 m.p.h.
1991 -- Ken Schrader (Chevrolet) -- 120.152 m.p.h.
1990 -- Derrike Cope (Chevrolet) -- 123.960 m.p.h.
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 121.670 m.p.h.
1988 -- Bill Elliott (Ford) -- 118.726 m.p.h.
1987 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- 112.958 m.p.h.
1986 -- Geoff Bodine (Chevrolet) -- 115.009 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (Ford) -- 123.094 m.p.h.
1984 -- Richard Petty (Pontiac) -- 118.717 m.p.h.
1983 -- Bobby Allison (Buick) -- 114.847 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (Chevrolet) -- 120.136 m.p.h.
1981 -- Jody Ridley (Ford) -- 116.595 m.p.h.
1980 -- Bobby Allison (Ford) -- 113.866 m.p.h.
1979 -- Neil Bonnett (Mercury) -- 111.269 m.p.h.
1978 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 114.664 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (Chevrolet) -- 123.237 m.p.h.
1976 -- Benny Parsons (Chevrolet) -- 115.436 m.p.h.
1975 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 100.820 m.p.h.
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (Chevrolet) -- 119.990 m.p.h.
1973 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 119.745 m.p.h.
1972 -- Bobby Allison (Chevrolet) -- 118.663 m.p.h.
1971 -- Bobby Allison (Chevrolet) -- 123.119 m.p.h.
1970 -- Richard Petty (Plymouth) -- 112.103 m.p.h.
1969 -- Richard Petty (Ford) -- 115.772 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Mason-Dixon 500 (1969-1983), Budweiser 500 (1984-1994),
Miller 500 (1995-1997), MBNA Platinum 400 (1998-2002), MBNA Armed Forces
Family 400 (2003), MBNA America 400 "A Salute to Heroes" (2004), MBNA
RacePoints 400 (2005), Neighborhood Excellence 400 (2006), Autism Speaks
400 (2007). Race changed from 300 to 500 miles (1971), race changed from
500 to 400 miles (1998).
 
Past Best Buy 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2007 -- Ryan Newman -- 2nd
2006 -- Ryan Newman -- 14th
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 4th
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 8th
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 1st
2002 -- Matt Kenseth -- 40th
2001 -- Dale Jarrett -- 5th
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 14th
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1st
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 18th
1997 -- Bobby Labonte -- 40th
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6th
1994 -- Ernie Irvan -- 2nd
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 32nd
1992 -- Brett Bodine -- 30th
1991 -- Michael Waltrip -- 32nd
1990 -- Dick Trickle -- 3rd
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 2nd
1988 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 6th
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 2nd
1986 -- Ricky Rudd -- 4th
1985 -- Terry Labonte -- 16th
1984 -- Ricky Rudd -- 8th
1983 -- Joe Ruttman -- 3rd
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 15th
1981 -- David Pearson -- 25th
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 16th
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 18th
1978 -- Buddy Baker -- 23rd
1977 -- Richard Petty -- 3rd
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 3rd
1975 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1974 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1973 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 14th
1971 -- Richard Petty -- 3rd
1970 -- Bobby Isaac -- 6th
1969 -- David Pearson -- 23rd
Last Race Results
RACE: Coca-Cola 600 (May 25th)
SITE: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
MILES: 600
LAPS: 400
WINNER: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Greg Biffle
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Jeff Gordon
FIFTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 4 hours, 25 minutes, 9 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 135.772 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 10.203 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 50 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 37 among 16 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Ky. Busch 1-33, Vickers 34-46, Johnson 47-51, Ragan 52-53,
Johnson 54-62, Earnhardt Jr. 63, Mears 64, Johnson 65-66, Ku.
Busch 67-119, Biffle 120-121, Vickers 122-126, Ku. Busch 127-137,
Vickers 138-162, Earnhardt 163, Vickers 164-181, Johnson 182-185,
Kahne 186, Earnhardt 187-206, Kahne 207-225, Sadler 226-228,
Earnhardt 229-245, Newman 246, Ky.Busch 247-259, Earnhardt
260-296, Stewart 297-299, Kahne 300, Stewart 301-311, Kahne
312-331, Johnson 332-346, Ky. Busch 347-361, Kahne 362-383,
Stewart 384-387, Burton 388, Kenseth 389, Hamlin 390, Blaney
391-392, Stewart 393-397, Kahne 398-400.
Best Buy 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/TBA
01Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Principal Financial
1 *Martin Truex Jr (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Kellogg's/CARQUEST
6David Ragan (Kannapolis, NC)Ford/AAA Insurance
07Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/DirecTV
7Robby Gordon (Cerritos, CA)Dodge/Jim Beam
8Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
08Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Dodge/Fubar
9Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Dodge/Budweiser
10Patrick Carpentier (Quebec, Canada)Dodge/Auto Value
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Kinkos
12Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Dodge/Alltel
15Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/DeWalt
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Combos
19Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Dodge/Best Buy
20Tony Stewart (Rushville, IN)Toyota/Home Depot
21Bill Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Ford/U.S. Air Force
22Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Toyota/Caterpillar
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Dupont
26Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Ford/Crown Royal
28Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Yates Racing
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Shell-Pennzoil
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/AT&T Mobility
34Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Torrance, CA)Ford/Freecreditreport.com
40Jeremy Mayfield (Owensboro, KY)Dodge/Wii Fit
41Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Target
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Columbia)Dodge/Texaco Havoline
43Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Cheerios/Betty Crocker
44David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/UPS
45Chad McCumbee (Supply, NC)Dodge/Petty Enterprises
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
66Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
70Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
77Sam Hornish Jr (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Penske Truck Rental
78Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
84A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Red Bull
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard/AMP
96J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/DLP HDTV
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Office Depot
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last seven years)
Driver2001200220032004200520062007
Martin Truex Jr---------------22ndWon
Ryan Newman---4thWon24th8th14th2nd
Carl Edwards------------16th15th3rd
Matt Kenseth16th40th7th22nd7thWon5th
Greg Biffle------30th26thWon8th6th
Mark Martin9th41st18thWon3rd9th7th
Jeff GordonWon6th2nd36th39th12th9th
Jimmie Johnson---Won38th32nd4th6th15th
Bobby Labonte12th16th3rd25th38th13th18th
Kevin Harvick8th28th27th10th25th3rd20th
Dale Earnhardt Jr3rd30th11th3rd22nd10th22nd
Tony Stewart7th11th4th2nd15th25th40th
Kurt Busch39th12th15th12th9th16th42nd
 
Mover of the Week
Carl Edwards - Started in the 30th position and finished 9th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Darkhorse - Joe Nemechek
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tony Stewart) - Finished 18th
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Ragan) - Finished 12th
 
NOTES:
Last season, Martin Truex Jr dominated this race, leading a whopping 216 laps, as he defeated pole sitter Ryan Newman by 7.355 seconds. Newman led seven times for 135 laps, but it was Truex Jr who reclaimed the lead on lap 347 and held on the rest of the way for his first career Sprint Cup title. Truex Jr started from the 26th position, as he won for the first time in 58 career Sprint Cup starts. The event was held on a Monday due to rain.

In 2006, Matt Kenseth clipped Jamie McMurray by less than a second for his 12th career Sprint Cup title. Kenseth, who started 19th on the grid, posted a 0.787 of a second victory. Kenseth, who led for 83 laps on seven occasions, reclaimed the advantage on lap 397 of the 400-lap race. McMurray, who started ninth, led for 95 laps before Kenseth overtook him late in the race. Pole sitter Ryan Newman led for the first 12 laps and finished 14th. Kenseth ranks 43rd on the all-time wins list, as he has increased his total to 16.

In 2005, Greg Biffle captured his seventh career Sprint Cup title, as he crossed the finish line 4.281 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch. Biffle's win count now stands at 12, ranking him 50th on the all-time list.

Bill Elliott is a four-time winner on this track, winning this race twice. Kyle Petty owns the record for coming from the farthest back to win this race when he captured the 1995 event from the 37th position. The top three starting positions at Dover have proved to be very productive in the 76 races held at the Monster Mile. The pole sitter has captured 11 races, while second and third have combined for 25 victories.

This and That from Dover: The first Sprint Cup Series race was held on July 5, 1969. The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971. The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover was May 15, 1982. 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 first Craftsman Truck Series race was held in September 2000. There have been 76 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. There have been 32 different pole winners at Dover led by David Pearson (six). David Pearson won the first Sprint Cup pole at Dover in July 1969. Mark Martin and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers, each with four poles at Dover. 31 different drivers have posted victories at Dover led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, each with seven. Richard Petty won the first Sprint Cup race at Dover. Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers, each with four victories at Dover.

Kyle Busch will be extremely busy this weekend, as he drives in all three series events -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Busch has three wins at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level, four NASCAR Nationwide Series wins, and two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victories on the season.

Juan Pablo Montoya, in the No. 42 Texaco Havoline Dodge, will be competing in his 50th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this Sunday at Dover

The next race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship is the Pocono 500 at Long Pond, Pennsylvania on June 8th, as Jeff Gordon defends his title.

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