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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - FedEx 400 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, June 2
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Del.
TRACK: 1-mile oval
CAPACITY: 113,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 44th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, May 31/3:15 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (finished 14)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeremy Mayfield, 2004 (161.522 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (132.719 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson26Aric Almirola12
2Kevin Harvick67Martin Truex Jr.18
3Matt Kenseth58Joey Logano11
4Dale Earnhardt Jr.179Kasey Kahne13
5Clint Bowyer410Marcos Ambrose21
2012 FedEx 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 122.835 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 15 minutes, 23 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.550 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (158.297 mph)
Past FedEx 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Jimmie Johnson (2) -- Chevrolet -- 122.835 mph
2011 -- Matt Kenseth (24) -- Ford -- 125.578 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (4) -- Toyota -- 128.790 mph
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (8) -- Chevrolet -- 115.237 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (3) -- Toyota -- 121.171 mph
2007 -- Martin Truex Jr (26) -- Chevrolet -- 118.950 mph
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (19) -- Ford -- 109.865 mph
2005 -- Greg Biffle (2) -- Ford -- 122.626 mph
2004 -- Mark Martin (7) -- Ford -- 97.042 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (1) -- Dodge -- 106.896 mph
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson (10) -- Chevrolet -- 117.551 mph
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 120.361 mph
2000 -- Tony Stewart (16) -- Pontiac -- 109.514 mph
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (1) -- Pontiac -- 120.603 mph
1998 -- Dale Jarrett (4) -- Ford -- 119.522 mph
1997 -- Ricky Rudd (13) -- Ford -- 114.635 mph
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 122.741 mph
1995 -- Kyle Petty (37) -- Pontiac -- 119.880 mph
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (5) -- Ford -- 102.529 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (8) -- Chevrolet -- 105.600 mph
1992 -- Harry Gant (15) -- Oldsmobile -- 109.456 mph
1991 -- Ken Schrader (19) -- Chevrolet -- 120.152 mph
1990 -- Derrike Cope (15) -- Chevrolet -- 123.960 mph
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (2) -- Chevrolet -- 121.670 mph
1988 -- Bill Elliott (17) -- Ford -- 118.726 mph
1987 -- Davey Allison (2) -- Ford -- 112.958 mph
1986 -- Geoff Bodine (3) -- Chevrolet -- 115.009 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (4) -- Ford -- 123.094 mph
1984 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Pontiac -- 118.717 mph
1983 -- Bobby Allison (10) -- Buick -- 114.847 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (3) -- Chevrolet -- 120.136 mph
1981 -- Jody Ridley (11) -- Ford -- 116.595 mph
1980 -- Bobby Allison (8) -- Ford -- 113.866 mph
1979 -- Neil Bonnett (5) -- Mercury -- 111.269 mph
1978 -- David Pearson (3) -- Mercury -- 114.664 mph
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (6) -- Chevrolet -- 123.237 mph
1976 -- Benny Parsons (7) -- Chevrolet -- 115.436 mph
1975 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 100.820 mph
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (3) -- Chevrolet -- 119.990 mph
1973 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 119.745 mph
1972 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Chevrolet -- 118.663 mph
1971 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Chevrolet -- 123.119 mph
1970 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Plymouth -- 112.103 mph
1969 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Ford -- 115.772 mph
 
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, 2009-10), Best Buy 400 (2008). Race changed from 300 to 500
miles (1971), race changed from 500 to 400 miles (1998).
 
Past FedEx 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Mark Martin -- 14
2011 -- None -- Weather
2010 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 12
2009 -- David Reutimann -- 18
2008 -- Greg Biffle -- 3
2007 -- Ryan Newman -- 2
2006 -- Ryan Newman -- 14
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 4
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 8
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 1
2002 -- Matt Kenseth -- 40
2001 -- Dale Jarrett -- 5
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 14
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 18
1997 -- Bobby Labonte -- 40
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6
1994 -- Ernie Irvan -- 2
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 32
1992 -- Brett Bodine -- 30
1991 -- Michael Waltrip -- 32
1990 -- Dick Trickle -- 3
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 2
1988 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 6
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 2
1986 -- Ricky Rudd -- 4
1985 -- Terry Labonte -- 16
1984 -- Ricky Rudd -- 8
1983 -- Joe Ruttman -- 3
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 15
1981 -- David Pearson -- 25
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 16
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 18
1978 -- Buddy Baker -- 23
1977 -- Richard Petty -- 3
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 3
1975 -- David Pearson -- 1
1974 -- David Pearson -- 2
1973 -- David Pearson -- 1
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 14
1971 -- Richard Petty -- 3
1970 -- Bobby Isaac -- 6
1969 -- David Pearson -- 23
Last Race Results
RACE: Coca-Cola 600 (May 26)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
MILES: 600
LAPS: 400
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
THIRD: Kurt Busch
FOURTH: Denny Hamlin
FIFTH: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 4)
TIME OF RACE: 4 hrs., 35 mins., 49 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.521 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.490 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 61 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 24 among 12 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Hamlin 1-6; M. Kenseth 7-23; K. Kahne 24-44; J. McMurray
45-46; B. Keselowski 47-48; K. Kahne 49-74; Kyle Busch 75-79; K.
Kahne 80-115; Kyle Busch 116-175; K. Kahne 176; B. Keselowski
177; M. Kenseth 178-242; K. Kahne 243; M. Kenseth 244-273; K.
Kahne 274-318; Kurt Busch 319-326; K. Harvick 327-340; K. Kahne
341-363; K. Harvick 364-366; R. Newman 367; T. Stewart 368-373;
C. Edwards 374-380; P. Menard 381; K. Kahne 382-389; K. Harvick
390-400.
FedEx 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Parade Media Group
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Sany
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt/ACE/CMN
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Rite Aid
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Chase Credit Cards
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Libman
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Cheerios
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Oxy Water
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/TBA
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/DOHS Click it Ticket
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Energizer
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
44Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Ford/No Label
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Products
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Monsters Univ.
51Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/hendrickcars.com
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Acredale Vending
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Jimmie Johnson3246157Won169Won
Kevin Harvick102532038177102
Matt Kenseth227Won5443Won3
Dale Earnhardt Jr3221022351230124
Clint Bowyer------17836111765
Martin Truex Jr------22Won6211487
Joey Logano---------------1510278
Kasey Kahne213571131620369
Greg Biffle26Won863361911
Brad Keselowski------------------181312
Jeff Gordon3639129526111713
Mark MartinWon397231015214
Ryan Newman248142148132115
Paul Menard------------2232212417
Denny Hamlin------114433641618
Kurt Busch1291642205191424
Tony Stewart215254041292925
Carl Edwards---16153278726
Kyle Busch---2517Won23Won429
 
Mover of the Week
Joey Logano - started 31 and finished 5.
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 22
 
NOTES:
The FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway is the 13th race on the 2013 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 86 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. Mark Martin's 53 starts at this track is tops among all active drivers.

Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Allison and Petty share the record for most victories at Dover with seven each. Johnson's most recent win at this track came one year ago. He won both races there in 2002, becoming the first driver in series history to score a season-sweep at a track during his rookie season.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Dover with 14, followed by Jack Roush with nine and eight for Roger Penske. Brad Keselowski, who drives for Penske Racing, won the most recent Cup race at Dover last September.

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. He has not been to victory lane for a Cup event since then.

Four drivers entered in this weekend's race made their Cup debuts at Dover: Bobby Labonte (June 3, 1991), 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 first 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 9 Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway. Joey Logano is the defending race winner.

05/28 16:30:22 ET

As of May 28, 2013, at 04:30 PM ET

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