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DATE: Saturday, September 29th
SITE: Dover International Speedway (1969) -- Dover, Delaware
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,076 feet (Frontstretch); 1,076 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 27th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 3:45 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Carl Edwards (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 14th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 200
QUALIFYING RECORD: David Green, 2004 (157.916 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Dale Earnhardt Jr, 1998 (130.152 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,014,243 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $49,775; 2nd Place - $26,075; 3rd Place - $22,250
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Carl Edwards26Trevor Bayne9
2Brad Keselowski87Reed Sorenson19
3Clint Bowyer48Ryan Truex5
4Kasey Kahne79Mike Bliss13
5Ricky Stenhouse Jr610Justin Allgaier14
2011 OneMain Financial 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 117.321 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 42 minutes, 17 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.791 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 22 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (153.734 m.p.h.)
Past OneMain Financial 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Carl Edwards (2nd) -- Ford -- 117.321 m.p.h.
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Toyota -- 117.379 m.p.h.
2009 -- Clint Bowyer (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 122.034 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 107.084 m.p.h.
2007 -- Denny Hamlin (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 85.197 m.p.h.
2006 -- Clint Bowyer (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 96.908 m.p.h.
2005 -- Ryan Newman (1st) -- Dodge -- 115.644 m.p.h.
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 122.013 m.p.h.
2003 -- Brian Vickers (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 113.144 m.p.h.
2002 -- Scott Wimmer (26th) -- Pontiac -- 118.266 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Green (2nd) -- Ford -- 107.591 m.p.h.
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 109.041 m.p.h.
1999 -- Casey Atwood (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.382 m.p.h.
1998 -- Matt Kenseth (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 106.023 m.p.h.
1997 -- Joe Bessey (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 94.912 m.p.h.
1996 -- Randy LaJoie (24th) -- Chevrolet) -- 118.343 m.p.h.
1995 -- Johnny Rumley (24th) -- Chevrolet -- 108.975 m.p.h.
1994 -- Johnny Benson (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 102.477 m.p.h.
1993 -- Todd Bodine (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 104.545 m.p.h.
1992 -- Robert Pressley (4th) -- Oldsmobile -- 108.271 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (16th) -- Buick -- 126.538 m.p.h.
1990 -- Harry Gant (3rd) -- Buick -- 123.097 m.p.h.
1989 -- Ken Schrader (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 111.300 m.p.h.
1988 -- Michael Waltrip (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 116.073 m.p.h.
1987 -- Rick Mast (3rd) -- Buick -- 113.529 m.p.h.
1986 -- Morgan Shepherd (1st) -- Buick -- 113.798 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Grand National 200 (1986-88), Ames-Splitfire 200
(1989-90), Splitfire 200 (1991-94), MBNA 200 (1995-97), MBNA Gold 200
(1998-99), MBNA.com 200 (2000-01), MBNA All-American 200 (2002), Stacker
200 (2003-04), Dover 200 (2005-06, 2009-10), Roadloans.com 200 (2007),
Camping World RV Sales 200 (2008), One Main Financial 200 (2011).
 
Last Race Results
RACE: Kentucky 300 (September 22nd)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Austin Dillon
RUNNER-UP: Sam Hornish Jr.
THIRD: Brendan Gaughan
FOURTH: Drew Herring
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 55 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 137.492 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.059 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 26 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: A. Dillon - pole; R. Stenhouse Jr. 1-32; K. Lepage 33; A. Dillon
34-43; S. Hornish Jr. 44-46; E. Sadler 47-87; A. Dillon 88-92; E.
Sadler 93-144; S. Hornish Jr. 145-146; D. Herring 147-148; M.
Annett 149-150; A. Dillon 151-200.
OneMain Financial 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Cargill/Ranchers
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08To Be AnnouncedFord/Randy Hill Racing
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
18Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Sports Clips
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil
20Darrell Wallace Jr. (Concord, NC)Toyota/Freightliner
22Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
24Benny Gordon (DuBois, PA)Toyota/TBA
27J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/Del. Dept. of Highway
30Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Rheem
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39To Be AnnouncedFord/Go Green Racing
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
41Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/TBA
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/banditchippers.com
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/The Motorsports Group
47To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/stjude.org
52To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
71To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
75Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Dodge/THERANDOMACTORG
86Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Ford/Qello Corp.
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/taxlayer.com
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
99Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Sea Watch International
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Kasey Kahne4th3rd------------------4th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------11th5th
Ryan Truex------------------------8th
Justin Allgaier------------------26th9th10th
Joey Logano---------------14th---2nd13th
Elliott Sadler---------------------31st14th
Kyle Busch15th9th37th7th---Won4thWon---
Paul Menard---15th10th37th---------7th---
Danica Patrick---------------------35th---
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Sam Hornish Jr---------------------------
Ryan Blaney---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Ryan Blaney - Started in the 20th position and finished 9th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Elliott Sadler
Darkhorse - Kyle Busch
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sam Hornish Jr) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jeremy Clements) - Finished 15th
 
NOTES:
Just six races remain on the 2012 Nationwide Series docket and Elliott Sadler leads Ricky Stenhouse Jr by only four points as the drivers head to the "Monster Mile" at Dover International Speedway.

After leading 93 of the 200 laps last week, Sadler placed fifth in Kentucky, his fifth top-10 in the last six races and reclaimed the top stop on the Nationwide Series points list.

Stenhouse, who had finished first or second the past four races, placed 17th and holds down the second position.

Last year, Carl Edwards put on a dominating performance to win the OneMain Financial 200. Edwards led 179 of 200 laps and held off his fellow Sprint Cup Series competitor, Brad Keselowski, at the finish by 0.8 seconds for his seventh win of the season and the 36th of his Nationwide career. Nine of those victories have come on concrete-surfaced tracks (Bristol, Dover and Nashville). Edwards will not be on hand to defend his title, as he concentrates on the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Back in 2010, Kyle Busch set another NASCAR record by claiming his 11th Nationwide Series win of the season with a near flawless performance at Dover. Busch, who finished the 2010 season with 13 wins, led all but eight of the 200 laps.

Starting 16th on the grid, Clint Bowyer worked his way to the front and took control on lap 118 and held on the rest of the way to post his eighth career Nationwide Series title in 2009. Bowyer led the final 83 laps to post a 1.319 seconds win over Mike Bliss.

Kyle Busch dominated the 2008 running of the fall Dover race, as he led for 157 of the 207 laps en route to his 19th career Nationwide Series title. Busch, who started on the pole, defeated Mike Bliss by 0.866 of a second.

In 2007, Denny Hamlin won for the fifth time in his Nationwide Series career. Hamlin, who started fourth on the grid, led five times for 138 laps, as he defeated Martin Truex Jr by just under two seconds. Hamlin reclaimed the advantage from Truex with just 15 laps remaining for a 1.797 seconds victory. Pole sitter Greg Biffle finished ninth.

Bowyer claimed the lead on lap 179 of the 202-lap race in 2006 and held on for his fifth career Nationwide Series title. Bowyer, who started 16th on the grid, held off Matt Kenseth by just 0.547 of a second. Pole sitter Scott Riggs, who led for the first 40 laps, finished 12th, while Martin Truex Jr., who led for a race-high 77 laps, failed to finish and placed 30th.

In 2005, Ryan Newman won his fourth consecutive start, as he took the checkered flag, 1.343 seconds ahead of Bowyer. Newman, who posted his fifth Nationwide Series title, led for a track record 193 laps and tied the consecutive win mark set in 1983 by Sam Ard. Newman started on the pole and led for the first 94 laps and then regained the lead on lap 101. Kenny Wallace took over the top spot on lap 123, but it was short-lived, as Newman was back on top on lap 124 and led the rest of the way.

The pole sitter has won this race only three times in the history of the September Dover races. Morgan Shepherd captured the inaugural race, Ryan Newman won in 2005 and 2008 by Busch.

Harry Gant, a five-time pole winner at Dover, is the only driver to win this race in back-to-back seasons (1990-91). Gant, Bowyer, Busch and Matt Kenseth are the only two-time winners of this race. Todd Bodine and Busch are three- time winners of Nationwide Series races in Dover.

The next Nationwide Series race is the October 12 Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards won last year's race there.

09/25 15:33:08 ET

As of September 25, 2012, at 03:33 PM ET

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