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NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - 5-Hour Energy 200 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, June 2nd
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,076 feet (Frontstretch); 1,076 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 30th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 2:15 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Carl Edwards (Not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 200
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2010 (158.228 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Dale Earnhardt Jr, 1998 (130.152 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,014,243 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $39,775; 2nd Place - $26,725; 3rd Place - $28,868
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Carl Edwards16Elliott Sadler8
2Kyle Busch137Kenny Wallace14
3Reed Sorenson108James Buescher12
4Ricky Stenhouse Jr29Aric Almirola18
5David Reutimann3210Mike Wallace21
2011 5-Hour Energy 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 95.180 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 11 minutes, 45 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 48 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Awarded pole due to fastest overall in practice)
Past 5-Hour Energy 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Carl Edwards (1st) -- Ford -- 95.180 m.p.h.
2010 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 112.965 m.p.h.
2009 -- Brad Keselowski (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 93.168 m.p.h.
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (2nd) -- Toyota -- 112.395 m.p.h.
2007 -- Carl Edwards (8th) -- Ford -- 92.975 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jeff Burton (36th) -- Chevrolet -- 103.791 m.p.h.
2005 -- Martin Truex Jr (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 97.258 m.p.h.
2004 -- Greg Biffle (7th) -- Ford -- 87.934 m.p.h.
2003 -- Joe Nemechek (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 104.651 m.p.h.
2002 -- Greg Biffle (3rd) -- Ford -- 110.735 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer (21st) -- Chevrolet -- 91.394 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jason Keller (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 99.709 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.324 m.p.h.
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 130.152 m.p.h. (race record)
1997 -- Bobby Labonte (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 114.358 m.p.h.
1996 -- Randy LaJoie (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 96.308 m.p.h.
1995 -- Mike McLaughlin (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 102.887 m.p.h.
1994 -- Mike Wallace (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 96.013 m.p.h.
1993 -- Todd Bodine (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 116.694 m.p.h.
1992 -- Robert Pressley (4th) -- Oldsmobile -- 89.408 m.p.h.
1991 -- Todd Bodine (9th) -- Buick -- 118.323 m.p.h.
1990 -- Michael Waltrip (4th) -- Pontiac -- 108.091 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rick Wilson (8th) -- Oldsmobile -- 114.122 m.p.h.
1988 -- Bobby Hillin Jr (15th) -- Buick -- 112.236 m.p.h.
1987 -- Mark Martin (5th) -- Ford -- 101.408 m.p.h.
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 107.914 m.p.h.
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 108.926 m.p.h.
1984 -- Sam Ard (2nd) -- Oldsmobile -- 111.888 m.p.h.
1983 -- Ricky Rudd (12th) -- Oldsmobile -- 118.285 m.p.h.
1982 -- Joe Ruttman (4th) -- Pontiac -- 111.679 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Sportsman 200 (1982-83), Budweiser 200 (1984-91),
Goodwrench 200 (1992), Goodwrench/Delco 200 (1993-97), MBNA Platinum
(1998), MBNA Platinum 200 (1999-2002), MBNA Armed Forces 200 (2003),
MBNA America 200 (2004), MBNA RacePoints 200 (2005),
Stonebridgeracing.com 200 (2006), Dover 200 (2007, 2009-10), Heluva
Good! 200 (2008).
 
Past 5-Hour Energy 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- None -- Weather
2010 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2009 -- Joey Logano -- 2nd
2008 -- Carl Edwards -- 2nd
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 2nd
2006 -- Kevin Harvick -- 13th
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 31st
2004 -- David Green -- 3rd
2003 -- Joe Nemechek -- 1st
2002 -- Jeff Green -- 2nd
2001 -- Jeff Green -- 29th
2000 -- Kevin Harvick -- 6th
1999 -- Dick Trickle -- 5th
1998 -- Kevin Lepage -- 13th
1997 -- Dick Trickle -- 37th
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 15th
1995 -- Tracy Leslie -- 24th
1994 -- Ricky Craven -- 5th
1993 -- Ward Burton -- 35th
1992 -- Todd Bodine -- 8th
1991 -- Dave Mader III -- 29th
1990 -- Bobby Labonte -- 3rd
1989 -- Harry Gant -- 28th
1988 -- Mike Alexander -- 10th
1987 -- Rick Mast -- 21st
1986 -- Brett Bodine -- 3rd
1985 -- Jack Ingram -- 3rd
1984 -- Ron Bouchard -- 2nd
1983 -- David Pearson -- 12th
1982 -- Harry Gant -- 15th
Last Race Results
RACE: History 300 (May 26th)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Kevin Harvick
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 6th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 25 minutes, 51 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 123.414 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.838 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 38 laps
LAP LEADERS: J. Logano 1-21; K. Harvick 22-54; J. Bowles 55; K. Harvick 56-58;
K. Kahne 59-67; K. Harvick 68-110; J. Logano 111; J. Allgaier 112;
M. Wallace 113-114; K. Harvick 115-127; J. Logano 128-131; K.
Kahne 132-133; B. Keselowski 134-200.
5-Hour Energy 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/American Ethanol
4Brad Teague (Buladean, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Cargill
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/Randy Hill Racing
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Wurth
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
18Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Dollar General
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil
20Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Grime Boss
22Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Snap-On
23Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
24Tim Bainey Jr. (Philipsburg, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/AccuDoc
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point Casino
38Brad Sweet (Grass Valley. CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV)Ford/NSW Kids
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/themotorsportsgroup.com
41Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/poynt.com
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
47Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Automotive
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70David Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
71Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
75To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Toyota/American Majority
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Clean Coal
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
99Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------18th4th
Elliott Sadler------------------------6th
Kenny Wallace---11th9th16th---20th33rd21st7th
James Buescher------------------------8th
Joey Logano---------------6th2nd---13th
Ryan Truex------------------------18th
Justin Allgaier------------------10th16th29th
Brian Scott---------------------9th30th
Brendan Gaughan------------------12th13th---
Sam Hornish Jr---------------23rd---------
Kurt Busch---------3rd---------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Parker Kligerman---------------------------
Danica Patrick---------------------------
Cole Whitt---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Travis Pastrana - Started in the 42nd position and finished 24th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Darkhorse - Danica Patrick
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joe Nemechek) - Finished 29th
 
NOTES:
Although not defending his title this week, Carl Edwards certainly has fond memories of Dover International Speedway, including last season's win in the Spring race of the Nationwide Series.

Neither rain delays nor a rash of accidents, including a horrifying one on the final lap, could stop Edwards from winning at DIS.

Edwards, the pole sitter, led the way for the second and final green-white- checkered attempt. While Edwards and Joey Logano were battling for the lead on the second-to-last lap, both drivers got loose, with Logano banging into the outside wall along the frontstretch.

Logano then bumped into third-place runner Clint Bowyer, who flipped on his side before landing right side up near the inside retaining wall along pit road. Brad Keselowski, Steve Wallace and Mike Bliss were also caught up in the melee. No drivers were injured and NASCAR ended the race under caution, with Edwards claiming his third Nationwide victory of the season and the 32nd of his career. Not only was qualifying canceled, but the start of the race was delayed for a little more than one hour due to rain. A brief, light shower also halted the event for 28 minutes on lap 145.

The 2010 race was all Kyle Busch, as he led 191 of the 205 laps to defeat Ryan Newman by 1.28 seconds. With the win, Busch became the first pole sitter to capture this race since Joe Nemechek in 2003.

That result was not the case in 2009, as Busch let a Nationwide Series win slip away from, when he suffered a flat right-front tire on a restart with just two laps to go at Dover. Brad Keselowski ran third on the restart and was the recipient of Busch's misfortune. After Busch's tire blew, teammate Joey Logano shoved him up the track. Keselowski then dove underneath Logano and passed him for the lead. Keselowski led only the final two laps, but it was good enough for his first Nationwide victory of the season and the third of his career. Keselowski owns 18 career Nationwide titles.

Denny Hamlin dominated the rain-delayed race in 2008, as he led three times for 131 laps, defeating pole sitter Carl Edwards by 1.072 seconds. Hamlin reclaimed the lead on lap 106 and held it for the final 95 for his seventh career Nationwide win. Kyle Busch led for 68 laps, but failed to finish and placed 28th due to an accident. Joey Logano grabbed the headlines in the 2008 spring race. Logano, who was 18-year-old at the time, finished sixth in his first career Nationwide start. Two races later at Kentucky, he started on the pole and scored his first victory in the series.

Starting from the eighth position, Carl Edwards dominated the 2007 race, as he led three times for 122 laps, en route to his 12th career Nationwide Series title. The race ended under caution, as pole sitter Denny Hamlin placed second. Hamlin led twice for 50 laps. The win in 2007 was one of four, as Edwards now totals 37 career wins.

In 2006, Jeff Burton crossed the finish line 1.170 seconds ahead of Carl Edwards for his 22nd career Nationwide win. After starting 36th, Burton worked his way to the front on lap 182. He led the final 18 laps for the victory. Edwards led three times for a race-high 67 laps, while pole sitter Kevin Harvick led for six and placed 13th.

The next Nationwide Series race is the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway. Carl Edwards won last year's race there.

05/29 14:30:41 ET

As of May 29, 2012, at 02:30 PM ET

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