Date: Sunday, Sept. 29
Start Time: 2 p.m. ET
Site: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Del.
Track: 1-mile oval
Capacity: 113,000 (grandstand seating)
On TV: ESPN
On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Race record: Mark Martin, 1997 (132.719 mph)
Qualifying record: Jeremy Mayfield, 2004 (161.522 mph)
Defending champion: Brad Keselowski
Runner up: Jeff Gordon
Pole winner: Denny Hamlin (159.299 mph)
1. Brad Keselowski (Start: 10)
2. Jeff Gordon (7)
3. Mark Martin (26)
4. Jimmie Johnson (11)
5. Carl Edwards (15)
6. Martin Truex Jr (3)
7. Kyle Busch (5)
8. Denny Hamlin (1)
9. Clint Bowyer (2)
10. Joey Logano (14)
Average speed: 125.076 mph
Time of race: 3 hrs., 11 mins., 53 secs.
Margin of victory: 1.078 secs.
Caution flags: 5 for 28 laps
Lead changes: 11 among 6 drivers
2012 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 125.076 mph
2011 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 119.413 mph
2010 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 131.543 mph
2009 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 118.704 mph
2008 Greg Biffle, Ford, 114.168 mph
2007 Carl Edwards, Ford, 101.846 mph
2006 Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 111.966 mph
2005 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 115.054 mph
2004 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 119.067 mph
2003 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 108.802 mph
2002 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 120.805 mph
2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 101.559 mph
2000 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 115.191 mph
1999 Mark Martin, Ford, 127.434 mph
1998 Mark Martin, Ford, 113.384 mph
1997 Mark Martin, Ford, 132.719 mph
1996 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 105.646 mph
1995 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 124.740 mph
1994 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 112.556 mph
1993 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 100.334 mph
1992 Ricky Rudd, Chevrolet, 115.289 mph
1991 Harry Gant, Oldsmobile, 110.179 mph
1990 Bill Elliott, Ford, 125.945 mph
1989 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 122.909 mph
1988 Bill Elliott, Ford, 109.349 mph
1987 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 124.706 mph
1986 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 114.329 mph
1985 Harry Gant, Chevrolet, 120.538 mph
1984 Harry Gant, Chevrolet, 111.856 mph
1983 Bobby Allison, Buick, 116.077 mph
1982 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 107.642 mph
1981 Neil Bonnett, Ford, 119.561 mph
1980 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 116.024 mph
1979 Richard Petty, Chevrolet, 114.366 mph
1978 Bobby Allison, Ford, 119.323 mph
1977 Benny Parsons, Chevrolet, 114.708 mph
1976 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 115.740 mph
1975 Richard Petty, Dodge, 113.372 mph
1974 Richard Petty, Dodge, 113.640 mph
1973 David Pearson, Mercury, 112.852 mph
1972 David Pearson, Mercury, 120.506 mph
1971 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 123.245 mph
Race: Sylvania 300 (Sept. 22)
Site: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, N.H.
Finish line order: Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray
Time of Race: 2 hrs., 57 mins., 2 secs.
Average speed: 107.573 mph
Margin of victory: 0.533 secs.
Caution flags: 7 for 37 laps
Lead changes: 19 among 11 drivers
Lap leaders: R. Newman 1-2; K. Kahne 3-31; M. Truex Jr 32-32; J. Yeley 33-33; R. Newman 1-2; K. Kahne 3-31; M. Truex Jr 32-32; J. Yeley 33-33; K. Kahne 34-35; M. Truex Jr 36-108; M. Kenseth 109-109; J. Gordon 110-110; B. Keselowski 111-112; J. Logano 113-113; D. Earnhardt Jr 114-129; M. Truex Jr 130-152; M. Kenseth 153-165; M. Truex Jr 166-166; J. Gordon 167-201; D. Earnhardt Jr 202-202; C. Bowyer 203-207; M. Kenseth 208-246; J. Johnson 247-247; M. Kenseth 248-300.
#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Lift Master
#2 * Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite
#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
#7 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/TBA
#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley
#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Freight
#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/Geico
#14 Mark Martin (Batesville, AR) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy
#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Filtrete
#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Interstate Batteries
#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot
#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Axalta
#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
#29 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser
#30 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Toyota/Swan Energy
#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Caterpillar
#32 Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) Ford/U.S. Chrome
#33 Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN) Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell
#35 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Ford/MDS Transport
#36 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/Drive Sober
#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's
#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Target
#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Richard Petty Motorsports
#47 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Toyota/House-Autry
#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
#51 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Shooters Sporting
#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Shocks
#78 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Furniture Row
#83 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard
#93 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
#95 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Ford/Leavine Family Racing
#98 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal
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|Dale Earnhardt Jr||9||31||21||3||24||20||23||24||11|
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 87 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 54 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 in June 2012. 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 year.
Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Dover with 14, followed by Jack Roush with nine and eight for Roger Penske.
Tony Stewart won this year's spring race at Dover (June 2). Stewart is sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a leg injury. Martin continues to substitute for him in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.
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.
Five 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), Tony Raines (June 2, 2002) 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.
Round 4 in the championship Chase is the Oct. 6 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's race there.