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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: AAA 400 Drive for Autism

The Place: Dover International Speedway

The Date: Sunday, May 6

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 400 miles (400 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 120),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 240), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 500)

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: OneMain Financial 200

The Place: Dover International Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 5

The Time: 1:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 

Next Race: JEGS 200

The Place: Dover International Speedway

The Date: Friday, May 4

The Time: 5 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 4:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

 

Stopped At Three In A Row

Although it was a valiant effort, Kyle Busch did not extend his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series three-race winning streak Sunday at Talladega, finishing 13th in a typically frantic day of restrictor-plate competition. However, the former champ has every reason to believe he can make it four wins out of five as the series heads to Dover International Speedway (Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) this weekend.

 

Busch won the last race on Dover’s "Monster Mile" and only one other driver (Jimmie Johnson, 17) has more top-five finishes at the track than Busch (12).

 

Interesting, Busch has six DNFs at Dover – twice his number of wins, yet still has those impressive top-fives (12) and top-10 (16) finishes. Busch has finished either first or second in the last three fall races here and won the Busch Pole Award for this spring race last year.

 

His 13th-place finish at Talladega on Sunday was only the second double-digit result for him in 10 races so far this season. It halted a seven-race streak of top-three finishes for Busch, who insists he’s absolutely optimistic about his chances in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this weekend.

 

"It’s definitely a fast racetrack,’’ Busch said. "It’s a fun racetrack, too. It makes it interesting when you get to traffic, when you have to pass guys, when you’re kind of falling down into the hole and jumping back up out of the hole to the straightaways.

 

"It’s a good place to race. It’s a competitive racetrack and, when the rubber gets laid down, it definitely changes the whole atmosphere and the whole way you run around that place."

  

Dover Domination

Jimmie Johnson may be the most excited driver to arrive in the state of Delaware this week for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism (Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It is, after all, the venue where the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and defending race winner last hoisted a trophy. And he’s more than ready – and prepared – to do so again.

 

Johnson’s statistics at the track are tops in the series. He is an 11-time winner and his driver rating (118) far exceeds anyone else in the field. Next closest are Chase Elliott (107.6) and Kyle Busch (105.8). He is tops in six of the eight statistical loop data categories since 2005 including: driving rating, average running position (7.716), laps led (2,710 since 2005, 3,105 overall), laps run in the top-15 (8,935 laps or 85.8 percent), fastest laps run (1,369) and green flag speed (145.215 mph).

 

And how about this? Johnson’s 11 wins puts him one victory shy of equaling all the other wins in total produced previously from everyone else in Sunday’s field (12). Getting his 84th career victory this week in the No. 48 Lowe’s For Pros Chevrolet would tie him with NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison on the all-time list.

 

Back on Track

Joey Logano’s victory at Talladega over the weekend means Ford has now won nine of the last 11 restrictor-plate races. But for Logano, the victory was perhaps as gratifying personally since it ended it a year-long winless streak and cut down leader Kyle Busch’s championship points-lead advantage over him from 56 to 30 points.

 

Of the eight Ford drivers ranked among the top 16 in points, however, only three have wins at Dover: Logano’s Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski (1) and Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick (1) and Kurt Busch (1).

 

The victory at Talladega will surely add to Logano’s confidence this weekend. He has top-10 finishes in nine of the 10 races this season – a 19th-place at Phoenix the lone outlier. And a ninth place at Bristol is the only other time Logano has finished worse than sixth all season.

 

His last top-10 finish in the spring race at Dover was eighth place in 2014.

 

Home Track Advantage

Martin Truex Jr. is hoping the stop at what the New Jersey native considers his "home track" will right the early season ship for the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.

 

Truex has wrecked out of three of the last four races and dropped to seventh in the championship after leading the standings following his March win in California.

 

Dover has been a good place for Truex, however. He scored his first Monster Energy Series victory there in June, 2007, and won again driving the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in October, 2016.

 

The tough Dover miler is one of three venues where he has multiple wins (add in Charlotte and Chicago). He also has started on the Busch Pole there three times, including the last time the Cup series raced at Dover in October. Overall Truex has an impressive top-11 finish in his last eight races.

 

New Man Newman

Ryan Newman has quietly been positioning himself in Playoff contention this season and, historically speaking, Dover International Speedway is a place presenting him with opportunity to make a dramatic move upward in the standings.

 

Newman has seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes at Dover, and from 2003-04 won three of the four races at the Monster Mile. He swept the 2003 races and won the following fall. 

 

He has only two DNFs in 32 starts, which is impressive considering the tight nature of the racing here. And only two drivers in the field this week, (Jimmie Johnson, 17 and Kyle Busch, 12) have more top-five finishes.

 

Newman has top-10 finishes in two of the last three races this season in the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet.

 

Good Vibes

Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. has good reason to look forward to Dover race weekend. It has proven to be one of his best racing venues. From the very start of his career.

 

As an up-and-coming racer, Wallace, 24, won from the pole position at Dover in the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. He won his first pole position in NASCAR’s national series in 2012 at the age of 18, starting first and finishing 12th in a limited four-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. He finished second in the Xfinity Series race at Dover in 2016.

 

He is coming off another rookie confidence-builder in Talladega over the weekend, leading laps (five) for only the second time this season and finishing 16th.

 

Wallace is currently ranked 22nd in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Dover Is Set For A Monster Of A Good Xfinity Dash 4 Cash Finale

The 2018 version of the highly successful NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash program is reaching its crescendo this weekend at the famous Dover International Speedway in the OneMain Financial 200 on Saturday, May 5 (at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Four drivers qualified at Talladega for a chance to compete for the $100,000 bonus one last time this season - JR Motorsport’s Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones and RSS Racing’s Ryan Sieg. Sieg was named as the fourth qualifier after Spencer Gallagher was disqualified due to a penalty announced after Talladega.

 

Elliott Sadler has been the most successful at banking the big checks this season, as he has brought home the last two Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonuses (Richmond and Talladega). Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ryan Preece is only other driver to score the big Dash 4 Cash bonus this season when he won at Bristol a few weeks back.

 

Sadler’s been at the top of his game lately, in nine starts this season he has posted seven top fives (series-most) and nine top 10s (series-most). He has made 20 starts at Dover and has finished in the top 10 in 10 of his last 12 starts.  

 

No stranger to winning the Dash 4 Cash is Justin Allgaier, who took home the big checks twice last season (Phoenix and Richmond) and this year is looking to make it two seasons in a row with at least one $100,00 bonus.

 

"Qualifying for the Dash 4 Cash is super important. Hats off to Xfinity and Comcast for all they do for the series," said Allgaier.

 

Justin Allgaier jumped from fifth to third in the points following his comeback run at Talladega on the final restart after running out of gas in the closing laps. He has now posted five top fives and six top 10s this season. In 14 series starts at the Monster Mile, he has posted four top fives and seven top 10s; including a runner-up finish last fall.

 

Brandon Jones wrestled a runner-up finish from his competition in Talladega to qualify for this weekend’s Dash 4 Cash, his series career-best. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is eighth in the championship standings and in nine starts he has posted five top 10s. He has four starts at Dover with a best finish of 17th in 2016.

 

RSS Racing’s Ryan Sieg finished sixth at Talladega to qualify for the Dash 4 Cash this weekend at Dover. Sieg is 15th in the series standings after posting one top 10 and an average finish of 19.7. Sieg has made eight series starts at Dover posting best finish of 13th in 2014; he finished 16th in this race last season. 

 

All four Dash 4 Cash qualifiers this weekend are solid competitors this season and currently in the top 10 in series championship standings. Amongst the four Dash 4 Cash qualifiers this weekend, Elliott Sadler (11.8) has the best average finish, followed by Justin Allgaier (12.7), Ryan Sieg (16.1) and Brandon Jones (27.5).

 

Win Streak Continues! 10th Different Winner Could Happen At Dover

Nine races into the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season there have been nine different winners, which has everyone’s attention turned to Dover international Speedway this weekend to see if the streak can stay alive and give the series its 10th different winner in as many races.

 

If a 10th different winner should occur this weekend, the 2018 season will tie 1987 for the second longest different winner streak to start the season in series history. Currently at nine different winners, the 2018 season is the third longest different winners streak to start a NASCAR Xfinity Series season. 

 

Since the series’ inception in 1982, the NASCAR Xfinity Series has had nine different winners in the first nine races just three times – 1987, 1988 and 2018.

 

The record for the highest number of different winners to start a NASCAR Xfinity Series season is 13 back in 1988; followed by 1987 with 10 different winners, then 2018 with nine.

The 1988 and 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series seasons are tied for the series-most different winners for the entire season with 18 each.

 

This season’s winners include Tyler Reddick (Daytona), Kevin Harvick (Atlanta), Kyle Larson (Las Vegas), Brad Keselowski (Phoenix), Joey Logano (California), Ryan Blaney (Texas), Ryan Preece (Bristol), Christopher Bell (Richmond) and Spencer Gallagher (Talladega).

 

Elliott Sadler’s Championship Focus Has Broadened

JR Motorsports has reclaimed the top three in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver championship standings, led by Elliott Sadler in the standings lead, Tyler Reddick in second (-40) and Justin Allgaier in third (-47).

 

Sadler’s championship focus is apparent. While many drivers have proclaimed they enjoy thinking on a micro level going from week-to-week, Sadler having finished runner-up in his last two seasons has taken a more macro approach to this year, focusing on the entire season, the Playoffs and what he can gain from it. 

 

"You know what we learned last year was that being the regular season champion pays a lot of dividends in the Playoffs because you get 15 (Playoff) points," said Sadler. "So, we are 40 points ahead and we all know that will be taken away, but if we can continue to lead the points through the summer months and get some Playoff points for being the regular season champion, that’s 15 points that’s in our piggy bank for the Playoffs. And to us we found out last year, that’s going to come in handy," said Sadler. "We definitely want to win races, but we understand being regular season champion is worth a lot, definitely."

 

Sadler’s consistency this season is unmatched. In nine starts he has finished in the top 10 all nine times.  He heads to Dover having made 20 series starts on the concrete track, posting three top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 11.8. He finished seventh in this race last season.

 

Sunoco Rookie Update: Stage Point Importance On Display

For the second straight week the lead for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings has swapped.

 

Last week, Christopher Bell took the point from Tyler Reddick following Richmond, and this week Reddick took it back after finishing eighth at Talladega. Bell brought home a 12th-place effort from Talladega, but it was Reddick’s stage win and additional stage points (+15 to Bell’s none) that took him to summit of the rookie standings. 

 

Now the 22-year old, JR Motorsports driver, Tyler Reddick, is nine points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell as the series approaches Dover International Speedway this weekend.

 

Bell will be making his series track debut at Dover this weekend. Reddick made his series track debut last season, starting fifth and finishing 26th.

 

Custer Breaks Into Top Five Of The Standings

Cole Custer’s season has been a bit of a roller coaster in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings. He started the season off strong at Daytona but was caught in an incident at Atlanta that dropped him to 25th in the championship standings and ever since then he has been trying to climb back into the title hunt. This past weekend, he posted his seventh consecutive top-10 finish of the season to blast into the top five of the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver championship points; just 57 markers behind Elliott Sadler in the standings lead. 

 

The Ladera Ranch, California, boy Cole Custer is finding his stride. In nine starts this season he has posted one top five, seven top 10s and two poles. His average finish this season is a career-best 11.4.

 

Custer’s recent top-10 streak will most likely stay intact this weekend. He has made two starts at Dover posting one top five and two top 10s. His average finish at the famed concrete track is 6.0.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

Owner Standings Tighten: Following the ninth race of the season, the top three in the NASCAR Xfinity Series owner standings are separated by just 11 points. Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota team is currently in the standings lead, followed by JR Motorsports No. 1 Chevrolet team in second (-2) and Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team in third (-11). 

 

Who Dat? Atop Of The Winning Pit Boxes: Behind the scenes making sure everything goes as planned on a race weekend is the guy sitting on top of the pit box, the crew chief. This season seven different crew chiefs have visited Victory Lane, led by Team Penske No. 22 crew chief Brian Wilson with three wins with three different drivers (ISM Raceway, Auto Club Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway). The other six winning crew chiefs are David Elenz (No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Daytona), Richard Boswell (No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford, Atlanta), Mike Shiplett (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Las Vegas), Eric Phillips (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Bristol), Jason Ratcliff (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Richmond), Chad Norris (No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet, Talladega).

 

Odds Favor A New Dover Winner: Of the drivers entered this weekend there are only three former Monster Mile winners, making the odds in the favor of us seeing a new driver pull into Dover’s Victory Lane this weekend. The three former winners entered this weekend are Joe Nemechek (2003 Dover win), Jeff Green (2001 Dover win) and Morgan Shepherd (1986 Dover win).

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

 

The Return

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is finally back after a four-week long break at Dover International Speedway for the JEGS 200 on Friday, May 4 (5 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

It’s been seven years since the series has come back to action after a long early season hiatus, like this one, to Dover. The last time was in 2011 when Kyle Busch raced to the finish for the win.

 

Johnny Sauter won his first race at Dover last season in the No. 21 Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet, where he led the last 33 laps of the race. Aside from his one win at the track, he has four top fives and six top 10s. Of the 32 drivers who started the race last spring, only 18 of them finished due to crashes and various mechanical issues.

 

This is Sauter’s 16th year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and at the finish of last season, he had the most season wins of his career with four. This season, he has already taken home one victory at the series opener at Daytona International Speedway. He started in the second position and led 35 laps.

 

Sauter’s season has been a very good one so far – starting with his victory at Daytona, he then finished third at Atlanta Motor Speedway and second at Las Vegas. He finished 19th in the race at Martinsville.

 

If Sauter can take home the victory at Dover for the second year in a row, he’ll have two reasons to rejoice as he celebrated his 40th birthday on Tuesday, May 1.

 

Sauter is currently the driver standings with 181-points; followed by Grant Enfinger in the No. 98 CURB Records Ford with 152-points, and Brett Moffitt placing third in the standings in No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota with 150-points.

 

Of the three, Enfinger is the only one without a win this season as Moffitt took home the victory in Atlanta where he started in the 10th position and led only 2 laps.

 

Like Father, Like Son

When you see two trucks on track sporting the name "Gilliland" on the back window, you won’t be imagining things. For the first time, veteran driver David Gilliland and his Sunoco Rookie of the Year-contending son Todd will face off against each other in a NASCAR national series race.

 

Todd will be entered in just his second race of the 2018 campaign behind the wheel of the No. 4 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Dover this Friday.

 

He isn’t eligible to compete on intermediate tracks or superspeedways until he reaches his 18th birthday on May 15. So, Todd had to sit on the sidelines and watch a cast of substitute drivers pilot his truck at Daytona, Atlanta and Las Vegas – and will again at Kansas before he’s in the seat for the remainder of the season starting at Charlotte.

 

His dad drove it in the season-opener at Daytona before his truck owner, Kyle Busch, took over for Atlanta and Spencer Davis drove it in Las Vegas.

 

It wasn’t easy for Todd to sit back and watch other drivers pilot his truck. "It's been very hard. I'm a racer and all I want to do is race. Seeing other people jump in the truck you are going to be in the rest of the year is really tough, but you have to take every opportunity you have to learn and catch up to the guys who already have three more races worth of experience than I do."

 

In his first race of 2018, Todd drove to a 14th-place finish at Martinsville after starting 23rd.

Todd competed in six Camping World Truck Series races in 2017, posting a pair of top fives and three top 10s. He had a best finish of third at New Hampshire and crossed the line fifth at Martinsville in the fall.  

 

David is racing the No. 54 Toyota for DGR-CROSLEY Racing – a team that was formed when David Gilliland Racing and CROSLEY Sports Group joined forces for the 2018 season. The organization, which fields late model, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, ARCA and Camping World Truck Series entries, is co-owned by David and Bo LeMastus.

 

David has 11 series starts under his belt and won the pole this season at Daytona while driving his son’s No. 4 KBM entry. He’s taken the green flag 333 times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, including in the 2018 Daytona 500. He has a trio of poles (all on superspeedways), four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in NASCAR’s premier series.

 

Taking a Look Back at Dover 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Dover International Speedway are always ones to remember, especially when there have been so many notable trends throughout the years.

 

From 2008 to 2014, Toyota was the victorious manufacturer at Dover. That was until 2015, when Tyler Reddick in a Ford took the win.

 

Toyota came back for one year in 2016 with a Matt Crafton win but Johnny Sauter’s win last year in the No. 21 Chevrolet made that a quick in-and-out for Toyota. 

 

If Sauter can pull off another victory this weekend, the Chevrolet will have won two in a row at Dover, something that has never happened for the manufacturer in this series at Dover.

 

2007: Chevrolet

2008: Toyota

2009: Toyota

2010: Toyota

2011: Toyota

2012: Toyota

2013: Toyota

2014: Toyota

2015: Ford

2016: Toyota

2017: Chevrolet

 

Profile: A Look At Three Of The Series’ Top Crew Chiefs

Back-To-Back Champions: Carl Joiner and Matt Crafton

Carl Joiner has been a crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for seven years, all of which have been with the driver of the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota, Matt Crafton. 

 

Together, Joiner and Crafton won back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. They are the only team in the series to win consecutive titles.

  

Heading into Dover, Joiner and Crafton have made six starts at the Monster Mile together, posting one win, five top fives and ten top 10s. Crafton has completed 1,102 of a possible 1,147 laps. 

 

Crafton is in seventh place in the standings right now, 59 points back from the standings lead. Could this race be the push Crafton needs to get ahead? Possibly, it was where he got his first win in 2016.

 

Working Toward the Winner’s Circle: Ryan "Rudy" Fugle and Noah Gragson
In his fourth straight (fifth overall) full-time season atop the pit box for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Ryan "Rudy" Fugle has collected an owner’s championship in each year in addition to a pair of driver’s championships…all while captaining the ship for a different driver in each season since 2015.

Fugle’s first driver after taking over the gig full-time in 2015 was Erik Jones, who captured that year’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year title and the series crown. Fugle then won the owner’s championship with William Byron behind the wheel in 2016 and topped that off by sweeping the owner’s and driver’s titles with Christopher Bell last year.


All told, Fugle has tallied 21 wins as crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 15 of them in the past three seasons between Jones, Byron and Bell. In 2013, through 21 races, he won five races with team owner Kyle Busch driving and a sixth with Bell piloting the truck.


At Dover, coming up after the break in action for the series, Fugle has tallied a win (Busch, 2013), a pole (Byron, 2016) and a pair of top-five and top-10 finishes.


This year, Fugle guides Noah Gragson in the No. 18 KBM Toyota. Together, the pair have posted a pair of top-five and top-10 finishes in the opening four races of 2018. But Gragson is hoping that Fugle’s success at Dover leads him to Victory Lane as he searches for his second career win behind the wheel of a truck.

 

A Match Made in Racing Heaven: Joe Shear, Jr. and Johnny Sauter
After an emotional win in Daytona to start the 2018 season with Johnny Sauter behind the wheel, Joe Shear Jr. was asked if he would trade the experience of working with the veteran Sauter for anything.

"No, I would never do it."

And that bond and loyalty is evident in the success they have shared. Shear and Sauter have had a long friendship off the track and a strong relationship at the track. The two paired up full-time for the first time starting with the final 10 races of 2009. That carried through the 2012 season, as the duo put together six wins over that span.


Shear then worked with a rotating cast of drivers from 2013 until he was put back on Sauter’s pit box for the seventh race of the 2016 season – which proved to be the perfect reunion as they won two races and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship that season. (Sauter also won the 2016 season-opener at Daytona with then-crew chief Marcus Richmond.)


The two have stayed together since, putting together a career-best season total (for both driver and crew chief) of four wins in 2017 and starting off 2018 in Victory Lane.


Together, Shear and Sauter have visited the approaching Dover track four times together with a truck (2010, 2011, 2012, 2017) and won in their most recent trip to the Monster Mile. It was the first win at the track for both members of this powerful Camping World Truck Series partnership.

 

Dover by the Numbers
Here’s a quick look at some numbers associated with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Dover:

3 – Three different drivers have won from the pole at Dover – Kyle Busch (2014), Scott Riggs (2001) and Kurt Busch (2000)


4 – Kyle Busch’s four truck series wins at Dover are the most among all race winners. In fact, Kyle Busch is the only driver to have multiple truck series wins at the Monster Mile.


5 – Five times the race winner has started 10th or worse.


5.7 – Average starting position of the race winner at Dover.


15 – The farthest back in the field a driver has come from to win the race (Ron Hornaday, Jr. – 2007).


17 – Matt Crafton’s 17 starts in the truck series at Dover are most among all drivers (he has participated in all but the inaugural series race at the track).


18 – There have been 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Dover International Speedway.


2000 – The first truck series race at Dover was run in 2000 and was won by Kurt Busch.

 

Dover International Speedway Quick Facts

With the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway only a few days away, here are some quick facts you should know about the speedway.

 

Length: One mile
Track Surface: Concrete
Safety Apron and Pit Road Surface: Asphalt with concrete pit boxes
Banking: Straightaways, 9 degrees; turns, 24 degrees
Width: Straightaways, 48 feet; turns, 58 feet
Safety Apron: Encircles the inside of the track, 10 feet wide on straightaways and 21 feet wide in the turns.
Capacity: Approximately 85,000 race fans
Number of Pit Positions: 40, with water and electric
Length of Straightaways: 1,076 feet
Length of Pit Road: 1,580 feet long, 47 feet wide

Races:  18

Pole Winners: 14

Youngest Pole Winner: Darrell Wallace Jr (05/31/2013 - 19 years, 7 months, 23 days)

Oldest Pole Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr (05/30/2009 - 50 years, 11 months, 10 days)

Race Winners:  15

Youngest Winner: Tyler Reddick (05/29/2015 - 19 years, 4 months, 18 days)

Oldest Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr (06/01/2007 - 48 years, 11 months, 12 days)

 

NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series, Etc.

Joey Gase Returns For Round Two: Joey Gase returns for his second race of the season at Dover International Speedway where he is running the No. 0 Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. Gase also drove in Atlanta. It should be noted that this is only Gase’s second race ever in the NCWTS as well as his first one at Dover.

 

Changing It Up For Jesse Little: Like Joey Gase, Jesse Little will return to the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for his second race of the series in the No. 97 JJL Motorsports Ford. Little competed in the season’s second race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in February where he finished eighth for his best career series. Little hasn’t had the best of luck in the two races he’s been in at Dover. In 2015, he didn’t finish the race due to a crash and in 2017, he finished 14th after starting in the fifth position. This season marks the first time Little has ever raced in a Ford. Previously, he has raced in Toyotas and he had a brief stint in a Chevrolet at Chicago during the 2016 season.

 

Harrison Burton Looking For New Career-Best Finish:  Harrison Burton may have only been in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race so far this season, but he will start up his engine again at Dover International Speedway this Friday (May 4, 5 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The 17-year-old’s first race of the 2018 season was at Martinsville where he finished eighth in the No. 51 DEX Imaging Toyota. Burton traveled to Dover in June 2017 for the first time where he started in the 10 position and finished in 13th. This is just the second of nine races Burton will be racing in this season with his expanded Camping World Truck Series schedule. Burton entered the 2018 season with seven starts under his belt. In his six starts during the 2017 season, he logged an average finish of 12.3 and earned his career-best fourth-place finish at Martinsville last October, which also happened to be his final start of the season.