If you may recall, Tony Stewart led last year’s Chase race at the Magic Mile but handed the victory to Bowyer when he ran out of fuel on the final lap. In a dramatic reversal of luck, Stewart ended up winning the second race of the Chase and grabbed a seven-point lead in the Cup standings over 12th-place finisher Kevin Harvick—when Clint Bowyer ran out of fuel with fewer than three laps to go.
Phoenix Racing’s Landon Cassill’s spin on Lap 156 played right into Gordon’s hands just past the halfway point in the 300-lap race, giving them the latitude to finish the race on one more stop.Gordon had led 78 points and running upfront with Stewart, Kahne and Biffle, Martin, Keselowski, Ragan and Hamlin. But then it came time for all to fall into the fuel conservation mode, with Denny Hamlin dropping and running out of fuel – finishing 29th.
QUESTIONED ABOUT WHAT WAS SAID IN VICTORY LANE
(New Hampshire Media Center Post-Race)
Q. Tony brought this up in Victory Lane. Didn’t make it clear what it was about. He spoke at some length and said, We dropped some dead weight earlier this week and it helped a lot this weekend. Can you explain what he was talking about there?
DARIAN GRUBB: I’ve heard a lot of people talk about it, but I haven’t heard what he was talking about. I know he went and did a lot of dirt racing and had a lot of fun this week, kind of unloaded everything. Maybe it was a lot of dead weight off his mind.
Q. No personnel changes in the team?
DARIAN GRUBB: Not that I know of. Maybe he’s talking about me and I just don’t know it yet (laughter).
NEXT RACE: DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Race #: 29 of 36 (10-02-11)
Track Size: 1 mile
Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
Banking/Straights: 9 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,076 feet
Backstretch: 1,076 feet
2010 pole winner: Jimmie Johnson (155.736 mph, 23.116 seconds)
2010 race winner: Jimmie Johnson (131.543 mph, 09-26-10)
Track qualifying record: Jeremy Mayfield (161.522 mph, 22.288 seconds, 06-04-04)
Track race record: Mark Martin (132.719 mph, 09-21-97)
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
· Two wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s
· Average finish of 12.5 in 25 races
2 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Rheem Chasing The Cure Chevrolet)
· Two top fives, eight top 10s
· Average finish of 17.0 in 21 races
3 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
· Average finish of 17.7 in three races
· Average Running Position of 18.3, 15th-best
4 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 AFLAC Ford)
· One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
· Average finish of 7.6 in 14 races
5 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)
· Four wins, 14 top fives, 21 top 10s; four poles
· Average finish of 12.2 in 37 races
6 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)
· Two wins, seven top fives, eight top 10s
· Average finish of 13.8 in 13 races
7 – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Crown Royal Ford)
· Two wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 12.4 in 25 races
8 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet)
· One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
· Average finish of 17.8 in 23 races
9 – Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)
· One win, seven top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 13.0
10 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)
· Six wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 9.6 in 19 races
11 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army ROTC Chevrolet)
· Three wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; four poles
· Average finish of 10.9 in 19 races
12 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
· Two top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 20.9 in 11 races
Graphic courtesy of Outside the Oval, printed by the Delaware State News. Editor: Kathy Willes
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History at Dover International Speedway
· The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969.
· The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.
· The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
· The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.
· The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.
· There have been 83 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover International Speedway since the track opened in 1969.
· There was one race in 1969 and 1970. There has been two-a-year since 1971.
· Richard Petty won the track’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
· There have been 35 different pole winners, led by David Pearson (six).
· David Pearson won the first pole in July 1969.
· Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers, each with four poles.
· 32 different drivers have posted victories led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, each with seven.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers, with six victories.
· Hendrick Motorsports has a series-high 12 wins.
· 50 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position; 18 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
· 13 drivers have won from the pole. The last to do so was Jimmie Johnson, in last season’s September race.
· The furthest back in the field a race winner started was 37th, by Kyle Petty in 1995.
· Several active drivers had their first start at Dover, including three past champions: Kurt Busch (18th in 2000), Matt Kenseth (sixth in 1998) and Bobby Labonte (34th in 1991).
· In addition, Matt Kenseth (2002) and Michael Waltrip (1991) earned their first pole at Dover. Martin Truex Jr. won his first race there (2007).
Source: NASCAR Media/Integrated Marketing Services