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Work on project began day after Monster Mile hosted Chase race RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Dover International Speedway has begun construction on new catch fencing that will be in place around the 1-mile facility before teams return for the 2015 NASCAR season. Officials said the work began Monday, one day after NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series completed the third race in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It is expected to be completed by Jan. 1, 2015. "Because the track is known as a self-clearing race track, with steep banking, we are fortunate to have never had a NASCAR vehicle become airborne and hit the catch fence," Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc., said. "With that in mind, our current fence served us well. "But as with anything at our facility, we've been looking for some time to update and improve it. With all of the new technologies and safety advances made in safety fencing, we wanted to do this right." The new fence will be 21 feet, a six-foot increase, and will be installed by Florida-based contractor Smith Fence. The company has completed similar projects at other NASCAR-sanctioned facilities. Dover International Speedway hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races annually, as well as Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series events. Its 2015 racing season is scheduled to get underway May 29-31 and will be back Oct. 2-4. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Using average-finish stats, here are your Contender Round favorites MORE: 12 drivers advance to Contender Round " Full race results " Updated series standings RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota When handicapping the 12 drivers in the Contender Round of the Chase Grid, it helps to put one foot in the past and one foot in the present to hopefully make a confident step toward the future. So what we've done is capture the past and present in the form of average-finish stats in order to predict the eight drivers who will advance to the Eliminator Round in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The three statistical categories we examined are: average finish for the 2014 season, average finish in the past five races and average finish at the Contender Round tracks. These categories were chosen because they will help tell us who has been the most consistent driver this season, as well as who's hot right now and who has the best chance to perform well in the next three races. By assigning a point value to how each driver ranked in each category (example: Jeff Gordon got 12 points for being the best driver in average finish for this season, while Kyle Busch got one point for being the worst), there is a total at the end and four drivers will be eliminated. Sounds fun, right? Let's get to it: Average finish this season Rank Driver Avg. Finish Points 1 Jeff Gordon 10.0 12 2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11.0 11 3 Joey Logano 12.2 10 4 Brad Keselowski 12.4 9 5 Jimmie Johnson 13.4 8 6 Matt Kenseth 13.8 7 7 Kevin Harvick 14.0 5.5 8 Ryan Newman 14.0 5.5 9 Carl Edwards 14.8 4 10 Denny Hamlin 15.5 3 11 Kasey Kahne 16.5 2 12 Kyle Busch 17.1 1 Inside the Numbers: It shouldn't surprise any NASCAR fans to see the names at the top of this list. Gordon, Earnhardt Jr., Logano, Keselowski and Johnson have all had great seasons, combining for 19 victories with each driver getting at least three wins. Keselowski leads with five wins, including at Richmond and in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway. Logano and Gordon followed Keselowski by winning the Chase races at New Hampshire and Dover , respectively. Dale Earnhardt Jr. started the season strong with a victory in the Daytona 500 and followed that up by sweeping the races at Pocono, but as we'll see in the next statistical category (last five races), he hasn't been the hottest driver among the Chase participants entering the Contender Round. Average finish last five races Rank Driver Avg. Finish Points 1 Joey Logano 5.8 12 2 Jimmie Johnson 6.4 11 3 Kevin Harvick 9.0 10 4 Jeff Gordon 9.6 9 5 Brad Keselowski 10.0 8 6 Kyle Busch 11.0 7 7 Ryan Newman 11.4 6 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12.0 5 9 Kasey Kahne 14.8 4 10 Carl Edwards 15.0 3 11 Matt Kenseth 15.8 1.5 12 Denny Hamlin 15.8 1.5 Inside the Numbers: Junior lands in the middle of the pack with an average finish of 12th in the last five races. That gives him five points in our formula, because he was better than only Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth , Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne . Dale Jr.'s 17th-place finish at Dover followed an 11th at Atlanta, a 12th at Richmond , an 11th at Chicago and a ninth at New Hampshire. Not exactly bad by any means, but he isn't tearing it up, either. Keselowski took home eight points in this category, which might be difficult to believe considering he won two races in this span. But a 39th-place finish at Atlanta to begin the five-race stretch skewed his numbers. If you discount that race, Keselowski's average finish over the past four races is an incredible 2.75 -- so he might be a little hotter than these numbers suggest. Average finish at Contender Round tracks Rank Driver Avg. Finish Points 1 Jimmie Johnson 12.00 12 2 Jeff Gordon 14.20 11 3 Brad Keselowski 14.23 10 4 Carl Edwards 14.33 9 5 Kevin Harvick 14.57 8 6 Matt Kenseth 15.37 7 7 Kasey Kahne 15.40 6 8 Denny Hamlin 15.97 5 9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 16.53 4 10 Joey Logano 17.63 3 11 Ryan Newman 19.73 2 12 Kyle Busch 19.90 1 Inside the Numbers: Johnson has by far the best average finish at the Contender Round tracks, more than two positions better than his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Gordon. So for those who don't want to see "Six-Time" become "Seven-Time," avert your eyes from this chart -- it's a sign that the No. 48 team could get stronger as the Chase moves on. Kyle Busch has a history of volatility at these tracks, so you might want to choose someone else in the Chase Grid Battle Game presented by Toyota. Fans might be familiar with Busch's struggles at Kansas (average finish of 22.7), which is where his Chase imploded last season, but he's almost equally as bad at Talladega (21.4). Busch said he and crew chief Dave Rogers tried a different car in the spring race at Kansas , leading to a top-15. The Final Outcome Rank Driver Points 1 Jeff Gordon 32 2 Jimmie Johnson 31 3 Brad Keselowski 27 4 Joey Logano 25 5 Kevin Harvick 23.5 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20 7 Carl Edwards 16 8 Matt Kenseth 15.5 9 Ryan Newman 13.5 10 Kasey Kahne 12 11 Denny Hamlin 9.5 12 Kyle Busch 9 There you have it, the eight drivers highlighted in the chart above are the ones with the best chance to move on to the Eliminator Round. Of course, we'll have to see how it actually plays out, but since this was fun, let's try it again when we get to the final eight to see who has the best shot of making the Championship Four. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Get the on-track times for all the NASCAR action RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota All times ET TV LISTINGS / BUY TICKETS FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE / BUY TICKETS FOR KENTUCKY / WEEKEND TRACK EVENTS This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway , while the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Kentucky Speedway. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: RACE-DAY RUNDOWN -- 1:16 p.m.: Official Welcome by Jerry Gappens, executive vice president & general manager of NHMS -- 1:19 p.m.: Intro Honorary Pace Car Driver: Brad Park, retired ice hockey defenseman of the Boston Bruins -- 1:22:30 p.m.: Intro Honorary Starter: Chris Hagestad, VP, Advance Auto Parts -- 1:23 p.m.: Intro Grand Marshal: Jes Hansen, President & CEO, OSRAM Sylvania -- 1:23:30 p.m.: Intro Miss Sprint Cup: Madison Martin -- 1:24 p.m.: Intro Miss zMax: Christina Davidson -- 1:24:30 p.m.: Intro: Milo the Moose -- 1:25 p.m.: NSCS Driver Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards -- 1:45 p.m.: Team Fastrax jumps with large flag -- 1:54:45 p.m.: Intro Canadian National Anthem -- 1:55 p.m.: Canadian National Anthem by : Kirk Young, Music Teacher from Tilton, NH -- 1:57 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by : Combined Services Color Guard -- 1:57:20 p.m.: Invocation by : Graham Siemon, Worship Pastor from Crossway Christian Church -- 1:57:45 p.m.: Intro National Anthem -- 1:58 p.m.: National Anthem by Whitney Doucet, Speedway Star Contest Winner -- 1:59:30 p.m.: Fly- by TOT: B-17 provided by the Collings Foundation -- 2:04:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by : Jes Hansen, President & CEO, OSRAM Sylvania -- 2:12 p.m.: Start of the Sylvania 300 (300 laps, 317.4 miles) ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 (300 laps, 317.4 miles), ESPN ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Follow live ) -- Approx. 5:15 p.m.: Post-NSCS race -------------- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: ON TRACK -- 9:30-10:50 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice ( Get results ) -- Noon-1:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 1:30-2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 3-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 3:30-4:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice ( Get results ) -- 4:40 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 6:30-7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GarageCam -- 2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series GarageCam PRESS CONFERENCES ( Follow live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: Kyle Larson -- 10:45 a.m.: Jimmie Johnson -- 11 a.m.: Aric Almirola -- 11:15 a.m.: Brad Keselowski -- 2 p.m.: Ryan Newman -- 2:15 p.m.: Jeff Gordon -- 2:30 p.m.: Denny Hamlin -- Approx. 6 p.m.: Post-NSCS qualifying SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: ON TRACK -- 9-9:50 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 10:10 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 11:30 a.m-12:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 (175 laps, 185.15 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 4:10 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying ( Get results ) -- 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 ( 200 laps, 300 miles), ESPNEWS ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Follow live ) -- Approx. 4:15 p.m.: Post-Truck Series race MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
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Driver- by -driver news and notes from the second race of the Chase MORE: Full race results " Updated series standings " Best Loudon photos " Gallery of winners RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Editor's note: Drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will appear in italics. 1. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske. Logano called this his "worst track," yet picked up his second career victory here. He's guaranteed a spot in the Contender Round along with Team Penske stablemate Brad Keselowski after a late four-tire strategy call paid off. To watch Logano's highlights from Sunday, click here. 2. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing. Consecutive top-three finishes is a great way to start the postseason for Larson -- it's just too bad he's not actually in the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. Still, doesn't it seem inevitable that the rookie will win at least once in 2014? To watch Larson's highlights from Sunday, click here. 3. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick soothed crew chief Rodney Childers over the radio, saying it's as much about "advancing as it is winning" when Childers second-guessed a strategy call. Still, the desire to win was as strong as ever, which was evidenced by Harvick's talk on the radio about his displeasure with Joey Logano 's restarts. For access to radio scanners during the race, sign up for RaceView today. 4. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing. Chip Ganassi's two cars both finished in the top 10 for the second consecutive week, and both finished in the top-five for the first time this year. McMurray recovered from contact with Matt Kenseth on Lap 188 for his third fourth-place finish of 2014, and second in the past three races. 5. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson didn't spend much time running inside the top five, but that's where he finished. Perhaps the best part of his day, though, was avoiding a calamitous five-car wreck on Lap 188 that involved four other Chase drivers. 6. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports. Almirola's odds of advancing to the Contender Round still aren't exceptional, but the No. 43 team again brought a really good car to the track. He's 16th out of 16 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, but just 10 points behind 12th-place Ryan Newman . 7. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske. Keselowski led early, then ceded the lead by taking four tires on the first pit stop. He led late, but didn't quite have the car capable of keeping up with the leaders by the end. Oh, and he took a spin into the wall on Lap 194 to bring out the caution. Just another day at the office for the series points leader. Watch Keselowski's race highlights here. 8. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Following a Lap 188 wreck, Busch said his car was "absolutely wrecked." He wasn't wrong, but his No. 18 crew taped it up enough to stay out of the garage. And he made up ground as the race went on, finishing with a race-leading pass differential of 25, for a stunning top-10 finish. See Busch's race highlights here. 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Following a caution for debris on Lap 105, Junior noted on the restart that he thought there was a loose wheel. He pitted again. "Great decision," crew chief Steve Letarte said, after confirming the problem. The No. 88 eventually got back on the lead lap and avoided the late trouble that plagued so many others. See Junior's race highlights here. 10. Brian Vickers , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing. Vickers stood alone in at least one aspect Sunday -- he was the only driver in the field to run all 303 laps in the top 15. And he also led 15 circuits, the first time he's been out front for multiple laps in a race since Talladega in May. 11. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. Finishing 11th was the best showing for Dillon since July, and there was a fascinating moment during the race when the No. 3 and No. 88 made contact. Past meets present. 12. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing. "I worked all day for ya," Truex said as the race concluded, and it was evident. He was two laps down after a Lap 181 wreck, but rallied for his best showing since the first race at Loudon -- also a 12th-place finish. 13. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger was one of the only Chase drivers not involved in some sort of trouble Sunday. Despite running 25th or so most of the race, he climbed into the top 15. Due to that and others' misfortune, he's 10th in the standings with one race remaining in the Challenger Round. 14. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing. Always one of the best radios in which to tune, Bowyer uttered a "we aren't worth a (expletive)" early on, and then noted that Kyle Larson was "taking this (expletive) too seriously." For uncensored audio during the race, click here. 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. Menard led all drivers with 64 green-flag passes. His day seemed destined to end with a top-10, but wrecking with Matt Kenseth on Lap 270 while battling for fifth ended those thoughts. 16. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. "What a (expletive) (expletive) show," Biffle uttered after the race. As his radio would indicate, he was fortunate to even finish 16th and benefited from a spate of late cautions. The top 12 drivers advance out of the Challenger Round, and Biffle is 14th with one race to go. To subscribe to RaceView, click here. 17. Carl Edwards , No. 99 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. Edwards' car seemed to get worse as the race went on, and he's now finished outside the top 15 for three consecutive races. 18. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing. Newman qualified for the postseason by virtue of his consistency, something that's been lacking during the Chase. He's currently the bubble driver, sitting 12th in the standings. 19. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick ran in the top 10 and was in fifth with the race more than 80 percent of the way finished. The spate of late cautions (five in the final 50 laps) didn't help, and in fact sent her No. 10 Chevy sliding down the speed chart. 20. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports. Allgaier has improved as the season's gone on, and this result bears that out. His finish was 17 places better than his first trip to Loudon, and it gives Allgaier his fourth top-20 in the past eight events. 21. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth may have had a more eventful day than any other driver. He was involved in one five-car wreck, then another that sent Brad Keselowski into the wall. "Gosh man, I gave him three lanes," Kenseth quipped. The worst incident came late, when a surefire top-five turned into a finish outside the top 20 after contact with Paul Menard . See his highlights here. 22. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, German Racing. A 22nd-place finish matches Mears' best effort since the Bristol race a month ago, and it betters his finish in the summer Loudon race by 16 positions. 23. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne's car handled OK, and it wasn't mashed like Kyle Busch 's following a five-car wreck in which Kahne was involved. The problem? As Kahne succinctly said over the radio: "It would be really good if it would just go faster." 24. Marcos Ambrose , No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports. Ambrose has been remarkably consistent lately, following a 27th at Richmond and 25th at Chicago with a 24th-place effort at Loudon. He has eight races remaining before heading back to Australia. 25. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Racing. Cassill improved nine spots on his previous performance at Loudon and improved five places from his starting position on Sunday. 26. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports. The thought of a smooth, no-frills top-10 in which Gordon's pit strategy paid off went up in smoke when the veteran blew a right front tire on Lap 292. Thanks to his finish last week and his nine bonus points from the regular season, he doesn't appear to be in any real danger of missing out on the next round, though. 27. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports. Gilliland had his best finish in four races and improved seven spots from his starting position, but he was slightly worse than his previous outing at Loudon (24th). 28. Alex Bowman , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing. The 20-year-old had his best finish in five races and improved seven spots from his starting position. 29. Michael Annett , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing. This was a nice finish for Annett after two weeks of struggles in finishing 37th and 40th, and two weeks of DNFs in two of the three races before that. 30. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart struggled and was on his way to a ho-hum finish when his spin on Lap 298 necessitated a green-white-checkered finish, shaking up the field in the process. See Stewart's highlights. 31. Reed Sorenson , No. 36 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing. Sorenson ended a run of seven straight top-30 finishes as he completed 300 of 303 laps on Sunday. 32. Travis Kvapil , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing. Kvapil was supposed to drive the No. 93 for BK Racing, but got this seat when the team announced Ryan Truex would not compete. This was Kvapil's first race for BKR this year, and it produced his second-best 2014 finish in 18 starts. 33. Josh Wise , No. 98 Chevrolet, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise completed 297 of 303 laps as he finished 33rd for the third time in the past four races. 34. Mike Wallace , No. 66 Toyota, Jay Robinson Racing. In his only Sprint Cup Series race of the season, the veteran Wallace improved on his starting position by eight spots. 35. Timmy Hill , No. 32 Ford, GO Fas Racing. The 21-year-old improved eight spots from his starting position and six spots from his previous performance at Loudon this season. 36. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing. The 'Outlaw' put himself in perfect position to get back on the lead lap on Lap 170 following a debris caution. But a cut tire sent Busch slamming into the wall on Lap 222. He was 15th at the time and, with one race remaining in the Challenger Round, is 15th in the standings. "I am not (expletive) coming in until there is another yellow," was one of his radio comments. Click here for his highlights . 37. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin had a good car and great stops on pit road early, but he also had a mechanical problem. His machine wouldn't take on fuel, leading to a lengthy pit stop to fix it and a testy exchange with crew chief Darian Grubb. "Keep your mouth shut until we get it fixed," Grubb said after Hamlin's colorful expression of dismay. He came out four laps down and was caught up in a later wreck. Click here to subscribe to RaceView and listen to in-race dialogues as they happen. 38. Cole Whitt , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing. Typically BK Racing's most consistent driver and often its top finisher, Whitt's 38th-place effort was his worst showing since Watkins Glen. He had previously finished 30th for four consecutive races. 39. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing. At times, Stenhouse ran consistently in the top 15 -- and even top 10 -- with the Chase drivers. His finish does not reflect that. Contact with teammate Carl Edwards sent Stenhouse slamming into the wall late, creating a tire rub which eventually resulted in a blown tire that ended his day on Lap 264. 40. David Stremme , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport Racing. Stremme's ninth start of the season produced his worst finish of the year. 41. Corey Lajoie , No. 77 Ford, Randy Humphrey Racing. Fellow drivers first started reporting a possible oil leak from the No. 77 after 45 laps, and Lajoie finally had to go to the garage after 88 laps to change a rear gear. He would return to the track and log 201 total laps, even tweeting while his car was being worked on, in his first career Sprint Cup Series start. 42. David Ragan , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports. Caught up in a wreck on Lap 180, Ragan's day was done for good. His finish was the worst of the season and the only time he's been outside the top 40. 43. Clay Rogers , No. 93 Toyota, BK Racing. Sunday was the first career Cup start for the 33-year-old, who found out Friday he'd have a seat when Travis Kvapil slid over to the No. 83 Toyota. Rogers went to the garage after completing 45 laps. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
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