NASCAR executive weighs in on busy racing weekend NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that competition officials were working to increase side- by -side racing and passing near the front of the pack after a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race that heavily favored leading cars. O'Donnell said that the process goes on every day at the sanctioning body's Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina , as NASCAR moves closer to making a final decision on the rules package for its premier Sprint Cup Series in 2016. "We actually do that every day," O'Donnell said. "We're focused on the racing, so when you look at particularly that race, we look at that as one of all of our events. We're a third of the way through the season. Lot of really great dialogue going on with the drivers, with the owners, with the race tracks, looking at how does the racing compare really over the last three to five years what, if any, of the levers can we look at as we look to the '16 package. So those discussions take place every day and we'll continue to do that today and heading into the season. "But still a third of the way through, too early to make an overall decision but certainly a lot of dialogue going on." Saturday night, Denny Hamlin claimed the $1 million All-Star prize after his Joe Gibbs Racing crew won the race off pit road before the final 10-lap segment. Once out in clean, non-turbulent air, Hamlin set sail to lead the rest of the way, taking the checkered flag by .923 seconds at Charlotte Motor Speedway . RELATED: Hamlin holds off Harvick to win Sprint All-Star Race The outcome was different than that of Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the intermediate-sized track. Eventual winner Kasey Kahne edged rookie Erik Jones in a captivating green-white-checkered finish after the two drivers raced side- by -side for virtually the entire two-lap shootout. O'Donnell said it was difficult to compare the two divisions, but he liked what he saw. "I think the ability to maintain that side- by -side racing is what we want to see," O'Donnell said. "There's a lot of variables with trucks, with aero, the distance of the races, who's in the field, that sort of thing. But certainly thought it was a tremendous race Friday night and of course, ultimately we'd like to see that throughout all of our divisions each and every race." This weekend's racing for all three national series brought some official rulings, both post-race and mid-race. In the truck series' event, Kahne's winning JR Motorsports No. 00 Chevrolet was deemed too low on both sides in the front and too high on one side in the rear after a post-race inspection. RELATED: Kahne wins Truck Series race, but fails post-race inspection Kahne started at the rear of the field after the team made an unapproved shock change before the race. Competition officials are expected to rule on the issue Tuesday, but O'Donnell said all factors will be considered before the final decision. "Every car or truck will have to pass pre-race inspection, so that's something that there's a balance there at the end of the race to make sure certain components aren't being manipulated, and that's our job to look at , but there's also cases where some pieces legitimately break," O'Donnell said. "These vehicles are out there running high 190s to 200 miles per hour, lots of contact especially when you talk truck racing. That's something that we take into consideration when we're evaluating all the vehicles post-race." Also in Saturday night's All-Star Race, a NASCAR spokesperson said that a crew member for the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 team of driver Jimmie Johnson was under review for potentially altering a body panel late in the 110-lap invitational event. The practice of teams flaring out the side skirts ahead of the rear wheels was outlawed in the offseason. RELATED: Possible infraction for 48 team O'Donnell said that even though the event did not pay championship points, the high stakes would be reflected in how the NASCAR Rule Book is upheld for All-Star violations. "Still evaluating that like we do and if we make a decision to react, that would be on Tuesday, but there's a lot on the line for the All-Star Race," O'Donnell said. "It's not a points race, but certainly we know how much it means to win that race, so hopefully we don't have to make a call on this, but we would maintain the rule book throughout the race." Sunday in the NASCAR XFINITY Series 3M 250 , driver Brendan Poole was parked by NASCAR officials after retaliating in reaction to early race contact with J.J. Yeley at Iowa Speedway . O'Donnell said the immediate decision of race officials was necessary. "In this case when something happens on track, it's our policy to warn both drivers that we're going to be specifically looking at contact between those two," O'Donnell said. "In this case, we saw something that we believed was a move to really take someone out and we had to react. Not something we like doing, but we've got to react in that case and we did in Iowa." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Keep tabs on the activity at Dover International Speedway For the first time since March, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will all head to one track this weekend for a tripleheader at Dover International Speedway . The Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks will be held on Sunday, May 31, at 1 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1. The XFINITY Series Buckle Up 200 presented by Click it or Ticket is on Saturday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX. The Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 will get started on Friday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out the full weekend schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at the Monster Mile. NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series leaderboards update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard, fans can also access live standings . On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. Lap- by -Lap will keep you caught up even if you can only take a peek here and there. Check in to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. RaceBuddy will have enhanced views and coverage for the Sprint Cup Series and for most XFINITY Series races with 10 HD live race views, including up to eight in-car cameras, two mosaic views, live leaderboard and interactive chat. The XFINITY Series race will have four in-car cameras. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual videos of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio in both the Sprint Cup and select XFINITY Series races. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with Scanner (formerly RaceView Audio). On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR.com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers immediately following the checkered flag for all three national series events, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the weekend for the latest news. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
18-year-old Canadian rounds out powerful ThorSport team CONCORD, N.C. -- In the dead of winter a little more than two years ago, Cameron Hayley took the route of many so-called "snow birds" from his home country of Canada to ride out the harsh February days in the far more temperate climate of Florida. This particular trip, though, wasn't simply a search for warmer weather. It also managed to launch his spring-loaded NASCAR career. Hayley, an 18-year-old driver from Calgary, Alberta, found pay dirt against top-flight short-track talent that February at Daytona International Speedway , claiming the checkered flag in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series portion of the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach tripleheader in 2013. He added his name to a distinguished list of winners, with an up-and-coming Kyle Larson prevailing in the Whelen All-American Series race and former Sprint Cup Series winner Steve Park scoring a resurgent victory in the Whelen Modified Tour event. "It does seem like a long time ago now," Hayley said Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "I mean, it was only two years ago, but when it comes down to it -- I've done so much since then." Though the race was an exhibition that paid out no points toward the K&N championship, it helped elevate the stature of an otherwise little-known talent from the Great White North . Fast forward, and Hayley's name takes its place on another list altogether -- as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with ThorSport Racing, the championship team the last two seasons. "I think that's kind of what put me on the map with everybody," Hayley said. "Everyone started knowing my name after that and obviously moving to the K&N East Series last year it kind of got me down into the North Carolina , Charlotte-area and I guess people started to know my name more after that. It was kind of that Battle of the Beach when that really sparked people knowing me more." A pair of runner-up finishes in the K&N Series' title hunt the last two years helped that cause. So did his first ventures into the Camping World Truck Series, where he showed speed and landed two top-10s in his first three starts last season. After attracting the eye of team owner Duke Thorson and landing a seat in ThorSport's third truck alongside veteran teammates Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter , Hayley has shown steady growth, even while visiting tracks for the first time in his national series career. Despite the unfamiliarity, Hayley has improved his finishing position each week, capped by last weekend's fifth-place effort at Kansas Speedway . More improvement is the target again at Charlotte, site of Friday night's NC Education Lottery 200 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM). "It's definitely been tough," Hayley said. "This race is going to be my fifth new track again this year, so adjusting to all the different tracks and having all the tracks being new has definitely been difficult, but ThorSport has given me great trucks week in and week out and, like you said, we've been consistently getting better every single race. And we've had great trucks and had some bad luck, and I think Charlotte is going to be another one where I have lots to learn, but I think we have a great truck here and can do well." The learning curve may have been accelerated by having teammates in Crafton, the two-time defending series champion, and fellow veteran Sauter -- who have a combined 498 truck series starts to their credit. Hayley has 491 starts to catch the two; in the meantime, he's tapping them as a resource for as much advice as he can digest. "Both of them have been a tremendous help for me already," Hayley said. "Like I said, all these tracks have been new to me, so I can study race tapes, videos all I want, but until to you talk to a driver you don't really know a firsthand account of what's happening. Both these guys have helped me a lot. I haven't been quite quick enough to run up beside them during races yet, but I think we're getting there and I think I can learn a lot from that as well." Even though Hayley is still new to the team, Sauter said he likes what he's seen so far in the teenager's composure. "I don't really know him, he's a rookie, new to the deal -- but I think he's got a pretty good head on his shoulders," Sauter said. "I see him doing things that maybe necessarily don't see from a lot of rookie drivers and I think he's taking care of his equipment and showing speed at the same time. I think he’s been top of the board at Atlanta and Kansas, so there's speed there and he's only going to get better, so I think he's doing a great job and I see some things in him that I typically don't see in a lot of young guys at his age and at his experience level." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender seeks $100,000 in opener RELATED: Enter Dash 4 Cash sweepstakes Last weekend didn't start off too well for Daniel Suarez . He qualified 19th for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , his lowest starting position since February when he began the Atlanta race 21st. It ended pretty well though. Suarez finished sixth, clinching a spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series' Dash 4 Cash by placing in the top four among drivers registered for XFINITY Series points. As a Dash 4 Cash participant, Suarez can win an extra $100,000 in Saturday's Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. on FOX). All he has to do is place ahead of the other three contestants: Ty Dillon , Regan Smith and Darrell Wallace Jr . "It's great, last year I did not get this opportunity," Suarez said after qualifying for Dash 4 Cash at Charlotte. "Thank you to everyone in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for putting this all together. I'm looking forward to next week." Suarez has only started at Dover twice, both times in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He placed sixth in 2013 and finished 22nd last year following a wreck with 17 laps left. This weekend, he will get seat time in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 (5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1), which will help him prepare for the XFINITY Series event. "I always feel a bit more confident in tracks where I've competed at before in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East," Suarez said about Dover. "I know it's a very fast track, interesting and a lot of fun. It will also be fun to run two races in the same weekend again. I love being behind the wheel, so anytime I can do more of that is great for me." Suarez has the opportunity to win $1 million through the Dash 4 Cash program. He can win $100,000 in each race at Dover, Indianapolis, Bristol and Darlington by being the highest finisher among Dash 4 Cash participants. If Suarez wins the first three Dash 4 Cash awards and then wins outright at Darlington, XFINITY will award him an additional $600,000 bonus, bringing the total payout to $1 million. "We had a good run at Charlotte and qualified for the 'Dash 4 Cash' program," Suarez said. "It's a fun incentive, but it won't change the way we prepare or approach the race this weekend." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Team hopes to be back in building before Sonoma CONCORD, N.C. – Leavine Family Racing officials expect to continue working out of Team Penske 's headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina , for at least a few more weeks as repairs continue at the team's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shop. Earlier this month the LFR shop, located behind Charlotte Motor Speedway , sustained significant fire damage to the rear of the building. Four Sprint Cup Series cars were damaged in the blaze, but team officials said those cars were not primary vehicles the team intended to field for upcoming races. "It's a lot of running back and forth," crew chief Wally Rogers said Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "I've tried to divide up my guys to do what we need to do up at Team Penske and do what we can at our place. "Luckily the rear of the building was the only part that was damaged and they're working to get us back in as soon as possible." LFR fields the No. 95 Ford for driver Michael McDowell and is running a limited schedule. McDowell, 30, has made seven starts this year in eight attempts. The team is not scheduled to compete at the next three Sprint Cup events -- at Dover, Pocono and Michigan -- and with an off weekend in the mix, will have four weeks to prepare for its next race at Sonoma Raceway . "We're hoping by the time we're headed to Sonoma, we'll be back in our shop, if not sooner," Rogers said. "We really appreciate Team Penske for what they've allowed us to do… but you know, you want to work out of your own shop if at all possible." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
A stats-based preview for Sunday's race (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2015) -- Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware going into the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks on May 31 (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). Greg Biffle (No. 16 Safety-Kleen Ford) · Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 13.7 · Average Running Position of 12.1, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 97.4, fifth-best · 435 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · 833 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.050 mph, fifth-fastest · 5,555 Laps in the Top 15 (69.4%), sixth-most · 517 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most Clint Bowyer (No. AAA Insurance Toyota) · Two top fives, 11 top 10s · Average finish of 11.9 · Average Running Position of 12.2, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 92.5, eighth-best · 203 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most · 762 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 143.979 mph, eighth-fastest · 5,335 Laps in the Top 15 (74.1%), seventh-most · 434 Quality Passes, seventh-most Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · One win, six top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 18.2 · Average Running Position of 13.4, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 91.0, 10th-best · 297 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 861 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 143.859 mph, 10th-fastest · 4,712 Laps in the Top 15 (58.9%), 10th-most · 437 Quality Passes, sixth-most Kyle Busch (No. 18 Skittles Toyota) · Two wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s · Average finish of 14.2 · Average Running Position of 11.5, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 105.5, third-best · 424 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.300 mph, third-fastest · 6,096 Laps in the Top 15 (76.2%), fourth-most · 507 Quality Passes, fifth-most Carl Edwards (No. 19 Stanley Toyota) · One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 10.2 · Average Running Position of 11.0, third-best · Driver Rating of 99.2, fourth-best · 499 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · 838 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.043 mph, sixth-fastest · 5,574 Laps in the Top 15 (69.6%), fifth-most · 552 Quality Passes, second-most Jeff Gordon (No. 24 3M Chevrolet) · Five wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s; four poles · Average finish of 11.4 · Average Running Position of 11.6, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 96.5, sixth-best · 362 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · 818 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.169 mph, fourth-fastest · 6,214 Laps in the Top 15 (77.6%), third-most · Series-high 555 Quality Passes Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet) · Nine wins, 14 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 8.2 · Series-best Average Running Position of 6.5 · Series-best Driver Rating of 122.3 · Series-high 1,106 Fastest Laps Run · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 144.673 mph · Series-high 7,061 Laps in the Top 15 (88.2%) · 420 Quality Passes, eighth-most Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · Two wins, 15 top fives, 21 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.8 · Average Running Position of 8.7, second-best · Driver Rating of 108.3, second-best · 471 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 762 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.394 mph, second-fastest · 6,624 Laps in the Top 15 (82.8%), second-most · 541 Quality Passes, third-most Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) · One win, four top fives, four top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 13.2 · Average Running Position of 12.6, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 92.1, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 143.870 mph, ninth-fastest Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) · One top 10 · Average finish of 8.5 · Average Running Position of 11.3, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 93.0, seventh-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.030 mph, seventh-fastest Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet) · Three wins, six top fives, 13 top 10s; four poles · Average finish of 13.4 · Average Running Position of 12.8, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 88.2, 12th-best · 770 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · 5,202 Laps in the Top 15 (65.0%), eighth-most · 400 Quality Passes, 11th-most Martin Truex Jr . (No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet) · One win, one top five, eight top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 15.8 · Average Running Position of 15.0, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 89.1, 11th-best · 252 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 143.752 mph, 11th-fastest · 4,388 Laps in the Top 15 (60.9%), 11th-most · 411 Quality Passes, 10th-most The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Dover International Speedway Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Kevin Harvick 28 1 0 3 12 1 15.2 86.5 2 Martin Truex Jr . 18 2 1 1 8 2 15.8 89.1 3 Joey Logano 12 0 0 3 8 1 13.8 82.6 4 Dale Earnhardt Jr . 30 1 1 6 11 1 16.2 81.9 5 Jimmie Johnson 26 3 9 14 19 2 8.2 122.3 6 Brad Keselowski 10 1 1 4 4 0 13.2 92.1 7 Matt Kenseth 32 1 2 15 21 5 12.8 108.3 8 Jamie McMurray 24 0 0 1 5 0 18.3 78.0 9 Jeff Gordon 44 4 5 18 25 5 11.4 96.5 10 Kasey Kahne 22 0 0 1 5 6 20.9 80.9 11 Ryan Newman 26 4 3 6 13 2 13.4 88.2 12 Aric Almirola 6 0 0 0 1 0 17.5 73.7 13 Paul Menard 15 0 0 0 2 0 19.1 67.0 14 Kurt Busch 29 0 1 6 8 6 18.2 91.0 15 Denny Hamlin 18 2 0 3 6 3 19.2 84.2 16 Carl Edwards 21 0 1 8 12 0 10.2 99.2 * – Based on last 20 races at Dover International Speedway . Dover International Speedway Data Season Race #: 13 of 36 (05-31-15) Track Size : 1-mile Banking/Turn 1 & 2 : 24 degrees Banking/Turn 3 & 4 : 24 degrees Banking/Frontstretch : 9 degree Banking/Backstretch : 9 degree Frontstretch Length : 1,076 feet Backstretch Length : 1,076 feet Race Length : 400 laps / 400 miles Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover Jimmie Johnson ........................ 122.3 Matt Kenseth ............................. 108.3 Kyle Busch ............................... 105.5 Carl Edwards .............................. 99.2 Greg Biffle . ................................. 97.4 Jeff Gordon ................................ 96.5 Kyle Larson ................................ 93.0 Clint Bowyer ............................... 92.5 Brad Keselowski ......................... 92.1 Kurt Busch . ................................. 91.0 Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at Dover Motor Speedway. Qualifying/Race Data 2014 pole winner : Brad Keselowski , Ford 164.444 mph, 21.892 secs. 05-30-14 2014 race winner : Jimmie Johnson , Chevrolet 117.724 mph, (03:23:52), 06-01-14 Track qualifying record: Brad Keselowski , Ford 164.444 mph, 21.892 secs. 05-30-14 Track race record: Mark Martin , Ford 132.719 mph, (03:00:50), 09-21-97 Dover International Speedway : History · 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 – won by Richard Petty. · 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. Notebook · There have been 90 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway , one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971. · 381 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway ; 278 in more than one. · Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth with 32. · David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph. · 39 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in poles with four each. · Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974. · Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013). · Youngest Dover pole winner: Jeff Gordon (06/04/1995 – 23 years, 10 months, 0 days). · Oldest Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (06/01/2012 – 53 years, 4 months, 23 days). · 34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway , led by Jimmie Johnson with nine wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012, fall 2013 and spring 2014). · 12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway , including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep). · Youngest Dover winner: Kyle Busch (06/01/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 30 days). · Oldest Dover winner: Harry Gant (05/31/1992 – 52 years, 4 months, 21 days). · Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 17: Jimmie Johnson (nine), Jeff Gordon (five), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one). · Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 36 victories; followed by Ford with 25. · 13 of the 90 (14.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010. · The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway . · 28 of the 90 (31.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place. · 71 of the 90 (78.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position. · Five of the 90 (5.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – most recently: Tony Stewart , spring 2013 (22nd-place starting position) · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995. · Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four. · Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 18. · Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 25. · Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.654. · Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.154. · 11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances. · Among the 12 active NSCS Dover winners Kurt Busch (22) and Matt Kenseth (14) made 10 or more attempts before their first win. · Kevin Harvick leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 28. · Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.08 second. · There has been one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Dover International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (400/404). · Not one of the 90 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions. · Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway five times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005 and spring of 2011. · Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway : Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06). · Two active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Dover International Speedway : Matt Kenseth (06/02/02) and Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991). · One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway : Martin Truex Jr . (06/04/07). · Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,976 laps led in 26 starts. · If Jimmie Johnson leads 24 laps or more this weekend he will surpass the 3,000 laps led mark at Dover International
Driver actively involved with military causes; will adorn truck at Charlotte Brad Keselowski couldn't have imagined a trip in 2008 to Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, would still be affecting his life today. But then again, the young driver couldn't have predicted what he would hear, see or experience in that hospital either. "I went through there in the hospital and it damn near made me cry walking past all these other guys," Keselowski recalled. " At the time, I was 23. There were guys that looked like they weren't going to make it and they were my age. "I think that rattles you pretty hard, at least it did me." Less than a year later, another experience with a close friend left Keselowski shaken once more, but a bit more certain of his eventual calling. "I had a friend, a close friend, who I remember spending New Year's with in 2009," Keselowski said. "He got deployed two weeks later, was in the Middle East … and he got blown up within the first month or two. He came back and when I saw him, that's when I knew. "All these things, it felt like kind of karma or the universe was pushing me this direction. I'd say that's what got me to where I am. Once I started the events and spent time with these people, I could relate to them so well." With a nudge from the universe, Keselowski launched the Checkered Flag Foundation in 2010 -- a 501(c)(3) organization that helps support military personnel and hosts various events to raise funds and awareness. • • • His foundation was the reason Keselowski was standing in the middle of the upscale David Yurman jewelry store at SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina , on Tuesday night. Proceeds from the store's sales that evening benefited Charlotte Bridge Home, a local foundation that supports veterans and helps former military personnel ease the transition between service and their return home. "Tonight's event is about, one, having fun; two, raising attention; and three, helping to raise funds in the process for Charlotte Bridge foundation, which is a foundation that's dedicated in a very similar fashion (to the Checkered Flag Foundation) to help servicemen, servicewomen here locally in Charlotte … trying to find a home, trying to get back on their feet," Keselowski said, addressing the group on Tuesday night. "It's a cause that we're near and dear to as well, and we're glad and proud to help support them." The night's guests included foundation members, friends, NASCAR personnel and several veterans. One of the attendees was Charlotte Bridge Home's Veteran Outreach Specialist Tommy Rieman, a Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient who Keselowski refers to as a "general badass." " The way (Keselowski) sets himself up above the other drivers by coming out and doing things like this, showing that he cares for veterans, he leads by example," said Rieman, whose military service was recognized by President George W. Bush during the 2007 State of the Union Address. "So every veteran appreciates him … You've just got to love a guy who puts on a NASCAR event at a fine jewelry store." Rieman met Keselowski during one of the ride-alongs that the driver often gave to military personnel in the Checkered Flag Foundation's infancy. Surrounded by spotless glass cases filled with sparkling gems, the pair engaged in a lengthy conversation on Tuesday as the night was winding down. Staying past the event's scheduled hours while working the room, Keselowski seemed to know a little about each of the foundation's members. "He's a veteran who was in the Vietnam Era," Keselowski said, pointing out the organization's founder Thomas Norman with whom he had just exchanged goodbyes. "He was (U.S. Army) Special Forces and for some reason, he got ranked up so quickly they wouldn't send him over because he was too important ... Feels like to me that there's some kind of feeling that maybe he needs to do something back. So he's done all kinds of different things. He started this (foundation) here I would say four years ago -- a lot of growth, right?" With the fame, fortune and stature that arrives with being a professional athlete, Keselowski shares a similar feeling of wanting to give back. "Sports in general is very decadent, it always has been," Keselowski said. "There's something to be said for that, as an escape. But those that live in the escape, I always feel like, maybe have a greater responsibility to do something outside of it. "I sit back and look at the Tom Brady situation from this weekend and how much noise that makes in the media landscape. Then you think of so many other significant things going on the world right now that get zero recognition. So in that sense, I feel like those of us that are fortunate enough to get that recognition -- for good or bad -- always have to spread it to other areas." This weekend, Keselowski's No. 29 Ford in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series featured Careers for Veterans on the hood in Friday night's NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , in which he finished fifth. For Keselowski, it's another way to raise awareness for the cause that speaks to him. "I read this really great quote -- I think it's from Kevin Spacey, the actor -- about how fortunate he was to ride the elevator up to where he is and how important it is to send the elevator back down," Keselowski said. "And I thought that was really inspiring. "I'm not curing cancer. I make a very good living doing something that's decadent. I couldn't look myself in the mirror every morning, especially as I get older, knowing that I rode the elevator to the top and didn't send it back down with something so decadent as driving a car. "I'm very fortunate to have rode the elevator up." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kenny Wallace discusses if NASCAR needs a traveling safety team and more Dirt racing is a labor of love for Kenny Wallace , but you wonder if he makes any money doing it. So you ask him. "That is probably the number one question people ask me," Wallace said. "I make money but the way I make money is the exact same way Rick Hendrick makes money: sponsors. The only money you can make running the race car is maybe enough to break even. Maybe enough to pay the gas on the way to the track (laughs). I'm fortunate that I have great sponsors like Toyota and JEGS and UNOH." That's the great thing about Herman: Ask him a question and he gives you a straight answer. Now, onward we roll into this week's installment of Herman Unplugged. NASCAR ILLUSTRATED: Did you get a chance to watch any of the other races on Memorial Day? What makes for a great race in your mind and which did you enjoy the most? HERMAN: " By far, the Indy 500. That's a great conversation. Me and my friends were talking about that. The Indy 500 was created in 1911 and NASCAR is relatively new. It didn't start until the '50s, so to me, even though I'm a hardcore NASCAR guy, the greatest race in the history of the United States is the Indy 500. I'm just being real. I got goosebumps on Sunday when that Indy 500 was on. Those stands were almost near capacity; you had to look hard to find some empty seats. And the race was just fantastic, it couldn't be any better." NI: The debate about a traveling safety team for NASCAR was reinvigorated this week after the events leading into the Indy 500. Where do you stand on that? HERMAN: " At FOX TV, we are lucky. We have a really nice sit-down meeting with everybody at NASCAR each weekend. Mike Helton, Robin Pemberton, everybody. It's a meeting of the minds. I wish the fans could see what we do. Jamie Little brought that up and flat asked Mike Helton in our meeting. When we were done, I was really happy with what I heard. Nobody thinks about this: IndyCar only runs about 16 races a year. NASCAR has the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series and their point is very well validated. Do we treat the Cup drivers better because they're more famous? You'll have the Xfinity Series in Mid-Ohio and the Cup Series somewhere else. It's not as easy as it sounds because NASCAR is way more successful and we run way more races." NI: Did you have any direct experience in working with NASCAR's medical staff over the years? HERMAN: "I love NASCAR's medical liaison. When my heart started getting out of rhythm four or five years ago at Talladega, it scared me and they put me in an ambulance at about 4 in the morning. I'm being ushered down to Birmingham and come to find out I was drinking too much Mountain Dew, Coke and sweet tea. But here's what was neat: NASCAR's medical liaison was there when I got there at 5 in the morning. They were notified, jumped out of bed from their hotel rooms and were there for me. So when people say NASCAR doesn't have a traveling safety team, that's not exactly correct." NI: Kyle Busch spent a good amount of time running up front before finishing 11th in NASCAR’s most grueling race. Is it fair to say you were wrong about Rowdy coming back too soon? HERMAN: "110 percent wrong. You seen that on Twitter. I admitted I was wrong and said it loud on TV. I think what caught me off guard was medical rehab nowadays. Nobody jumped on me or was mean to me; it was basically the opposite. Everybody else was shocked, too. There were a lot of nice lady nurses that told me on Twitter that medical rehab has advanced so much. I had no idea somebody could have a compound fracture and then 10 weeks be walking around and driving a racecar at 200 mph. Once people got over the glory of telling me I was wrong, I think they themselves were in shock, too." NI: Jeff Gordon will be joining you as a colleague next year at FOX. What’s the biggest challenge he'll face in transitioning from competitor to TV? HERMAN: "I know exactly what it's going to be and he don't even know it yet: He's not gonna like being told what to do. When you go into the TV industry, you're just another employee. Darrell Waltrip has to call in Tuesday morning for conference calls. He has to be involved in these meetings at 7 o’clock in the morning. Jeff will think 'I can do what I want' but that's not the way it ends up. In the TV industry, they take those conference calls and production meetings more serious than when it's live and you're covering the race. The other thing is getting over that he's not racing anymore. That's brutally hard. The third thing is he is going to have to be really conscious of not showing any excitement for any Hendrick team. Actually, he's going to have to go the other way. He's going to have to be critical of the Hendrick teams to gain respect." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
Take a look back as Jeff Gordon leads 400 of 500 laps, including the final 198, on his way to an easy victory in the 1995 MBNA 500 at Dover International Speedway.
Keep tabs on the activity at both tracks this weekend This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be rounding laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Meanwhile, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will take to Iowa Speedway for the series' first standalone event of the season. The Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown, in which two drivers will transfer to the Sprint All-Star Race field, will be held on Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM. The Sprint All-Star Race, which will see the winning driver take home $1 million dollars, will be on Saturday, May 16 with coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM. The Camping World Truck Series NC Education Lottery 200 is on Friday, May 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM. The XFINITY Series 3M 250 is on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. with coverage on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out the full weekend schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up with all the action this weekend. NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard , XFINITY Series leaderboard and Camping World Truck Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard, fans can also access live standings . On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. Lap- by -Lap will keep you caught up even if you can only take a peek here and there. Check in to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. RaceBuddy will have enhanced views and coverage for the Sprint Cup Series with 10 HD live race views, including up to eight in-car cameras, two mosaic views, live leaderboard and interactive chat. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual videos of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio in the Sprint Cup Series races. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with Scanner (formerly RaceView Audio) for all three series. On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers and series champions immediately following the checkered flag for both national series events, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule