Gordon : 'This place just doesn't like us this year for whatever reason'
Jeff Gordon cuts a right-front tire late in the race, sending the No. 24 into the wall.
CALAMA, Chile -- Robby Gordon will be leaving Chile and the Dakar Rally much earlier than expected. Trying to recover from mechanical issues after Stage 2, Gordon's Hummer was hit with more problems during Wednesday's Stage 4 and he was disqualified, according to speedenergy.com. Speed Energy was Gordon's sponsor for the Dakar Rally. Gordon began the day 17th but had right-front wheel bearing issues before the start of the timed special, costing him about five hours. He completed the stage, but because he was late to the special, he was disqualified from the rally. Gordon was one of six cars to withdraw Wednesday. "Disappointed doesn't even begin to describe the way I'm feeling right now, not only for me but for everyone involved," Gordon said. "Knowing all the hard work and dedication that was put into this program is what makes our untimely exit from the Dakar Rally a hard pill to swallow. "While it may not appear like it due to our performance thus far, countless hours went into this effort. To have a wheel bearing fail is just sickening ... a huge, huge disappointment. We run this same wheel bearing on the trophy truck and have put thousands of kilometers on HUMMERs, and we have never had this part fail." STAGE 3 SAN SALVADOR DE JUJUY, Argentina -- Attempting to overcome a poor finish in Stage 2 due to mechanical issues, the No. 303 HUMMER was back on unfamiliar terrain. In the 2010 edition of the Dakar Rally, Stage 3 took the competitors from La Rioja to Fiambala, however, this year the route has moved further east as they make their way to Chile. Beginning the day in San Miguel de Tucuman, this special stage was been split into two parts, totaling 165 miles. Starting the day in 21st position overall, Robby Gordon and navigator, Kellon Walch finished the stage in 15th, putting the team 17th overall, 1 hour 32 minutes behind leader Carlos Sainz. Even as Gordon improved his position in the rally, he was not pleased with the performance of the HUMMER. "We keep putting ourselves behind the eight ball. We passed a bunch of cars early in the special, but then realized we had lost a transmission pump", Gordon said. "[Tuesday's] special would have been good for the HUMMER had we not had a mechanical issue. The route had some very technical, rough stuff in the beginning, and it would have been good for us." STAGE 2 SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMAN, Argentina -- Robby Gordon struggled in the second stage of the Dakar Rally on Monday, finishing 46th after an accident and dropping to 21st overall in the standings. Carlos Sainz, the defending champion, won his second stage in as many days in his Volkswagen. His lead is 3:05 ahead of Stephane Peterhansel's BMW and 1:06:55 in front of Gordon in his Hummer. Gordon's accident occurred after a solid start and cost him an hour's worth of repairs. "We were actually pretty good through the first few check points," Gordon said. "One corner snuck up on me; I didn't see it and just drove off the road, hitting a large rock. This is very unfortunate for our team. Now that we are an hour behind heading into Chile versus only a few minutes, we definitely got our work cut out for us. I think we will be OK though; there is still plenty of racing left. "The Hummer sustained some damage on today's stage as when we smashed the front of the race vehicle into the rock, and the transmission doesn't have reverse because it broke when I tried to reverse out of my mistake. I would say that we were broke down for maybe an hour today...a very costly hour." Dakar is being held for the third consecutive year in Argentina and Chile. This year's route covers 5,903 miles, reaching the Atacama desert in northern Chile -- one of the driest places on earth -- before heading back for the Jan. 16 finish in Buenos Aires. The race heads north on Tuesday to San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina and crosses into Chile on Wednesday, heading for the Atacama desert. STAGE 1 CORDOBA, Argentina -- Robby Gordon and Team Hummer completed the first stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday in eighth place, covering the 138-mile course in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 36 seconds. Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch trail defending champion Carlos Sainz by 11:04. Sainz's Volkswagen was 1:31 ahead of second-place Stephane Peterhansel in a BMW and 2:16 in front of Volkswagen teammate Nasser Al Attiyah. American driver Mark Miller was fourth, 4:17 behind in another Volkswagen. Gordon started fourth but dropped to ninth by the first marker as heavy rain created a slippery disadvantage as participants suffered from skidding and sliding. "We knew that the Hummer team would not be as strong as we would like in the Argentina portion of this race, but we struggled a little bit more [Sunday] than I would have liked due to the weather conditions and technical rally-style section," said Gordon , who offered a reason for the discrepancy in time in correlation to the leaders. "Sainz and Peterhansel ... started the race before the weather began and were virtually unaffected by it. That's why you see the gap in time from the rest of the competitors. "We started out the special good, but we had a couple of challenges along the way. Kellon and I had to change helmets during the middle of the stage because his microphone quit working. I ran off the road at one point. We also ran out of windshield wiper fluid due to the mud. These mistakes probably cost us about 1 minute of total speed. I expected to give up 5 minutes in [Sunday's] stage, not 11 minutes, which disappoints me. "It is still early in the race, but we have some ground to make up [Monday]. Some of the guys are already starting to have issues this early. Hopefully, we will recover quickly from [Sunday's] issues before we enter Chile because it is our best opportunity to make up time. By this point, I want to be less than 10 minutes behind." Sunday's first stage from Victoria to Corboda in northern Argentina followed the ceremonial ride from Buenos Aires to Victoria a day earler. Officials said 407 contestants started the race Sunday, down from the 430 who were enrolled Saturday. Dakar is being held for the third consecutive year in Argentina and Chile. This year's route covers 5,903 miles, reaching the Atacama desert in northern Chile -- one of the driest places on earth -- before heading back for the Jan. 16 finish in Buenos Aires. Monday's second stage from Cordoba to San Miguel de Tucuman is a 201-mile race through the mountains. "[Monday's] stage is supposed to go through the mountains, which are not good for us for two reasons. First, the Hummers are not turbo-charged, then the course is a little narrow. They did say that we should encounter some bumps, which could be good for us," Gordon said. Gordon's second team, with Chilean driver Eliseo Salazar and navigator Steve La Roza, is in 28th place after the opening stage, 34:25 off the pace. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Four-time series champion has his eyes on NASCAR's most coveted prize RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota The question, broached before the season even began, hasn't gone away and maybe that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, if folks want to talk about winning the championship and potential retirement in the same breath, well, that's not all bad. Not when you're Jeff Gordon and you haven't really been in the title picture in more than a decade. There are far worse questions out there. What's wrong with your team? Why didn't you make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup? Will you be back with the team next year? Fortunately for the 43-year-old, such questions have rarely, if ever, been asked. But retirement? Yeah, it comes up from time to time. And with the Hendrick Motorsports driver back in the title picture, it makes for good copy. One of the sport's greatest drivers has chance to win title, and sail off into the sunset hoisting a fifth championship trophy. There's only one problem. Gordon isn't buying the retirement part. Or selling it, for that matter. "The majority of my focus is on winning the championship," Gordon said last week in Chicago, before this year's 10-race Chase got under way. Easing off the throttle? Not now. Not as long as his back holds out, his team continues to perform at its current level and Gordon keeps finding a way to get back to Victory Lane. "I was asked 'would you consider it?' and I said I would because I think it’'an exciting way to end a career – to go out on top," Gordon said. "But at the same time, I'm having too much fun. I'm enjoying myself too much. My back is doing well and I don't see any reason to quit anytime soon." One of the favorites in this year's championship run, Gordon admits it’s been "a long time, too long" since he won his fourth, and to date, last title. That was in 2001, 13 years ago. He turned 30 earlier that summer. No one expected the domination, which included 58 wins at that point, to slow anytime soon. But it did. That he's back in the title picture, and a legitimate contender, he said, has as much to do with those around him as the driver himself. "We haven't had a team like this since 2001," Gordon said. "In '07 we were close; '04 we were close but I don't think we ever really had this type of momentum, this kind of chemistry since we won our last championship. "And you know … that's what it takes to win the championship. Who we've been up against, they've had that. We've got that back this year and that's why I'm really excited about our chances." He's seen others go through similar circumstances. Former teammate Terry Labonte went 12 years in between winning championships in 1984 and 1996. In fact, Labonte's chief competition in his final title run was none other than Gordon . "He's one of my heroes," Gordon said. "I would love to do something similar to what Terry has done. I raced against him in that '96 season when he won that championship and his experience, his calmness, the Iceman (persona), he blew me away that year with his ability to really just stay so consistent and strong and pull off that win. "So I've got firsthand experience to see a guy that hasn’t done it in a long time get it done." Gordon has finished in the top five of the final standings on five occasions since his last championship, including the runner-up in '07. But as he noted, it's only been recently that he felt his team had the tools and the chemistry to be considered a legitimate threat. The key players from '01 are still around, although most of the support staff has scattered here and there. Steve Letarte, wrapping up a final year as crew chief with Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. , was a part of Gordon ’s title-winning efforts in '97 and '98 as the team’s tire specialist. In '01, he was a mechanic as well as the team’s rear-tire carrier. Chad Knaus, who would go on to lead Jimmie Johnson to six titles, was a part of the crew that won the title in '95 and '97 as well, but had departed by the time Gordon won No. 4 in '01. Johnson, Knaus and the 48 team are seen as one of Gordon's chief opponents for this year's crown. The wait for Johnson to try and add to his championship total has been brief. Barely 10 months ago he was celebrating a sixth title. For Gordon , it's been years. "That was a long time ago," Gordon said of his '01 title run. "The only thing I remember that reminds me of this year is having confidence in myself and the team, enjoying what we are doing and knowing we have a shot at winning races each and every weekend." 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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Four-time champion has three career wins at 1-mile track Jeff Gordon has led the most laps of any driver to compete in the Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . In 39 races, the four-time series champion has led 1,371 laps, while winning three races at the 1-mile track. Despite the high laps led count, Gordon has not won at the Loudon, New Hampshire track since 1998.
See which drivers will compete as the series returns to Dover RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 01 Landon Cassill Johnny Davis Dave Fuge 14 Chevrolet TeamJDMotorsports.com 2 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Phil Gould 14 Chevrolet Shore Lodge 3 3 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Danny Stockman Jr 14 Chevrolet Yuengling Light Lager 4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gary Keller Gary Cogswell 14 Chevrolet TeamJDMotorsports.com 5 6 Trevor Bayne Jack Roush Chad Norris 14 Ford AdvoCare 6 7 Regan Smith Kelley Earnhardt-Miller Ryan Pemberton 14 Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 7 9 Chase Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr Greg Ives 14 Chevrolet NAPA AUTO PARTS 8 10 Kevin Lepage Mark Smith Todd Myers 14 Toyota Supportmilitary.org 9 11 Elliott Sadler J D Gibbs Chris Gayle 14 Toyota SportClips 10 14 Jeff Green Mark Smith Wes Ward 14 Toyota Hefty Ultimate / Reynolds Wrap 11 16 Ryan Reed Jack Roush Seth Barbour 14 Ford ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 12 17 Tanner Berryhill Adrian Berryhill Daniel Stillman 14 Dodge NationalCashLenders.com 13 19 Mike Bliss Mark Smith Paul Clapprood 14 Toyota Tweaker Energy Shot 14 20 Justin Boston(i) Joe Gibbs Kevin Kidd 14 Toyota Zloop 15 22 Joey Logano(i) Roger Penske Jeremy Bullins 14 Ford Hertz 16 23 Robert Richardson Jr Robert Richardson Sr George Church 14 Chevrolet Lilly Trucking 17 28 J J Yeley James Whitener Steve Plattenberger 13 Dodge Texas 28 Spirits Stage 18 29 Milka Duno Robby Benton Keith Hinkein 14 Toyota CanTV 19 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet Rockstar 20 33 Cale Conley(i) Richard Childress Nick Harrison 14 Chevrolet IAVA 21 39 Ryan Sieg Rod Sieg Kevin Starland 14 Chevrolet RSS Racing 22 40 Matt Dibenedetto Curtis Key Sr Kyle Symington 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 23 42 Kyle Larson(i) Harry Scott Jr Scott Zipadelli 14 Chevrolet Cartwheel by Target 24 43 Dakoda Armstrong Richard Petty Philippe Lopez 14 Ford WinField 25 44 Blake Koch Mark Smith Greg Conner 14 Toyota TriStar Motorsports 26 46 Ryan Ellis Curtis Key Sr Gary Showalter 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 27 51 Jeremy Clements Tony Clements Ricky Pearson 14 Chevrolet Allsouthelectric.com/Repairable Vehicals 28 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Tim Brown 14 Chevrolet TBA 29 54 Kyle Busch(i) J D Gibbs Adam Stevens 14 Toyota Monster Energy 30 55 Jamie Dick Jimmy Dick Jimmy Dick 14 Chevrolet Qore24 31 60 Chris Buescher Jack Roush Scott Graves 14 Ford Roush Performance Parts 32 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Shane Wilson 14 Chevrolet South Point 33 70 Derrike Cope Mary Louise Miller Bobby Burrell 14 Chevrolet YOUTHEORY 34 172 Harrison Rhodes James Carter Richard Garcia 14 Chevrolet Crash Claims R US 35 180 Alex Bowman(i) Shigeaki Hattori Bruce Cook 14 Toyota CHIBA TOYOPET 36 87 Josh Reaume Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray 14 Ford Rick Ware Racing 37 89 Morgan Shepherd Morgan Shepherd TBA 14 Chevrolet Courtney Construction 38 93 Kevin Swindell Gregg Mixon Gregg Mixon 13 Dodge JGL Racing 39 98 Aric Almirola(i) Fred Biagi Jon Hanson 14 Ford Smithfield Foods 40 99 James Buescher Robby Benton Matthew Lucas 14 Toyota Rheem MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
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A statistical look ahead to the third race of the Chase RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota 2014 Chase Grid Pos. Drivers Season Wins Chase Points 1 Brad Keselowski 5 2,097 2 Joey Logano 4 2,096 3 Kevin Harvick 3 2,090 5 Jimmie Johnson 3 2,080 5 Kyle Busch 1 2,077 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 2,077 7 Jeff Gordon 3 2,070 8 Matt Kenseth 0 2,057 9 Carl Edwards 2 2,057 10 AJ Allmendinger 1 2,056 11 Kasey Kahne 1 2,055 12 Ryan Newman 0 2,055 13 Denny Hamlin 1 2,049 14 Greg Biffle 0 2,049 15 Kurt Busch 1 2,047 16 Aric Almirola 1 2,045 Green = In position to move to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Orange = In position to possibly be eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Challenger Round Red = Eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –Below is a look at the 16 Challengers at Dover International Speedway in Dover , Delaware going into the AAA 400 on Sept. 28. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m. 1 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Wurth Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.1 2014 Rundown • Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; five poles • Average finish of 12.8 • Led 22 races for 1,418 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, three top fives, three top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 14.4 in nine races • Average Running Position of 13.8, 10th-best • Driver Rating of 87.9, 11th-best • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.620 mph, 11th-fastest 2 - Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.8 2014 Rundown • Four wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 12.5 • Led 19 races for 794 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two top fives, seven top 10s • Average finish of 14.7 in 11 races • Average Running Position of 17.0, 17th-best • Driver Rating of 81.3, 17th-best 3 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.4 2014 Rundown • Two wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; six poles • Average finish of 14.0 • Led 20 races for 1,369 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three top fives, 12 top 10s • Average finish of 15.3 in 27 races • Average Running Position of 15.8, 14th-best • Driver Rating of 84.8, 14th-best • 831 Green Flag Passes, second-most • 4,556 Laps in the Top 15 (59.9%), ninth-most • 393 Quality Passes, eighth-most 4 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.1 2014 Rundown • Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 13.8 • Led 15 races for 1,035 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Nine wins, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles • Average finish of 8.4 in 25 races • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.6 • Series-best Driver Rating of 122.5 • Series-high 1,069 Fastest Laps Run • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 144.536 mph • Series-high 6,661 Laps in the Top 15 (87.6%) • 387 Quality Passes, 11th-most 5 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.0 2014 Rundown • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 17.4 • Led 13 races for 411 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s • Average finish of 14.4 in 19 races • Average Running Position of 11.8, fifth-best • Driver Rating of 105.3, third-best • 413 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 144.166 mph, third-fastest 6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr . (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.2 2014 Rundown • Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s • Average finish of 10.8 • Led 12 races for 220 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 16.2 in 29 races • Average Running Position of 17.4, 18th-best • Driver Rating of 82.5, 16th-best • 232 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most • 748 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.547 mph, 12th-fastest 7 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.5 2014 Rundown • Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 10.3 • Led 19 races for 571 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Four wins, 17 top fives, 24 top 10s; four poles • Average finish of 11.7 in 43 races • Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best • Driver Rating of 94.5, sixth-best • 289 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most • 783 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.994 mph, fourth-fastest • 5,815 Laps in the Top 15 (76.5%), third-most • Series-high 521 Quality Passes 8 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.0 2014 Rundown • 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 14.1 • Led 16 races for 465 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two wins, 14 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 13.0 in 31 races • Average Running Position of 8.8, second-best • Driver Rating of 108.3, second-best • 461 Fastest Laps Run, third-most • 726 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 144.261 mph, second-fastest • 6,224 Laps in the Top 15 (81.9%), second-most 9 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.4 2014 Rundown • Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s • Average finish of 15.0 • Led 9 races for 133 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s • Average finish of 10.2 in 20 races • Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best • Driver Rating of 100.0, fourth-best • 491 Fastest Laps Run, second-most • 786 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.927 mph, sixth-fastest • 5,374 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), sixth-most • 519 Quality Passes, second-most 10 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Hungry Jack / ACME Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.4 2014 Rundown • One win, two top fives, four top 10s • Average finish of 20.6 • Led 5 races for 68 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three top 10s • Average finish of 22.8 in 13 races • Average Running Position of 21.7, 27th-best • Driver Rating of 75.4, 21st-best 11 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.6 2014 Rundown • One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s • Average finish of 16.4 • Led 10 races for 204 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One top five, five top 10s • Average finish of 21.0 in 21 races • Average Running Position of 16.5, 16th-best • Driver Rating of 80.4, 18th-best • 311 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most • 792 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most • 4,101 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 12th-most 12 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans “Design A Scheme” Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.9 2014 Rundown • Two top fives, 10 top 10s • Average finish of 14.3 • Led 4 races for 24 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s; four poles • Average finish of 13.6 in 25 races • Average Running Position of 12.8, eighth-best • Driver Rating of 88.1, 10th-best • 4,978 Laps in the Top 15 (65.5%), seventh-most • 375 Quality Passes, 12th-most 13 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.4 2014 Rundown • One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 15.7 • Led 12 races for 195 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Three top fives, six top 10s; two poles • Average finish of 19.6 in 17 races • Average Running Position of 15.8, 15th-best • Driver Rating of 83.3, 15th-best 14 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Post-It Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.8 2014 Rundown • Three top fives, 10 top 10s • Average finish of 15.6 • Led 6 races for 109 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole • Average finish of 13.4 in 24 races • Average Running Position of 11.8, fourth-best • Driver Rating of 98.9, fifth-best • 434 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most • 786 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.959 mph, fifth-fastest • 5,497 Laps in the Top 15 (72.3%), fifth-most • 505 Quality Passes, third-most 15 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.7 2014 Rundown • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s • Average finish of 19.4 • Led 11 races for 181 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s • Average finish of 18.2 in 28 races • Average Running Position of 13.4, ninth-best • Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best • 292 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most • 816 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most • Average Green Flag Speed of 143.741 mph, ninth-fastest • 4,415 Laps in the Top 15 (58.1%), 10th-most • 415 Quality Passes, sixth-most 16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Nathan’s Famous Ford) • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 74.1 2014 Rundown • One win, two top fives, seven top 10s • Average finish of 20.4 • Led 5 races for 23 laps Dover International Speedway Outlook: • One top 10 • Average finish of 15.4 in five races • Average Running Position of 17.7, 20th-best • Driver Rating of 77.2, 20th-best The 16 Challengers at Dover International Speedway Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Brad Keselowski 9 1 1 3 3 0 14.4 87.9 2 Joey Logano 11 0 0 2 7 1 14.7 81.3 3 Kevin Harvick 27 0 0 3 12 1 15.3 84.8 4 Jimmie Johnson 25 3 9 13 18 2 8.4 122.5 5 Kyle Busch 19 0 2 9 12 4 14.4 105.3 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 29 1 1 6 11 1 16.2 82.5 7 Jeff Gordon 43 4 4 17 24 5 11.7 94.5 8 Matt Kenseth 31 1 2 14 20 5 13.0 108.3 9 Carl Edwards 20 0 1 8 12 0 10.2 100.0 10 AJ Allmendinger 13 0 0 0 3 2 22.8 75.4 11 Kasey Kahne 21 0 0 1 5 6 21.0 80.4 12 Ryan Newman 25 4 3 6 12 2 13.6 88.1 13 Denny Hamlin 17 2 0 3 6 3 19.6 83.3 14 Greg Biffle 24 1 2 6 11 1 13.4 98.9 15 Kurt Busch 28 0 1 6 8 6 18.2 91.6 16 Aric Almirola 5 0 0 0 1 0 15.4 77.2 * – Based on last 19 races at Dover International Speedway. 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 89 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; 274 in more than one. • Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 39. • David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph. • 38 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 16: Jimmie Johnson (nine), Jeff Gordon (four), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one). • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover ; led by Chevrolet with 35 victories; followed by Ford with 25. • 13 of the 89 (14.6%) 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 89 (31.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place. • 70 of the 89 (78.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position. • Five of the 89 (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 17. • 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 24. • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.240. • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.360. • 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. • Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 39; followed by Kevin Harvick with 27. • 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 89 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 25 starts. • If Jimmie Johnson leads 24 laps or more this weekend he will surpass the 3,000 laps led mark at Dover International Speedway, becoming the seventh driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at a single track. Jeff Gordon is the only other active driver to accomplish the feat (Martinsville – 3,593 laps led). • Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick . Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Janet Guthrie 11 33 9/19/1976 Janet Guthrie 15 11 9/18/1977 Danica Patrick 38 28 9/30/2012 Danica Patrick 39 24 6/2/2013 Danica Patrick 31 29 9/29/2013 Danica Patrick 28 23 6/1/2014 NASCAR in Delaware · There have been 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware all at Dover International Speedway. Track Name City NSCS Dover International Speedway Dover 89 · Eight drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Delaware; none of the eight have recorded a victory in NASCAR national series competition. 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