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DATE: Sunday, May 15th
SITE: Dover International Speedway (1969) -- Dover, Delaware
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,076 feet (Frontstretch); 1,076 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 43rd
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)/1:15 p.m. (et) Green Flag
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Burton
POLE WINNER: Martin Truex Jr (Finished 12th)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeremy Mayfield, 2004 (161.522 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (132.719 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,769,505 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $327,706; 2nd Place - $231,740; 3rd Place - $210,101
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch 46GregBiffle 24
2Jeff Burton 177Kevin Harvick30
3Matt Kenseth218Carl Edwards 9
4Denny Hamlin149Tony Stewart 16
5David Reutimann1310Joey Logano18
2010 FedEx 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 128.790 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 7.551 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Martin Truex Jr (157.315 m.p.h.)
Past FedEx 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (4th) -- Toyota -- 128.790 m.p.h.
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 115.237 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (3rd) -- Toyota -- 121.171 m.p.h.
2007 -- Martin Truex Jr (26th) -- Chevrolet -- 118.950 m.p.h.
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (19th) -- Ford -- 109.865 m.p.h.
2005 -- Greg Biffle (2nd) -- Ford -- 122.626 m.p.h.
2004 -- Mark Martin (7th) -- Ford -- 97.042 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (1st) -- Dodge -- 106.896 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 117.551 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 120.361 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (16th) -- Pontiac -- 109.514 m.p.h.
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (1st) -- Pontiac -- 120.603 m.p.h.
1998 -- Dale Jarrett (4th) -- Ford -- 119.522 m.p.h.
1997 -- Ricky Rudd (13th) -- Ford -- 114.635 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 122.741 m.p.h.
1995 -- Kyle Petty (37th) -- Pontiac -- 119.880 m.p.h.
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (5th) -- Ford -- 102.529 m.p.h.
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 105.600 m.p.h.
1992 -- Harry Gant (15th) -- Oldsmobile -- 109.456 m.p.h.
1991 -- Ken Schrader (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 120.152 m.p.h.
1990 -- Derrike Cope (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 123.960 m.p.h.
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 121.670 m.p.h.
1988 -- Bill Elliott (17th) -- Ford -- 118.726 m.p.h.
1987 -- Davey Allison (2nd) -- Ford -- 112.958 m.p.h.
1986 -- Geoff Bodine (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 115.009 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (4th) -- Ford -- 123.094 m.p.h.
1984 -- Richard Petty (5th) -- Pontiac -- 118.717 m.p.h.
1983 -- Bobby Allison (10th) -- Buick -- 114.847 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 120.136 m.p.h.
1981 -- Jody Ridley (11th) -- Ford -- 116.595 m.p.h.
1980 -- Bobby Allison (8th) -- Ford -- 113.866 m.p.h.
1979 -- Neil Bonnett (5th) -- Mercury -- 111.269 m.p.h.
1978 -- David Pearson (3rd) -- Mercury -- 114.664 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 123.237 m.p.h.
1976 -- Benny Parsons (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 115.436 m.p.h.
1975 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Mercury -- 100.820 m.p.h.
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 119.990 m.p.h.
1973 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Mercury -- 119.745 m.p.h.
1972 -- Bobby Allison (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 118.663 m.p.h.
1971 -- Bobby Allison (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 123.119 m.p.h.
1970 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Plymouth -- 112.103 m.p.h.
1969 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Ford -- 115.772 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Mason-Dixon 500 (1969-1983), Budweiser 500 (1984-1994),
Miller 500 (1995-1997), MBNA Platinum 400 (1998-2002), MBNA Armed Forces
Family 400 (2003), MBNA America 400 "A Salute to Heroes" (2004), MBNA
RacePoints 400 (2005), Neighborhood Excellence 400 (2006), Autism Speaks
400 (2007, 2009-10), Best Buy 400 (2008). Race changed from 300 to 500
miles (1971), race changed from 500 to 400 miles (1998).
 
Past FedEx 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 12th
2009 -- David Reutimann -- 18th
2008 -- Greg Biffle -- 3rd
2007 -- Ryan Newman -- 2nd
2006 -- Ryan Newman -- 14th
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 4th
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 8th
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 1st
2002 -- Matt Kenseth -- 40th
2001 -- Dale Jarrett -- 5th
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 14th
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1st
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 18th
1997 -- Bobby Labonte -- 40th
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6th
1994 -- Ernie Irvan -- 2nd
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 32nd
1992 -- Brett Bodine -- 30th
1991 -- Michael Waltrip -- 32nd
1990 -- Dick Trickle -- 3rd
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 2nd
1988 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 6th
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 2nd
1986 -- Ricky Rudd -- 4th
1985 -- Terry Labonte -- 16th
1984 -- Ricky Rudd -- 8th
1983 -- Joe Ruttman -- 3rd
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 15th
1981 -- David Pearson -- 25th
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 16th
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 18th
1978 -- Buddy Baker -- 23rd
1977 -- Richard Petty -- 3rd
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 3rd
1975 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1974 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1973 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 14th
1971 -- Richard Petty -- 3rd
1970 -- Bobby Isaac -- 6th
1969 -- David Pearson -- 23rd
Last Race Results
RACE: Showtime Southern 500 (May 7th)
SITE: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, South Carolina
MILES: 505.42
LAPS: 370
WINNER: Regan Smith
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 4th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 53 minutes, 51 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 129.678 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.908 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 46 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 12 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Kahne 1-9; R. Newman 10-37; C. Mears 38; K. Schrader 39-40; K.
Kahne 41-75; J. McMurray 76-88; K. Kahne 89-114; C. Edwards
115-123; Kyle Busch 124-175; M. Truex Jr. 176; B. Labonte
177-178; Kyle Busch 179-204; C. Edwards 205-221; K. Harvick 222;
C. Edwards 223-235; K. Harvick 236-281; K. Kahne 282-332; T.
Stewart 333-338; K. Kahne 339-340; C. Edwards 341-358; K. Kahne
359; R. Smith 360-370.
FedEx 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy/Fast Five
09Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Wiley X Sunglasses
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/The Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/FAS Lane Racing
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/BB&T
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/A&W All American Food
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Red Line Oil
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Kingsford/Bush's Baked
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Prism Motorsports
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
81Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kyle Busch---------2nd5th17thWon23rdWon
Jeff Burton3rd14th4th12th4th12th8th16th2nd
Matt Kenseth40th7th22nd7thWon5th4th4th3rd
Denny Hamlin------------11th4th43rd36th4th
David Reutimann------------------27th18th5th
Greg Biffle---30th26thWon8th6th3rd3rd6th
Kevin Harvick28th27th10th25th3rd20th38th17th7th
Carl Edwards---------16th15th3rd2nd7th8th
Tony Stewart11th4th2nd15th25th40th41st2nd9th
Joey Logano---------------------15th10th
Jeff Gordon6th2nd36th39th12th9th5th26th11th
Martin Truex Jr------------22ndWon6th21st14th
Ryan Newman4thWon24th8th14th2nd14th8th13th
Mark Martin41st18thWon3rd9th7th23rd10th15th
Jimmie JohnsonWon38th32nd4th6th15th7thWon16th
Clint Bowyer -----1h 83h 1h 116th
Brad Keselowski------------------------18th
Kurt Busch2th15th12th9th16th42nd20th5th19th
Kasey Kahne------21st35th7th11th31st6th20th
Paul Menard------------------22nd32nd21st
Regan Smith------------------21st22nd24th
Dale Earnhardt Jr30th11th3rd22nd10th22nd35th12th30th
Jamie McMurray---13th15th26th2nd24th10th14th32nd
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------31st12th30th35th
Brian Vickers------23rd6th23rd19th13th25th---
 
Mover of the Week
Regan Smith - Started in the 23rd position and finished 1st
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Darkhorse - David Stremme
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - Finished 12th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kasey Kahne) - Finished 4th
 
NOTES:
Kyle Busch returns to the Monster Mile in an effort to repeat his performance from a year ago. Last season, Busch benefited from Jimmie Johnson's pit-road speeding penalty to win the spring race at Dover International Speedway.

Johnson, who was attempting to win at Dover for the third straight time, dominated most of the race by leading 225 of 400 laps. But his drive-through penalty on pit road allowed Busch to take the lead for good with 35 laps remaining. Busch finished 7.6 seconds ahead of Jeff Burton to claim this race for the second time in his career.

Johnson leads all active drivers with six wins at Dover, including one here last September. He stands one victory away from tying Bobby Allison and Richard Petty for most all-time wins at Dover. It would be extra special for Johnson if he wins here on Sunday, since the State of Delaware is proclaiming May 15, 2011 as "Jimmie Johnson Day."

In the 2009 race at Dover, Johnson led 298 of 400 laps and finished 0.861 seconds ahead of runner-up Tony Stewart for his 42nd career Cup Series victory.

Greg Biffle and Busch dominated this race in 2008, as the duo combined to exchange the lead on seven occasions, Biffle led for 164 laps, and Busch ran in front for 158. Busch reclaimed the advantage on lap 327 and held it for a 4.224-second win. Biffle placed third. Busch, an eight-time winner in 2008, now owns 21 career Sprint Cup titles.

In 2007, Martin Truex Jr dominated the race by leading 216 laps. Truex beat pole sitter Ryan Newman by 7.355 seconds. Newman led seven times for 135 laps, but it was Truex who reclaimed the lead on lap 347 and held it for his first career Sprint Cup victory. Truex, who started 26th, picked up his first win in his 58th start.

Matt Kenseth clipped Jamie McMurray by less than one second in the 2006 race for his 12th career Cup win. Kenseth, who started 19th, posted a 0.787 of a second victory. He grabbed the lead from McMurray with four laps remaining. McMurray, who started ninth, led a total of 95 laps. Pole sitter Ryan Newman led for the first 12 laps and finished 14th.

In 2005, Greg Biffle captured his seventh career Sprint Cup title, as he crossed the finish line 4.281 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch.

Bill Elliott is a four-time race winner at Dover, including two in the spring event there. Kyle Petty holds the record for winning at Dover from the furthest starting position. Petty started 37th in the 1995 race. The top three starting positions at Dover have proven to be very productive in the 80 races held at "The Monster Mile." The pole sitter has captured 12 races, while second and third have combined for 26 victories.

This and that from Dover: The first Sprint Cup Series race was held on July 5, 1969. The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971. The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover was May 15, 1982. 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 first Truck Series race was held in September 2000. There have been 82 Sprint Cup races at Dover International Speedway since the track opened in 1969. There was one race in 1969 and 1970. There has been two-a-year since 1971. There have been 35 different pole winners at Dover led by David Pearson (six). Pearson won the first Sprint Cup pole at Dover in July 1969. Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers, each with four poles at Dover. 32 different drivers have posted victories at Dover led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, each with seven. Richard Petty won the first Sprint Cup race at Dover. Johnson leads all active drivers with six victories at Dover. The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002. 50 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position; 17 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. 13 drivers have won from the pole. The last to do so was Jimmie Johnson, in last season's September race.

The next event on the Sprint Cup Series schedule is the May 21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch is the defending race winner.

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