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DATE: Sunday, October 2nd
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: 41st
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 2:15 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Burton
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (Finished 1st)
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: $5,121,544 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $262803; 2nd Place - $210,165; 3rd Place - $169,815
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson16Kyle Busch11
2Jeff Burton277Paul Menard9
3Joey Logano198Ryan Newman13
4Kurt Busch89Denny Hamlin4
5Carl Edwards1010AJ Allmendinger2
2010 AAA 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 131.543 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 2 minutes, 27 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.637 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (155.736 m.p.h.)
Past AAA 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 131.543 m.p.h.
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 118.704 m.p.h.
2008 -- Greg Biffle (5th) -- Ford -- 114.168 m.p.h.
2007 -- Carl Edwards (15th) -- Ford -- 101.846 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jeff Burton (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 111.966 m.p.h.
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 115.054 m.p.h.
2004 -- Ryan Newman (2nd) -- Dodge -- 119.067 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (5th) -- Dodge -- 108.802 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 120.805 m.p.h.
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 101.559 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (27th) -- Pontiac -- 115.191 m.p.h.
1999 -- Mark Martin (8th) -- Ford -- 127.434 m.p.h.
1998 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford -- 155.966 m.p.h.
1997 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford -- 152.033 m.p.h. (race record)
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 105.646 m.p.h.
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 124.740 m.p.h.
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (10th) -- Ford -- 112.556 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (1st) -- Pontiac -- 100.334 m.p.h.
1992 -- Ricky Rudd (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 115.289 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (10th) -- Oldsmobile -- 110.179 m.p.h.
1990 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 125.945 m.p.h.
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 122.909 m.p.h.
1988 -- Bill Elliott (3rd) -- Ford -- 109.349 m.p.h.
1987 -- Ricky Rudd (13th) -- Ford -- 124.706 m.p.h.
1986 -- Ricky Rudd (11th) -- Ford -- 114.329 m.p.h.
1985 -- Harry Gant (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 120.538 m.p.h.
1984 -- Harry Gant (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 111.856 m.p.h.
1983 -- Bobby Allison (7th) -- Buick -- 116.077 m.p.h.
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Buick -- 107.642 m.p.h.
1981 -- Neil Bonnett (3rd) -- Ford -- 119.561 m.p.h.
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 116.024 m.p.h.
1979 -- Richard Petty (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 114.366 m.p.h.
1978 -- Bobby Allison (2nd) -- Ford -- 119.323 m.p.h.
1977 -- Benny Parsons (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 114.708 m.p.h.
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 115.740 m.p.h.
1975 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Dodge -- 113.372 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Dodge -- 113.640 m.p.h.
1973 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Mercury -- 112.852 m.p.h.
1972 -- David Pearson (2nd) -- Mercury -- 120.506 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (4th) -- Plymouth -- 123.245 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Delaware 500 (1971-88), Peak Performance 500 (1989),
Peak Antifreeze 500 (1990-93), Splitfire Spark Plug 500 (1993-94),
MBNA.com 400 (1995-2000), MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 (2001), MBNA
RacePoints 400 (2002-05), Dover 400 (2006), Dodge Dealers 400 (2007),
Camping World RV 400 (2008) - race changed from 500 to 400 miles in
1997.
 
Past AAA 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1st
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1st
2008 -- Jeff Gordon -- 7th
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 14th
2006 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3rd
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 5th
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 7th
2003 -- None -- Weather
2002 -- Rusty Wallace -- 15th
2001 -- Dale Jarrett -- 12th
2000 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 35th
1999 -- Rusty Wallace -- 32nd
1998 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
1997 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 4th
1995 -- Rick Mast -- 28th
1994 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 5th
1993 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1st
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 34th
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 24th
1990 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1989 -- Davey Allison -- 24th
1988 -- Mark Martin -- 39th
1987 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 14th
1986 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 28th
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 20th
1984 -- None -- Weather
1983 -- Terry Labonte -- 4th
1982 -- Ricky Rudd -- 11th
1981 -- Ricky Rudd -- 5th
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 4th
1979 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 9th
1978 -- J.D. McDuffie -- 33rd
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 17th
1976 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1975 -- Dave Marcis -- 30th
1974 -- Buddy Baker -- 2nd
1973 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 20th
1971 -- Bobby Allison -- 4th
Last Race Results
RACE: Sylvania 300 (September 25th)
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New Hampshire
MILES: 317.4
LAPS: 300
WINNER: Tony Stewart
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Greg Biffle
FOURTH: Jeff Gordon
FIFTH: Brian Vickers
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (Finished 25th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 43 minutes, 13 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 116.679 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 7.225 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 15 drivers
LAP LEADERS: R. Newman 1-62; J. Gordon 63; R. Smith 64-66; K. Kahne 67-88; M.
Martin 89-134; K. Kahne 135-147; J. Gordon 148-157; D. Ragan 158;
K. Kahne 159-162; J. Gordon 163-229; B. Keselowski 230; J.
Montoya 231-232; B. Vickers 233-236; K. Harvick 237; J. Johnson
238; M. Truex, Jr. 239-241; Kurt Busch 242-245; K. Kahne 246-249;
C. Bowyer 250-298; T. Stewart 299-300
AAA 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
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
7Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Speed Energy/Mapei
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/Cubitron
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paint
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem Chasing the Cure
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/Street King
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
38J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/Drive Sober Arrive Alive
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army ROTC
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Red Line Oil
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/grilling.com
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Green Smoke
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Brakes
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Chevrolet/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
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
Jimmie JohnsonWon8th10thWon13th14th5thWonWon
Jeff Burton6th12th33rd11thWon7th9th16th2nd
Joey Logano---------------------42nd3rd
Kurt Busch7th38th5th23rd4th29th34th5th4th
Carl Edwards------18th9th2ndWon3rd11th5th
Kyle Busch---------2nd40th5th43rd31st6th
Paul Menard---------------21st21st19th7th
Ryan Newman8thWonWon5th24th28th13th10th8th
Denny Hamlin------------9th38th38th22nd9th
Jeff Gordon37th5th3rd37th3rd11th7th6th11th
Mark Martin2nd22nd2nd4th14th4th4th2nd12th
Jamie McMurray---6th8th29th17th8th36th28th13th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------10th39th4th14th
Kevin Harvick30th4th19th19th32nd20th6th12th15th
Matt Kenseth4th9th32nd35th10th35th2nd3rd18th
Greg Biffle---7th11th13th5th2ndWon13th19th
Tony Stewart5th3rd6th18th33rd9th11th9th21st
Brad Keselowski------------------------22nd
Dale Earnhardt Jr24th37th9th31st21st3rd24th20th23rd
Clint Bowyer------------8th12th8th15th25th
Kasey Kahne------42nd16th38th32nd26th8th28th
Martin Truex Jr------------6th13th20th33rd34th
David Reutimann---------------18th17th21st35th
Brian Vickers------38th14th29th16th31st18th---
 
Mover of the Week
Juan Pablo Montoya - Started in the 31st position and finished 9th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Darkhorse - Greg Biffle
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Clint Bowyer) - Finished 26th
 
NOTES:
Ranked 10th on the current points list in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Jimmie Johnson will need some more heroics heading into week three of the Chase.

Right now, JJ is 29 points behind Tony Stewart in his quest for a sixth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup title. Dover can be his springboard, as he has won at Dover International Speedway two straight years and four times in the past nine seasons. Overall, Johnson is a six-time winner at Dover, the most among active drivers and just one shy of Richard Petty and Bobby Allison.

Last season, Johnson started on the pole and led the most laps with 191 for his sixth victory of the 2010 campaign and the 53rd of his Cup career. The win elevated Johnson to second in last year's Chase, and although he did not win another race, he recorded eight more top-10s to win the Sprint Cup title.

An 18th-place finish last week at New Hampshire, has Johnson in the worst position he's ever been, in the Chase. Let's not forget what happened in 2006 when he was 136 points behind after week two. He came back to win his first championship.

In 2009, Johnson won at "The Monster Mile," as he defeated Mark Martin by 1.970 seconds to complete the Dover Double. Johnson has enjoyed remarkable success at DIS winning six times with 13 top-10 finishes. In 19 starts, his average finish is 9.6 with 1,829 laps led.

Greg Biffle produced his second career win at Dover in 2008, as he defeated Matt Kenseth for his 14th career Sprint Cup title. Biffle, who added another title in August, also captured the spring Dover race in 2005. Kenseth led for a race-high 136 laps, but finished 0.934 of a second behind.

Carl Edwards streak of four straight top-10 finishes in September at Dover ended in 2009, as he placed 11th. In 2007, he captured the checkered flag, as he led the final 38 laps to defeat Greg Biffle by less than a second. Matt Kenseth had dominated the race, leading for 192 laps, however, he failed to finish due to engine problems and placed 35th.

In 2006, Jeff Burton cruised to an almost eight second win over Edwards, as he captured the 18th of his 21 Sprint Cup career titles. Burton led for only six laps, but it was the final six that led him to victory. Pole sitter Jeff Gordon finished third, while Matt Kenseth, who dominated the race, leading for 215 laps, finished 10th.

The second and third starting positions has been the most productive at Dover, producing 13 winners each, while the pole has produced 13. Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Bill Elliott each have four Dover victories, while Johnson has six. Prior to Johnson doubling in 2009, Ryan Newman was the last driver to double at Dover in the same season, capturing both races in 2003. Tony Stewart (2000) has also accomplished this feat in the past decade. Matt Kenseth will attempt to join that list, as he raced to victory back in May.

THIS AND THAT FROM DOVER: The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969. The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002. There have been 83 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover International Speedway since the track opened. The furthest back in the field a race winner started was 37th, by Kyle Petty in 1995. 50 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position; 18 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.

By the way, during the Chase era (2004-Present), the points leader after the second Chase race has never gone on to win the championship. In four of the seven previous Chases, though, the driver in second after two Chase races did go on to win the championship - including Jimmie Johnson in each of the last three seasons.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship continues with the October 9th running of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, as Greg Biffle defends his title.

09/27 16:22:13 ET

As of September 27, 2011, at 04:22 PM ET

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