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DATE: Sunday, June 3rd
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: 44th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 1:15 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Mark Martin
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (Finished 9th)
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: $5,742,205 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $314,311; 2nd Place - $197,025; 3rd Place - $184,666
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Matt Kenseth246Clint Bowyer22
2Mark Martin257Carl Edwards13
3Marcos Ambrose188Martin Truex Jr8
4Kyle Busch79Jimmie Johnson1
5Brian Vickers1510Kevin Harvick10
2011 FedEx 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.578 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 11 minutes, 7 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.122 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 28 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 23 among 11 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (Awarded pole due to fastest overall in practice)
Past FedEx 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Matt Kenseth (24th) -- Ford -- 125.578 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- None -- Weather
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: Coca-Cola 600 (May 27th)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
MILES: 600
LAPS: 400
WINNER: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Greg Biffle
FIFTH: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Aric Almirola (Finished 16th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 51 minutes, 14 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 155.687 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.295 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 31 among 11 drivers
LAP LEADERS: A. Almirola - pole; M. Ambrose 1-2; A. Almirola 3-5; M. Ambrose
6-8; G. Biffle 9-14; M. Ambrose 15-22; G. Biffle 23-113; M.
Ambrose 114-120; Kyle Busch 121-124; G. Biffle 125-134; J. Gordon
135-138; Kyle Busch 139-171; D. Ragan 172; Kyle Busch 173-190; G.
Biffle 191-219; K. Kahne 220-221; G. Biffle 222; L. Cassill 223;
G. Biffle 224-280; K. Kahne 281-307; D. Hamlin 308; G. Biffle
309-315; K. Kahne 316; G. Biffle 317; K. Kahne 318; G. Biffle
319-320; D. Hamlin 321-332; K. Kahne 333-353; B. Keselowski 354;
K. Harvick 355; J. Gordon 356; K. Kahne 357-400.
FedEx 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/hendrickcars.com
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Autism Speaks
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17 *Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Humphrey Smith Racing
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
23Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
26Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Morristown Driver's Service
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/PPG
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy Johns
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/BB&T
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/TBA
33Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/MHP/8-Hour Alert
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Jani-King/Smithfield
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Madagascar
49J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/JPO Absorbents
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
52Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/crusaderstaffing.com
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
74Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Turn One Racing
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
79Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Team Kyle
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Matt Kenseth7th22nd7thWon5th4th4th3rdWon
Mark Martin18thWon3rd9th7th23rd10th15th2nd
Marcos Ambrose------------------20th36th3rd
Kyle Busch------2nd5th17thWon23rdWon4th
Clint Bowyer---------17th8th36th11th17th6th
Carl Edwards------16th15th3rd2nd7th8th7th
Martin Truex Jr---------22ndWon6th21st14th8th
Jimmie Johnson38th32nd4th6th15th7thWon16th9th
Kevin Harvick27th10th25th3rd20th38th17th7th10th
Jeff Burton14th4th12th4th12th8th16th2nd11th
Dale Earnhardt Jr11th3rd22nd10th22nd35th12th30th12th
Brad Keselowski---------------------18th13th
Kurt Busch15th12th9th16th42nd20th5th19th14th
Denny Hamlin---------11th4th43rd36th4th16th
Jeff Gordon2nd36th39th12th9th5th26th11th17th
Greg Biffle30th26thWon8th6th3rd3rd6th19th
Jamie McMurray13th15th26th2nd24th10th14th32nd20th
Ryan NewmanWon24th8th14th2nd14th8th13th21st
Paul Menard---------------22nd32nd21st24th
Joey Logano------------------15th10th27th
Tony Stewart4th2nd15th25th40th41st2nd9th29th
Juan Pablo Montoya------------31st12th30th35th32nd
Kasey Kahne---21st35th7th11th31st6th20th36th
A.J. Allmendinger------------33rd37th29th14th37th
 
Mover of the Week
Carl Edwards - Started in the 28th position and finished 9th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Darkhorse - Kasey Kahne
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dale Earnhardt Jr) - Finished 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joey Logano) - Finished 23rd
 
NOTES:
To say that Matt Kenseth enjoys driving at Dover International Speedway would be an understatement. Kenseth has a nice streak working at DIS, posting seven straight top-10 finishes, including wins in 2006 and last year. Since 2006, Kenseth has failed to crack the top-10 just twice, both in the fall races at "The Monster Mile."

Kenseth capitalized on a two-tire pit strategy during the final round of stops to win for the 20th time in his Cup career. Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards dominated most of the race by combining for 324 of 400 laps led. But Johnson and Edwards took four tires each on their last stops, which ended up costing both drivers an opportunity to win. The pit stops occurred during a caution period with less than 40 laps remaining.

Mark Martin did not pit and led the way for the final restart with 34 laps to go. Martin had been running in the 14th spot prior to the caution. Kenseth moved around Martin for the lead shortly after the restart and then ran in front for the final 32 laps around the one-mile, concrete surfaced track. Kenseth finished 2.1 seconds ahead of Martin.

Currently second on the points list, Kenseth finished 10th last week and has eight top-10 finishes, including a win at Daytona earlier this year.

Back in 2010, Kyle 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 in September, 2010. He stands one victory away from tying Bobby Allison and Richard Petty for most all-time wins at Dover. Johnson has three wins and seven top-10 finishes in eight starts since 2008.

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.

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.

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 84 races held at "The Monster Mile." The pole sitter has captured 13 races, while second and third have combined for 27 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 84 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. 51 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. 13 drivers have won from the pole. The last to do so was Jimmie Johnson, in the 2010 September race.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the June 10th running of the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Jeff Gordon won last year's race there.

05/29 13:22:07 ET

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