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DATE: Sunday, Sept. 28
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware
TRACK: 1-mile oval
CAPACITY: 113,000 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 45th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Sept. 26/3:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (finished 2)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Brad Keselowski, June 2014 (164.444 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (132.719 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson86Kevin Harvick12
2Dale Earnhardt Jr17Matt Kenseth2
3Joey Logano118Ryan Newman3
4Jeff Gordon169Greg Biffle19
5Kyle Busch1410Clint Bowyer23
2013 AAA 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.909 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 3 mins., 20 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.446 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 21 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (161.849 mph)
Past AAA 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Jimmie Johnson (8) -- Chevrolet -- 130.909 mph
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (10) -- Dodge -- 125.076 mph
2011 -- Kurt Busch (2) -- Dodge -- 119.413 mph
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 131.543 mph
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 118.704 mph
2008 -- Greg Biffle (5) -- Ford -- 114.168 mph
2007 -- Carl Edwards (15) -- Ford -- 101.846 mph
2006 -- Jeff Burton (19) -- Chevrolet -- 111.966 mph
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson (5) -- Chevrolet -- 115.054 mph
2004 -- Ryan Newman (2) -- Dodge -- 119.067 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (5) -- Dodge -- 108.802 mph
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson (19) -- Chevrolet -- 120.805 mph
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (3) -- Chevrolet -- 101.559 mph
2000 -- Tony Stewart (27) -- Pontiac -- 115.191 mph
1999 -- Mark Martin (8) -- Ford -- 127.434 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford -- 113.384 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford -- 132.719 mph
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (3) -- Chevrolet -- 105.646 mph
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 124.740 mph
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (10) -- Ford -- 112.556 mph
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Pontiac -- 100.334 mph
1992 -- Ricky Rudd (6) -- Chevrolet -- 115.289 mph
1991 -- Harry Gant (10) -- Oldsmobile -- 110.179 mph
1990 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 125.945 mph
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (15) -- Chevrolet -- 122.909 mph
1988 -- Bill Elliott (3) -- Ford -- 109.349 mph
1987 -- Ricky Rudd (13) -- Ford -- 124.706 mph
1986 -- Ricky Rudd (11) -- Ford -- 114.329 mph
1985 -- Harry Gant (4) -- Chevrolet -- 120.538 mph
1984 -- Harry Gant (3) -- Chevrolet -- 111.856 mph
1983 -- Bobby Allison (7) -- Buick -- 116.077 mph
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Buick -- 107.642 mph
1981 -- Neil Bonnett (3) -- Ford -- 119.561 mph
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip (2) -- Chevrolet -- 116.024 mph
1979 -- Richard Petty (4) -- Chevrolet -- 114.366 mph
1978 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Ford -- 119.323 mph
1977 -- Benny Parsons (7) -- Chevrolet -- 114.708 mph
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 115.740 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Dodge -- 113.372 mph
1974 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Dodge -- 113.640 mph
1973 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 112.852 mph
1972 -- David Pearson (2) -- Mercury -- 120.506 mph
1971 -- Richard Petty (4) -- Plymouth -- 123.245 mph
 
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)
2013 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- 2
2012 -- Denny Hamlin -- 8
2011 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 30
2010 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2008 -- Jeff Gordon -- 7
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 14
2006 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 5
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 7
2003 -- None -- Weather
2002 -- Rusty Wallace -- 15
2001 -- Dale Jarrett -- 12
2000 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 35
1999 -- Rusty Wallace -- 32
1998 -- Mark Martin -- 1
1997 -- Mark Martin -- 1
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 4
1995 -- Rick Mast -- 28
1994 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 5
1993 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 34
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 24
1990 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1989 -- Davey Allison -- 24
1988 -- Mark Martin -- 39
1987 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 14
1986 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 28
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 20
1984 -- None -- Weather
1983 -- Terry Labonte -- 4
1982 -- Ricky Rudd -- 11
1981 -- Ricky Rudd -- 5
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 4
1979 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 9
1978 -- J.D. McDuffie -- 33
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 17
1976 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1975 -- Dave Marcis -- 30
1974 -- Buddy Baker -- 2
1973 -- David Pearson -- 1
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 20
1971 -- Bobby Allison -- 4
Last Race Results
RACE: Sylvania 300 (Sept. 21)
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New Hampshire
MILES: 320.574
LAPS: 303
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Larson
THIRD: Kevin Harvick
FOURTH: Jamie McMurray
FIFTH: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (finished 16)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 14 mins., 53 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 98.697 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.150 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 15 for 63 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Keselowski 1-37, Gilliland 38, Hamlin 39-70, Harvick 71-106,
Logano 107, Harvick 108-170, Logano 171-212, Vickers 213-227,
Keselowski 228-268, Harvick 269-273, Logano 274-303.
AAA 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Wurth
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmer's Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Cypress HQ
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Twisted Tea
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet//Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shop
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Post-It
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Zest
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Uponor
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/CorvetteParts.net
33David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Plimpton & Hills
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/American Muscle
37Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Newtown Building Sup.
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Nathan's Famous
44Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/Phoenix Warehouse
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Hungry Jack/ACME
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt Professional
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Jimmie JohnsonWon13145WonWon24Won
Dale Earnhardt Jr3121324202324112
Joey Logano------------42329103
Jeff Gordon3731176111224
Kyle Busch240543316675
Kevin Harvick1932206121510136
Matt Kenseth35103523185357
Ryan Newman524281310823218
Greg Biffle1352Won131927169
Clint Bowyer---812815258910
Jamie McMurray29178262813152411
Brian Vickers1429163118---14---12
Kasey Kahne1638322682841513
Denny Hamlin---9383822918820
Kurt Busch234293454Won2321
Carl Edwards92Won31153535
Brad Keselowski---------------2220Won37
Tony Stewart18339119212520---
Kyle Larson---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Aric Almirola - started 21 and finished 6
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joey Logano) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is the 29th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the third and final event in the "Challenger Round" of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969. The first two NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover were 300 miles. The length was changed to 500 miles in 1971 and remained at that distance until it was reduced to 400 miles beginning with the fall race in 1997. Dover's track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.

Dover has 24 degrees of banking in all of its turns and 9 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The lengths of both straightaways are 1,076 feet.

There have been 89 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Dover. The track hosted one event in 1969 and '70. There have been two races there each season since 1971. The series most recently competed here on June 1.

Richard Petty won the inaugural Cup race at Dover, the Mason-Dixon 300, on July 6, 1969.

Ricky Rudd holds the record for most starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon's 43 starts at this track is tops among all drivers entered in this weekend's race.

Jimmie Johnson holds the record for most victories at Dover with nine. Johnson, the six-time and defending series champion, has won the previous two races there. Gordon is the last driver to win three events in a row at this track. He accomplished the feat from 1995-96. Other drivers who have posted three consecutive victories there are: David Pearson (1972-73) and Rusty Wallace (1993-94).

Johnson won both races at Dover in 2002, becoming the first driver in series history to score a season-sweep at a track during his rookie year.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Dover with 16, followed by Jack Roush with nine and eight for Roger Penske.

Pearson holds the record for most pole wins at Dover with six. Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers with four poles there.

The race winner at Dover has started from the pole 13 times. Johnson most recently did it in September 2010.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Dover occurred on Sept. 25, 2005 when Johnson beat Kyle Busch to the finish line by just 0.080 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Dover is 37th, accomplished by Kyle Petty in June 1995.

Martin Truex Jr. is the only active driver who scored his first career Cup victory at Dover. Truex, who hails from nearby Mayetta, NJ, won at his home track on June 4, 2007.

Three drivers entered in this weekend's race made their Cup debuts at Dover: Matt Kenseth (Sept. 20, 1998), Kurt Busch (Sept. 24, 2000) and David Ragan (Sept. 24, 2006).

Kenseth is the only driver on the entry list that recorded his first pole in the series at Dover (June 2, 2002).

Kyle Busch holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Dover. He took the checkered flag there on June 1, 2008 when he was 23 years and 30 days old. When Harry Gant was 52 years, 4 months and 21 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on May 31, 1992.

The first race in the "Contender Round" of the Chase is the Oct. 5 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Kevin Harvick won last year's race there.

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