THE RACE: AAA 400 Drive for Autism
TRACK: Dover International Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #13 of 36
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Dover, DE
Title Sponsor: AAA
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:15pm/et
Race Coverage of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Television (TV): FS1 at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 11:30am/et on FS1; green flag approx. 1:15pm/et
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1(FS1)
Television Race Coverage: FS1, 1:00pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, June 5 at 1:00am/et on FS1;
Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30am/et on FS2
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR
Thursday, June 1
5:30 - 7:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, June 2
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 - 11:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:50 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, June 3
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 9:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, June 4
7:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM MENCS DRIVER MEETING
12:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time
Friday, June 2, 10:30 am - 11:55 pm/et, TV-FS2;
Saturday, June 3, 9:00 - 9:55 am/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 3, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, June 2 at 3:50 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: Saturday, June 3 at 7:30am/et on FS1
TRACK NEWS & LINKS
Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
Track/Race Length: 1.0 concrete oval, 400 laps, 400 miles
Stages; Stage 1 ends on lap 120, Stage 2 ends on lap 240, Final Stage ends on lap 400
Banking: turns: 24°; straights: 9°
Straights: Front stretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
Pit Stalls: 43 stalls, 15 feet wide x 32 feet long
Grandstand Seating: 85,000 [was 96,000, 113,000, 133,000 & 135,000]
Pit Road Speed: 35mph
Pace Car Speed: 45mph
Grand Marshal: award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay
Command to start engines: Gordon Ramsay
Color Guard: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: Dan Schafer, Calvary Assembly of God pastor, Heightstown, NJ
National Anthem: Recording artist Cassidy Daniels
Flyover: A-10 Warthogs, 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard
Track Websites & Social Media:
Dover International Speedway website
Monster Mile Youth Nation
Dover International Speedway - mobile
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info
October 2016 Race Winner: #78-Martin Truex, Jr., 130.969mph, started 2nd
May 2016 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 109.348mph, started 10th
Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 132.719, 9/17/1997
Slowest Race Record: Mark Martin, 97.042mph, 6/6/2004
Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 4 months, 21 days, 5/31/1992
Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 0 month, 29 days, 6/1/2008
October 2016 Pole Winner: none, cancelled due to rain
May 2016 Pole Winner: none, rained out, set by practice speeds
Track Qualifying Record: Brad Keselowski, 164.444mph, 5/30/2014
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kyle Petty, started 37th, 6/1995
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 4 months, and 24 days, 6/2/2012
Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 0 days, 6/04/1995
a look at many new, notes and story lines for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Dover International Speedway
a look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Dover International, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Dover page
Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AAA 400 Drive For Autism a look at some of the top statistical performers at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware going into the AAA 400 Drive For Autism on June 4 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
· The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover was held on July 6, 1969 - won by Richard Petty.
· 391 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 287 in more than one.
· Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56.
· David Pearson (Ford) won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
· 39 MENCS drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six.
· 35 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with 10 wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012, fall 2013, spring of 2014 and spring of 2015).
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover is 37th, by Kyle Petty in the Spring of 1995.
· None of the 94 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.(NASCAR)[Read More Here](6-1-2017)
Johnson wins at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 3rd win of 2017, 11th win at Dover and 83rd career win. Johnson ties Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for 6th in all-time wins with 83.
#42-Larson (who led the most laps with 241) finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex Jr., #31-Newman, #24-Elliott, #19-Suarez (career best finish), #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick and #10-Patrick.
Cup debuts: #15-Ross Chastain finished 20th and #83-Ryan Sieg finished 26th.
The race under NASCAR Overtime when #38-Ragan lost a tire and hit the wall causing the caution to come out with 4 laps left.
The race restarted on lap 404 with #42-Larson leading and #48-Johnson in 2nd. Johnson got a good restart and took the lead, winning the race.
The leaders got past the NASCAR Overtime line when #13-Dillon slid in the speedy dry involving eight seven other cars and ending the race under caution.
The nine cars were involved in the race ending wreck: #1-McMurray, #3-Dillon, #5-Kahne, #6-Bayne, #13-Dillon, #31-Newman, #47-Allmendinger, #72-Whitt, #77-Jones
#78-Truex Jr. maintains the Driver Points lead by 9 points over #42-Larson.
Stages 1 & 2 were won by #78-Truex Jr.
During the 1st caution on lap 18, then leader #18-Busch and pole winner pitted and got off pit road first, but the crew had a problem with the left rear and didn't get the lug nuts tight. The jackman let the car down and Busch left. The wheel came off just after Busch went back on the track and tore up some of the left rear sheet metal of the car, but Busch stayed on the lead lap until late in the race, finishing 16th, down one lap.
There were 17 lead changes among 9 drivers and 15 cautions for 72 yellow flag laps
The average speed of the race was: 104.955mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Race Fast Facts - Dover International Speedway
#48-Jimmie Johnson won the 48th Annual AAA 400 Drive For Autism, his 83rd victory in 556 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his 11th victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 31 races at Dover International Speedway.
#42-Kyle Larson (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2017.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 23 races at Dover International Speedway.
#19-Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 9 points over #42-Kyle Larson.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-4-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Dover, race 13 of 36]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr [2 wins], 545
2) #42-Kyle Larson , 536, -9
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 429, -116
4) #18-Kyle Busch, 416, -129
5) #1-Jamie McMurray, 415, -130
6) #48-Jimmie Johnson , 414, -131
7) #2-Brad Keselowski , 410, -135
8) #24-Chase Elliott, 398, -147
9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 361, -184
10) #14-Clint Bowyer, 349, -196
11) #22-Joey Logano [1*]
14) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
15) #31-Ryan Newman 
16) #41-Kurt Busch 
21) #3-Austin Dillon 
* encumbered finish, can't be used to make the playoffs
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 240) of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway (lap 240/400):
#78-Truex Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 120) of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway (lap 120/400):
#78-Truex Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #33-JEarnhardt, 27th
Caution 2: #72-Whitt, 22nd
Caution 3: #15-Chastain, 20th
Caution 4: #33-JEarnhardt(2), 27th
Caution 5: #33-JEarnhardt(3), 27th
Caution 6: #33-JEarnhardt(4), 27th
Caution 7: #33-JEarnhardt(5), 27th
Caution 8: #47-Allmendinger, 18th
Caution 9: #10-Patrick, 10th
Caution 10: #15-Chastain(2), 20th
Caution 11: #27-Menard, 33rd
Caution 12: #42-Larson, 2nd
Caution 13: #77-Jones, 15th
Caution 14: #20-Kenseth, 13th
Caution 15: none, end of race
Dover Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, June 4:(eastern time)
12:30:00pm: Driver Introductions
12:59:00pm: "God Bless America:" Cassidy Daniels, Nashville Recording Artist
1:00:00pm: Aerial Adventures parachute teams lands on track
1:00:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: The Dover Air Force Base Color Guard
1:00:20pm: Invocation by: Dan Schafer Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God from Heightstown, NJ
1:01:00pm: National Anthem by: Cassidy Daniels, Nashville Recording Artist
1:01:30pm: Three Parachutists land on track
1:02:30pm: Flyover: A-10 Warthogs, 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard
1:07:00pm: Command to Start Engines by Gordon Ramsay
1:15:00pm: Start of the AAA Drive for Autism 400
See the starting lineup for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on the Dover Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #48-Johnson (gear change)
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway have been made.
With 39 cars for 40 stalls, 1 is not being use, the 23rd, but it is in play and WILL count towards driving through more than three pit boxes
Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. took pit stall 9, with an opening in front of it.
#19-Suarez, who starts 3rd, took the 8th stall, with an opening behind it.
The final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 14th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-3-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
See Jayski.com's - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.
Happy Hour practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 157.143
slowest: #66-Hill 148.234 & #33-Earnhardt 149.477
no laps run: #51-Ware
most laps run: #42-Larson 60; #11-Hamlin 56
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (6-3-2017)
Saturday 1st practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 157.874
best 10 consecutive lap ave #1-McMurray 156.448 (26 drivers)
slowest: #51-Ware 149.124 & #33-Earnhardt 150.188
most laps run: #24-Elliott 56; #1-McMurray 53
notes: #77-Jones spun early in practice, no damage.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Saturday first Practice speeds page (pdf) (6-3-2017)
Kyle Busch wins Dover pole: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway with speed of 158.954mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 1st at Dover and 20th of his career. Busch has won 4 times from the 19 previous poles.
#78-Truex Jr. will start 2nd followed by #19-Suarez, #20-Kenseth, #42-Larson, #41-Busch, #77-Jones, #2-Keselowski, #3-Dillon, #11-Hamlin, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #17-Stenhouse Jr.
#18-Busch was fastest in the second round with a speed of 159.617mph, will start 1st
#42-Larson was fastest in the first round with a speed of 158.983mph, will start 5th
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Dover qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Dover Starting Lineup page (pdf).(6-2-2017)
Kyle Busch edges Martin Truex Jr. for Dover pole: If Joe Gibbs Racing isn't back, it's hard to say what "back" is. Kyle Busch put his #18 JGR Toyota on the pole for Sunday's AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway, edging favorite son #78-Martin Truex Jr. for the top starting spot by .011 seconds. With JGR teammates #18-Daniel Suarez (158.346 mph) earning a career-best third starting spot and #20-Matt Kenseth (158.211 mph) qualifying fourth, the Gibbs cars appear ready to build on the momentum they gathered during Speedweeks at Charlotte, where Busch won the Monster Energy All-Star Race and finished second in last Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. Truex (158.877 mph), the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leader, qualified second by a razor-thin margin, even though he had an extra half-lap on his tires, having aborted his opening run in the first round of knockout qualifying after his car twitched off the corner.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](6-2-2017)
Dover International Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
#18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 48th Annual AAA 400 Drive For Autism with a lap of 22.648 seconds, 158.954 mph.
This is his 20th pole in 439 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and 11th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in 25 races at Dover International Speedway.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2017 and his 13th in 23 races at Dover International Speedway.
#19-Daniel Suarez (third) posted his first top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his third in 13 races this season.
Suarez (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 159.053
#78-Truex Jr. 158.256
the rest of the top 12: 42 20 3 19 11 2 88
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 31 48 21 24 6 4 1 5 13 14 27 47
First Round of Qualifying for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex Jr. 158.835
the rest of the top 24: 20 17 77 24 2 88 18 14 11 4 3 21 5 48 13 47 6 27 31
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 32 22 34 95 37 43 10 23 38 83 72 15 66 51 33
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:50pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 3:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday. June 3 at 7:30am/et on FS1
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #5-Kahne.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #14-Bowyer.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(6-2-2017)
Eight Cup teams penalized practice time at Dover: Eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team will miss practice time today at Dover for inspection issues last weekend at Charlotte. Cup teams that failed inspection twice last weekend and will miss 15 minutes of practice Friday: #5-Kahne, #10-Patrick, #13-Dillon, #43-Smith, #48-Johnson and #88-Earnhardt Jr. #78-Truex Jr. and #77-Jones will each miss 15 minutes of practice because their cars were both late to inspection before the race at Charlotte.(NBC Sports)(6-2-2017)
Friday practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 159.208
slowest: #72-Whit 149.421 & #51-Ware 149.782
best 10 consecutive lap ave #42-Larson 155.569 (only 4 drivers)
most laps run: #24-Elliott 38; #22-Logano 29
notes: #88-Earnhardt Jr. slid up late in practice and scraped the wall, no serious damage.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds page (pdf) (6-2-2017)
Entry List for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Chastain, #23-Gaulding, #43-Regan Smith, #51-Cody Ware*, #66-Timmy Hill*, #83-Ryan Sieg*
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #51-Ware*, #66-Hill*, #83-Sieg*.
Not entered: #55 Premium Motorsports / Derrike Cope.
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- Race No. 13 - AAA 400 Drive for Autism
Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile oval) - Dover, Del.
Fast Facts for June 2-4, 2017
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4684; Right-side -- D-4696
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.24 in. (2,216 mm); Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Storyline - Dover's Difficult Mile a Monstrous Challenge: Dover has long been a track on the NASCAR circuit that presents many challenges for drivers, teams and Goodyear. A lot of what Goodyear builds into its tire set-ups falls into two categories - compounds and constructions. The compounds run this weekend have been developed over many races and many tire tests to lay rubber down on the concrete track surface. At Dover, it's easy to see the impact of this tire set-up as the track starts to turn from white to black as soon as cars hit the track. The construction of the current Goodyear tire combination has continued to evolve to accommodate the lower air pressures teams run as NASCAR moves toward a lower downforce aerodynamic package, while at the same time being able to handle the speeds and loads that Dover's high banks produce.
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Dover this week will run the same right-side tire code, though Cup and Xfinity Series teams will run a different left-side code than those in the Camping World Truck Series . . . this is the same tire set-up that Cup teams ran at Dover in both races last season . . . in the Xfinity Series, teams ran this right-side tire code (D-4696) twice at Dover in 2016 . . . while they ran this left-side tire code (D-4684) at other tracks last season, this is the first time they are running it at Dover . . . compared to what Xfinity teams ran at this track last season, this left-side features a compound change for more grip . . . teams in these two series ran this left-side code at Chicagoland, Homestead and Texas last year, while Cup teams ran this right-side code at Darlington . . . Dover is unique among NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, in that inner liners are required on all four tire positions . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship