THE RACE: Apache Warrior 400
TRACK: Dover International Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #29 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #3 of 10
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Dover, DE
Title Sponsor: Apache Warrior
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15 pm/et
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:00pm/et
Friday, September 29, 10:00 - 11:25 am/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, September 30, 10:30 - 11:25 am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, September 30, 1:00 - 1:55 pm/et, TV-CNBC
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, September 30 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, October 2 at 2:30 pm/et on NBCSN
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, September 28
6:00 PM-8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, September 29
7:30 AM- 5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM-11:25 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:40 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, September 30
9:00 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM-11:25 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:00 PM-1:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, October 1
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:00 PM 6:00 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE (400 LAPS, 400 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
Track/Race Length: 1.0 concrete oval, 400 laps, 400 miles
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: 96,000 [was 113,000, 133,000 and 135,000, will be 85,000 in 2016]
Pit Road Speed: 35mph
Pace Car Speed: 45mph
Stages: 1 ends lap 120, 2 at lap 240, race finish is lap 400 (OT possible)
Grand Marshal: Wyclef Jean, Grammy-Award winning musician, producer and actor
Command to start engines: Wyclef Jean
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Hannah McFadden, U.S. paralympian
Color Guard: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: Dan Schafer, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God, Hightstown, NJ
God Bless America: U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Band
National Anthem: USO Show Troupe
Flyover: C-17, U.S. Air National Guard, Dover AFB
a look at many new, notes and story lines for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Dover
a look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Dover, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Dover page
Kyle Busch steals Playoff win at Dover from Chase Elliott Call him the Grinch. Halloween may be the next holiday on the calendar, but Kyle Busch stole Christmas morning from Chase Elliott late on Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. Running Elliott down from more than four seconds back in the last 40 laps of the Apache Warrior 400 at the Monster Mile, Busch powered his #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota around the outside of Elliott's No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and cleared him off Turn 4 as the cars approached the white flag. A lap later, Busch had his second straight victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff, leaving a disheartened Elliott still in search of his first victory in the series and agonizing over what he might have done differently. Though Elliott was inconsolable, there were plenty of positives in his performance. The Hendrick cars showed real speed for the first time since the Playoff began two weeks earlier at Chicagoland, and Elliott moved on comfortably to the Round of 12. Not as fortunate were Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch, who were eliminated from the Playoffs, as Ricky Stenhouse Jr., claimed the 12th and final spot in the next round by two points over Newman, thanks to a risky-but-serendipitous pit call by crew chief Brian Pattie.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](10-1-2017)
#18-Kyle Busch won the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of 2017, 3rd win at Dover and 42th career win.
#24-Elliott finished 2nd (5th career 2nd place finish, no win yet) followed by #48-Johnson, #78-Truex Jr., #42-Larson, #14-Bowyer, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #19-Suarez, #1-McMurray and #2-Keselowski.
Pole winner, #78-Truex Jr. led 51 laps and finished 4th.
#78-Truex Jr. leads the driver points after the round of 12 reset over #42-Larson by 18 points
Stage 1 was won by #2-Keselowski, finished 10th
Stage 2 was won by #42-Larson, finished 5th
Four drivers did not advance to the Round of 12 in the Playoffs:
#31-Newman, #3-Dillon, #41-Busch and #5-Kahne.
There were 15 lead changes among 5 drivers and 4 cautions for 24 yellow flag laps.
There was a 15:09 minute red flag to fix the sand barrels at entrance to pit road
The average speed of the race was: 129.171mph.
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
Kyle Busch (P) won the 48th Annual Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil, his 42nd victory in 455 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his fourth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 26 races at Dover International Speedway.
Chase Elliott (P) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2017.
Jimmie Johnson (P) (third) posted his 23rd top-10 finish in 32 races at Dover International Speedway.
Daniel Suarez (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-1-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff RESET Standings:
[after Dover, race 29 of 36, 3 of 10 in Playoffs, Next race (Charlotte) is 1st race to round of 12]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (1 win), 3059 (A)
2) #18-Kyle Busch (2 wins), 3041 -18 (A)
3) #42-Kyle Larson, 3034 -25
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 3020 -39
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3017 -42
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 3015 -44
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3013 -46
8) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 3010 - 49
9) #21-Ryan Blaney, 3008 -51
10) #24-Chase Elliott, 3006 -53
11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3005 -54
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3003 -56
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings (before reset):
[after Dover, race 29 of 36, 3 of 10 in Playoffs, Round of 16 Standings]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (1 win), 2199 (A)
2) #18-Kyle Busch (2 wins), -24 (A)
3) #42-Kyle Larson, -27
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, -53
5) #24-Chase Elliott, -82
6) #48-Jimmie Johnson, -83
7) #20-Matt Kenseth, -86
8) #11-Denny Hamlin, -103
9) #4-Kevin Harvick, -107
10) #21-Ryan Blaney, -115
11) #1-Jamie McMurray, -116
12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., -130
These drivers will NOT advance to Round 2
13) #31-Ryan Newman, -132
14) #3-Austin Dillon, -134
15) #5-Kasey Kahne, -153
16) #41-Kurt Busch, -155
(A) automatically advances to the next round of the playoffs with a win
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 240) of the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway (lap 240/400):
#42-Larson, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex Jr., 9pts
#88-Earnhardt Jr., 4pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 120) of the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway (lap 120/400):
#2-Keselowski, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex Jr., 8pts
#17-Stenhouse Jr., 7pts
#10-Patrick, 6 pts
#38-Ragan, 2 pts
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #78-Truex Jr., 4th
Caution 2: #22-Logano, 15th
Caution 3: #6-Bayne 24th
Caution 4: #38-Ragan, 21st
Dover Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, October 1 (eastern time)
12:00pm: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
1:30pm: Driver Introductions
1:55:30pm: US Air Force Heritage Brass: God Bless America
2:00pm: Presentation of Colors: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard
2:00:20pm: Invocation: Dan Schafer
2:01pm: National Anthem: USO Show Troupe
2:07:30pm: Command to Start Engines: Wyclef Jean, Three-time Grammy-Award winning musician
2:15:00pm: scheduled green flag
See the starting lineup for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #51-McLeod (gear change)
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
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 Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #78-Truex Jr. chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 9, with an opening in front of it.
#42-Larson, who starts 3rd, took pit stall 8, with an opening behind it.
The final pit stall was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 4th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-30-2017)
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
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 585 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #51-McLeod 146.693 & #23-LaJoie 149.446
best 10 consecutive lap ave (32 drivers): #18-Busch, 155.518
most laps run: #18-Busch 80
no speed: #66=Hill, #95-McDowell
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (9-30-2017)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Holds for Dover practices Quite a few Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams / drivers will be held on pit road at Dover for being late to qualifying tech inspection, failing pre-qualifying and/or pre-race technical inspection at New Hampshire last week or this week at Dover (see the list here)(9-30-2017)
First Saturday practice for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 156.413
slowest: #51-McLeod 145.191 & #66-Hill 147.360
best 10 consecutive lap ave (19 drivers) #18-Busch 155.165
most laps run: #2-Keselowski, 58; #1-McMurray, 57
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 speeds page (pdf) (9-30-2017)
#78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway with speed of 160.664mph for his 2nd pole of 2017, 3rd at Dover and 14th of his career. Truex Jr. has won 1 time from the 13 previous poles at Charlotte in May 2016.
#18-Busch will start 2nd followed by ##42-Larson, #20-Kenseth, #19-Suarez, #11-Hamlin, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #31-Newman, #4-Harvick, #77-Jones, #21-Blaney and #24-Elliott.
#18-Busch was fastest in the second round with a speed of 160.800mph, will start 2nd
#18-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 159.631mph, will start 2nd
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-29-2017)
Martin Truex Jr. edges Kyle Busch for Dover pole The two drivers who have seized control of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff continued their domination in Friday's knockout qualifying session at Dover International Speedway. Navigating the Monster Mile in 22.407 seconds (160.664 mph) in the final round, #78-Truex edged #18-Kyle Busch (160.392 mph) for the top starting spot in Sunday's Apache Warrior 400, the elimination race in the Playoff's Round of 16. Truex won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his third at Dover-the closest facility to his Mayetta, New Jersey home town-and the 14th of his career. Winner of a series-best five races this season, Truex will start on the front row for the ninth time this season. Going for his third straight qualifying sweep, Busch was fastest in the first and second rounds but fell short in the third. With last Sunday's victory at New Hampshire, Busch also is guaranteed a spot in the Round of 12.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](9-30-2017)
2017 MENCS Playoff Drivers Starting Positions at Dover
[using current playoff standings]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. 1st
2) #42-Kyle Larson 3rd
3) #18-Kyle Busch 2nd
4) #2-Brad Keselowski 16th
5) #11-Denny Hamlin 6th
6) #20-Matt Kenseth 4th
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson 17th
8) #21-Ryan Blaney 11th
9) #24-Chase Elliott 12th
10) #4-Kevin Harvick 9th
11) #1-Jamie McMurray 26th
12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 15th
13) #3-Austin Dillon 23rd
14) #31-Ryan Newman 8th
15) #41-Kurt Busch 13th
16) #5-Kasey Kahne 21st
Dover International Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
#78-Martin Truex Jr. (P) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 48th Annual Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil with a lap of 22.407 seconds, 160.664 mph.
This is his 14th pole in 434 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 24th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his third pole in 24 races at Dover International Speedway.
#18-Kyle Busch (P) (second) posted his 25th top-10 start of 2017 and his 16th in 26 races at Dover International Speedway.
#42-Kyle Larson (P) (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his 19th in 29 races this season.
#19-Daniel Suarez (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 160.235
the rest of the top 12: 21 78 11 4 20 77 24
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 41 43 17 2 48 22 14 6 5 37 3 10
First Round of Qualifying for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 24 20 4 77 14 48 2 43 19 17 31 78 37 6 5 10 22 3 88
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 27 1 47 38 13 95 34 15 72 83 66 51 23 33 55 32
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017 at 3:40pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 3:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
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 Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #88-Earnhardt Jr.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #47-Allmendinger.
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).(9-29-2017)
First practice for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
slowest: #33-JEarnhardt 148.748 & #51-McLeod 149.322
most laps run: #22-Logano and #6-Bayne, 29
Best 10 consecutive lap ave: #14-Bowyer. 155.856 (3 drivers)
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(9-29-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Drivers Practice rank
[using current playoff standings]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr. 8th fastest
2) #42-Kyle Larson 2nd
3) #18-Kyle Busch 4th
4) #2-Brad Keselowski 16th
5) #11-Denny Hamlin 9th
6) #20-Matt Kenseth 1st
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3rd
8) #21-Ryan Blaney 15th
9) #24-Chase Elliott 7th
10) #4-Kevin Harvick 5th
11) #1-Jamie McMurray 14th
12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 25th
13) #3-Austin Dillon 27th
14) #31-Ryan Newman 11th
15) #41-Kurt Busch 6th
16) #5-Kasey Kahne 19th
Entry List for the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted, 40 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-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-McLeod*, #55-Sorenson*, #66-Hill*, #83-Moffitt*.
The #83 team has been added.
The #00 team with Derrike Cope has withdrawn.
Since 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36, 2 of 10 in Playoffs, Next race (Dover) is cutoff to round of 12]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(1 win), 2149 (A)
2) #42-Kyle Larson, 2125 (clinched round of 12 spot on points)
3) #18-Kyle Busch(1 win), 2119 (A)
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2106 (clinched round of 12 spot on points)
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2088
6) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2087
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2076
8) #21-Ryan Blaney, 2070
9) #24-Chase Elliott, 2070
10) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2069
11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2053
12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2044
These drivers would not advance to Round 2
13) #3-Austin Dillon, 2044
14) #31-Ryan Newman, 2043
15) #41-Kurt Busch, 2027
16) #5-Kasey Kahne, 2023
(A) automatically advances to the next round of the playoffs with a win
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 Dover(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
TIRE NOTES & FACTS
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- Race No. 29 - Apache Warrior 400
NASCAR Xfinity Series -- Race No. 28 - Use Your Melon, Drive Sober 200
Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile oval) - Dover, Del.
Fast Facts for September 29-October 1, 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-4728; Right-side -- D-4742
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm); Right-side -- 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Storyline - Monster Mile Presents Many Challenges: Goodyear will bring a different tire set-up to Dover Motor Speedway than it did for the spring race, with changes on both sides of the car. On the left-side, there is a compound change to give the cars more grip, as Goodyear tunes to NASCAR's low downforce settings. On the right-side of the car, there is a construction change to enhance durability, as Goodyear has done at many speedways. The changes to the right-side are important because of the speeds and loads the tires on that side of the car experience with the high degree of banking at Dover. In addition to that, the tread compound used on the right-side is designed to rubber-in the concrete track surface to the appropriate level.
"Dover presents several unique challenges, from the banking that generates high loads and speeds to the concrete surface that needs to take rubber," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "What we've done with this right-side construction is part of the ongoing enhancement in durability we've developed as the NASCAR race package evolves. At the same time, we were able to give the cars a little more grip with this left-side compound, while we continue to rely on this right-side compound to lay rubber on the track. Since we start the weekend with a white concrete surface, fans will watch it rapidly turn to black with rubber. During the race, specifically during caution periods, fans can see it lighten in color again as cars pick up rubber off the track surface. This happens because the cars are not at speed and are not actively laying rubber, allowing the hot tires to pick up much of what was laid down on the previous run. But the rubber will go down quickly again once the race goes back to green. This actually happens on all race tracks, but it is just more noticeable on the lighter concrete surface versus darker asphalt."
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Dover this weekend . . . this is the first time these teams have run this combination of left- and right-side tires at Dover, though they did run these same tire codes at Darlington four weeks ago . . . compared to what was run at Dover in June, this left-side tire code (D-4728) features a compound change to provide more grip, while this right-side code (D-4742) features a construction change to align it with what is run at other speedways . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Dover on July 25 . . . drivers participating in that test were Chris Buescher, Landon Cassill, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano . . . 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