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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Gander Outdoors 400

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover

Jimmie Johnson........................... 117.2
Matt Kenseth................................ 107.7
Kyle Busch................................... 105.5
Chase Elliott................................. 104.4
Kyle Larson.................................. 100.8
Martin Truex Jr.............................. 97.9
Daniel Suarez................................ 96.9
Kevin Harvick................................. 93.6
Brad Keselowski............................ 91.6
Clint Bowyer................................... 89.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races (29 total) among active drivers at Dover Motor Speedway.

History

· 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.
· The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.
· 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 track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.
· There have been 97 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race per year in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.
· Of the 97 previous races, 14 of them have been Playoff events.

Starts

· A total of 401 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 294 in more than one.
· Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56.
· Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 38 starts at Dover; followed by Kurt Busch (36) and Kevin Harvick (35).
· 66 drivers have made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Dover International Speedway.
· Five Monster Energy Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (09/20/2018), Kurt Busch (09/24/00), David Ragan (09/24/06), Ross Chastain (06/04/17) and Ryan Sieg (06/04/17).
· Bobby Isaac (five starts) leads the series in average starting position at Dover with a 2.2.
· Daniel Suarez (three starts) leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Dover with a 5.0; followed by Kyle Larson (8.6), Erik Jones (9.3), Kyle Busch (9.4) and Ryan Newman (10.4).

Poles

· David Pearson (Ford) won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
· A total of 41 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won Busch poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six; followed by Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace (five each).
· Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in Busch poles at Dover with four.
· Nine drivers have won consecutive poles at Dover. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974.
· Two active drivers have posted consecutive poles at Dover: Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013).
· Youngest Dover pole winner: Jeff Gordon (06/04/1995 - 23 years, 10 months, 0 days).
· Oldest Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (06/01/2012 - 53 years, 4 months, 23 days).
· Five drivers have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch pole at Dover International Speedway - J.D. McDuffie (09/17/1978), Joe Ruttman (05/15/1983), Dick Trickle (06/031990), Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991); and the only active driver to accomplish the feat - Matt Kenseth (06/02/02).

Wins

· A total of 35 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with 11 wins (2002 sweep, 2005 Playoffs, 2009 sweep, 2010 Playoffs, Spring of 2012, 2013 Playoffs, Spring of 2014, Spring of 2015 and Spring of 2017).
· 12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep).
· Youngest Dover winner: Kyle Busch (06/01/2008 - 23 years, 0 months, 30 days).
· Oldest Dover winner: Harry Gant (05/31/1992 - 52 years, 4 months, 21 days).
· Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 19: Jimmie Johnson (11), Jeff Gordon (five), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
· Nine different manufacturers have won in the MENCS at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 39 victories; followed by Ford with 25 and Toyota with five.
· 13 of the 97 (13.7%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Busch pole; the two most recent were by Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010.
· The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (18) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover is 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995.
· The deepest in the field that an active race winner has started at Dover is 26th, by Martin Truex Jr. in the spring of 2007.
· Two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (06/04/07) and Jody Ridley (5/17/81).
· Seven of the eight active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances.
· Among the eight active MENCS Dover winners, Kevin Harvick (29) and Kurt Busch (22) made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
· Jamie McMurray leads the series among active drivers with the most starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 31.

Additional Finishing Positions

· A total of 51 different drivers have finished runner up in the Monster Energy Series at Dover International Speedway; led by Mark Martin with eight runner-up finishes.
· Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in runner-up finished at Dover with four.
· A total of 93 different drivers have finished in the top-five in the Monster Energy Series at Dover; led by Mark Martin with 24 top fives.
· Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers in top-five finishes at Dover with 17 each.
· A total of 154 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in the Monster Energy Series at Dover; led by Mark Martin with 33 top 10s.
· Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers top-10 finishes at Dover with 24 each.
· Charlie Glotzbach (two starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with a 2.5.
· Of drivers with more than 10 starts at Dover, David Pearson leads the series in average finish with an 8.0 in 16 starts.
· Chase Elliott (five starts) leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with a 5.0.

Track Specific Stats

· Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest Margin of Victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race, won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.080 second.
· There have been three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race resulting in NASCAR Overtime at Dover International Speedway.
· None of the 97 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
· Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway nine times: Fall of 1984, Spring of 2001, Fall of 2003, Spring of 2005, Spring of 2011, fall of 2015, Spring and Fall of 2016 and Spring of 2017.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 3,105 laps led in 33 starts.
· Top six active series Dover lap leaders: Jimmie Johnson (3,105), Kyle Busch (1,188), Kevin Harvick (1,156), Matt Kenseth (904), Ryan Newman (849), Martin Truex Jr. (745).

Female Competitors

· Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

NASCAR in Delaware

· A total of 185 NASCAR national series races have been held in the state of Delaware - all at Dover International Speedway.

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