THE RACE: Gander Outdoors 400
TRACK: Dover International Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #30 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #4 of 10
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2018 in Dover, DE
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:17 pm/et
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 1:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:00pm/et
Friday, October 5, 11:00-11:50pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, October 6, 11:00-11:50am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, October 6, 1:30pm-2:20pm/et, TV-NBCSN.
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, October 5 at 3:40 pm/et, NBC Sports app. Tape delayed on NBCSN at 5:30pm/et.
re-air scheduled: None
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, October 4
6:00 PM-8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, October 5
8:00 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM-11:50 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:40 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, October 6
9:30 AM-5:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM-11:50 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:30 PM-2:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, October 7
8:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
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
Grand Marshal: Tamara Ward, EVP, Corporate Development, Camping World Holdings
Command to start engines: Tamara Ward
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Michael Kelly, Tech Sergeant, Dover AFB
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Michael Kelly, Tech Sergeant, Dover AFB
Color Guard: Dover Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: Dan Schafer Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, N.J.
National Anthem: Calvary Baptist Church Choir from Dover, De
Flyover: US Navy Training Squadron Seven (VT-7) from Meridian, Miss., flying the T-45C Goshawk
Sunday Dover Notebook: Late accident ruins Aric Almirola's winning chances at Dover; Kevin Harvick comes up empty in a dominant car at Dover; Jimmie Johnson can't answer the bell in Dover debacle.[More](10-7-2018)
Saturday Dover Notebook: Martin Truex Jr. seeks Dover win to ward off Talladega jinx; Diversity driver Ruben Garcia Jr. picks up 19th win for Rev Racing; Short strokes[More](10-6-2018)
Friday Dover Notebook: What's one point? Joey Logano says it can make all the difference; Kyle Larson tests 2019 Monster Energy NSCAR Cup rules package; Unexpected Charlotte win buoys Chase Briscoe's confidence.[More](10-5-2018)
What to Watch for: Dover International Speedway: The Round of 12 Starts in Dover; Jimmie Johnson is Eliminated, Can He Snap Drought?; Busch and Harvick Look to Remain Strong at Dover; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Dover.[More](10-5-2018)
Dover International Speedway Weekend Preview: Chase Elliott heads to Dover optimistic; XFINITY Series drivers face elimination at Dover.[More](10-4-2018)
A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover, 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, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Dover International Speedway page
Chase Elliott grabs victory at Dover, advances in Monster Energy Cup Playoffs: What looked like a Stewart-Haas Racing victory parade for much of Sunday afternoon ended in a wild overtime scramble, with Chase Elliott taking the checkered flag in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway. On considerably older tires, Elliott pulled ahead cleared runner-up Denny Hamlin through Turns 1 and 2 after a restart on Lap 403 and powered his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet across the finish line .265 second ahead of Hamlin's Toyota. With the victory-his second of the season and the second of his career-Elliott punched his ticket into the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, extricating himself from the bottom four in the postseason standings.[More](10-7-2018)
#9-Chase Elliott won the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway under an Overtime finish. The win is his 2nd win of 2018 and 2nd of his career.
Elliott stayed out after a caution with 8 laps to go and was able to hang on to the lead through a late race accident and restart. With win locks him into the Round of 8 in the Playoffs.
#11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #20-Jones, #41-Busch, #4-Harvick, #3-Dillon, pole sitter #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #19-Suarez, and #12-Blaney.
#4-Harvick dominated most of the race, winning the first two stages and leading 286 laps, but had to make an extra green flag pit stop late in the race after a valve stem was knocked off during his first stop.
#14-Bowyer wrecked with less than 10 laps remaining and finished 35th.
With less than 4 laps remaining an accident involved #2-Keselowski, #88-Bowman, #12-Blaney and #10-Almirola. Bowman was unable to continue and finished 28th. Keselowski, Almirola and Blaney continued on to the finish. The accident caused a red flag for track cleanup and led to the Overtime finish.
There were 15 lead changes among 8 drivers and 5 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 122.404mph.
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).
Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers finished at Dover:
#9-Chase Elliott, 1st
#22-Joey Logano, 3rd
#41-Kurt Busch, 5th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 6th
#18-Kyle Busch, 8th
#12-Ryan Blaney, 11th
#42-Kyle Larson, 12th
#10-Aric Almirola, 13th
#2-Brad Keselowski, 14th
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 15th
#88-Alex Bowman, 28th
#14-Clint Bowyer, 35th
MENCS at Dover
- Chase Elliott: 2nd career Cup Series win; 4th-youngest driver at time of 2nd career Cup win (22 years, 314 days), behind Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Richard Petty
- Elliott: 1 win, 5 top-5 finishes in 6 career Dover starts; 4.3 average finish career at track is best among drivers with more than 2 starts at track (2nd best is 8.0 by David Pearson)
- Elliott: 2nd win in last 9 races (0 wins in first 98 career starts)
- Elliott: only driver to win for Hendrick Motorsports this season (2 wins would be team's fewest since winning once in 1993)
- Elliott: advances to Round of 8; reached round for 2nd straight year (eliminated in Round of 8 last season)
- Denny Hamlin: finished 2nd (best finish this season); winless this season (won a race in each of his 12 full Cup seasons entering 2018)
- Kevin Harvick: led 286 of 404 laps and won first 2 stages, but finished 6th; most laps led by non-winner at Dover since Kyle Busch led 302 in 2012 (finished 7th)
- Aric Almirola: finished 13th; 64 laps led was 6 off of his career hit set at Chicago earlier this year (13th is best finish in 4 career races when leading 50 or more laps, other finishes are 25th, 29th and 20th)
(ESPN Stats & Info)
Race Fast Facts - Dover
Chase Elliott (P) won the 49th Annual Gander Outdoors "400", his first victory in 107 Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Dover International Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 26 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2018.
Joey Logano (P) (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 20 races at Dover International Speedway.
William Byron (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick (P) leads the point standings by 5 points over Kyle Busch (P).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-7-2018)
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Dover - race 1 of 3 in the Round of 12, 4 of 10 in the Playoffs]
1) #9-Chase Elliott, Dover win
2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 3101, +68
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 3096, +63
4) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 3069, +36
5) #22-Joey Logano, 3064, +31
6) #41-Kurt Busch, 3054, +21
7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 3054, +21
8) #12-Ryan Blaney, 3043, +10
Currently outside the top 8 to advance to the next round:
9) #10-Aric Almirola, 3033, -10
10) #14-Clint Bowyer, 3033, -10
11) #42-Kyle Larson, 3031, -12
12) #88-Alex Bowman, 3009, -34
See 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 Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway (lap 240/400):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 8pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 120) of the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway (lap 120/400):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 1pt
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #88-Bowman, 28th
Caution 2: #88-Bowman (2), 28th
Caution 3: #4-Harvick, 6th
Caution 4: #17-Stenhouse, 9th
Caution 5: #42-Larson, 12th
See the starting lineup for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the rear: #43-Wallace (failed pre-race inspection three times)
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 Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway have been made.
With 39 cars running, pit stall 16 is not in use.
Pole winner #18-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #4-Harvick took the final pit stall.
#78-Truex, Jr, who starts 3rd, took the 38th stall.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-6-2018)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 31 drivers): #41-Larson 155.035, 10 laps
slowest: #66-Hill 144.445
notes: The session was extended to 80 minutes after weather knocked out the first morning practice session.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (10-6-2018)
First Saturday practice for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was canceled due to rain. Final practice has been extended 30 minutes and will now run from 1:00 - 2:20pm/et. (10-6-2018)
Pop-up rain shower puts Kyle Busch on Dover pole: A sudden rain shower in the afternoon of an otherwise dry day soaked the concrete racing surface at Dover International Speedway and forced cancellation of Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session.[More](10-5-2018)
#18-Kyle Busch will be on the pole for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway after qualifying was rained out Friday. The lineup was set by the rulebook.
#4-Harvick will start 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #14-Bowyer, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #12-Blaney, #9-Elliott, #42-Larson, #10-Almirola, and #88-Bowman.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
See the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(10-5-2018)
Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers will start at Dover:
#18-Kyle Busch, 1st
#4-Kevin Harvick, 2nd
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 3rd
#2-Brad Keselowski, 4th
#14-Clint Bowyer, 5th
#22-Joey Logano, 6th
#41-Kurt Busch, 7th
#12-Ryan Blaney, 8th
#9-Chase Elliott, 9th
#42-Kyle Larson, 10th
#10-Aric Almirola, 11th
#88-Alex Bowman, 12th
Coverage of Qualifying for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, Octber 5, 2018 at 3:40pm/et.
Television (TV): NBC Sports App, 3:30pm/et. Tape delayed on NBCSN at 5:30pm/et.
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 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 Gander Outdoors 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 #19-Suarez.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #37-Buescher.
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).(10-5-2018)
First practice for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
most laps run: #42-Wallace, 18 laps.
slowest: #66-Hill 151.458 & #52-Rhodes 147.300.
No drivers ran 10 or more consecutive laps.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (10-5-2018)
Entry List for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #6-Kenseth, #23-Yeley, #51-McLeod, #52-Rhodes, #66-Hill, #72-LaJoie.
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 Dover(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
Dover Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Dover page.(10-2-2018)
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship