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DATE: Sunday, Sept. 29
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Del.
TRACK: 1-mile oval
CAPACITY: 113,000 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 44th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Sept. 27/3:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 8)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeremy Mayfield, 2004 (161.522 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (132.719 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Brad Keselowski106Martin Truex Jr3
2Jeff Gordon77Kyle Busch5
3Mark Martin268Denny Hamlin1
4Jimmie Johnson119Clint Bowyer2
5Carl Edwards1510Joey Logano14
2012 AAA 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.076 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 11 mins., 53 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.078 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 28 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (159.299 mph)
Past AAA 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
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)
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. 22)
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, N.H.
MILES: 317.4
LAPS: 300
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Greg Biffle
FOURTH: Jimmie Johnson
FIFTH: Jamie McMurray
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (finished 16)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 57 mins., 2 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 107.573 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.533 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 37 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 11 drivers
LAP LEADERS: R. Newman 1-2; K. Kahne 3-31; M. Truex Jr 32-32; J. Yeley 33-33;
K. Kahne 34-35; M. Truex Jr 36-108; M. Kenseth 109-109; J. Gordon
110-110; B. Keselowski 111-112; J. Logano 113-113; D. Earnhardt
Jr 114-129; M. Truex Jr 130-152; M. Kenseth 153-165; M. Truex Jr
166-166; J. Gordon 167-201; D. Earnhardt Jr 202-202; C. Bowyer
203-207; M. Kenseth 208-246; J. Johnson 247-247; M. Kenseth
248-300.
AAA 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Lift Master
2 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Filtrete
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Drive Sober
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Richard Petty Motorsports
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/House-Autry
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
51Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Shooters Sporting
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Shocks
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Brad Keselowski------------------2220Won
Jeff Gordon3373117611122
Mark Martin241444212193
Jimmie Johnson10Won13145WonWon24
Carl Edwards1892Won311535
Martin Truex Jr------613203334306
Kyle Busch---24054331667
Denny Hamlin------93838229188
Clint Bowyer------8128152589
Joey Logano---------------4232910
Dale Earnhardt Jr9312132420232411
Kevin Harvick19193220612151013
Kasey Kahne4216383226828415
Greg Biffle111352Won13192716
Ryan NewmanWon52428131082321
Kurt Busch5234293454Won23
Matt Kenseth323510352318535
 
Mover of the Week
Brian Vickers - started 29 and finished 7
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is the 29th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the third in the 10-race Chase.

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 87 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. Dover will host the third round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship the last weekend in September.

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. Mark Martin's 54 starts at this track is tops among all active drivers.

Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Allison and Petty share the record for most victories at Dover with seven each. Johnson's most recent win at this track came in June 2012. He won both races there 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 14, followed by Jack Roush with nine and eight for Roger Penske.

Tony Stewart won this year's spring race at Dover (June 2). Stewart is sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a leg injury. Martin continues to substitute for him in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.

David Pearson holds the record for most pole wins at Dover with six. Rusty Wallace and Martin have five 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.

Five drivers entered in this weekend's race made their Cup debuts at Dover: Bobby Labonte (June 3, 1991), Matt Kenseth (Sept. 20, 1998), Kurt Busch (Sept. 24, 2000), Tony Raines (June 2, 2002) 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.

Round 4 in the championship Chase is the Oct. 6 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's race there.

09/24 15:34:20 ET

As of September 24, 2013, at 03:34 PM ET