Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dover Driver Statistics

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray - McMurray looks to make his 19th start at Dover International Speedway this weekend. In his previous 18 starts at the Monster Mile, McMurray has accumulated one top-five, five top-10s and led 131 laps. The driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has an average start of 16.2 and an average finish of 17.6. His best start was fifth in 2008 and his best finish was second in 2006. McMurray has zero DNFs (did not finish) and has completed 7,101 of 7,204 laps (98.6%) at Dover.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski will make his 5th Cup start at Dover. Keselowski ranks at or near the top in several loop data statistics following Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. He easily leads the series in Quality Passes (passing a car inside the top 15) with 1,001 passes. He also ranks in the top five in Fastest Speed in Traffic (speed when there is a car within one car length). After 12 points-paying events, Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team are ranked 11th in the 2012 driver and owner point rankings. The team is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Sunday night.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet, has one top-five finish, four top-10s and has led 88 laps in 16 Cup starts at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.  He earned his best finish of fourth at the track last October after starting ninth.  Kahne has seven starts inside the top 10 at the one-mile concrete oval and lined up fourth in this race last May. 

#9- Marcos Ambrose - The Australian native has one top-five, two top-10 and three top-15 finishes at Dover. His best finish (third) came in last year's spring event and his best start (12th) came in last year's fall race. He has completed 2,616 of 2,800 laps attempted at the one-mile speedway. Ambrose enters this weekend's 400-mile race in 20th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

#10- David Reutimann - Reutimann made nine starts at the Delaware speedway since his debut in 2007. He tallied one top-five, three top-15s and a pole. He started from the pole in the summer event in 2009 and secured his best finish of fifth in the summer race in 2010. He is ranked as the fourth best closer at the one-mile track.

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has two wins, three second-place finishes, 10 top-fives, 15 top-10s and has led a total of 1,072 laps in his 26 career Sprint Cup starts at Dover. His average start is 20th, his average finish is 13th and he has a lap completion rate of 96.3 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his 13th NSCS start at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. In his previous 12 starts Bowyer has five top-10 finishes. He finished sixth last May and led 29 laps. Bowyer has led a total of 33 laps in his 12 starts, averages a 20th place starting position and finish of 14th. 

#16- Greg Biffle - At Dover Biffle has two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole,an average finish of 12.3, average Running Position of 9.4, third-best and a Driver Rating of 105.4, fourth-best.

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth has an average starting position of 16.7 and an average finishing position of 12.2 at Dover, and has achieved two poles, two wins, 12 top-five’s and 17 top-10’s at Dover in the Cup series.

#18- Kyle Busch - The FedEx 400 will mark Kyle Busch’s 270th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 15th Sprint Cup start at Dover. Busch has two wins, seven top-five finishes, nine top-10s and has led a total of 448 laps in 14 career Sprint Cup starts at 
Dover. His average Dover finish is 13.3.

#22- A J Allmendinger - In 10 career Sprint Cup starts at Dover, Allmendinger is still looking for his first career win and top-five finish there, but he does have three top-10 finishes to date. He was running at the finish in eight of the races and finished on the lead lap four times. He has completed 83.1 percent of possible laps (3,324 of 4,000). He has led 152 laps at Dover, the most he has led at any track. Overall, Dinger has a 13.7 average start and 23.3 average finish at Dover.

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 38 starts in Sprint Cup at Dover Gordon has scored four wins, 14 top fives, 21 top 10s; four poles, an average finish of 12.2 and an average Running Position of 13.8, 10th-best.

#27- Paul Menard - In his nine previous starts at Dover International Speedway, Menard has finished each contested race and has completed 98.5 percent of his laps (3,547 of 3,600). He has an average starting position of 20.7 and an average finishing position of 20.3. Menard made his best start of third during his last visit to the one-mile race track (October 2011) and claimed his best finish of seventh at the September 2010 event. 

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick has made 22 Sprint Cup Series starts at the one-mile track throughout the past 11 seasons, collecting two top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Harvick holds a 21.2 average starting position and a 16.6 average finishing position at the Monster Mile with a best starting and finishing position of third in the fall of 2003 and in the spring of 2006, respectively. Harvick has led 144 of the 8,804 laps he has completed.

#31- Jeff Burton - This weekend’s 400-mile event marks Burton’s 37th start at the one-mile facility and 632nd-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton garnered one win, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track, leading 136 laps.

#39- Ryan Newman - The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks will mark Newman’s 381st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 21st Sprint Cup start at Dover International Speedway. Newman has three wins, four poles, six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in 20 starts at Dover.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya will make his 11th start at Dover International Speedway this weekend. In 10 starts at the Monster Mile the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet has earned one top-five, two top-10s and led five laps. His average start is 16.9, while his average finish is 22.9. Montoya’s highest starting position is second (2007, 2009) and his best finish is fourth in 2009.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola went to Victory Lane at Dover in the 2010 Camping World Truck Series in just his second start at the one-mile oval.  He also has three Nationwide starts at Dover - all top-15 finishes.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - At Dover, Johnson has six wins in 20 starts (season sweeps in 2002, 2009; September 2005 and 2006).  Three poles (September 2007, 2009 and 2010). Nine top-five finishes (45 percent) and 14 top-10s (70 percent). Average finish of 9.2. Sprint Cup’s best average running position (6.8).

#51- Kurt Busch - Busch has one win, six top-five finishes and eight top-10s and has 418 laps led in 23 career Sprint Cup starts at Dover. Busch scored his lone win at Dover during the most recent Sprint Cup Series race at the mile oval – the fall of 2011. Busch qualified second and led 90 laps en route to the victory. Busch’s average Dover finish is 17.9.

#55- Mark Martin - In 51 Sprint Cup starts at Dover, Martin owns four victories and four poles. He’s led 1,726 laps and posted 23 top-five finishes as well as 31 top 10's.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 24 Cup starts at Dover International Speedway, Earnhardt has one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He has led 367 laps and completed 99 percent of all laps he's attempted (9,507 of 9,604 total) at the Monster Mile.  Earnhardt's Sprint Cup win at Dover happened Sept. 23, 2001. The victory, which came in the first Cup race following Sept. 11, was the second of his sophomore season. Earnhardt displayed the American flag during his victory lap to pay tribute to the victims. In that race he started third and led 193 laps.

#99- Carl Edwards - In 15 starts at the one-mile track, Edwards has one win, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Edwards scored his only Cup win there in Sept. ’07.  He has an average start of 14.7 and an average finish of 7.3.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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