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Lap-by-Lap: Dover

October 02, 2011, , NASCAR.com

Lap 400 -- CHECKERED FLAG: After getting a jump on Jimmie Johnson during a late-race restart, Kurt Busch held off the field to win the AAA 400 at Dover! Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards are now tied for the lead in the Chase; Busch moves up to fourth and Johnson now rounds out the top five in points.

Lap 399 -- WHITE FLAG: Kurt Busch leads by .730 seconds.

Lap 398 -- Carl Edwards is closing on Jimmie Johnson for second.

Lap 396 -- The race appears to be for second place between Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards as Kurt Busch gets help from lapped traffic.

Lap 394 -- Kasey Kahne remains in fourth; Matt Kenseth is in fifth.

Lap 392 -- Jimmie Johnson struggles in the corners as he plows through rubber buildup.

Lap 391 -- Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards run 1-2-3 and turn near similar lap times.

Lap 390 -- WIth 10 laps to go, Kurt Busch leads Jimmie Johnson by .621 seconds.

Lap 388 -- No movement in the top 10.

Lap 386 -- Lapped traffic yields to the leaders as Jimmie Johnson struggles to close the gap on the No. 22.

Lap 384 -- Carl Edwards -- in third -- trails Kurt Busch by 1.121 seconds.

Lap 383 -- Marcos Ambrose rounds out the top 10; Kyle Busch remains in fifth.

Lap 382 -- Matt Kenseth does battle with Kyle Busch for fifth.

Lap 381 -- Kurt Busch is hanging onto the lead as the No 48 closes in.

Lap 378 -- Jeff Gordon to 13th.

Lap 377 -- Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson run 1-2 and turn the same lap times. Carl Edwards has the fastest time from third.

Lap 375 -- Carl Edwards moves up to third -- watch out!

Lap 374 -- A.J. Allmendinger takes eighth from Kevin Harvick.

Lap 373 -- Kurt Busch continues to lead as Kevin Harvick settles into seventh.

Lap 371 -- Brian Vickers moves up to 10th as Carl Edwards takes away fourth from Kasey Kahne.

Lap 369 -- Kurt Busch leads Jimmie Johnson by .450 seconds.

Lap 367 -- Kyle Busch moves up to third as Carl Edwards charges from fifth.

Lap 366 -- GREEN FLAG: Kurt Busch brings the field back up to speed, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. Johnson spins the tires and Busch jumps out front.

Lap 365 -- One to go until green.

Lap 363 -- Kurt Busch is your race leader.

Lap 362 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 10: Greg Biffle hits the inside wall. Brad Keselowski gets the free pass. Should be a quick yellow.

Lap 360 -- Kasey Kahne moves up to third as Kyle Busch drops to fourth.

Lap 359 -- GREEN FLAG: Jimmie Johnson leads the field back to green, followed by Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch. Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick restart 5-6. Johnson loses ground to Kurt Busch, who passes on the outside.

Lap 357 -- Twenty cars remain on the lead lap. One to go until green.

Lap 356 -- The top eight take two tires only; Jimmie Johnson remains the race leader as Chad Knaus tells the five-time champ he's doing a hell of a job today.

Lap 355 -- Jimmie Johnson takes two tires; Kasey Kahne takes two tires; Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch take two tires. Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle trade paint exiting their stalls.

Lap 354 -- Jimmie Johnson remains the race leader as Carl Edwards rounds out the top 10.

Lap 352 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 9: Mike Bliss gets loose out of Turn 2 and hits the wall; he can't even turn the wheel. Brad Keselowski gets the free pass.

Lap 349 -- Final pit stops are fast approaching. Chad Kanus figures the No. 48 is good until about 20 laps to go.

Lap 348 -- Carl Edwards does battle with Kevin Harvick for 10th; the No. 99 makes the pass for the spot.

Lap 346 -- Clint Bowyer moves up to sixth.

Lap 345 -- Kasey Kahne holds off Matt Kenseth for third.

Lap 344 -- Nineteen cars remain on the lead lap.

Lap 343 -- Kyle Busch up to eighth. Juan Montoya pits for tire and fuel.

Lap 342 -- The leaders will have to pit one more time for fuel.

Lap 340 -- Kurt Busch loses some time on Jimmie Johnson as Jeff Gordon races hard with Carl Edwards for 11th.

Lap 338 -- Kevin Harvick rounds out the top 10; Marcos Ambrose remains in fifth.

Lap 336 -- Jimmie Johnson's lead: 1.195 seconds.

Lap 333 -- Carl Edwards is back up to 12th and turning the fastest lap times of anyone in the field.

Lap 332 -- Bobby Labonte goes a lap down. Brad Keselowski will need to pit for fuel soon.

Lap 330 -- The sun is breaking through the clouds at Dover as teams figure out how track conditions may change with final laps approaching.

Lap 328 -- Jeff Gordon is the race's biggest mover, up 22 spots to 12th.

Lap 326 -- Jimmie Johnson has now led the most laps in a race that has seen eight cautions, 14 race leaders and 25 lead changes.

Lap 324 -- Chasers Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth run 1-2-3.

Lap 323 -- Marcos Ambrose rounds out the top five. Kasey Kahne is best among non-Chasers in fourth.

Lap 320 -- With 80 laps to go, live points reflect Jimmie Johnson second in the Chase standings, eight points behind Kevin Harvick.

Lap 319 -- Jeff Gordon moves up to 12th after starting the race 34th.

Lap 317 -- Jeff Burton to 10th; Kevin Harvick drops back to 11th.

Lap 316 -- Jimmie Johnson's lead: 1.201 seconds out of Turn 4.

Lap 315 -- Twenty-four cars are on the lead lap. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the first car a lap down.

Lap 313 -- Kyle Busch is back up to eighth.

Lap 312 -- Kevin Harvick passes Juan Montoya for 11th.

Lap 310 -- Dale Jr. reports debris in Turn 2. Officials can't confirm and the race stays under green.

Lap 309 -- Pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. heads for pit road with a blown tire.

Lap 308 -- Kyle Busch rounds out the top 10. David Ragan and Bobby Labonte are back on the lead lap.

Lap 306 -- GREEN FLAG: Jimmie Johnson leads the field back to green, followed by Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne. Johnson rockets on the restart as Busch takes second from Kenseth.

Lap 303 -- Two or three to go until green as cleanup continues.

Lap 301 -- The leaders head down pit road: Jimmie Johnson takes four tires and fuel with little adjustment. Matt Kenseth is loos and takes four tires. Kurt Busch takes four tires, an air adjustment and fuel. Johnson remains the race leader.

Lap 300 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 8: Debris in Turn 4 after J.J. Yeley hits the wall. Carl Edwards gets the free pass.

Lap 298 -- Kasey Kahne cuts his deficit in half the past 10 laps. He now trails leader Jimmie Johnson by 1.987 seconds.

Lap 295 -- Ryan Newman on the radio from 29th: "When it ain't your day, it ain't your day."

Lap 294 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is two laps down in 27th after a day of mechanical issues.

Lap 292 -- Carl Edwards lead 116 laps earlier; he's one lap down and beating himself up about his speeding penalty.

Lap 291 -- Kasey Kahne is closing on leader Jimmie Johnson but still has more than 2.3 seconds to make up.

Lap 288 -- Kurt Busch is back up to fourth as Steve Addington gives him a car to work with.

Lap 284 -- Chad Knaus wants Jimmie Johnson to back down the No. 48 and conserve fuel, kind of like asking a toddler to go easy on the cotton candy.

Lap 283 -- Jimmie Johnson's lead: 3.9 seconds.

Lap 282 -- Kasey Kahne continues to impress, up to second after passing Matt Kenseth.

Lap 281 -- Kevin Harvick moves to 10th.

Lap 279 -- The No. 48 sets the pace by 3.163 seconds.

Lap 277 -- Tony Stewart drops to 30th and remains two laps down.

Lap 275 -- Dale Jr. is back on the track in 28th -- two laps down.

Lap 274 -- Jimmie Johnson pulls away from Matt Kenseth and leads by 2.317 seconds out of Turn 4.

Lap 273 -- Greg Biffle moves up to eighth.

Lap 271 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on pit road with a vibration; the No. 88 took two tires under caution.

Lap 269 -- Twenty-one care remain on the lead lap as Jimmie Johnson leads another lap. Brad Keselowski is back in 23rd after repairs to the power steering on pit road.

Lap 267 -- Carl Edwards is in 22nd and the first car a lap down.

Lap 266 -- Jimmie Johnson restarts well and puts some space between the No. 48 and Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch drops to sixth.

Lap 265 -- Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch cross the start/finish line in single file.

Lap 264 -- GREEN FLAG: Jimmie Johnson brings the field back to green, followed by Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch. Chad Knaus tells Johnson to save fuel. Yeah, right ...

Lap 263 -- One to go until green.

Lap 262 -- Officials report track conditions are improving.

Lap 261 -- Carl Edwards is in 25th after serving his first speeding penalty of the year in the Cup Series.

Lap 260 -- Officials report the track is still good despite some light rain. Brad Keselowski comes back down pit road for tires.

Lap 259 -- Jeff Gordon pits for a wedge adjustment and fuel. Denny Hamlin takes tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.

Lap 257 -- Under caution, Chasers Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart are at least one lap down. The Blue Deuce returns to pit road after the power steering fails.

Lap 256 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 7 -- Light rain at the track. Jimmie Johnson leads. Jeff Burton gets the free pass.

Lap 255 -- Jimmie Johnson takes back the lead after passing the No. 17.

Lap 253 -- Matt Kenseth will take the lead when Jeff Burton pits. Kenseth will be followed by Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 252 -- A light mist is reported in Turn 3 as the tower calls for a weather report.

Lap 250 -- Kurt Busch is loose and takes four tires and fuel.

Lap 249 -- Carl Edwards is nailed for speeding and will have to come back down pit road. Jeff Gordon takes four tires an a wedge adjustment. Jeff Burton leads.

Lap 248 -- Carl Edwards wants the No. 99 snugged up and takes four tires and fuel. Jimmie Johnson takes a half-round on the track bar, four tires and fuel.

Lap 247 -- Dale Jr. is loose in the corner and takes tires and fuel in less than 14 seconds.

Lap 246 -- Kevin Harvick takes four tires and fuel. Denny Hamlin is tight and takes a wedge adjustment, four tires and fuel.

Lap 245 -- Brian Vickers takes tires and fuel; Paul Menard is loose and takes four tires and fuel.

Lap 244 -- Brad Keselowski is on pit road for four tires, an air and wedge adjustment and fuel.

Lap 243 -- Clint Bowyer pits for tires and fuel. Jamie McMurray is on pit road for tires and fuel.

Lap 242 -- Live points reflect a drop of six spots in the Chase standings for Tony Stewart.

Lap 240 -- Kevin Harvick falls off the pace and into 11th.

Lap 238 -- Jeff Gordon rounds out the top 10.

Lap 236 -- Tony Stewart goes another lap down as Jimmie Johnson passes on the low side.

Lap 235 -- Carl Edwards remains in fourth as green-flag pit stops approach.

Lap 234 -- The Blue Deuce is loose as a goose and losing ground. Brad Keselowski drops out of the top 10 and slides into 13th.

Lap 232 -- Matt Kenseth trails Jimmie Johnson by .434 seconds. Jeff Gordon moves to 11th.

Lap 229 -- Kasey Kahne's strong run continues as the No. 4 turns the same lap time as leader Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 228 -- Carl Edwards says the No. 99 is loose but he's having no issues running strong in fourth.

Lap 227 -- Brad Keselowski drops to 10th. Kasey Kahne moves up to fifth.

Lap 225 -- Green-flag pit stops are fast approaching. Matt Kenseth has closed the gap on leader Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 223 -- Tony Stewart is running worst among those in the Chase. The No. 14 is in 28th, one lap down.

Lap 222 -- Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards run 3-4 and are making up ground on Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.

Lap 220 -- Twenty-five cars remain on the lead lap; Jimmie Johnson leads with Matt Kenseth .669 seconds behind.

Lap 219 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate JEff Gordon run 13-14.

Lap 217 -- Marcos Ambrose up to 11th.

Lap 214 -- Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth separate themselves form the field as Kurt Busch finds third, 5.173 seconds off the lead pace.

Lap 213 -- Brad Keselowski drops to ninth as Kyle Busch finds eighth.

Lap 212 -- Jeff Gordon drops to 13th and reports the car is a plowing through the track.

Lap 210 -- Matt Kenseth trails leader Jimmie Johnson by 1.867 seconds.

Lap 208 -- Dale Jr.'s lap times are improving as he moves up another spot to 15th.

Lap 207 -- A.J. Allmendinger continues to run strong in third and has remained in the top 10 for a good portion of today's race.

Lap 206 -- Clint Bowyer moves up to 10th.

Lap 204 -- Leading the points as they run right now, Kevin Harvick is your leader in the Chase.

Lap 203 -- Carl Edwards is up to fifth. Kurt Busch moves up to fourth.

Lap 201 -- Jimmie Johnson's lead is 2.394 seconds out of Turn 4.

Lap 200 -- At halfway, Jimmie Johnson is your race leader, with Matt Kenseth moving up to second and Kevin Harvick running in third.

Lap 199 -- Matt Kenseth moves up to fourth; Kyle Busch settles into fifth.

Lap 198 -- Twenty-five cars are on the lead lap. David Reutimann rounds out the top 10.

Lap 196 -- Live points reflect Jimmie Johnson up six spots in the Chase standings.

Lap 194 -- Kevin Harvick -- on two new tires -- gives up the lead to Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 192 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves up to 14th as Carl Edwards gets past Kasey Kahne for eihth.

Lap 191 -- Jimmie Johnson takes second and closes on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 189 -- Carl Edwards is stuck in traffic and running in ninth. Kyle Busch remains in fourth.

Lap 186 -- Kevin Harvick gets a bonue point for leading the lap as Jimmie Johnson prepares to pass A.J. Allmendinger for second.

Lap 185 -- GREEN FLAG: A.J. Allmendinger leads the field back to green with 25 cars on the lead lap. Kevin Harvick makes the pass for the lead.

Lap 184 -- Cleanup continues as rubber clumps up on the track; one more lap under caution.

Lap 183 -- One to go until green.

Lap 182 -- Jamie McMurray and Juan Montoya get back on the lead lap after taking the wave around. Jimmie Johnson will restart third.

Lap 181 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: Bobby Labonte slides on the restart. Joey Logano gets the free pass.

Lap 180 -- GREEN FLAG: A.J. Allmendinger leads the field back to green with Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards close behind.

Lap 179 -- One to go until green. Three cars are wave around eligible.

Lap 178 -- A.J. Allmendinger leads the field, followed by Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann and Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 177 -- Jimmie Johnson wants the balance the same but requests more grip and two tires. Brad Keselowski takes fuel to a tight No. 2 and four tires. Carl Edwards takes four tires and fuel with an air adjustment. A.J. Allmendinger wins the race off pit road.

Lap 176 -- The field bunches up. Who will pit just 40 laps shy of the last time?

Lap 174 -- YELLOW FLAG NO 5: Debris in Turn 3. No. 34 gets the free pass.

Lap 173 -- Kurt Busch saves the No. 22 as it goes sideways exiting Turn 3.

Lap 171 -- Debris reported in Turn 3; officials say the track is clear and inform the teams they can use another over-the-wall man to clear the windshields on pit road.

Lap 170 -- Kurt Busch says the car is better after the last pit stop but he's leaning on teammate Brad Keselowski in sixth.

Lap 169 -- Chasers own the top-six positions with Carl Edwards out front and Brad Keselowski in sixth.

Lap 166 -- You could almost build a Lowe's between the No. 48 and leader Carl Edwards. His lead approaches 3.2 seconds.

Lap 163 -- A.J. Allmendinger takes 10th from Kevin Harvick.

Lap 160 -- Does anyone have anything for Carl Edwards? Jimmie Johnson trails by 2.8 seconds.

Lap 158 -- Jimmie Johnson passes Kyle Bush for second.

Lap 156 -- By getting into the gas in the turns, Jimmie Johnson has found the bumper of Kyle Busch, in second.

Lap 155 -- Carl Edwards' lead is now 1.960 seconds.

Lap 153 -- Twenty-two cars are now on the lead lap. Carl Edwards has now led 94 laps.

Lap 151 -- Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson battle for second. Matt Kenseth rounds out the top five.

Lap 149 -- Tony Stewart is now in 27th, one lap down and one spot behind teammate Ryan Newman.

Lap 148 -- Jimmie Johnson passes Jeff Burton for third.

Lap 147 -- Kevin Harvick rounds out the top 10. Jeff Gordon is in ninth.

Lap 146 -- Jimmie Johnson takes fourth and will soon challenge Jeff Burton for third. Carl Edwards continues to lead.

Lap 144 -- Matt Kenseth moves up to sixth as Kyle Busch finds second.

Lap 142 -- GREEN FLAG: Jeff Burton leads the field to green, followed by Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch. Edwards wastes little time taking the lead from Burton.

Lap 141 -- Seven cars take the wave around; Brian Vickers gets the free pass with one to go until green.

Lap 140 -- Jeff Gordon will restart in the top 10 after beginning the race in 34th.

Lap 138 -- Several drivers head down pit road. Jimmie Johnson takes two tires. Kurt Busch takes two tires. Jeff Burton stays out to lead.

Lap 137 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Mike Bliss touches the wall after trying to avoid a slow Casey Mears.

Lap 135 -- Carl Edwards' biggest issue today: lapped traffic. Eighteen cars remain on the lead lap.

Lap 134 -- A.J. Allmendinger moves up to fifth. Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson do battle for third.

Lap 130 -- Carl Edwards is on the bumper of Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the No. 88 attempt to hang on to the lead lap; Dale Jr. says the car is a top-10 contender if he can hold on.

Lap 127 -- Dale Jr. continues his strong recovery from a slow start and is up to 19th in a car that appears to be improving with each lap.

Lap 126 -- Tony Stewart continues to struggle today. He's running in 24th and started 28th.

Lap 124 -- Live points reflect Carl Edwards now leading the Chase standings.

Lap 123 -- Carl Edwards again shows why he's the dominant force today -- his lead tops 5.3 seconds.

Lap 121 -- Jimmie Johnson is back up to fourth as Brad Keselowski recovers nicely and is racing in sixth.

Lap 118 -- After green-flag pit stops, Carl Edwards is back out front, followed by Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson. Greg Biffle loses a ton of track position after serving his pass-through penalty and is now running in 31st, one lap down.

Lap 116 -- Brad Keselowski takes a wedge and chassis adjustment on his return trip. J.J. Yeley is shown the black flag with a white cross.

Lap 115 -- Brad Keselowski will serve a pass-through penalty as Carl Edwards takes back the lead.

Lap 114 -- Jimmie Johnson is still out and leads the field, then pits and gives the lead to Brad Keselowski. Johnson takes four tires and fuel.

Lap 112 -- Carl Edwards gives up the lead to take four tires and fuel. Greg Biffle will have to serve a pass-through penalty.

Lap 111 -- Kevin Harvick pits for an air adjustment, tires and fuel. Kurt Busch is in for a chassis adjustment, four tires and fuel.

Lap 110 -- Kasey Kahne takes an air adjustment to a tight car.

Lap 109 -- Martin Truex Jr. pits for tires and fuel.

Lap 107 -- A.J. Allmendinger pits for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. David Reutimann is free on exit, takes a track bar adjustment, four tires and fuel. Jamie McMurray pits for four tires in a loose No. 1.

Lap 106 -- Kevin Harvick is up to eighth as Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to make up track position -- in 21st.

Lap 103 -- Concrete Carl is now putting on a clinic, racing through lapped traffic and still increasing his lead over Kurt Busch. Edwards leads by 4.5 seconds.

Lap 101 -- Tower is asking for another weather report; a light mist is being reported in Turns 2 and 3 but nothing in Turns 1 and 4.

Lap 100 -- Carl Edwards' lead is now 4.003 seconds.

Lap 99 -- Kasey Kahne moves up to 12th as Mark Martin drops back to 11th.

Lap 97 -- Officials confirm a light mist at the track but decide to keep the race under green.

Lap 94 -- Mark Martin moves up to ninth as Kevin Harvick drops to 10th. Martin is reporting rain on the back straightaway.

Lap 92 -- Jimmie Johnson says the No. 48 is getting free on landing. Brad Keselowski is in sixth and says he's free on entry but more than comfortable in the Blue Deuce.

Lap 89 -- Kurt Busch is in second and trails Carl Edwards by 2.049 seconds. Greg Biffle's car continues to come alive as he does battle with Kyle Busch for third.

Lap 88 -- Greg Biffle passes Jimmie Johnson for fourth.

Lap 85 -- Half of the Chasers now make up the top 10 with Kevin Harvick in ninth.

Lap 84 -- Mark Martin and Paul Menard do battle for 10th.

Lap 82 -- Thirty-three cars remain on the lead lap as Carl Edwards puts more space between the No. 99 and Kurt Busch, in second.

Lap 80 -- Jimmie Johnson has no complains for Chad Knaus as the No. 48 runs solid from fourth.

Lap 78 -- Carl Edwards lead is approaching 1.12 seconds.

Lap 76 -- Brad Keselowski drops to sixth as Greg Biffle rounds out the top five.

Lap 73 -- Pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. has dropped all the way back to 18th at his home track. The No. 56 took two tires during the last pit stop and hasn't been able to compete since the restart.

Lap 71 -- Points leader Tony Stewart is up to 19th after starting 28th. The 14 team took two tires on the last pit stop to gain the track position and Stewart says the car is better than he thought it would be.

Lap 68 -- Jimmie Johnson works his way around Brad Keselowski for fourth. Johnson has led the most laps at Dover in the past five races and has six wins in 19 starts at the Monster Mile.

Lap 67 -- As the top five settle in, Carl Edwards increases his lead to 1.5 seconds.

Lap 65 -- Dale Jr. is back up to 26th after a slow start and mechanical issues.

Lap 64 -- Kevin Harvick gains another spot, up to eighth.

Lap 62 -- Carl Edwards' lead is now 1.219 seconds.

Lap 61 -- Chasers own the top-five spots with Carl Edwards leading the field.

Lap 58 -- Denny Hamlin says the No. 11 is tight in the corner while running in 14th.

Lap 57 -- Carl Edwards leads Kurt Busch by .717 seconds.

Lap 56 -- Mark Martin rounds out the top 10 as Kevin Harvick moves to ninth.

Lap 54 -- With Carl Edwards out front, Kurt and Kyle Busch are running 2-3. Jimmie Johnson moves up to fifth.

Lap 52 -- Brad Keselowski wants to run out front and joins Carl Edwards in challenging for the lead. Edwards takes it from Kurt Busch.

Lap 50 -- Carl Edwards attempts to pass on the low side but can't complete.

Lap 49 -- Carl Edwards is on the bumper of Kurt Busch and doing battle with the No. 22 for the lead.

Lap 47 -- Mark Martin is up to sixth as Brad Keselowski rounds out the top three after making up ground during his pit stop.

Lap 46 -- GREEN FLAG: Kurt Busch leads the field back to green and is followed by Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 45 -- Michael McDowell pits as Kurt Busch takes back the lead.

Lap 44 -- MIke Bliss stays out to lead, then pits and gives the top spot to Michael McDowell.

Lap 43 -- The leaders pit: Jimmie Johnson takes four tires and fuel; Kurt Busch takes two tires , fuel and makes no changes. Carl Edwards needs the No. 99 to turn just a little better. Busch wins the race off pit road.

Lap 42 -- Should be a split field on pit road due to the earlier caution.

Lap 40 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Competition caution. Dale Jr. gets the free pass.

Lap 37 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. races into position for the lucky dog.

Lap 35 -- Carl Edwards won yesterday's Nationwide race at Dover and said his Cup car was even better. He's closing the gap on Kurt Busch and should challenge for the lead soon.

Lap 33 -- Jeff Gordon is the biggest mover, up 15 spots to 19th.

Lap 31 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a right-front sway bar break, the cause of his drop toward the end of the field. He's racing for the lucky dog as drivers start to lay down some rubber on the track.

Lap 29 -- Four of the top five are Chasers. Jimmie Johnson owns sixth, exactly where he started the race from.

Lap 28 -- Kevin Harvick moves to 12th, up 10 spots since first green.

Lap 26 -- Denny Hamlin remains on the move, up seven spots since the start of the race and into fourth.

Lap 24 -- Kyle Busch moves up to third as brother Kurt continues to lead and gain bonus points.

Lap 23 -- GREEN FLAG: Kurt Busch leads the field back to green, followed by Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaves pit road after repairs to the roll bar. He's one lap down.

Lap 22 -- Rain isn't expected to delay the race very long. Should be one to go until green.

Lap 21 -- Most of the field stays off pit road; Dale Jr. comes down for a tire change but no one will be allowed to take fuel.

Lap 20 -- Pit road is open to the caution car.

Lap 19 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Rain at the track. Jimmie Johnson drops to eighth as Denny Hamlin rounds out the top five.

Lap 16 -- Jimmie Johnson is up to fifth as David Reutimann joins the top 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is doing everything he can to stay on the lead lap until at least the competition caution at Lap 40.

Lap 14 -- Kurt Busch now leads the field by 1.536 seconds. Carl Edwards moves up to second. Dale Jr. has dropped 18 spots since the start of the race.

Lap 13 -- Greg Biffle is up three spots to seventh.

Lap 12 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have a tire going down. He's dropped to 37th.

Lap 10 -- Officials confirm "very, very light sprinkles" at the track. Kyle Busch moves up to fourth.

Lap 9 -- GREEN FLAG: Kurt Busch leads the field back to green. He's followed by Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. Edwards reports light rain at the track.

Lap 8 -- Should be one to go until green.

Lap 7 -- Kurt Busch is out front, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Paul Menard.

Lap 6 -- A.J. Allmendinger managed to save his car from hitting the wall, but he'll lose significant track position as he heads down pit road.

Lap 5 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: A.J. Allmendinger spins and brings out an early caution. Jimmie Johnson moves up to fifth.

Lap 3 -- Kurt Busch gets past Martin Truex Jr. for the lead. Denny Hamlin moves up two spots to ninth.

Lap 2 -- Kasey Kahne moves up to eighth. Martin Truex Jr. leads another lap.

Lap 1 -- Kurt Busch files in behind Martin Truex Jr., who leads the first lap.

2:20 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG: Martin Truex Jr. brings the field to the green and the AAA 400 is under way.

2:11 p.m. -- The cars are rolling off pit road for warm-up laps.

2:10 p.m. -- Bernie Koch, COO of AAA, gives the command: "Gentlemen, start your engines!"

2:03 p.m. -- Actress and singer Melora Hardin, best known for her role on The Office, performs the national anthem.

2:01 p.m. -- Dan Schafer, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Hightstown, N.J., delivers the Invocation.

1:05 p.m. ET -- As a result of rain overnight at Dover, NASCAR has announced a competition caution at Lap 40. No refueling will be allowed until then.

1 p.m. -- NASCAR Countdown is under way on ESPN.

9:30 a.m. ET -- It's a cool brisk morning at the Monster Mile and currently 50 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Temperatures should remain in the 50s when the green drops for the AAA 400 at 2:16 p.m. ET. Martin Truex Jr. is on the pole for race No. 29 on the Cup schedule.