Snapshot: FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks
June 01, 2014, Kristen Boghosian, NASCAR.com
What: FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks
Where: Dover International Speedway
When: Sunday, June 1
Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV/Radio: FOX (Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET), MRN/Sirius XM (Channel 90)
Distance: 400 laps, 400 miles
Pit road speed: 35 mph
Caution speed: 45 mph
Fuel window: 80 laps
On the front row:
Failed to qualify:
Fastest in practice:
First practice: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota (166.297 mph)
Second practice: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske No. 2 Ford (159.702 mph)
Third practice: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet (158.863 mph)
Passing off a burden:
Now that Jimmie Johnson has a win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the barrage of, "Are you nervous about making the Chase?" questions will be fielded by Matt Kenseth. The No. 20 driver is the first driver in the standings without a win, but insists that the team members aren't putting any additional stress on themselves. "You can't just say, 'Hey, Man, we need a win' and just go and get one. If it was that easy you'd win every week. Wins have always been really important," Kenseth said.
Tony Stewart played coy with reporters about when he plans to return to a sprint car, saying he would tell them how he finished after he'd already competed in the race. However, he revealed to NASCAR.com's Holly Cain that he had planned to race on Thursday, but the event was rained out. As for the Sprint Cup race, Stewart will start 20th, despite running in the top 10 for the first two practices.
The favorite track:
Most drivers in and out of the media center this week have expressed their love for Dover. But what makes it such a lovable track? Drivers point to its fast concrete and character, but also the ability of drivers to control their own destiny there. For those who haven't scored a win yet, Dover offers a chance to make things happen. The fact that it makes a repeat appearance during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup doesn't hurt, either. We’ll see who has some good notes for the series’ return to the track in September.
15 winners have taken home a trophy featuring Miles the Monster from the second starting position at Dover International Speedway, more than any other place in the field. The last person to do so was Jimmie Johnson two years ago. Johnson is also the most recent driver to win from the pole, which he did in the 2010 fall race. This year, that lucky spot goes to Kyle Busch, who has his eyes on a tripleheader sweep after wins in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover.
Way back when:
Richard Petty won the first race at Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway. At the time the July 6, 1969 race -- the Mason-Dixon 300 -- was held, the track was still asphalt and split the facility with a horse-racing oval. Drivers for Richard Petty Motorsports, Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose, will start 25th and 27th in the FedEx 400, respectively.
Former Dover winners in the field:
Jimmie Johnson (8), Jeff Gordon (4), Tony Stewart (3), Ryan Newman (3), Matt Kenseth (2), Greg Biffle (2), Kyle Busch (2), Kurt Busch (1), Brad Keselowski (1), Martin Truex Jr. (1), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1), Carl Edwards (1)
Fantasy sleeper, presented by Rotowire
Martin Truex Jr. -- The new driver of the No. 78 Chevrolet has been struggling to find his chemistry and groove with his new race team. Truex only has one top-10 finish to-date in the 2014 season. However, there's good reason to believe he'll be a top-15 finisher this weekend at Dover. The one-mile oval has been one of his better tracks during his Sprint Cup Series career. Truex has started from the pole twice, one victory and six top-10 finishes in his 16 starts at the Monster Mile. That works out to a respectable 17.0 average finish over the span. A pair of top 20s for the No. 78 team the past four races bolster our confidence.