After two weeks in Charlotte, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins a stretch of races on unique tracks beginning with today’s event at Dover International Speedway, a 1-mile concrete track.
Here are the particulars for today’s race (all times are Eastern):
START: Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks, and Kenny Adams, special guest of Dover International Speedway, will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 1:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 400 laps (400 miles) around the 1-mile oval.
PRE-RACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 7 a.m., and the drivers meeting is at 11 a.m. Driver introductions begin at 12:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by Megan Ruger, Nashville recording artist, at 1:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at mrn.com, with its pre-race show beginning at noon. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have coverage beginning at noon.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 84 degrees at race time with a 24% chance of rain.
LAST TIME(S): Jeff Gordon scored his most recent victory, winning at this track in Sept. 2014. Kevin Harvick led 223 laps but had to pit under green while running third because his left front tire lost air after the inner valve stem was knocked off on the previous stop. Harvick finished 13th. … Jimmie Johnson won the June 2014 race at Dover, leading 272 laps. Kevin Harvick had to pit with a flat left front tire while leading under green. He finished 17th. The race was briefly stopped to make repairs to the track after a piece of the racing surface came apart and damaged Jamie McMurray’s car.
SPEEDWAY DOMINANCE: Hendrick Motorsports has won each of the past three Dover races but no one has ruled like Jimmie Johnson. He has a track-record nine wins. He’s also led a track-record 2,976 laps at Dover and has led the most laps in nine of the last 12 Dover races.
Row 1: Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr.
Row 2: Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth
Row 3: Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick
Row 4: Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards
Row 5: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch
Row 6: Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon
Row 7: Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson
Row 8: David Ragan, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Row 9: Ryan Newman, Paul Menard
Row 10: Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer
Row 11: Casey Mears, Jeff Gordon
Row 12: Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier
Row 13: Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart
Row 14: Brian Scott, Sam Hornish Jr.
Row 15: AJ Allmendinger, Alex Bowman
Row 16: Trevor Bayne, David Gilliland
Row 17: Danica Patrick, Michael Annett
Row 18: Jeb Burton, Matt DiBenedetto
Row 19: Cole Whitt, Brett Moffitt
Row 20: Josh Wise, JJ Yeley
Row 21: Brendan Gaughan, Mike Bliss
Row 22: Landon Cassill
Did Not Qualify: Travis Kvapil and Jeff Green