NASCAR Track Facts: Dover International Speedway

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Here is a quick run down of trivial facts and statistics for this weekend’s Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE.

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Dover International Speedway History

  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on July 5, 1969.
  • The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.
  • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover was May 15, 1982.
  • The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
  • The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.
  • The first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race was held in September 2000.

Track Numbers

  • NASCAR Cup Series Races: 76
  • Pole Winners: 32
  • Race Winners: 31
  • There was one race in 1969 and 1970. There has been two-a-year since 1971.
  • David Pearson won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Dover in July 1969.
  • David Pearson has the most poles at Dover with six.
  • Richard Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover.
  • Mark Martin and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers, each with four poles at Dover.
  • Bobby Allison and Richard Petty lead all drivers with the most wins at Dover with seven each.
  • Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers, each with four victories at Dover.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 races at Dover, more than any other organization.
  • 44 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position while only 17 races, including the past four, have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
  • The furthest back in the field that a Dover race winner started was 37th,by Kyle Petty in 1995.
  • Ryan Newman won at Dover in June 2003 – the first victory for Dodge there since 1975. Newman repeated as the race winner in the fall race, the first time Dodge posted consecutive victories at Dover. Newman then won again in the fall of 2004, giving Dodge three of their five Dover victories in the four-race span.

Track Records

  • Track qualifying record: Jeremy Mayfield (161.522 mph, 22.288 secs., 6-4-04)
  • Track race record: Mark Martin (132.719 mph, 9-21-97)

Dover International Speedway Race Day Data

  • Estimated Pit Window: Every 72 – 78 laps, based on fuel mileage.
  • Race # 13 of 36 (6-01-08)
  • Track Size: 1.0 miles
  • Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 1,076 feet
  • Backstretch: 1,076 feet