The Monster Mile By The Number...
Sep 27, 2012
· Track Specifications:
Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
Track/Race Length: 1.0 concrete oval, 400 laps, 400 miles
Banking: turns: 24°; straights: 9°
Straights: Front stretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
Pit Stalls: 43 stalls, 15 feet wide x 32 feet long
Grandstand Seating: 135,000
Pit Road Speed: 35mph
Pace Car Speed: 45mph
· Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Philadelphia Eagles legned Brian Dawkins
Command to start engines: Brian Dawkins
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Terry Rubitz, vice president of marketing for AAA Mid-Atlantic
Invocation: Pastor Dan Schafer, Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, N.J.
National Anthem: Lonestar
Military Flyover: Three (3) F-16's of the 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard
· June 2012 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 122.835mph, started 2nd
· October 2011 Race Winner: #22-Kurt Busch, 119.413mph, started 2nd
· Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 132.719, 9/17/1997
· Slowest Race Record: Mark Martin, 97.042mph, 6/6/2004
· Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 4 months, 21 days, 5/31/1992
· Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 0 month, 29 days, 6/1/2008
· June 2012 Pole Sitter: #55-Mark Martin, 158.297mph, finished 14th
· October 2011 Pole Sitter: #56-Martin Truex Jr., 159.004mph, finished 30th
· Track Qualifying Record: Jeremy Mayfield, 161.522mph, 6/4/2004
· Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kyle Petty, started 37th, 6/1995
· Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 4 months, and 24 days, 6/2/2012
· Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 0 days, 6/04/1995
· Facts and Notes for Dover International Speedway:
· The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969.
· The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.
· 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 track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.
· There have been 85 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover International Speedway since the track opened in 1969.
· There was one race in 1969 and 1970. There has been two-a-year since 1971.
· Richard Petty won the track's first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
· 33 different drivers have posted victories led by Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, each with seven. Johnson leads all active drivers.
· David Pearson won the first pole in July 1969.
· There have been 35 different pole winners, led by David Pearson (six).
· Mark Martin leads all active drivers with five poles.
· Hendrick Motorsports has a series-high 14 wins.
· 52 races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position; 18 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
· 13 drivers have won from the pole. The last to do so was Jimmie Johnson, in the 2010 September race.
· The furthest back in the field a race winner has started was 37th, by Kyle Petty in 1995.
· Several active drivers had their first start at Dover, including three past champions: David Ragan (finished 42nd in 2006), Kurt Busch (18th in 2000), Matt Kenseth (sixth in 1998) and Bobby Labonte (34th in 1991).
· In addition, Matt Kenseth (2002) and Michael Waltrip (1991) earned their first pole at Dover. Martin Truex Jr. won his first race there (2007).
· There have been 85 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware, all at Dover International Speedway.
· Eight drivers in NASCAR's three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Delaware, though none have posted victories.(NASCAR)(9-25-2012)