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Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in Dover’s first practice session. His top speed was 163.867 mph.

The last time Johnson won a pole at Dover was in the 2010 AAA 400; he won that event. He also started first the following spring by NASCAR’s rule book and he finished ninth.
May 29 - 12:25 PM

Someone needs to convince Ryan Newman that it is fall at Dover. He has finished eighth in each of the last AAA 400s.

Newman has been much stronger in the fall than spring. His last two FedEx 400s ended in the 30s. With recent momentum on his side this season, he should be able to reverse his personal trend.
May 29 - 12:03 PM

Sam Hornish Jr. will attempt to get reacquainted with Dover International Speedway this week. His last Cup start on this track came in 2012 and his last attempt in an XFINITY car was in 2013.

Hornish’s most recent Cup effort ended in a 25th; his best result came in the XFINITY series in 2013 with a seventh. His finishing result this week is uncertain, but there is one statistic that is reliable: Hornish will finish worse than he qualifies. In 12 starts in both series, he has never improved during a race.
May 29 - 12:02 PM

Brett Moffitt will make his second Dover start this week in Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34. Last spring he raced a Jay Robinson / Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) collaborative effort to a 22nd-place result.

Moffitt has been better in MWR cars than those for Front Row. Now that he is running fulltime, his efforts have softened somewhat and he should only be used if he qualifies modestly enough to earn positive place differential points in games that award them.
May 29 - 11:59 AM

JJ Yeley will race for his fourth different owner in four Dover International Speedway races when he starts this Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. His best result in that span was a 34th for Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR).

His 34th in the No. 36 was the fourth consecutive race he made at Dover for TBR, which suggests he benefited from the chemistry the team built. He is in another fulltime ride this week, and should be able to finish in the mid-30s again.
May 29 - 11:58 AM

Travis Kvapil is still seeking to make his first start of the 2015 season. He failed to qualify three times in the No. 40 Johnathan Cohen entry and once in the No. 39 Michael Hillman ride. This week he will be behind the wheel of the No. 39 once more.

Only 45 cars are entered and Kvapil missed the top spot by only one position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway. Dover International Speedway is a driver’s track, however, and he might be able to make up the difference.
May 29 - 11:57 AM

Jimmie Johnson has appealed his P1 penalty for taking too many passes through the inspection line in the past two weekends. The penalty would have caused him to make one of the last two selections for a pit stall, which would insure that he had one of the worst pits in the field.

Dover International Speedway has one of the most treacherous pit roads and this would have been a distinct disadvantage. By appealing, the team can defer the penalty to next week at Pocono where pit selection is not as critical.
May 29 - 11:56 AM

Mason Mitchell, the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion, will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut this Saturday in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 at the quarter-mile Bowman Gray Stadium.

Mitchell will team with Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) to drive the No. 1 Toyoda Gosei Toyota. The 20-year-old will be reunited with veteran crew chief Jamie Jones. Jones and Mitchell have worked together in the past, most recently last year at Mason Mitchell Motorsports during Mitchell’s championship run.
Source: ARCA Racing
May 29 - 11:49 AM

Daniel Suarez has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway.

The average speed of 154.347 mph in the No. 18 Toyota Camry was best of the two cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 42 Brennan Poole (151.586 mph) was the other driver on this list.
May 29 - 11:40 AM

Ty Dillon led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway.

The lap of 158.033 mph in the No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro was best of the 40 cars out on the track for this session. No. 54 Erik Jones, No. 2 Brian Scott, No. 88 Kasey Kahne and No. 33 Austin Dillon are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Mike Harmon in the No. 74 Dodge was the slowest.
May 29 - 11:37 AM

Road-course racing veteran Justin Marks will be behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro for two NASCAR XFINITY Series events this season.

He will compete for HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on Aug. 16 and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. on Aug. 29. He has competed in many forms of road-course racing as well as in all three of NASCAR’s national series. He was also part of the winning team in the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona in the GT division of the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship. An accomplished entrepreneur, Marks is the owner of The Drylake Group, a sports and entertainment development company, GoPro Motorplex and KartSport North America. In 2014, Marks partnered with NSCS driver Kyle Larson to form Larson Marks Racing, a World of Outlaws sprint car team. In 2015, Marks teamed up with HSMCG owner Harry Scott Jr. to form HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, fielding five cars in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.-HScott Motorsports
May 28 - 9:50 PM

Todd Szegedy (No. 4 Mystic Missile Racing Dodge) the 2003 NWMT champion has 18 wins, 10 poles and 117 top 10s in 189 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.

Has four wins, two poles, 26 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 44 career bullring (tracks 0.25-0.375 miles) races. Has a win (2004), a pole (2013), five top fives and an average finish of 10th in 10 career New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl starts.
May 28 - 9:34 PM

Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford) the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a pole and nine top 10s in 22 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts with a best finish of third at Riverhead in September 2013.

Has a pole (Riverhead-2013), two top fives and an average finish of 13th in five career NWMT bullring (tracks 0.25-0.375 miles) starts. Finished 21st (DNF) in his New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl debut last year.
May 28 - 9:33 PM

Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet) the 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 16 poles and 51 top 10s in 95 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career events.

Has a win, seven top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 12 career bullring (tracks 0.25-0.375 miles) starts. The three previous New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl events he’s posted finishes of 22nd, fifth and first.
May 28 - 9:32 PM

Keith Rocco (No. 22 Canto Paving/Milton Caterpillar Chevrolet) the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion has eight top 10s in 23 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts with a best finish of third in the 2012 Stafford Spring Sizzler.

Has finished eighth the last two NWMT races at the New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl. His only other bullring (tracks 0.25-0.375 miles) start resulted in a 10th-place finish at Monadnock in 2012. Earned Speedbowl NWAAS track titles in 2010, `11, `13 and `14 out of the SK Modified division. Broke the track’s all-time feature wins record last week, now at 108, including 67 in SK Mods.
May 28 - 9:31 PM


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