[themify_box ]NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened earlier this year at Dover[/themify_box]
Dover Top Ten Starters
- Denny Hamlin
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Kyle Larson
- Matt Kenseth
- Joey Logano
- Kevin Harvick
- Greg Biffle
- Carl Edwards
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
- Kyle Busch
Dover Pre-Race Notes
Dale Earnhardt Jr. started in the rear of the field for a rear gear change.
Dover Race Notes
Denny Hamlin won the pole and choose to start in the outside lane. He led the first 41 laps. His car was at it’s best for the first 30-40 laps of a run before it dropped off.
Earnhardt Jr. started last and on lap 8 he was up 12 positions.
Running order on lap 14:11,78,20,4,42,22,19,18,16,48 … 3,17,1,41,27,24,31,55,15,2 … 5,13,14,9,43,33,51,88,47,7
On lap 25 Dale Earnhardt Jr. was up to 26th.
On lap 28 Kevin Harvick was really fast. He had good short run speed and long run speed.
On lap 33 Keselowski was running where he started. He wasn’t happy with his car.
Running order on lap 34:11,78,4,20,42,22,18,19,48,16 … 3,41,1,17,24,27,31,15,55,5 … 2,14,9,43,33,88,13,47,51,10
On lap 42 Martin Truex Jr. took the lead. At that time Hamlin’s car was dropping off some.
Running order on lap 53: 78,4,11,20,42,48,22,18,19,16 … 3,41,1,17,24,27,31,15,5,55 … 2,14,43,9,33,88,47,13,10,51
Around lap 58 Dale Earnhardt Jr. got lapped.
Running order on lap 71:78,4,11,20,48,18,42,19,16,3 … 22,41,1,24,15,31,5,27,55,2 … 43,17,9,14,33,88,47,10,13,51
Joey Logano was not running well around lap 73. The end of long runs were a weakness for him.
On lap 75 the first caution came out and only 20 cars were on the lead lap.
On lap 87 Aric Almirola said his car was evil.
Kyle Busch liked his car on lap 100.
Running order on lap 109: 11,78,20,18,4,48,42,19,41,1 … 22,3,15,24,5,27,16,31,55,2 … 43,88,33,9,10,14,47,7,13,6 … 51
Around lap 114 Jeff Gordon thought he had a tire going down.
On lap 130 Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he liked his car.
Running order on lap 135: 11,78,20,18,4,48,42,41,1,19 … 15,22,5,27,24,31,3,2,16,55 … 43,88,33,9,10,14,47,7,13,6
On lap 163 Carl Edwards got penalized for having equipment leave his pit box. Prior to the pit cycle he was running in the top ten. A caution that came later on that lap was very friendly for him.
On lap 163 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got into the wall and it brought out a caution. It was near the end of a pit cycle.
Running order on lap 168: 88 (didn’t pit before the caution came out. This got him back on the lead lap),78,20,48,4,11,18,42,41,15 … 1,22,5,24,27,19,31,2,16,3
Big Moment:On lap 175 Trevor Bayne, Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett were involved in a multi-car accident.
Following the “Big One” some drivers pitted and others didn’t. Notable drivers who pitted who lost track position were Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski. The top 11 drivers didn’t pit.
Running order on lap 193: 78,20,18,4,48,42,27,22,15,1 … 31,24,41,88,11,5,2,3,19