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2014 Dover: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 28, 2014 - 08:49 AM
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2014 Dover: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


After 600 grueling miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads north to one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit – Dover International Speedway.

 

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The one-mile concrete oval tests both man and machine. Enduring 400 miles around Dover rivals the same test drivers and teams faced last weekend in the series’ longest race. Team Chevy has met the challenge by winning three of the last four races at the track nicknamed the ‘Monster Mile’. A ‘self-cleaning’ race track, with steep banking and a unique concrete surface, adds to the many variables that drivers must contend with in order to find their way to Winner’s Circle.

No other driver has tamed the monster and upstaged the competition like Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team. Johnson has taken Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Dover eight times, more than any other driver in NASCAR history. Bowtie branded drivers have hoisted the ‘Miles the Monster’ trophy 34 times in the 88 races held at Dover. After a dominating performance last week winning his fourth Coca-Cola 600 Johnson and the No. 48 Chevrolet SS team would like nothing more than to capture back-to-back victories.

After 12 races in 2014, Chevrolet leads the manufacturer standings by 22 markers over second. Chevy has six wins with five drivers collecting trophies thus far which seemingly solidifies their positions in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Chevrolet looks to add another team and driver to the list of 16 playoff competitors after 400-laps at the ‘Monster Mile’.

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TEAM CHEVY IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (NSCS) COMPETITION:
· Chevrolet has won 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Manufacturers’ Championships

· Team Chevy drivers have scored 724 wins and 653 poles in NSCS competition


CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
Chevrolet drivers have won 34 of 88 races at Dover International Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet SS, has eight (8) victories at Dover International Speedway (’02 – TWICE, ’05,’09 – TWICE, ’10,’12 & ‘13)
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, has four (4) wins at Dover International Speedway (’95, ’96 – TWICE & ‘01)
Ryan Newman, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS, has visited Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway three (3) times (’03 – TWICE & ’04)
Tony Stewart, No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, has three (3) wins at Dover International Speedway (’00 – TWICE & ’13)
Kurt Busch, No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, has one (1) win at Dover International Speedway (’11)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, has gone to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway once (1) (’01)


A Chevrolet driver has won three (3) of the last four (4) races at Dover International Speedway
A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Dover International Speedway 22 times
Team Chevy drivers have scored 173 top-five and 329 top-10 finishes at Dover International Speedway
A Chevrolet has led 16,317 laps (40.5% of possible 40,304 laps) at Dover International Speedway

CHEVROLET SPOTLIGHT: Chevrolet holds the record as the winningest manufacturer at Dover International Speedway. Bowtie branded drivers and teams have hoisted the ‘Miles the Monster’ trophy 34 times.

BOWTIE BULLET: Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson leads the way with the most victories at Dover International Speedway with eight (8). Johnson has also led the most laps during the last 18 races ran at the ‘Monster Mile.’ Out of a total of 7,204 laps the No. 48 Chevrolet SS has led the field for 2,309 laps or 32.1 percent.

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ENGINEER EXPERTISE FROM THE GARAGE AREA –– PAT SUHY, MANAGER, CHEVROLET RACING – NASCAR GROUP MANAGER:
“Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and the entire No. 48 Chevy SS team on a dominating win in the Coca-Cola 600. It was Chevrolet’s sixth victory, and the fifth different winning driver in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The upcoming Cup race at Dover International Speedway marks the halfway point en route to the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With 10 different winners thus far, it’s not hard to believe that we’ll end up with 16 or more, making a second win all the more valuable.

“Dover is the first ‘triple header’ since the season-opener in Daytona, so it will be a busy weekend for our Team Chevy engineering staff as we work to support teams in the Truck, Nationwide and Cup Series’.

“While there aren’t any truly identical tracks, Dover is one that stands out as being very unique. With its concrete surface and steep banking, this one-mile oval shaped track is one of the most demanding on the Cup circuit. The track offers multiple grooves to race in, but the fast line tends to follow where the track is ‘rubbered in’, so crew chiefs and drivers will work to be fast on that line while not giving up too much speed if traffic dictates an alternative. The successful blend of engineering tools that our teams and we at Chevrolet bring to the table has brought a lot of on-track success.

“Hopefully this weekend will prove that once again we have what it takes to win. I’m looking forward to seeing another Team Chevy driver in Victory Lane.”

WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE THE CHEVROLET SS RACE CARS?
This weeks’ race is at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. 23 Chevrolet SS will attempt to qualify at the track nicknamed ‘The Monster Mile’. Fans can watch all the action Sunday June 1st on FOX, MRN Radio Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and NASCAR.com

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – POINTS LEADER
“I enjoy racing at Dover because of the high speeds and the high-banked corners and the high-banked straightaways. You are constantly on the edge and you can find yourself in trouble quickly. The groove widens out and we can run low, middle or high. But this place is tricky because the balance of the car can be different from one end of the track to the other."

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS – 5TH IN STANDINGS
“I just learned that Jimmie is really hard to beat at Dover. We came so close. I ran those last 20 or 30 laps over and over after that trying to think about where I might have given up a little bit or not seized an opportunity. But it was nice that we had a good car, and I hope we can be as competitive when we go back obviously. But I like racing there and we definitely ran well. We will just have to be really aggressive. We were aggressive on restarts and that paid off. We fought for positions in the middle part of the race that seemed meaningless. By the end of the race, those instances I could add up and say that’s how we got that track position and get to where we were in a position to race Jimmie. So I learned a lot in that particular event.”

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET SS – 6TH IN STANDINGS
“I absolutely love Dover. It is one of my favorite tracks by far. We have run so well there in the past and it’s a great track for the No. 48 team and coming off of a win in Charlotte we will have some momentum. It was great to finally get the win behind us, lock ourselves in the Chase and move ahead in the points. I’m really proud of our team and look forward to running well this weekend in Dover.”

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – 10TH IN STANDINGS
"Dover is one of my favorite race tracks on the circuit. It doesn't seem to change a whole lot year-to-year. It is just a fun place that you can drop down in the corners and pull up through the straightaways. It's a fun track and a great place to race. I always look forward to it and it's a place where I feel the No. 31 Caterpillar team can contend for the race win."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS – 12TH IN STANDINGS
“Dover for me is one of those places that you feel the speed the most. You carry a lot of speed through the corners and as you go from the straightaways the elevation change as you go down in the corners is pretty drastic and then you’re right back in the throttle and it kind of throws you back out of that hole and up the hill on the exit of the corner. Laps seem to happen very fast there and you want to try and have the best handling race car you can have there, because if you’re off even a little bit you’ll go multiple laps down in a hurry. It’s a fun, very fast race track that’s really hard to get everything right.”

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 COTTONELLE CHEVROLET SS – 13TH IN STANDINGS
“I’ve raced at Dover since I started running stock cars a couple years ago, so it’s one of the tracks where I’ve had some previous experience. I’ve also had pretty good finishes at the Monster Mile in my three races there, so I’m looking to get another good finish this weekend for Team Target in my first Cup race at the track. We’ve had fast Target Chevy’s at a lot of races this year, so I’m excited to get to a fun track and try to get a win.”

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 AMERICAN ETHANOL CHEVROLET SS – 15TH IN STANDINGS
"That's definitely an accurate assessment of Dover being like a roller coaster. With the new rules it's going to be so fast. I'm looking forward to getting there. As drivers, we can really get after it behind the wheel. Dover is just a fun place to race."

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 PITTSBURGH PAINTS/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 16TH IN STANDINGS
"Dover is probably one of the toughest places. My top three would probably be Dover, Darlington and some of the 1.5-mile tracks. Dover is very physical since it's usually pretty hot and muggy. It's the humidity that gets you more than anything, you know, for whatever reason the helmet blowers always seem to stop working when it's nice and humid out. Dover is one of the most demanding tracks, but also very fun to drive. You definitely get a big sensation for speed out of all the tracks and you can move around a lot, which makes it interesting."

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS – 17TH IN STANDINGS
“I always enjoy racing at Dover. It’s definitely a tough racetrack because you carry a lot of speed into the corners. It’s also challenging because of how tight pit road is so qualifying well and getting a good pit stall is very important.”

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 SCOTT PRODUCTS CHEVROLET SS – 18TH IN STANDINGS
“Dover International Speedway is one of my all-time favorite tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. It always has been since I came into the sport. It is just an awesome fun place to drive. I always have said that it’s like a souped-up Bristol Motor Speedway. I mean man it feels like you are going 240 mph there because it just feels so fast. When we would qualify, it felt like you would get in the throttle and you didn’t know if you were going to come out on the other side. It is just that fast and aggressive. It’s a track that really suits my driving style. I enjoy it so much. It will be interesting to see how everything goes this weekend and how the cars work around the track especially with the new rules we have this year.”

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 CODE 3 ASSOCIATES/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET SS – 22ND IN STANDINGS
“Dover is a track that is kind of a two-phase deal. It’s easy to get your car too tight in the center (of the corner) trying to get it to drive up off the corner nice, and it seems like if you get it to rotate through the corner, then it’s way loose off. Those are the two things that you really battle there. It’s the sacrifice of where do you want to be a little bit off to accomplish having a balanced car.”

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 CESSNA CHEVROLET SS – 23RD IN STANDINGS
“Dover is one of my favorite tracks to go to, I really enjoy Dover, it is a really tough place to race. This is one of those places, if your car is good you can pass pretty easily, but if your car is bad, you can get lapped really fast. I’m looking forward to carrying some momentum from the last couple of weeks into Dover.”

CASEY MEARS, NO. 13 GEICO CHEVROLET SS – 24TH IN STANDINGS
"We always look forward to racing at Dover because GEICO's corporate office is only a 100 miles away. We've had a very busy month between the Charlotte races and then today we are doing some road course testing in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS at VIR and we head to Dover on Thursday. We're working very hard and look forward to our continued progress."

MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW CHEVROLET SS – 26TH IN STANDINGS
"There are a number of reasons why I feel excited about this weekend's race in Dover. First, it's home track for me -- the closest NASCAR venue to my hometown of Mayetta, New Jersey. Second, Dover always carries a special fondness for me since it was the site of my first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. I personally like the Dover track and the challenges of the one-mile all-concrete oval. And finally we're coming off a race (at Charlotte) where we found more speed for our No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet. We ran a solid race Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600 until we had a breakage with nine laps remaining. Up until that point we had a potential top-10 or top-five finish. If we can maintain or squeeze out a little more speed there's no telling what we're capable of accomplishing. We might have hit that sweet spot that we've been striving for since the beginning of the season."

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 27TH IN STANDINGS
“I always like going to Dover. The track is pretty fun. I remember everyone telling me how unique and challenging Dover was prior to my first race. At the time, I didn’t have a whole lot to compare that track to. They said it was like a larger version of Bristol, but I hadn’t raced at Bristol yet, either. It’s nice to have more of a handle on what to expect heading in there now. Dover is fun. It’s fast and it can make for a really long day of racing. I think that’s part of the appeal of it – how demanding it can be. We definitely want to stay out of trouble, which is easier said than done at these types of tracks.”

JUSTIN ALLGAIER, NO. 51 BRANDT PROFESSIONAL AGRICULTURE CHEVROLET SS – 29TH IN STANDINGS
“Dover [International Speedway] couldn’t come soon enough for me. I like it because it’s a short track and it’s concrete. That type of track really fits my driving style. I’m also hoping we get rid of our string of bad luck at HScott Motorsports. We’ve been qualifying better each week, but we just can shake the bad luck during a race. We’ve been caught up in a couple of wrecks that haven’t been our fault, I sped on pit road last weekend and then we had a part break. Our cars are getting better each week, we just don’t have the results to show for it. I hope this weekend is turning point."

MICHAEL ANNETT, NO. 7 PILOT FLYING J CHEVROLET SS – 30TH IN STANDINGS
"I was close to winning at Dover two years ago (in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, finishing third), and I've always felt comfortable there. It can be a difficult place, too. It's a really fast mile track and the closing rates are just absurd. Avoiding accidents is half the battle. If we're able to do that, and get our handling to where it needs to be, I think this can be a positive weekend for us."

REED SORENSON, NO. 36 BUCKLE UP/ARRIVE ALIVE CHEVROLET SS – 35TH IN STANDINGS
“I am looking forward to this weekend at Dover International Speedway. We have a lot going on this weekend with the addition of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. Dover is my favorite track on the NASCAR circuit, so I'm hoping for a great weekend of racing and a good finish for this No. 36 Buckle Up/Arrive Alive Chevrolet.”

Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics

Manufacturers Championships
Total (1949 – 2013): 37
First title for Chevrolet: 1958
Highest number of consecutive titles: 11 (2003-2013)

Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Drivers Championships
Total (1949 – 2013): 29
First Chevrolet champion: Buck Baker (1957)
Highest number of consecutive titles: 7 (2005 – ’11)

Years Won: 1957, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

Event Victories
Record for total race wins in single season: 26 – (in 2007)

2014 STATISTICS:
Wins: 5
Poles: 5
Laps led: 1931
Top-five finishes: 26
Top-10 finishes: 60

CHEVROLET IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP CUMULATIVE STATISTICS:
Total Chevrolet race wins: 723 (1949 – to date); (2,400 possible = 30.0%)
Poles Won to Date: 652
Laps Lead to Date: 215,591
Top-Five Finishes to Date: 3,641
Top-10 Finishes to Date: 7,441

Total NASCAR Cup wins by Corporation, 1949 – To-Date

GM: 1,058
Chevrolet: 723
Pontiac: 155
Oldsmobile: 115
Buick: 65

Ford: 722
Ford: 622
Mercury: 96
Lincoln: 4

Chrysler: 466
Dodge: 217
Plymouth: 190
Chrysler: 59

Toyota: 65

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