June 3, 2012; Dover, DE, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) celebrates in victory lane after winning the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Dover Domination: Jimmie Johnson Wins FedEx 400

Jimmie Johnson led for 289 laps -- including the final 76 -- to win for the seventh time in his career at Dover.

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NASCAR Point Standings 2012: Carl Edwards Falls From Chase Spot At Dover

Despite problems for Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch during Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover, both drivers were able to remain in the top 10 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

The same couldn't be said for Carl Edwards, though, who dropped two spots to 12th and is on the outside of the Chase for now.

Clint Bowyer used a fifth-place run to leapfrog Brad Keselowski in the standings and move into the top 10.

Meanwhile, Kasey Kahne closed to within one point of Ryan Newman for the final of two Wild Card spots. Keselowski holds the other Wild Card.

Here are the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings in relation to the Chase:

  1. Greg Biffle +86 inside the top 10
  2. Matt Kenseth +85
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. +76
  4. Denny Hamlin +64
  5. Jimmie Johnson +53
  6. Martin Truex Jr. +41
  7. Kevin Harvick +40
  8. Tony Stewart +7
  9. Kyle Busch +6
  10. Clint Bowyer +5
  11. Brad Keselowski -5 from the top 10 (Holds No. 1 Wild Card spot with two wins)
  12. Carl Edwards -15
  13. Ryan Newman -39 (Holds No. 2 Wild Card spot with one win)
  14. Kasey Kahne -40 (One point behind Newman for No. 2 wild card spot)
  15. Paul Menard -41
  16. Joey Logano -55
  17. Aric Almirola -76
  18. Jeff Burton -83
  19. Marcos Ambrose -84
  20. Juan Pablo Montoya -93
  21. Jeff Gordon -94
  22. Jamie McMurray -94
  23. AJ Allmendinger -113
  24. Mark Martin -122
  25. Regan Smith -130
  26. Kurt Busch -139
  27. Bobby Labonte -139
  28. Casey Mears -171
  29. David Ragan -183
  30. David Gilliland -199
  31. Landon Cassill -218
  32. Travis Kvapil -221
  33. David Reutimann -230
  34. Dave Blaney -232
  35. David Stremme -302
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NASCAR Dover Results 2012: Kevin Harvick Fights Back To Finish Second

Throughout Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, Kevin Harvick easily had one of the fastest cars in the field. However, any chance he had of winning for the first time in 2012 was dealt a serious blow when during what should have been a routine pit stop, Harvick overshot his pit stall.

"I was having trouble all day," Harvick said after the race. "The pit (box) was on the corner and I was having trouble picking up my mark and I tried to get too much in between the timing lines there and just over-shot the pit.

"So just a bad mistake. But I didn't do a very good job."

Undeterred, and with a fast Chevrolet underneath him, Harvick was able to claw his way back up the leaderboard to post a spirited second-place finish to race-winner Jimmie Johnson and score his seventh top 10 of the year in 13 races (you can see the full NASCAR Dover results here).

And when the checkered flag waved, even though Harvick wasn't able to win his first race of the year, he left Dover with a result that represents a moral victory of sorts for the lead driver of Richard Childress Racing.

What would have been a crippling mistake instead allowed Harvick to grit his teeth and attempt to atone for his gaffe, which he did by notching his best finish since finishing runnerup to Denny Hamlin in the second race of the year at Phoenix.

"We had a solid race," Harvick said. "I made a mistake on pit road there and got us back to about 20th. The car was good enough to be able to drive back through the pack, and for whatever reason, we were able to adjust our car well today when we needed to and we were able to keep up with the racetrack and keep our car better through the day.

"I think that was a big key to getting through the traffic and putting ourselves back in position to at least have a chance."

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gets Best NASCAR Dover Result Since 2007

Before Sunday's running of the FedEx 400, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s recent history at Dover International Speedway hadn't been too good, having finished no better than 12th in his last eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts on the high-banked, concrete oval.

But in a race which featured a 12-car pileup just nine laps in, numerous engine failures and quite a few mistakes on pit road, there was Earnhardt Jr. persevering and finishing a very respectable fourth (you can see the full Dover results here).

According to Earnhardt Jr., the turnaround in performance on a track that has given him fits as of late is due to crew chief Steve Letarte for giving him a car that could handle the ever-changing track conditions that Dover often brings. It also didn't hurt that Earnhardt Jr. himself drove a patient race on an afternoon when countless competitors found trouble, whether on the track or in the pits.

"We were just a little loose on braking getting into the corner and couldn't really challenge Matt (Kenseth) or anybody really around us," Earnhardt Jr. said. "Wherever you kind of settled in after the restart is kind of where you were. We had a good car though. We had good speed.

"I run as hard as I could run. I didn't have anything left."

Earnhardt Jr.'s fourth-place finish marks the 10th time in 13 races this season that he has finished in the top 10 – just two shy of his total from all of last year – and moved him up one spot in the standings to third, only 10 points behind leader Greg Biffle.

But even as he was rejoicing on a job well done, Earnhardt Jr. was already focusing on next week's race at Pocono and then two weeks later on the road course at Sonoma – two tracks where he has struggled to consistently run well (or even decent in the case of Sonoma, as he's never finished a race there in the top 10 in 12 career starts).

"We are getting close," Earnhardt Jr. said about finally snapping his nearly four-year winless streak. "We are finishing good when we are not winning. I can't complain too much about how we are doing. We've got some tricky tracks coming up for us. The summer months aren't really my thing – the tracks at least – but hopefully we can have some more good runs."

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NASCAR At Dover 2012: Brad Keselowski Has Decent Result Despite Lack Of Speed

With the three drivers ahead of Brad Keselowski in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings all experiencing trouble in Sunday's Dover race, the Penske Racing driver figured his 12th-place result might have been good enough to move him into the top 10 in points.

Surprisingly, it wasn't. Instead, Clint Bowyer leapfrogged Keselowski, who remained 11th but sits just five points out of a Chase spot that would let him use the bonus points he's earned for his two wins.

Still, the Chase Wild Card leader called it a "huge points day for us" because his car wasn't nearly as good as it needed to be (you can see the complete Dover results here).

"We weren't good enough to really earn it on our own with performance," he said. "But we did a good job with executing pit stops and strategy and so forth to gain some of it. We just weren't fast enough. We need more speed."

Keselowski was as low as 19th during the first half of the race, but the team's aforementioned strategy rallied him to fifth place with 100 laps to go until his handling faded.

Overall, the day was a disappointment for Keselowski because his No. 2 car ran well in last fall's Chase race at Dover before the driver ran over a piece of debris and was forced to settle for 20th.

On Sunday, Keselowski's car simply wasn't the same.

"Not really sure why," he said. "Hard to get an answer on those things. But that's racing. That's why you've got to keep working and pushing forward.

"We certainly need to be a little bit better when we come back, and I feel confident we will."

Up next for Keselowski is Pocono, where he began his inspiring run last summer with a win just days after breaking his ankle at a road course test. The driver was optimistic about his chances, though he said the new surface left him unsure what to expect.

With his hometrack of Michigan coming up the following week, there's plenty of opportunity for Keselowski to move into the top 10 in points and let someone else use the Wild Card spot (which doesn't let drivers carry any bonus points into the Chase).

"We're just hanging in, consistent," Keselowski said of his team's recent results. "I'm going to go out on a limb and say we're in good shape to make (the Chase)."

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NASCAR Dover Results 2012: Jeff Gordon Frustrated After Potential Win Vanishes

Given his dismal luck and disappointing position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, Jeff Gordon knows victories are the only thing that can turn his frustrating season around.

And at Dover on Sunday, it appeared Gordon had a car that could win. He led 60 laps, ran down and passed eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson and even pulled away from the No. 48 car when Gordon was caught a lap down.

But instead of a win, a late debris caution foiled the No. 24 team's strategy and resulted in a 13th-place finish (full Dover race results here).

"I know we had the best car," Gordon said. "... It doesn't matter. The fastest car doesn't always win the race. They won the race and we're sitting here 13th or whatever. It's silly."

Gordon said he was particularly frustrated – even more than some of the other setbacks he's suffered through this year – because he had a winning car. Halfway to the Chase, there's no points racing for Gordon.

"We don't care about finishing top-15, top-10 right now," he said. "That does nothing for us. We need wins."

And a win seemed to be in the team's grasp until NASCAR threw a late debris caution with 60 laps to go, ruining the team's strategy.

When NASCAR called for the yellow flag, both Gordon and crew chief Alan Gustafson cursed on the team radio and wondered aloud where the debris actually was on the track.

Gordon still felt that way after the race.

"I can't wait to see the debris on TV, because I'd like to see it," he said. "I certainly never saw it. I'm not going to make any comments until I see what their reasoning was."

After only five cautions and no multi-car wrecks in last week's 600-mile race at Charlotte, the talk heading into 400 miles at Dover again concerned the lack of caution-flag periods so far this season.

There were seven cautions on Sunday, including two for debris.

With all the coverage, Gordon seemed to question whether NASCAR listened to the media and bunched up the field as a result.

"I don't know who you really blame if there wasn't much (debris) out there, because all the media has been talking about all week long is, 'Oh, there's no cautions! There's no cautions!'" he said. "Used to be debris cautions, so, you know, who do you blame that on?"

Gordon was in the off-sequence pit position in the first place because he had a loose left-rear wheel. While he was leading, the driver felt something was amiss – not a vibration, just a loose feeling.

He radioed to Gustafson about his concern, and the crew chief confirmed the tire changer's belief the wheel didn't go on correctly during a pit stop.

"I'm not really sure what happened," Gordon said, "but obviously, something happened."

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NASCAR Dover Results 2012: Jimmie Johnson Dominates FedEx 400

The Hendrick Motorsports juggernaut is back.

Driving away from Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth after a restart with 31 laps left in Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson made short work of his NASCAR Sprint Cup rivals.

Johnson, who led 289 laps, picked up his second victory of the season, in addition to a win in the May 19 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, and his second victory in the last three points races. Hendrick drivers have now won four straight races, including the All-Star event.

The victory was the 57th of Johnson's career, eighth most all-time. His seventh win at Dover tied Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most ever at the high-banked, one-mile concrete track.

Harvick came home second, 2.550 seconds behind Johnson. Kenseth ran third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer. Greg Biffle retained his series lead by one point over Kenseth with an 11th-place finish.

Those who have decried the recent lack of caution flags in Cup races got more than their fill on Lap 9, when contact between Tony Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet and Landon Cassill's No. 83 Toyota triggered a 12-car pileup off Turn 2.

Regan Smith ducked to the inside and tried to power past Stewart but couldn't clear the No. 14. Nine other cars stacked up behind Cassill, Stewart and Smith, blocking the track and necessitating a stoppage of 19 minutes, 54 seconds while track workers cleaned up the mess.

Smith blamed himself for the wreck, but Stewart was magnanimous in relieving the driver of the No. 78 Chevy of responsibility.

"I got into the back of the No. 14 and started the whole thing," Smith said. "I'll take full blame for that. Somehow they got checked up in front of me. I just didn't have time to get slowed up with it. I hate that there are so many wrecked race cars here. It's not fun for anybody."

Stewart's take on the accident was quite different.

"The No. 83 was trying to get back down to the bottom and we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Stewart said. "It wasn't Regan's fault. He was right behind us and he didn't have anywhere to go either. Just not a real good deal at the beginning of the race like this."

Here are the results from today's NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  5. Clint Bowyer
  6. Aric Almirola
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. Marcos Ambrose
  11. Greg Biffle
  12. Brad Keselowski
  13. Jeff Gordon
  14. Mark Martin
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. AJ Allmendinger
  17. Paul Menard
  18. Denny Hamlin
  19. Jamie McMurray
  20. Bobby Labonte
  21. David Ragan
  22. Jeff Burton
  23. Travis Kvapil
  24. Kurt Busch
  25. Tony Stewart
  26. Carl Edwards
  27. Regan Smith
  28. Juan Pablo Montoya
  29. Kyle Busch
  30. Reed Sorenson
  31. David Reutimann
  32. Dave Blaney
  33. David Stremme
  34. JJ Yeley
  35. Stephen Leicht
  36. Mike Bliss
  37. Scott Riggs
  38. Landon Cassill
  39. Joe Nemechek
  40. David Gilliland
  41. Casey Mears
  42. Michael McDowell
  43. Scott Speed
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NASCAR At Dover 2012: Crash Takes Out Tony Stewart, 11 Other Cars (Video)

Fans lamenting the lack of cautions and multi-car accidents didn't have to wait long to get what they've been seeking when, just nine laps into today's FedEx 400, a 12-car incident erupted off of Turn 2.

The pileup resulted from contact between Landon Cassill and Tony Stewart, who both turned sideways, leaving nowhere to go for the cars behind them. Among those collected were Cassill, Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Casey Mears and Regan Smith.

"I was real loose off anyways and I didn't even feel him (Stewart) touch me and I don't know if he did," Cassill said when interviewed by FOX in the garage. "Tony is one of the most patient drivers, especially at this part of the race. If he even touched me or he didn't it, when you have a car there (on your rear bumper) it gets you real loose and I was already loose to begin with.

"Tony is a super-patient driver and one of the best; it's just too bad we tore up that many race cars."

The accident, which necessitated a red flag for nearly 20 minutes, was the first accident involving three or more cars since Talladega (three races ago) – a span of 768 laps.

Stewart when interviewed seemed to place blame on Cassill for coming down on him and said it was "just a crappy weekend all the way around."

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NASCAR At Dover: Viewer's Guide For Today's Sprint Cup Series Race

Here's a viewer's guide for today's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway:

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Tricky Track

A one-mile, high-banked, bumpy oval covered in concrete, Dover International Speedway is unlike any other track on the Sprint Cup schedule. The day often makes for a long and constant battle for drivers to find some grip, and the result is a track many of them have a hard time figuring out.

Because of the above, as well as the fact this track typically sees its share of long stretches of green-flag racing, it is very easy to see teams if they miss the setup find themselves in a hole early that they can't climb out of.

Pit Road Will Make All The Difference

Pay attention to pit road as that is likely where today's race is going to be decided. First is the challenge of just getting onto pit road as the transition from the racing surface to the pits is an abrupt one, then there is the chore of navigating what is a very narrow pit road with smaller than normal stalls compared to other tracks.

Case in point: Two years ago, Jimmie Johnson dominated this race leading 225 of a possible 400 laps, but a costly speeding penalty during his final pit stop proved to be costly and he handed the win to Kyle Busch.

Hendrick Peaking...

Ever since Jimmie Johnson scored the 200th victory for Hendrick Motorsports at Darlington, the four-car team has been unbeatable with Johnson winning the non-points All-Star Race the following week and Kasey Kahne driving away with the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday at Charlotte.

With Johnson setting the second fastest qualifying time and having been victorious here six times, as well as Jeff Gordon conquering the Monster Mile on four occasions and Dale Earnhardt Jr. once – not to mention Kahne entering this weekend having finished no worse than eighth in his last six starts – that streak has an excellent chance of continuing this afternoon.

...And JGR Is As Well

The Hendrick juggernaut may be getting the bulk of the attention as of late, but there is another team who has been just as good, as the Joe Gibbs Racing cars of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have each more than held their own as of late. Busch is in the midst of a streak where he hasn't finished worse than 11th in his last six starts, while Hamlin has a win, two seconds and a fourth in his last four races.

Worth Noting

• A victory today would be Jimmie Johnson's seventh on the Monster Mile and move him into a tie with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most all-time victories at Dover.

• Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver this season to have completed every lap.

• Pole-sitter Mark Martin has more top-five (23) and top-10 (31) finishes at Dover than anyone else.

• In the 18 total starts and 6,937 laps he's completed at Dover, Casey Mears has yet to lead a single lap.

Favorites

1. Jimmie Johnson

If a driver is going to win at Dover they are going to have to go through Jimmie Johnson, as the man who has won more races on the Monster Mile than any other active driver. He has led no less than 157 laps in his last six Dover starts and has posted three wins in that same span.

2. Matt Kenseth

His stats aren't as gaudy as Johnson's but the numbers of the defending winner of the FedEx 400 are impressive nonetheless. In total, Matt Kenseth is a two-time Dover winner who in his last 12 starts has one win, nine top-fives and 10 top-10s.

3. Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch is either really good at Dover or really bad with little in-between. And, as noted above, with him entering this weekend with momentum firmly on his side and a car good enough to clock-in the fourth-fastest time in Friday's opening practice, expect a great performance.

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NASCAR At Dover 2012: Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Schedule And More

It's NASCAR race day at Dover International Speedway, and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about today's race for you below.

What time does the race start today? Delaware Gov. Jack Markell will give the command to start engines at 1:07 p.m. Eastern time today, followed by the waving of the green flag at 1:15 p.m. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, turn on your TV set at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.

Race name/distance: The FedEx 400 is a 400-mile race consisting of – you guessed it – 400 laps around the 1-mile track known as the "Monster Mile." Today's race is partially to raise awareness for the Autism Speaks charity.

TV and radio: Today's race can be seen on FOX. This is FOX's final broadcast of the year before handing the reins to TNT for six races. Unfortunately, there is no live streaming of the race – but you can listen on the Motor Racing Network's Web site (just click the red link). You can also check MRN's site for a list of affiliate stations in your area.

*** NOTE: If you're out and about today and can't watch the race, make sure to follow me (@jeff_gluck) on Twitter. I'll be tweeting updates from the event. ***

National anthem: Kris Allen, the American Idol Season 8 winner, will do the honors today. Allen will also sing his new single prior to driver introductions.

Tickets: Dover's attendance has suffered over the last few years, and there are plenty of tickets available for the race today. If you're looking for a last-minute trip, you shouldn't have a problem finding face-value tickets.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, says today's race will be in the mid-70s with a very small chance of rain. It should be a pleasant day.

Last time: One year ago, Matt Kenseth took two tires instead of four on the final pit stop to win the Dover spring race. Then, last fall, Kurt Busch won the Dover Chase race.

Starting lineup for today's NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway:

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Clint Bowyer
  5. Matt Kenseth
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Denny Hamlin
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Aric Almirola
  13. Kasey Kahne
  14. Jeff Gordon
  15. Jeff Burton
  16. Brad Keselowski
  17. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  18. Martin Truex Jr.
  19. Carl Edwards
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Marcos Ambrose
  22. Bobby Labonte
  23. AJ Allmendinger
  24. Jamie McMurray
  25. Scott Speed
  26. Regan Smith
  27. Landon Cassill
  28. David Ragan
  29. Tony Stewart
  30. David Gilliland
  31. Juan Pablo Montoya
  32. David Stremme
  33. Michael McDowell
  34. JJ Yeley
  35. Joe Nemechek
  36. Mike Bliss
  37. Stephen Leicht
  38. Reed Sorenson
  39. David Reutimann
  40. Casey Mears
  41. Dave Blaney
  42. Travis Kvapil
  43. Scott Riggs
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NASCAR Dover Results: Joey Logano Wins Nationwide Series Race

Joey Logano smashed the glass slipper Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Charging forward from the seventh position after a restart on Lap 158 of 200, Logano overtook pole-sitter Ryan Truex for the lead on Lap 195 to win the 5-Hour Energy 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing.

In winning his fourth Nationwide race in 10 starts this season and the 13th of his career, Logano finished 1.526 seconds ahead of Truex, who was 11 days removed from an emergency appendectomy.

When Logano came to the pits on Lap 152 after spinning Tim Bainey Jr. to cause the sixth and final caution on Lap 151 (an incident Logano attributed to a rookie not giving the leader enough room), Truex inherited the lead and appeared headed for a fairy tale finish until Logano caught him with five laps left.

Brian Scott ran third, followed by Kurt Busch and Justin Allgaier.

Logano led 154 laps in claiming his third victory in his last four Nationwide starts. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota said his current success was due to improvements made during the offseason.

"Last year we struggled a little bit, and we were able to really diagnose some of the things we could do better as a team," Logano said. "We also did a great job making our cars better -- better aero, better motors, all that stuff adds up. We're coming to the racetrack with a better package and are able to make small adjustments to tune it in better, and that all transfers to the race."

Logano trailed Truex by more than two seconds with 12 laps left, but Truex was slowed by two lapped cars on Lap 195, enabling Logano to close quickly and make the pass.

"We were pretty free that last run, and Joey was catching us on new tires," Truex said. "I don't think he would have caught me in five laps, but I just caught traffic at the wrong time. For some reason, those guys were racing each other 20 laps down in front of me, and I had nowhere to go, and that was the end of it."

The surgery was not an issue for Truex at all.

"From the second I got in the race car, I didn't even remember that I had surgery," Truex said. "That was no issue. That was the last thing that would come to my mind as I was racing."

The race was not yet 27 laps old when the championship battle turned upside down. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., running second to Logano at the time, lost control of his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford off Turn 2 and slammed nose-first into the inside wall on the backstretch.

"I just lost it," Stenhouse said. "I wasn't up on the wheel and just kind of riding around until that competition caution (scheduled for Lap 40) and just got behind on the steering. "It was driver error, totally my fault."

For the second straight week, Stenhouse took a major hit in the standings. A broken drive shaft May 26 at Charlotte cost him most of his championship lead. With Saturday's trouble -- even though he returned to the track on lap 94 -- Stenhouse finished 32nd and fell from first to second, 12 points behind Elliott Sadler (seventh Saturday) and two ahead of third-place Austin Dillon (sixth Saturday).

After the competition caution, which ran from Laps 42-45, the race settled into a long green-flag run, with Logano blitzing the field. After a cycle of green-flag stops that ended on Lap 123, there were seven cars left on the lead lap, and Logano had been out front for 120 of the 123 circuits.

But when Timmy Hill spun in close-quarters racing in front of Sam Hornish Jr. on Lap 124, Sadler got a free pass back to the lead lap as the highest scored lapped car.

Two laps after the subsequent restart, Hornish's Dodge broke loose under Danica Patrick's Chevrolet. Patrick clobbered the outside wall in a wreck that also collected Brad Sweet. Patrick took her car to the garage and was credited with a 30th-place finish.

Here are the results from Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover (starting position in parentheses):

1. (2) Joey Logano, Toyota, 200, $39,375.
2. (1) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 200, $37,743.
3. (5) Brian Scott, Toyota, 200, $30,518.
4. (9) Kurt Busch, Toyota, 200, $20,525.
5. (7) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200, $26,318.
6. (11) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $24,518.
7. (6) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 200, $22,028.
8. (3) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $21,388.
9. (14) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 200, $21,018.
10. (15) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 199, $21,818.
11. (23) Michael Annett, Ford, 199, $20,343.
12. (12) Parker Kligerman, Dodge, 199, $20,218.
13. (10) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 199, $20,118.
14. (19) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 199, $19,993.
15. (30) Jason Bowles, Toyota, 198, $21,093.
16. (20) Tayler Malsam, Toyota, 198, $19,843.
17. (28) Jeff Green, Toyota, 198, $19,768.
18. (27) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 198, $19,718.
19. (21) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 197, $19,668.
20. (13) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 197, $13,150.
21. (34) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 194, $20,243.
22. (18) Josh Richards, Ford, 194, $13,000.
23. (22) Brad Sweet, Chevrolet, 193, $19,393.
24. (32) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, 193, $12,875.
25. (40) Brad Teague, Chevrolet, 190, $19,768.
26. (36) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 189, $12,775.
27. (29) Erik Darnell, Chevrolet, 179, $19,193.
28. (41) Tim Bainey Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 144, $19,118.
29. (35) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Transmission, 144, $12,575.
30. (17) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, Accident, 133, $19,293.
31. (26) Timmy Hill, Ford, Accident, 120, $18,938.
32. (4) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 119, $19,878.
33. (8) Mike Bliss, Toyota, Electrical, 36, $12,350.
34. (39) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, Vibration, 14, $12,315.
35. (37) Matt Carter, Chevrolet, Electrical, 11, $12,285.
36. (38) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, Suspension, 10, $12,260.
37. (24) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, Ignition, 5, $12,240.
38. (16) Scott Speed, Chevrolet, Vibration, 4, $12,176.
39. (25) Kevin Lepage, Toyota, Vibration, 4, $12,075.
40. (31) Tim Andrews, Ford, Accident, 2, $12,020.
41. (42) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, Brakes, 2, $11,990.
42. (33) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, Electrical, 2, $11,950.

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NASCAR At Dover: Danica Patrick, Sam Hornish Jr. Tangle In Nationwide Series Race

Sam Hornish Jr. looked at the reporters gathered around his car after a 13th-place finish in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover and gave a slight wince.

The three-time IndyCar champion knew what the topic was: His contact with Danica Patrick with 67 laps to go in the race.

"I don't want to be here talking to you guys about having a problem with her," he said resignedly. "I know that if that happens with Michael Annett or T.J. Bell, that we don't stand here and have this conversation. It's just like, 'Man...'"

Such is life for a NASCAR driver who has an on-track incident with Patrick, particularly one with a long history of battles with the Go Daddy-sponsored racing superstar.

"I don't want to have any problems with her," Hornish said. "I don't harness any ill will, you know?"

It's unclear if Patrick feels the same way after Hornish bobbled and made contact with the No. 7 car as the laps wound down in the 5-Hour Energy 200. Patrick lost control of her car after Hornish hit her and crashed along with Brad Sweet.

After being told her part-friend, part-rival Hornish was the one who initiated the incident, Patrick came on the team radio and said: "Shocker! Reaaaaal shocker!"

Spotter T.J. Majors then told Patrick sarcastically, "He might have had a tire going down," which was a reference to Hornish's explanation when the two drivers collided at the end of last month's Talladega race.

But Hornish had a different view of the Dover incident than Patrick likely did. The Penske Racing driver and former IndyCar colleague of Patrick's said he had a run on her coming off Turn 2 and got position on the inside heading down the backstretch.

In his view – and admittedly, this was before he saw a replay – Hornish "felt like she kind of came down the hill a little bit." At that point, Hornish said, he tried to stay off her and give her room so they wouldn't wreck.

But in doing so, he either got a piece of the apron or simply got loose, and he scooted up the track and into Patrick's left rear.

"I was like, 'Man, she's coming down. She's not going to give me any room at the exit. I need to get out of here,'" Hornish said. "There was not enough time to be able to do it."

So are Patrick and Hornish – who were childhood rivals in go-karts – simply magnets for each other on the track?

"She keeps following me around," Hornish said with the hint of a smile. "I can say that now, because I was in IndyCars first and I was here (in NASCAR) first.

"I just prefer the days when I'm far ahead of it and don't have to worry about it."

Patrick gave an interview to ESPN after the race and said she needed to see the video before making a conclusion. She declined further comment after the TV interview.

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NASCAR Dover Starting Lineup 2012: Mark Martin Nips Jimmie Johnson In Qualifying

Mark Martin backed up his fast practice lap from Friday to win the pole position for Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway, beating Jimmie Johnson as the final car to make an attempt in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying.

Martin's pole was his third of the season in just 10 attempts, as the veteran driver is racing a part-time schedule this season.

Johnson looked to have the pole if he could survive just one more car, but Martin beat him by five-thousandths of a second with a speed of 158.297 mph.

"I left a little on the table," Johnson said. "Mark found five-thousandths. ... Mark is one heck of a wheelman, and he continues to show it."

Ryan Newman will start third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth.

Young drivers Josh Wise and Cole Whitt failed to qualify for Sunday's race.

Here's the starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway:

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Clint Bowyer
  5. Matt Kenseth
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Denny Hamlin
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Aric Almirola
  13. Kasey Kahne
  14. Jeff Gordon
  15. Jeff Burton
  16. Brad Keselowski
  17. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  18. Martin Truex Jr.
  19. Carl Edwards
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Marcos Ambrose
  22. Bobby Labonte
  23. AJ Allmendinger
  24. Jamie McMurray
  25. Scott Speed
  26. Regan Smith
  27. Landon Cassill
  28. David Ragan
  29. Tony Stewart
  30. David Gilliland
  31. Juan Pablo Montoya
  32. David Stremme
  33. Michael McDowell
  34. JJ Yeley
  35. Joe Nemechek
  36. Mike Bliss
  37. Stephen Leicht
  38. Reed Sorenson
  39. David Reutimann
  40. Casey Mears
  41. Dave Blaney
  42. Travis Kvapil
  43. Scott Riggs
DNQ: Josh Wise, Cole Whitt.
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NASCAR At Dover 2012: Matt Kenseth Recalls First Start As Substitute Driver

Fourteen years have passed since Matt Kenseth made his first Cup start at Dover, but Sept. 20, 1998 made an indelible impression on the 2003 series champion.

Kenseth was a last-minute substitute for Bill Elliott, whose father, George Elliott, had passed away that week. In fact, Kenseth was so last-minute that he had no fire suit matching the McDonald's car Elliott fielded and drove at the time.

In a suit borrowed from one of his crewmen, Kenseth drove Elliott's No. 94 to a sixth-place finish, the best result for a driver making his first Cup start since Rusty Wallace finished second in his debut at Atlanta in 1980.

"I was wearing one of the crew uniforms for my driver's suit, with somebody else's name on it and knee pads for changing tires," Kenseth said. "McDonald's gave me that suit and took the guy's name off it and put it in a box.

"I've got it up at my place in Wisconsin. I put it in a glass case – pretty cool."

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dreads Upcoming NASCAR Pocono Raceway Test

Prior to next weekend's Pocono race, NASCAR will hold two extra days of open testing at the repaved 2.5-mile Pennsylvania triangle – much to the chagrin of the sport's most popular driver.

"Yeah, I'm not real excited about being up there that long," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday at Dover as reporters chuckled. "I don't think anybody is, to be honest with you. We'll go up there and we'll just run around in circles."

While he conceded he's "looking forward" to seeing the new surface, Earnhardt Jr. said the real reason NASCAR is holding an open test session is to lay rubber on the racing surface "to avoid any kind of debacle with rubbering the track down."

"There's really no other excuse for being there the entire week," he added.

That got me thinking: What would Earnhardt Jr. consider just as bad as two days testing at Pocono?

Here are a few ideas (add your own in the comments section below):

• Racing at Sonoma, his least-favorite track

• Swapping current crew chief Steve Letarte for former crew chief Lance McGrew

• Talking about his winless streak

• Calling attention to himself

• Joining Twitter

What else should be on this list?

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2012 NASCAR Dover Weather Forecast And Weekend Schedule: Possible Strong Storms Friday

Strong storms are possible this afternoon at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR fans attending the afternoon events like the Sprint Cup Series' final practice and the Camping World Truck Series race will have to keep an eye out for possible storms.

It is likely that a severe thunderstorm watch will be issued for the Mid-Atlantic – including Delaware – later this afternoon and evening. When a thunderstorm watch is issued, it means severe weather is possible in and near the boxed-in area. It doesn't mean severe weather is happening, it just means it could and people need to keep an eye out for that possibility.

The cold front that sparks tonight's showers and storms will push out Saturday morning. Most of the day Saturday is dry and mostly sunny. Temperatures will be in the mid-to-low-70s Saturday afternoon.

Sunday afternoon for the Sprint Cup race also looks mostly dry. There is just a small threat of an isolated pop-up shower Sunday afternoon. Although there is a threat, I don't think it's much of a concern. If showers do pop up, we will keep you updated.

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FRIDAY:
10:10 a.m. EDT
Truck Qualifying – Partly sunny – temp: 74
11 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series practice – Partly sunny – temp: 76
12:35 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Series final practice – Mostly cloudy chance of scattered shower/storm – temp: 79
2:45 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series final practice – Mostly cloudy chance of shower/storm – temp: 81
4:50 p.m. EDT
Truck Series race – Mostly cloudy chance of shower/storm – temp: 81

SATURDAY:
10:40 a.m. EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 73
12:10 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 74
2 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Mostly sunny – temp: 76

SUNDAY:
12 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Pre-race – Mostly sunny – temp: 73
1 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly sunny – temp: 74
2 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly sunny, chc. of pop up storm – temp: 75
4 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly sunny, chc. of pop up storm – temp: 76

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NASCAR At Dover 2012: Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series Previews

The aura of invincibility that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. seemed to project over the first third of the season found a hitch at Charlotte Motor Speredway last weekend. As a result, the NASCAR Nationwide Series points race is back to a nip-and-tuck fight.

Stenhouse aims to rebound from his Charlotte misfortune in Saturday afternoon's 5-Hour Energy 200 (ESPN, 2 p.m. ET) at Dover. He leads nearest challenger Elliott Sadler by 13 points heading to the series' first stop at the Monster Mile.

Stenhouse had strung together nine straight races finishing no worse than sixth before a drive shaft failure saddled him with a 26th-place finish at Charlotte. The defending series champion said that the setback won't alter his approach coming into one of the tour's toughest tracks.

"It doesn't at all really. We're going to go out to win every week," said Stenhouse, who logged a pair of top-five finishes at the mile track last season. "We've been fast at Dover every single time we've been there. We're going to win. It's what we do every week and I think we're going to have a shot at it."

Sadler's sixth-place finish allowed him to chop 21 points off Stenhouse's lead. Top rookie Austin Dillon is just 28 points back of Stenhouse in third.

Dillon will be joined by his younger brother, Ty, who will be making his series debut in Saturday's 200-miler.

LOFTON LEADS AS TRUCK TOUR MIXES IT UP

Parity has been the name of the game this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The win column shows it.

The circuit's five races have had five different winners in 2012, a trend that could continue in Friday's Lucas Oil 200 (SPEED, 4:50 p.m. ET) at Dover. The Monster Mile has produced a similar variety of Victory Lane visitors, with 11 different winners in its last 12 races; Kyle Busch has been the only repeat winner since the trucks debuted at Dover in 2000.

Justin Lofton, the series' most recent first-time winner, used his win May 18 at Charlotte to rocket into the points lead. While he's all for the parity that landed him in Victory Lane two weeks ago, he wouldn't mind breaking the string this weekend.

"My roommate, and one of my best friends, his name is Miles," Lofton said. "I beat him on Xbox a lot, but it sure would be nice to be able to say I beat the monster Miles. I'd like to put that trophy right next to the TV. It can taunt the other Miles every time we play a game on there."

Lofton's hold on the series lead is a slim one; Timothy Peters is one point behind in second and top rookie Ty Dillon is third, 16 points back. Both Peters and Dillon are seeking their first wins of the season. Just 31 points separate the top six.

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