Dover 101: TV times, tires, stats, insights to prep for the Monster Mile

first_imgA golden-anniversary celebration is part of the weekend’s festivities as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pays its first visit this season to Dover International Speedway, site of Monday’s Gander RV 400.Here are all the insights for Sunday’s event at the Monster Mile.RELATED: Full Dover schedule | Who’s the favorite?TRACK DETAILSDover International Speedway is a 1-mile oval with 24 degrees of banking in the turns and 9 degrees of banking on the straightaways. The track changed from asphalt to a concrete racing surface for the 1995 season.The track held its first race for NASCAR’s top division in 1969. Monday’s race will the 99th for the series at Dover, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.RULES PACKAGETeams will use the 2019 rules package with a target horsepower of 750 and no aero ducts as part of the aerodynamic devices. The additional downforce of the larger spoiler, splitter and radiator pan is expected to increase corner speeds and heighten the rigorous nature of an already tough track.The return of single-car qualifying begins this weekend for all three national series, including the Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The rules change was announced Wednesday, ending a run of five-plus years for multi-car, multiple-round qualifying for all three circuits.RELATED: Single-car qualifying at all oval tracksAll three national series will compete with a new Goodyear tire set-up at Dover. An April 9 tire test confirmed the combination, which alters the left-side tire compound and updates the construction for both left- and right-side tires. Teams will also participate with tire inner liners at Dover, the only track that measures 1 mile or shorter where those are used.Monster Energy Series teams will be provided with three sets of tires for practice, one set for qualifying and nine sets for Sunday’s race. Xfinity and Gander Trucks teams will each have six sets allotted for the weekend.STATS• Team Penske has won eight times at Dover International Speedway, but is experiencing a mild Delaware drought. The organization’s last Monster Mile victory came with Brad Keselowski in September 2012. Team Penske has scored 41 wins on 21 different tracks since its most recent Dover victory.• Jimmie Johnson’s history of Dover dominance earns a place among the all-time best for a driver at a single track. Johnson’s 11 Dover wins are tied for second place in NASCAR’s modern era (starting in 1972- ) with Darrell Waltrip’s 11 Martinsville Speedway victories. Waltrip tops that all-time list with 12 triumphs at Bristol Motor Speedway.PHOTOS: Drivers with at least nine wins at single track• Kyle Busch carries the longest streak of top-10 finishes of his career into Dover this weekend. Busch has recorded top-10 efforts in 12 consecutive races dating back to last November at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. In the last 20 years, only four drivers have strung together more than a dozen top 10s in a row, led by Dale Jarrett’s 15-race streak of top 10s in the 2000 season.Stats courtesy of Racing Insights LIVE COVERAGEThe Gander RV 400 will air on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at noon p.m. ET on Monday, May 6. Fans can also follow along on the live leaderboard on NASCAR.com, get in-car audio on RaceView and watch in-car cameras on NASCAR Drive. Be sure to set your Fantasy Live lineup and sub in your garage pick (if needed) before the end of Stage 2 when rosters lock for good.RELATED: Four on-track events to be streamed on NASCAR.com2018 RACE WINNERKevin Harvick started second and led 201 of the 400 laps last May to score his second Dover victory and to lead a 1-2 sweep by Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick led the final 63 laps and took the checkered flag 7.450 seconds ahead of teammate Clint Bowyer. ACTIVE DOVER WINNERS Kevin Harvick2 Chase Elliott1 Ryan Newman3 Kurt Busch1 Brad Keselowski1center_img Kyle Busch3 Jimmie Johnson11 DRIVERWINS Martin Truex Jr.2last_img read more