Posts tagged: Dover

Jun 01 2007

Ryan Newman on Pole for Dover Race

Ryan Newman claims pole at Dover speedwayRyan Newman claimed the Bud Pole for the second week in a row, knocking off Earnhardt Jr late in qualifying for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover, the Monster Mile. Newman was the last driver to win from the pole at Dover in 2003, but, in recent memory, being on the pole doesn’t mean much for Newman, as he really hasn’t finished well.

Michael Waltrip finally made a race, qualifying in the 23rd position in the number 55 Toyota. Waltrip had not qualified for a race since Daytona, where he lost his crew chief and a bunch of points for using a fuel additive. Dave Blaney and David Reutimann both failed to qualify their Toyota’s, with Kenny Wallace, Paul Menard, Mike Bliss and Kevin Lepage also failing to make the race.

Jeff Gordon qualified in the sixth position in his COT, and I’m sure people are already thinking he’s going to win this race as well, I know I am. Jimmie Johnson qualified 27th, Kyle Busch 19th and Casey Mears, last weeks winner, in the 41st position, obviously taking a provisional to get in. So, as far as qualifying goes, Gordon looks like the only strong Hendricks car, but I am sure Johnson and Kyle Busch will both be strong on race day.

Earnhardt almost had a pole to celebrate until he was bumped off late Friday by Ryan Newman for the top spot for the race at Dover International Speedway (watch video). Newman followed last week’s front-row start with his second consecutive pole and 40th overall with a lap at 152.925 mph.

Earnhardt was second at 152.387 and Bobby Labonte third in 152.304 for Sunday’s race on the mile concrete track.

“Second was close and we can have a sense of pride in that accomplishment,” Earnhardt said. Source: Newman bumps Junior for second consecutive pole

Here is how they qualified:

1 12 Ryan Newman
2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3 43 Bobby Labonte
4 9 Kasey Kahne
5 99 Carl Edwards
6 24 Jeff Gordon
7 19 Elliott Sadler
8 26 Jamie McMurray
9 31 Jeff Burton
10 16 Greg Biffle
11 10 Scott Riggs
12 2 Kurt Busch
13 4 Ward Burton
14 21 Bill Elliott
15 07 Clint Bowyer
16 42 Juan Montoya
17 17 Matt Kenseth
18 29 Kevin Harvick
19 5 Kyle Busch
20 36 Jeremy Mayfield
21 01 Mark Martin
22 44 Dale Jarrett
23 55 Michael Waltrip
24 83 Brian Vickers
25 96 Tony Raines
26 1 Martin Truex Jr.
27 48 Jimmie Johnson
28 41 Reed Sorenson
29 11 Denny Hamlin
30 20 Tony Stewart
31 6 David Ragan
32 18 J.J. Yeley
33 7 Robby Gordon
34 40 David Stremme
35 13 Joe Nemechek
36 38 David Gilliland
37 14 Sterling Marlin
38 66 Jeff Green
39 45 Kyle Petty
40 88 Ricky Rudd
41 25 Casey Mears
42 70 Johnny Sauter
43 84 A.J. Allmendinger

Sep 25 2006

Second Chase for the Cup Race: Dover

Jeff Burton wins at Dover. You know, I’m happy he won, Jeff Burton is a real good guy and I’ve always liked him, or at least I don’t dislike him, but he’s hurting my race team! He needs to have a bad day so I can sew this thing up, he’s making it a lot closer for me than it needs to be, hehe.

Kevin Harvick had a failure, the first in a long time, and a bad time it is, Kasey Kahne had a bad day was well, Kyle Busch says he is out, and some may be counting out Jimmie Johnson. While I don’t think it’s a good idea to say they are out for sure just yet, the deeper the hole gets the harder it is to win it.

Jeff Gordon finishes third and is now second in points, just six behind Jeff Burton! Hooty Hoooo! Talk about a great time to get hot, just like Kurt Busch did the first year of the chase, when Gordon actually finished with more points, if you still counted by the old points system. Here are the points standings after Dover:

1 +4 Jeff Burton 5351 Leader
2 +2 Jeff Gordon 5345 -6
3 — Matt Kenseth 5333 -18
4 -2 Denny Hamlin* 5333 -18
5 -4 Kevin Harvick 5297 -54
6 — Mark Martin 5276 -75
7 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5249 -102
8 +1 Jimmie Johnson 5215 -136
9 -1 Kasey Kahne 5169 -182
10 — Kyle Busch 5127 -224

Next week is Kansas, where Gordon has an average finish of sixth, the closest driver who is in the chase is Jimmie Johnson with an average finish of 13.8. Gordon has three top fives and four top tens there, so I’m just hoping for your usual Gordon finish at Kansas.

Jimmie Johnson’s goal this weekend?

“Our goal this weekend [at Kansas] is to win practice, win the pole and win the race. Not necessarily in that order.”

Sounds like a good goal, lets hope he doesn’t get it!

Just saw this article on Nascar.com about Jr and his disapointing finish Sunday, he had this to say,

“It’s another frustrating day, but what can you do?” Earnhardt said. “The car was good early on in the high line. I could really get a run on a lot of guys running up top, but we were never worth a damn in the low groove.

“The nose would push, push, push all day and it got worse and worse as the race went on. We struggled a little bit [so] we’re lucky we finished 21st.”

He finished by saying we are only 100 points out and have eight races to go, thats plenty of time. I agree, anything can and will happen in Nascar, all it takes is for the right wreck to collect the wrong people. If you are an Earnhardt fan, it’s a good read.

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