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Race Capsule

Dover International Speedway
  • What:

    Race 12 of 35 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE

  • When:

    May 30, 2009 2:45 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    200.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,158,928

Drivers to Watch

Joey Logano Logano finished 25th in his first Sprint Cup race at Michigan in June. "We're getting close to top-15, top-20 every race, and I think we made one big step from what we had in the beginning of the season and I think we've got one more big step to go to be right where we need to be," said Logano.
Kyle Busch Busch has finished 13th in three of the last four races at Michigan and was second in the other one. He has only three top-10 finishes in nine starts at MIS and knows he needs a good finish this weekend if he is to gain ground on the drivers in front of him in the battle for the final four spots in the Chase. Only 100 points separate ninth-place Ryan Newman and Busch, who is 13th.
Kevin Harvick Harvick has six top-10 finishes in 17 starts at Michigan. "It's a fun track because you can race from the bottom of the race track all the way to the top, so the track gives you a lot of options," said Harvick. "It's really wide, and it wears out the tires. Then it's all about picking out the right place on the track (to run)."
Ryan Newman Newman is a two-time Michigan winner -- back-to-back in August 2003 and June 2004. Those are two of his four top-five finishes in 16 starts, but he has no other top-10s and hasn't finished in the top-10 since. He was 21st last August and 23rd in June. Newman is not comfortable with his position in the standings (ninth but only 100 points ahead of 13th-place Kyle Busch). "No, not really," he said. "I know the guys that are breathing down our neck for the top 12 are really good guys, competitiveness-wise. I'm not comfortable. I think Tony Stewart might be the only one that might be comfortable, and he probably won't even admit it. Everybody has to go out and do their thing, and where we end up is where we end up."
Brian Vickers Vickers will be shooting for his third straight Michigan pole position and his fifth consecutive top-10 finish there. "We are really looking forward to this weekend," said Vickers. "Michigan is one of our best tracks. This is one of the places where we can make up some points."
Carl Edwards Edwards is the defending champion of this race and also won at Michigan in June 2007. Since finishing 22nd in August 2006, Edwards has two wins, two seventh-place finishes and a fourth in June at Michigan. He has six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 10 starts. "I started my first Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan," Edwards said. "It's real special to me for that reason. It's always an important race to me and the series because it is right in Ford Motor Company's backyard and Roush Industries is right up the road as well."
Greg Biffle Biffle is another back-to-back Michigan winner (August 2004 and June 2005). Those are two of his six top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 13 starts. Two of those top-fives have come in the last two races -- a fourth last August and fifth in June. "We're certainly not racing conservatively; we're racing to win," Biffle said. "But we're not going to do anything stupid."
Clint Bowyer Bowyer was 10th in the first race of the year at Michigan, his first top-10 finish in seven starts there. "I've always run well at Michigan. I've just had terrible luck there," Bowyer said. "The engine blew up while I was running second with two laps to go one year, so to finally get a top-10 finish in the spring was good for us."