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Race Capsule

Dover International Speedway
  • What:

    Race 28 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE

  • When:

    September 26, 2004 1:20 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $4,966,610

Drivers to Watch

Victimized by crash initiated by Robby Gordon on lap 64 in Sunday's Sylvania 300 and finished 35th; fell from ninth to 10th in the standings; recorded fourth career Cup victory - his first in 142 races - two weeks ago in Chevy Rock and Roll 400, earning his berth in the "Chase"; last win previously was in Pocono 500 on June 19, 2000; has 10 top-10 finishes this year; won his only pole of the season on this track in June before finishing eighth in MBNA 400 "A Salute to Heroes."
Ryan Newman Swept both races here en route to a series-high eight victories last year; has won five poles this year and is second with an average start of 8.48; lone win this year was in DHL 400 on June 20; tied for fifth with eight top-five finishes, including two in the last four races; moved up a spot to ninth in the standings despite a 33rd in Sylvania 300 on Sunday; encountered engine problems late in the race and did not finish; expecting to bounce back in Dover: "No matter what happened at Loudon, we're still going in to every race with the goals of winning, leading the most laps and getting every bonus point possible. I look forward to the opportunity for the last nine races. I think we've learned a lot getting up to these last 10 races. I think you'll see a lot stronger No. 12 car in the last 10."
Elliott Sadler Was only top-10 driver to maintain his position in the standings after Sylvania 300 on Sunday; sits sixth, 38 points behind the leaders, after finishing eighth in New Hampshire; clinched his spot in the "Chase" with a victory in California three weeks ago; also took the checkered flag in Samsung/Radio Shack 500 in April; one of only three drivers to be in the top 10 the entire season; finished in the top 10 three times in last four races; has only one top-10 finish in 11 career starts here - a 10th in MBNA Platinum 400 on June 2, 2002; looking to be aggressive down the stretch: "We are at the point in the season where we can go for it - and that is exactly what we are going to do."
Matt Kenseth Defending series champion finished second to Busch in New Hampshire on Sunday, moving up from fifth to fourth in the standings; was his first top-five finish since running fourth at NHIS in Siemens 300 in July; tied for second on the circuit with 16 top-10 finishes, including back-to-back victories in Subway 400 and UAW DaimlerChrysler 400; was awarded the pole here last September when the threat of Hurricane Isabel canceled qualifying and ran ninth in the race.
Jimmie Johnson Dropped from second to fifth in the "Chase" after handling problems midway through the race resulted in an 11th in New Hampshire on Sunday; trails Earnhardt and Busch by 30 points; leads circuit with 15 top-five finishes and is tied for second with four victories; won both races here in 2002; ran eighth in this race last year for his third top-10 finish in just five career starts at Dover; an accident was to blame for his 32nd on this track in June.
Mark Martin Took checkered flag in MBNA 400 "A Salute to Heroes" here in June, marking his lone win of the season and his fourth career triumph on this track; won this race three consecutive years beginning with a race-record 132.719 miles per hour in 1997; won the pole for this event in 1997 and 1998; finished 13th in Sylvania 300 on Sunday, moving up a spot to seventh in the standings; has five top-five finishes in the last eight races after managing just two through the first 19.
Kurt Busch Took his 11th career checkered flag - and seventh in the last two years - in Sylvania 300 at NHIS on Sunday; moved up from seventh to a tie with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the lead in points (5,210); also won Siemens 300 in New Hampshire among his three wins this year; has four top-five finishes and 13 top-10s, including five in the last seven races; ran 12th here in June; engine troubles led to a 38th in this race last year; made first Cup start here in 2000, qualifying 10th and finishing 18th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ran third in New Hampshire on Sunday to take over the top spot in the championship chase; his 5,210 points are tied with Busch, but he owns tiebreaker with 4-3 lead in victories this season; most recent victory was in Bristol on August 28, in which he clinched his berth in the "Chase"; second on the circuit with 13 top-five finishes, including a third in the MBNA 400 "A Salute to Heroes" here in June; won this race in 2001 after qualifying third.
Jeff Gordon Fell from first to third in the standings following a seventh-place finish in Sylvania 300 on Sunday; first time outside of top two spots in standings since July; beginning with back-to-back wins in Dodge/Save Mart 350 and Pepsi 400, has finished in the top 10 nine times in last 12 races; has a circuit-leading five victories this year with most recent coming in Brickyard 400 on August 8; leads circuit with average starting position of 8.37; three-time winner here, including this race in 1996 to complete a season sweep at Dover; saddled with a 36th on this track in June following an accident.
Tony Stewart Involved in crash induced by Robby Gordon on lap 64 in Sunday's Sylvania 300 and completed just 83 laps, finishing 39th; was his worst finish since a 40th in Coca Cola 600 on May 25, 2003; fell from fourth to eighth in the standings, 124 points back; fifth on the circuit with nine top-five finishes this year; has had great success at Dover, recording nine top-five finishes in 11 starts; swept both races here in 2000; ran third in this race last year and second in MBNA 400 "A Salute to Heroes" in June.