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Status: Final Dover International Speedway

Race Capsule

Dover International Speedway
  • What:

    Race 28 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE

  • When:

    September 21, 2008 2:15 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,233,851

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Gordon Chase Points: 5,121 (11th) Ran 10th at Pocono for his 10th top 10 of the season, but has struggled since and dropped to 11th in the Chase after running 14th at New Hampshire; has yet to win this season but has nine top-fives and 12 top 10s; has four DNFs this season after posting just one last year; rebounded to finish fifth at Atlanta after being involved in a scary late-race crash at Las Vegas where he finished 35th; bounced back with a third at California after opening 2008 season with a disappointing 39th in the Daytona 500; only a dominant finish by teammate Jimmie Johnson kept him from capturing a fifth championship last season; finished with 10 top-10 finishes in the final 11 races - the other finish in that span was an 11th at Dover; totaled a remarkable 30 top-10 finishes and 21 top fives in 36 races last year; had six checkered flags last season and 81 career, just two shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; ran 11th in this race last year and fifth here in June.
Denny Hamlin Chase Points: 5,148 (6th) Started the Chase by running ninth at Loudon and remains sixth; won once this season at Martinsville in March; through 27 starts, has nine top fives and 15 top 10s along with one pole at the first Richmond race; has only two DNFs on the year; has been in the top-12 in the standings since win at Martinsville and has remained there for 20 straight weeks; struggled to a 12th-place finish in the Chase last season with only three top-10s; in 2006 became the first - and thus far - only rookie to make the Chase, going on to finish third in the standings; posted seven top-10s in the 10 races that make up the Chase; ran 38th in this race last season and dead last in June.
Greg Biffle Chase Points: 5,190 (3rd) Snapped 33-race winless skid by winning at New Hampshire to start the Chase; moved up five spots to third in the standings; through first 28 starts, has nine top fives and 12 top 10s; claimed two poles this season at Darlington and Dover; also has a pair of DNFs on the year, at Darlington and the second Daytona race; has been in the top-12 in the standings since the season-opening Daytona 500, where he finished 10th, and has remained there for 26 straight weeks; finished second in the 2005 series standings, earning six victories; he is the only driver to win Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series titles; did not qualify for the Chase last season and wound up 14th in the standings; ran second in this race last season and third here in June.
Clint Bowyer Chase Points: 5,137 (9th) Finished 12th at Richmond to lock up final Chase berth, then ran 12th at New Hampshire; pulled off a shocking victory in the Chase opener last season from the pole last year en route to finishing a surprising third in the standings on the strength of five top-10 finishes over the Chase; has one win on the year, coming at the first Richmond race in May; in 27 starts this season has four top fives and 12 top 10s; has not earned a pole, but also has no DNFs on the year; is running double duty this season and currently tops the Nationwide Series standings by over 200 points; finished 12th here last season and 36th in June.
Matt Kenseth Chase Points: 5,043 (12th) Does not have a win this season remains 12th after running 40th at New Hampshire; has six top fives and 15 top 10s with no poles and no DNFs on the year; ran third at Daytona and first Michigan race; finished 38th at Richmond and 41st at Talladega; ran 38th at Phoenix following a ninth at Texas and 30th at Martinsville; had consecutive top 10s at Bristol and Atlanta; was 20th at Las Vegas due to a late-race incident with Jeff Gordon; last season had a late-Chase surge with a win at the season-ending race at Homestead, following a third at Phoenix and second at Texas; finished fourth in the final standings; won the series championship in 2003 despite capturing only one checkered flag, prompting NASCAR to change to its current Chase format; is running this season without long-time crew chief Robbie Reiser who has been replaced atop the box by Chip Bolin; ran 35th in this race last year and fourth here in June.
Kyle Busch Chase Points: 5,146 (5th) Championship hopes took a huge hit at New Hampshire as a broken sway bar relegated him to a 34th-place finished; dropped to eighth in the standings, 74 points behind the leader; first season at Joe Gibbs Racing has seen him win eight races and post 15 top fives and 17 top 10s; had held on to the top spot for 17 consecutive weeks; win at Watkins Glen gave him a sweep of the road courses following victory at Sonoma in June; prior to win at the Glen had "slumped" with a 15th at the Brickyard and 36th at Pocono; also ran dead last at the first Pocono race; ran 17th at the first Bristol race after power steering failed and transmission issues relegated him to 38th at Martinsville; has wins at Atlanta, Talladega, Darlington, Dover and the second Daytona race; runner-up finish at Richmond was marred by a late-race incident with Dale Earnhardt Jr.; had the dominant car and led the most laps at the Daytona 500; is building off a solid run at Hendrick Motorsports in his move to JGR and Toyota; finished fifth in the final 2007 standings after qualifying for the Chase for the second consecutive season; ran fifth in this race last season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chase Points: 5,170 (4th) The circuit's most popular driver started the Chase by running fifth at New Hampshire; has been more consistent than spectacular with nine top fives and 14 top 10s, posting just a single DNF and claiming one pole; snapped a 76-race winless stretch by winning first Michigan race on fumes; in 11 remaining races before the Chase had an average finish of 16 and just two top 10s; was involved in a late-race incident with Kyle Busch at Richmond while racing for the win and wound up 15th; was the top finishing Hendrick car at the Daytona 500 with a ninth-place showing; made the move from his father's Dale Earnhardt Inc., where he won 17 Cup events, to Hendrick Motorsports; got off to a good start with his new team by winning the Bud Shootout; suffered through a tough final season at DEI, finishing 16th in the standings; had 12 top 10s last season, but also posted 11 finishes of 25th or worse; finished third in this race last season and 35th in June.
Jimmie Johnson Chase Points: 5,220 (2nd) Two-time reigning series champion barely missed out on third straight win after being passed by Greg Biffle in the closing laps at New Hampshire, settling for second; entered the Chase with momentum after winning the past two races at California and Richmond; also has wins at Phoenix and the Brickyard; in 27 starts has 10 top fives and 15 top 10s to go along with four poles and just a single DNF; battled teammate Jeff Gordon for the top spot in the Chase early last season, then took off - winning four straight races over the second half of the Chase; finished last season with 10 wins, 20 top fives, 24 top 10s, yet failed to finish four races; in 2006 he came back from ninth early in the Chase to win the championship with six top 10s which included a win at Martinsville and four second-place finishes; finished fifth in the 2005 standings and second in 2004, eight points behind Kurt Busch; ran 11th here last September and finished seventh here in June.
Jeff Burton Chase Points: 5,170 (4th) Opened the Chase by running fourth at New Hampshire; one of the circuit's most consistent drivers struggled entering the Chase; ran in the top 15 through the first 17 races, but had an average finish of 20th over last nine starts before the Chase - including just two top 10s which came at the Brickyard and Richmond; won first Bristol race for lone victory of the season; has no poles this season and a pair of DNFs; finished eighth in last season's standings, one year after placing seventh; finished in the top 10 in half of the races last season, including nine top fives; lone win of the 2007 season came in April at Texas; finished the season strong with five top 10s over the final six races; best overall finish was third in the 2000 standings; ran seventh in this race last season and eighth here in June.
Carl Edwards Chase Points: 5,220 (1st) Took over the top spot in the Chase after running third at New Hampshire; has 12 top fives and 20 top 10s; finished second to Jimmie Johnson at the Brickyard - his fourth runner-up this season; was also second to Kyle Busch at Darlington, Dover and the second Daytona race; was docked 100 points and fell from the top spot in the standings after being penalized after his win at Las Vegas; victory at Texas was his 10th career Cup win; had the dominant car again at Atlanta, but blew an engine and finished 42nd; ran 19th in the Daytona 500; qualified for the Chase last year and won at Dover after placing 12th at New Hampshire, but failed post-race inspection and was docked 25 points; penalty dropped him from third to sixth in the standings and he never recovered as he eventually wound up ninth; won the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship and is in contention to win the title against this year.
Kevin Harvick Chase Points: 5,134 (10th) Started the Chase by finishing 10th at New Hampshire; posted six top fives and 13 top 10s this season, and has no poles and no DNFs on the year; entered the top-12 in the standings after Pocono in the beginning of August and has remained there for seven straight weeks; last year finished 10th in the Chase with four top-10 finishes; in 2006 finished fourth in the Chase with six top-10 finishes including wins at New Hampshire and Phoenix; took an early lead in the 2006 Chase after winning at New Hampshire from the pole, but a 32nd-place finish at Dover knocked him out of the top spot; ran 20th here in this race last year and 38th back in June.
Tony Stewart Chase Points: 5,147 (7th) Is currently on a 40-race winless streak after running eighth at New Hampshire; has nine top fives and 14 top 10s, along with no poles and three DNFs on the year; finished fifth at Chicago in first race since announcing he will leave JGR at the end of the season to drive for his own Stewart-Haas Racing team next season; finished second to teammate Kyle Busch at Atlanta, but was vocal about the poor Goodyear tire quality; suffered a hard crash at Las Vegas, injured his ankle and finished last; had another disappointment in the Daytona 500, finishing third despite having the lead with one lap to go; also clashed with his team after finishing second to Jimmie Johnson at Richmond; finished sixth in the Chase last season, one year after not qualifying; won the 2005 championship for his second career title; finished ninth in this race last year and 41st here in June.