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Race Capsule

Dover International Speedway
  • What:

    Race 29 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE

  • When:

    September 30, 2012 2:15 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,185,716

Drivers to Watch

Denny Hamlin After entering the Chase No. 1, then falling into a three-way tie for fourth after the Chase opener at Chicago, Denny Hamlin moved up to third place after winning at New Hampshire. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by seven points and second-ranked Brad Keselowski by six points and leads fourth-ranked Tony Stewart by three points.
Clint Bowyer Bowyer dropped back one position into a tie for fifth place with Kasey Kahne following Sunday's race at New Hampshire. The pair is 15 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson and five points behind fourth-ranked Tony Stewart and is 11 points ahead of seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. Truex dropped from ninth to 10th in the standings after New Hampshire. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 34 points, is one point behind ninth-ranked Greg Biffle and leads 11th-ranked Matt Kenseth by one point.
Sam Hornish Jr. His team stands 21st in the car owner standings.
Kyle Busch 13th.
Greg Biffle Biffle, who led the points for 14 of the first 26 weeks, fell from a tie for fifth place entering the Chase to eighth place after the Chase opener at Chicago and one more spot to ninth after New Hampshire. Biffle is 33 points behind new points leader Jimmie Johnson and two points behind eighth-ranked Kevin Harvick and is one point ahead of 10th-ranked Martin Truex Jr.
Jeff Gordon 12th, 45 points out of first.
Ryan Newman 14th, 24 points out of 13th place.
Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne went from a four-way tie for ninth to start the Chase to a three-way tie (with Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin) for fourth after the Chase opener at Chicago, only to fall into a tie for fifth with Clint Bowyer after New Hampshire. The duo stands 15 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson, five points behind fourth-ranked Tony Stewart, and they both are 11 points ahead of seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Brad Keselowski After taking the early lead in the standings by winning the first race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, Brad Keselowski fell to second place after the second Chase race Sunday at New Hampshire. He's one point behind new points leader Jimmie Johnson and six points ahead of third-ranked Denny Hamlin.
Jimmie Johnson Johnson climbed to the top spot of the Sprint Cup standings following Sunday's race at New Hampshire. He leads last week's points leader, Brad Keselowski, by just one point and third-ranked Denny Hamlin by seven points.
Matt Kenseth 11th, 35 points out of first.
Kevin Harvick Harvick made the biggest gain of any Chase driver, jumping up two spots in the standings, from 10th to 8th, after Loudon. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 31 points and seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by five points and leads ninth-ranked Greg Biffle by two points.
Joey Logano 18th, 80 points out of 13th place.
Carl Edwards 15th, 34 points out of 13th place.
Regan Smith 23rd, 227 points out of 13th place.
Paul Menard 16th, 39 points out of 13th place.
Jamie McMurray 20th, 149 points out of 13th place.
Aric Almirola 22nd, 195 points out of 13th place.
Tony Stewart Stewart came into the Chase in a three-way tie for second. He dropped to third place after Chicago and is now in fourth after New Hampshire. He trails new points leader Jimmie Johnson by 10 points and third-ranked Denny Hamlin by three points and leads Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer, both tied for fifth, by five points.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt essentially stayed where he was in the standings, going from a tie for seventh heading into the Chase to sole possession of seventh after the Chase opener at Chicago, and he remained in seventh after Loudon. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 26 points, trails a tie for fifth by 11 points and leads eighth-ranked Kevin Harvick by five points.
Mark Martin 26th, 309 points out of 13th place.
Marcos Ambrose 17th, 59 points out of 13th place.
Kurt Busch 25th, 301 points out of 13th place. Gained one spot last week.
Jeff Burton 19th, 135 points out of 13th place.