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Status: Final Dover International Speedway

Race Capsule

Dover International Speedway
  • What:

    Race 13 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE

  • When:

    June 1, 2003 1:00 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $4,817,251

Drivers to Watch

Stands 10th in the points almost 400 points behind Kenseth; dominant at Dover in the mid-1990s which included a run of three straight victories from fall of 1993; in last seven starts at track, has earned three poles and started in the first five on five of those occasions; owns five career poles here, which is second all-time to David Pearson (6).
Matt Kenseth The series points leader finished second at the Coca-Cola 600 after leading a race-high 82 laps; was not happy about NASCAR's decision to stop the race due to rain. "I'm certainly not happy about ending the race at 9:30 at night," he said. "The biggest (longest) race of the year, especially when it's not even raining." Has been ranked No. 1 since finishing fourth at Atlanta and is 160 points clear of Earnhardt Jr.
Jimmie Johnson Remained in fifth place in the points standings (247 points behind Kenseth) following his victory in the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Sunday; has been among the top-10 in the series points standings for 45 consecutive races, dating back to the 2002 spring race in Atlanta; won both races at Dover as rookie last year; led this event four times for a race-high 188 laps.
Gained another position in the points to ninth after a seventh finish at the Coca-Cola 600 but is still seeking the first top-five of the season; finished no lower than 13th in the past five races and has six top-10s; has not mustered much success at Dover since 1996; had top-10s in 2001, but in other 12 starts since 1996, has just one top-10; was 13th in last year's race and 21st in the fall; career-best result at Dover was fifth in fall 1987 and spring 1990.
Kurt Busch Winner of races at Bristol and California makes him the only two-time victor this season; ranked among the top five in the points for seven consecutive race weeks; his five top-five finishes are the two wins and three seconds; 224 points out of first place in fourth; qualified fifth in the Platinum 400 last year, but finished 12th in the race.
Jeff Gordon Won this race three times, most recently in 2001 when leading for 381 laps; also won fall race of 1995 and swept both stops in 1996; tied with Bill Elliott among active drivers with most wins at Dover (4); led more than 300 laps three times; eighth-place finish at Lowe's on Sunday night was sixth top 10 and gained one spot to third in standings; a considerable 216 points behind leader Kenseth.
Tony Stewart Struggled in the past eight races including no better than 40 in the last three; that pushed the Winston Cup champion down to 20th in the standings some 600 points behind leader Kenseth; best results in 12 races were fifths in Las Vegas and Atlanta.
Bobby Labonte Even though he finished third in the Coca-Cola 600, lost one position to sixth in the points; it was the series-leading seventh top-five in 12 races; won race in Atlanta and before Sunday, was runner-up in three straight; enjoyed success from 1995 to 2000 at Dover, with 10 top-five finishes in 12 starts, including win from the pole in this race in 1999; has yet to post a top-10 since 2001 and has finished 36th or worse twice; was 16th and 41st, respectively, last year.
Michael Waltrip Joins Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers to be in the top 10 in points for the entire season; opened year with victory at Daytona 500 in February; owns three top-fives and five top-10s; not a factor in this event last season in 21st, but made a better run in the second stop in September to 12th.
Kevin Harvick Has been in the top 10 for six straight races coming to Dover, where he had poor showings in 2002; 28th in this race and 30th in the All-American Heroes 400; tied with Rusty Wallace for the least top-10 finishes (4) among the first 10 drivers; did perform well here two years ago with a pair of top-10s.
A good performer at Dover over the years; winner in 1986, 1987, 1992 and 1997; also tied with Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace with four poles; posted 14 top-fives and 26 top-10s in 49 appearances at the track.