NASCAR Preview

Last Updated Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 5:27 pm, EDT

MBNA 400 A Salute to Heroes

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 6, 2004 1:00 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Ryan Newman Led the Winston Cup Series with eight wins in 2003 but is seeking his first victory this season; despite being winless thus far, he has showed consistency with seven top-10 finishes; has won two poles this year and started second in the Coca-Cola 600 but engine problems caused him to finish 35th; had the biggest fall among the top 10, dropping to ninth in the standings.
Elliott Sadler One of just four drivers to be among the top 10 in the standings each week this season and vaulted three places to seventh after starting fourth and finishing fifth in the Coca-Cola 600; it was his third top-five finish of the year and first since April 4, when he raced to his second career victory in the Samsung/RadioShack 500; was 10th in this race in 2002, but failed to finish among the top 10 in his other nine starts here.
Tony Stewart Is fifth in the standings, despite not having a victory in 2004; "We just haven't been to victory lane yet, and that's what everybody's looking at," Stewart said. "But we're not worried about it, especially with the way the points system is now. I'm not totally satisfied with it, but I don't think anyone is totally satisfied with the way their season is going." Could be primed to notch his first win of the season as he has 10 top-10 finishes in as many career starts at Dover, including victories in both races in 2000.
Kurt Busch After three straight finishes outside the top 20, Busch was 11th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Sunday; a result that moved him up one spot in the standings to eighth; has been among the top 10 for 11 straight race weeks; owns just one top-10 finish in eight career starts at Dover, which came in the 2002 MBNA America 400 when he was seventh; made first career Winston Cup start at Dover on September 24, 2000, finishing 18th.
Jeff Gordon Was perhaps the hottest driver in the series with six consecutive top-10 finishes before placing 30th in the Coca-Cola 600, which knocked him down one slot to fourth in the standings, 33 points behind Matt Kenseth for third; tied for first among active drivers at Dover with four career wins; has 15 top-10 finishes in 22 career starts at Dover; was second behind Jimmie Johnson in this race last year.
Jimmie Johnson Could be set to take over the lead in the points standings after a dominant performance in recording his eighth career victory in the Coca-Cola 600; led 334 laps or 501 of the 600 miles and notched his eighth top-five finish of the season, which is one more than Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the most in the series; is just five points behind Earnhardt and won both 2003 races at Dover; in the September 2003 race here, he made his final pit stop with 106 laps remaining in the 400-lap race and had just enough fuel to post his seventh win of the year.
Bobby Labonte The 2000 Winston Cup champion had his streak of four straight top-10 finishes halted at Charlotte, where he was 13th after starting ninth; despite that showing Labonte moved up one spot to sixth in the standings, which is his highest position of the year; was third in this race last year and has 11 top-10 finishes in 23 career starts at Dover, including a victory from the pole in June 1999.
Kevin Harvick Again will pull double duty this weekend, competing in the Busch race Saturday; slipped two spots in the standings to eighth place after finishing 23rd in the Coca-Cola 600; he has been among the top 10 in the standings in seven consecutive race weeks; has an inconsistent history at Dover, finishing among the top 10 three times, but placing 27th or worse in his other three starts here.
Matt Kenseth The 2003 Winston Cup champion is showing the consistency hat he displayed last season as he has four top-10 finishes in his last five starts, including three straight among the top five; was third in the Coca-Cola 600 and moved up one slot to third in the standings; has been among the top 10 in the standings for 47 successive race weeks, which is the longest current streak in the series; made his first career Winston Cup start at Dover on September 20, 1998 and also captured his first career pole here in June 2002; has recorded six top-10 finishes in 10 career starts at Dover.