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Neighborhood Excellence 400

Status: Final Dover International Speedway

Race Capsule

Dover International Speedway
  • What:

    Race 15 of 38 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE

  • When:

    June 4, 2006 2:10 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,667,009

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Gordon Struggled to 36th-place finish at Charlotte, withdrawing after 360 laps with right front tire trouble; fell to seventh in the standings with 1,451 points, only one point ahead of Burton; bounced back nicely from disappointing performance at Richmond by finishing second at Darlington; has just four top-five finishes and five top-10s through 12 races this season; ran 39th in this race last season, completing just 41 laps before withdrawing due to an accident; has dominated at this track, registering four victories, two poles, 12 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in 26 career starts.
Mark Martin Consistent veteran driver registered a season-best fourth-place finish at Charlotte; moved to third in the standings with 1,652 points, 209 behind Johnson and 100 behind Roush Racing teammate Kenseth; has two top-five finishes and seven top-10s through 12 starts this season; has placed outside of the top 15 only once; has four victories and 24 top-10 finishes in 39 career starts at this track; finished third in this event last season and ran fourth in the fall race.
Tony Stewart Defending series champion crashed in both the Nextel and Busch races at Charlotte last weekend and is suffering from a fractured right scapula; status for this race is uncertain; crashed in lap 30 at Coca-Cola 600 and finished 42nd; slipped two spots to fourth in the standings; was runner-up to Johnson at Talladega, his second straight second-place finish; won his first race of the season at Martinsville; had the dominant car at Bristol before fading late for a 12th-place finish; placed fifth at Atlanta to rebound from a disappointing finish at Las Vegas; placed 15th in this race last season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ran 11th at Charlotte and remained fifth in the standings with 1,590 points; captured the checkered flag at Richmond, his first victory of the season that snapped a string of 27 starts without a victory; placed inside the top 12 nine times this season; struggled to a 22nd-place finish in this event last season and has three top-five finishes and five top-10s in 12 career starts at this track.
Jeff Burton Placed sixth at Charlotte on Sunday and climbed to eighth in the standings with 1,450 points; has finished inside the top 10 in five of his last six starts, including a fourth-place finish at Talladega on May 1; ran 19th in this event last season and has struggled at this track, registering just four top-five finishes and eight top-10s in 24 starts here.
Matt Kenseth Finished fifth at Charlotte and climbed to second in the standings, 109 points behind Johnson; was runner-up to Kahne at Texas; struggled to a 24th-place finish at Martinsville after crashing on a restart in the 493rd lap; appeared primed for a victory at Bristol before being bumped by Kurt Busch in lap 495 and fading to third; ran seventh in this race last year, his seventh career top-10 finish in 14 starts at this track.
Greg Biffle Registered his third straight top-10 finish Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway; climbed to 13th in the Nextel Cup standings with 1,340 points through 12 races; defending series runner-up captured his first victory of the season at the Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 13; struggled over the first nine races this season, registering just two top-10 finishes; won this race last season and has two top-10 finishes in seven career starts at this track.
Carl Edwards Placed third at Charlotte and climbed three spots to 14th in the standings; has rebounded nicely from a slow start this season, registering four top-five finishes in his last five starts; finished seventh at Richmond to record his third consecutive top-10 finish; ran 16th in this event last season and placed ninth in the MBNA RacePoints 400.
Kasey Kahne Captured the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600, his third victory this season; climbed two spots to sixth in the standings with 1,569 points, 21 behind Earnhardt; rebounded nicely from three consecutive runs outside the top 20; has registered five top-five finishes and seven top-10s this season; won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 to record his third career victory; also visited Victory Lane at Atlanta after registering consecutive fourth-place finishes at California and Las Vegas; placed 35th in this event last season, withdrawing after crashing in lap 284.
Kyle Busch Looks to bounce back from disappointing 38th-place finish at Coca-Cola 600; slipped three spots to 10th in the standings after incurring 25-point penalty for incident with Casey Mears; ran seventh at Darlington to register his second consecutive top-10 finish; rebounded nicely from poor showing at Talladega by finishing fifth at Richmond, his third top-five finish this season; finished inside the top 12 in five straight races from February 26-April 2; reigning Rookie of the Year was runner-up to Biffle in this race last season and finished second to Jimmie Johnson at the MBNA RacePoints 400 on September 25, his only other Nextel start at this track.
Jimmie Johnson Finished second ta Coca-Cola 600 and won the Nextel All-Star Challenge to continue his dominance of the circuit; remained first in the standings with 1,861 points, 109 ahead of defending series champion Tony Stewart; captured the checkered flag at the Aaron's 499 to retake the standings lead from Matt Kenseth; ran seventh at Phoenix and fell to second in the standings for just the second time in nine weeks this season; absolutely dominated the circuit over the first six races, registering two victories among five finishes inside the top six; won the season-opening Daytona 500 and captured the checkered flag two weeks later at Las Vegas; placed fourth in this race last season and has three victories and six top-10 finishes in eight starts here.