DOVER – The third of 10 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races comes to Dover International Speedway this Sunday, and there’s plenty of information surrounding the AAA 400 at the Monster Mile. Whether you’re heading to the track or watching from home, here are some things to keep your eye on.
Tony Stewart enters the race red-hot, as he has won the first two Chase races following a winless regular season. Stewart, who has two career wins in 25 starts at Dover, leads the 12-man pack, but the advantage is precarious. The other 11 drivers in the hunt, in order, are Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.
Harvick and Kyle Busch have the most wins this season among the group with four each, while Keselowski and Gordon have taken the checkered flag three times apiece. Johnson has won six times at Dover, the most of any driver in the field, followed by Gordon, who has four.
Tickets to the AAA 400, as well as Friday’s K&N Pro Series East race and Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 Nationwide Series race, are available by calling 800-441-RACE or visiting www.DoverSpeedway.com.
The Sprint Cup race begins at 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. Radio coverage will be available on MRN, Sirius SM channel 90. Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be on ESPN2.
Driver Greg Biffle will visit with golfers and the media tomorrow at the Bayhealth Foundation Charitable Golf Tournament, which will be held at Wild Quail Golf and Country Club in Wyoming. He will compete in a putting contest at 11:30 a.m., and the winner will have Biffle drive them to the first three holes in a golf cart. Winners also will be eligible for two tickets to all three days of racing.
The tournament, held since 1986, benefits the Bayhealth Foundation. The Bayhealth Medical Center includes Kent General Hospital, Milford Memorial Hospital and numerous satellite facilities.
Biffle and fellow driver Brian Vickers will appear in the Monster Mile Club Sunday morning. They will participate in a question-and-answer session hosted by one of the Miss Sprint Club girls.
Actress and singer Melora Hardin will perform the national anthem at Sunday’s race. Hardin is best known for her role as Jan Levinson on the NBC series “The Office.” She has been writing and performing songs since age 8 and has produced and self-released two albums.
Those with tickets to Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 can get on the track for free. The session includes access to the front stretch and appearances by Elliott Sadler, Kevin and DeLana Harvick. The event is scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m. Entrance is at Gate 18; bags and coolers are not permitted. Fans will be able to reenter the track for the race later in the day.
Matt Kenseth, who won the Sprint Cup Series race in Dover in May, will participate in a question-and-answer session with ticketholders Sunday at 10:45 a.m. at the base of the Monster Monument. Those with tickets to any of the three races this weekend are welcome to attend the free event.