JD Motorsports operating as JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, is an American professional stock car racing team that competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. It is operated by Johnny Davis; the team fields the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro full-time for Garrett Smithley, the No. 01 Camaro full-time for Stephen Leicht, the No. 4 Camaro full-time for Scott Lagasse Jr. and Ross Chastain, the No. 15 Camaro full-time for B. J. McLeod; the team purchases engines from Clements Racing Engines. Clements drove for JD Motorsports in the past. Johnny Davis has been affiliated with NASCAR competition for over 27 years, serving as a crew member and crew chief for several Winston Cup and Busch Series teams. Davis' first foray into team ownership was with competition Go-Karts in the 1990s; the team has since expanded and is located in a state of the art 40,000+ square foot facility in Gaffney, South Carolina. The team made history by having the first female crew chief in 2008 and building the first Nationwide Series Car of Tomorrow.
The team is known for running well at restrictor plate tracks. JD Motorsports entries have led laps in 5 of the last 6 races at Daytona and Talladega with Mike Wallace driving; the No. 0 car made its debut in 2002. In his first race, he finished 32nd after a wreck, he ran three more races that season and had the best finish of twenty-fourth at Memphis Motorsports Park after gaining sponsorship from Broadway Motors. In 2003, Eagle Jet International became the team's new sponsor, Morgan Shepherd was hired as the team's driver for most of its races, his best finish came at Talladega Superspeedway, where he finished 11th, when J. R. Robbs took over for three races with a best finish of 27th. Jason White became the team's regular driver, Shepherd moved to Davis' new No. 70 team. White drove for most of the season and had two top-twenty finishes in the No. 0 car, before Gus Wasson finished out the year in the car, finishing 29th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 2004, the No. 0 switched to the No. 70 the No.
0, Jason Schuler began the year with the team with Operation Fire SAFE as a sponsor. After six races and the best finish of 27th, he was replaced by Wasson with Race Girl sponsorship, he ran for most of the season in the ten car, replaced once by Tina Gordon. His best finish that season came at Nashville Superspeedway. For the 2005 season, the No. 10 returned to its original No. 0. Kertus Davis began driving the No. 0 full-time with Race Girl sponsoring. He competed in twenty-eight races with a top-ten at Talladega for his rookie season, Rafael Martínez and Joe Fox served as relief drivers on road courses; the team began the 2006 season under rumors that they would close due to sponsorship issues but remained open. Davis qualified for twenty-two races in that year, sharing the ride with Randy LaJoie and Morgan Shepherd. Kertus Davis left for Kevin Harvick Incorporated in 2007 and was replaced by Eric McClure and Hefty sponsorship. J. R. Fitzpatrick drove at Mexico Montreal, while Kevin Lepage driving at Watkins Glen.
At the end of the 2007 season, McClure and his sponsorship departed for Front Row Motorsports. Due to a lack of sponsorship, it was announced on Jayski's Silly Season Site that JDM's equipment would be auctioned off on December 1, although the team remained open; the No. 0 team began the 2008 season with Kertus Davis qualifying at Daytona, his time was disallowed and he moved to the No. 01. Since Daytona, Dwayne Leik has run four races, Mike Potter has run two races, Danny Efland has been in the car for five races and Davis returned to the No. 0 car at Dover for one race. Larry Gunselman drove the car for the balance of the season, with Wheeler Boys filling in on road courses. Danny O'Quinn began the season as the driver of the No. 0 car, but moved over to the No. 01 after one race. J. C. Stout, Robert Richardson, Mark Green and Steve Grissom shared the car before Mike Wallace took over the driving duties; the team starts and parks on occasion in 2009, the team did manage to finish at Kentucky.
After Wallace moved to the 01, Andy Lally and Jeremy Clements drove. In 2011, James Hylton ran the car at Darlington as a park. Tim Schendel and Brad Teague started and parked at Iowa and Dover respectively. For 2015, JD Motorsports announced that Harrison Rhodes would be their third full-time driver with the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro. ARCA regular Bobby Gerhart would replace Rhodes in the 0 while he is driving the 4 with Ross Chastain being moved to the 01; the following year, Eric McClure, who drove this team since 2007, joined the team for the season opener at Daytona in the No. 0, while Garrett Smithley took over the week after, competing for Rookie of the Year honors. The No. 01 debuted in 2006 as Duesenberg & Leik Motorsports, with Jay Sauter driving the Western Union car. In the team's first season, the No. 01 team started 33 out of 35 races, with the best finish of seventh at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Dwayne Leik made one start, at the Winn-Dixie 250 in the No. 26. He finished 32nd. For the 2007 season, Duesenberg & Leik merged with Davis' operation, with the owner's points for the 2006 season for the 01 were transferred to the 0 car.
Morgan Shepherd drove the 01 on a limited basis. Kevin Lepage, Shelby Howard and Danny Efland drove in 2007 after Shepherd left to drive for his own team. Joe Fox ran at Watkins Glen. Kertus Davis returned after being released from KHI and drove at Michigan, California and Lowe's Motor Speedway. Dwayne Leik qualified the No. 01 at Daytona to start off 2008, but was replaced by Davis after the No. 0 time was disallowed. Davis continued to run in
Federated Auto Parts 400
The Federated Auto Parts 400 is an annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the Richmond Raceway in Richmond, being the second of two races at the track with the first one being the Toyota Owners 400 in the spring. As of 2018 the race is one of the ten races in the Cup Series playoffs, run as the second race in the Round of 16. Richmond was home to the final race before the playoffs began and had been since NASCAR implemented them for the 2004 season. Starting in 1991, the race was moved from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night, it became the second night race on the NASCAR schedule, following Bristol which takes place a few weeks earlier. From 2000–2009, the race was sponsored in some form by Chevrolet. For 2001 and 2002, the race sponsorship was in conjunction with Warner Bros. with Looney Tunes characters featured in several cars' paint jobs. For the 2003–2009 races the race was known as the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 and various cars were painted to promote various rock music acts.
The 2010 race saw the sponsorship move from Chevrolet to the Air National Guard, a branch of the United States Air Force. The race was sponsored by Roll Global through its Wonderful Pistachios brand, a division of Roll Global subsidiary Paramount Nuts in 2011. On May 2, 2012, Federated Auto Parts and Richmond International Raceway announced that Federated Auto Parts will be the race's sponsor starting in 2012; because of its proximity to Patriot Day, the Pledge of Allegiance is included as part of the opening ceremony. 1969: Race shortened from 500 laps due to rain. 1988: Track reconfigured to 0.75 miles. 1991: Race moved to a Saturday night event. 2008: Race postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain. 2012: Race started late due to rain. 2016 and 2017: Race extended due to an overtime finish. 1958–1967: 0.5 mile course 1968: 0.625 mile course 1969–1987: 0.542 mile course 1988–present: 0.75 mile course The Super Chargers chose to tape delay the 1984 race for fourteen days and commentators Jan Gabriel and Darrell Waltrip.
Darrell Waltrip did the commentary fourteen days after the race. The 2008 race, scheduled for ABC, was rained out and shown on ESPN due to scheduling conflicts with the 2008 Indycar Series Championship race from Chicagoland Speedway. NASCAR Commentators Crews and Networks Sour Sixteen: NASCAR Has 16th Ratings Decline Of Season Entering Chase
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, United States. Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, Motocross; the track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5-mile high-speed tri-oval, a 3.56-mile sports car course, a 2.95-mile motorcycle course, a 1,320-foot karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre infield includes the 29-acre Lake Lloyd; the speedway is operated by International Speedway Corporation. The track was built in 1959 by NASCAR founder William "Bill" France, Sr. to host racing, held at the former Daytona Beach Road Course. His banked design gave fans a better view of the cars. Lights were installed around the track in 1998, today it is the third-largest single lit outdoor sports facility; the speedway has been renovated four times, with the infield renovated in 2004 and the track repaved in 1978 and 2010.
On January 22, 2013, the fourth speedway renovation was unveiled. On July 5, 2013, ground was broken on "Daytona Rising" to remove backstretch seating and redevelop the frontstretch seating; the renovation was by design-builder Barton Malow Company in partnership with Rossetti Architects. The project was completed in January 2016, cost US $400 million, it emphasized improved fan experience with five expanded and redesigned fan entrances, as well as wider and more comfortable seats, more restrooms and concession stands. After the renovations were complete, the track's grandstands had 101,000 permanent seats with the ability to increase permanent seating to 125,000; the project was finished before the start of Speedweek in 2016. NASCAR founder William France Sr. began planning for the track in 1953 as a way to promote the series, which at the time was racing on the Daytona Beach Road Course. France met with Daytona Beach engineer Charles Moneypenny to discuss his plans for the speedway, he wanted the track to have the highest banking possible to allow the cars to reach high speeds and to give fans a better view of the cars on track.
Moneypenny traveled to Detroit, Michigan to visit the Ford Proving Grounds which had a high-speed test track with banked corners. Ford shared their engineering design of the track with Moneypenny, providing the needed details of how to transition the pavement from a flat straightaway to a banked corner. France took the plans to the Daytona Beach city commission, who supported his idea and formed the Daytona Beach Speedway Authority; the city commission agreed to lease the 447-acre parcel of land adjacent to Daytona Beach Municipal Airport to France's corporation for $10,000 a year over a 50-year period. France began working on building funding for the project and found support from a Texas oil millionaire, Clint Murchison, Sr. Murchison lent France $600,000 along with the construction equipment necessary to build the track. France secured funding from Pepsi-Cola, General Motors designer Harley Earl, a second mortgage on his home and selling 300,000 stock shares to local residents. Ground broke on construction of the 2.5-mile speedway on November 25, 1957.
To build the high banking, crews had to excavate over a million square yards of soil from the track's infield. Because of the high water table in the area, the excavated hole filled with water to form what is now known as Lake Lloyd, named after Joseph "Sax" Lloyd, one of the original six members of the Daytona Beach Speedway Authority. 22 tons of lime mortar had to be brought in to form the track's binding base, over which asphalt was laid. Because of the extreme degree of banking, Moneypenny had to come up with a way to pave the incline, he connected the paving equipment to bulldozers anchored at the top of the banking. This allowed the paving equipment to pave the banking without rolling down the incline. Moneypenny subsequently patented his construction method and designed Talladega Superspeedway and Michigan International Speedway. By December 1958, France had begun to run out of money and relied on race ticket sales to complete construction; the first practice run on the new track was on February 6, 1959.
On February 22, 1959, 42,000 people attended the inaugural Daytona 500. Its finish was as startling as the track itself: Lee Petty beat Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish that took three days to adjudicate; when the track opened it was the fastest race track to host a stock car race, until Talladega Superspeedway opened 10 years later. On April 4, it hosted a 100 mi Champ Car event which saw Jim Rathmann beat Dick Rathmann and Rodger Ward, at an average speed of 170.26 mph, at the time the fastest motor race ever. It was sadly the occasion of Daytona's first fatality: George Amick, attempting to overtake for third late in the race, hit a wall and was killed. April 5, a scheduled 1,000 km sports car event was won by Roberto Mieres and Fritz d'Orey, who shared a Porsche RSK, which proved more durable than more potent competition. Lights were installed around the track in 1998 to run NASCAR's July race, the Coke Zero 400 at night; the track was the world's largest single lighted outdoor sports facility until being surpassed by Losail International Circuit in 2008.
Musco Lighting installed the lighting system, which took into account glare and visibility for aircraft arriving and departing nearby Daytona Beach International Airport, costs about $240 per hour when in operation. Daytona's tri-oval is 2.5 mile
Fairgrounds Speedway is a motorsport racetrack located at the Nashville Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The track is the oldest continually operating track in the United States; the track held NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup races from 1958 to 1984. The speedway is an 18 degree banked paved oval; the track is 0.596 mi long. Inside the larger oval is a 1⁄4 mi paved oval; the track was converted to a 1⁄2 mi paved oval in 1957. The speedway was lengthened between the 1970 seasons; the corners were cut down from 35 degrees to their present 18 degrees in 1972. The track was repaved between the 1996 seasons; the track first featured "horseless carriages" and motorcycles on June 11, 1904, on a 1 1⁄8 mi dirt oval. Races were canceled after a motorcycle ran into the back of a car, lining up. Harness horse racing events were held at the track. In September 1904 another series of races was organized. Most of the entrants came directly to Nashville from the 1904 World's Fair in Missouri. Racing pioneer Barney Oldfield was one of the entrants.
People marveled at cars driving over 60 miles per hour. The track began holding annual events in September 1915 to coincide with the state fair. Many of the same drivers from the Indianapolis 500 brought their cars down to Nashville. Local tracks sprang up and began running weekly Saturday night shows, the local racers competed at the track for the 1954 through 1957 State Fairs. In 1958 car racers decided to build a paved racetrack; the racers ended opposition from horse racers by building a horse track. The racers got a 10-year lease from the state fair board in order to build a paved 1⁄2 mile track which shared the frontstretch with a 1⁄4 mile track. On July 19, 1958, the first race was held at the new speedway. Races were held only on the 1⁄4 mile track. A 1959 NASCAR Grand National race of 200 laps in 1959 was unique; that would not happen again until 36 years when the entire field at the 1995 Tyson Holly Farms 400 finished the race. The original cars were 1930s model cars called "Modified Specials".
By 1964 the parts for cars were too hard to find, so the track changed to newer 1950s model cars called "Late Model Modifieds". Some of the early stars of the track decided to retire; the 1960s frequently brought drivers from outside Nashville, most notably the Alabama Gang. The Alabama Gang included future NASCAR legends Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Nashville native Red Farmer. Coo Coo Marlin was the first back-to-back champion in 1965/1966. 1968 champion P. B. Crowell decided to retire, hired the talented young Darrell Waltrip to drive his car. Country music legend Marty Robbins raced at the track in his signature purple and yellow race cars. Several changes happened at the track in the 1960s. Lights were added to the 1⁄2 mile track in 1965, races in the main division moved to the big track. A fire burned the grandstands at the 1965 State Fair. Weekly Tuesday night races were added, fans were awed by the crazy Figure-8 drivers missing each other as they crossed each other's paths. New grandstands were built and the track was lengthened in 1969.
The bankings in the corners proved to be too fast, so the banking was reduce to 18 degrees. The new ownership decided to hold no weekly races in 1979; the 1970s featured talented drivers that would progress to NASCAR's highest division. Second generation drivers Sterling Marlin and Steve Spencer Mike Alexander were all track champions. Alabama Gang member Jimmy Means took the track title home to Alabama in 1974 before he moved on to NASCAR's Winston Cup; the track returned to hosting weekly races in 1980. In 1984, the top NASCAR series fielded its final race at the facility after disputes with city government and track management; the new headline division featured smaller Camaro-type bodies called "Late Model Stock Cars". The new division caught on and only 13 drivers competed in the first race; the division caught on in 1987. NASCAR stars that raced in 1987 or 1988 included Bobby Allison, Sterling Marlin, Mike Alexander, Darrell Waltrip, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt. Third generation driver Bobby Hamilton won track championships in 1987 and 1988.
The 1990 season was dominated by Jeff Green. Mike Reynolds won the 1991 track championship. Mike Alexander won the 1992 track championship. Chad Chaffin won the 1995 track championships. Andy Kirby won the 1994, 1996, 1997 track championships. Joe Buford won the 1999 track championships; the ARCA Racing Series held a 200-lap race in 1992. In 1995, the track returned to the NASCAR circuit, hosting a yearly NASCAR Busch Series race and a yearly NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race; those races would move to the new Nashville Superspeedway in 2001. The track was renamed "Music City Motorplex" for 2004 by new promoter Joe Mattioli III, whose family owns Pocono Raceway and South Boston Speedway; the 2007 schedule featured races in NASCAR's two regional series, the NASCAR Busch East Series and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. In 2009, Music City Motorplex was to host an ARCA RE/MAX Series event on June 20, but it was announced on February 20, 2009 that the race would be moved to Mansfield Motorsports Park in Mansfield, Ohio.
In 2009, the track's prestigious All American 400 was canceled and not rescheduled because of severe rai
Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. It is nicknamed "The Lady in Black" and "The Track Too Tough to Tame" by many NASCAR fans and drivers and advertised as "A NASCAR Tradition." It is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of different configurations, a condition which arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that will be effective at both ends. Harold Brasington was a retired racer in 1948, who had gotten to know Bill France, Sr. while competing against France at the Daytona Beach Road Course and other dirt tracks in the Southeast and Midwestern United States. He began planning a new speedway after he noticed the huge crowds while attending the 1948 Indianapolis 500 and thought, "If Tony Hulman can do it here, I can do it back home." Brasington bought 70 acres from farmer Sherman Ramsey, started making a race track from a cotton and peanut field.
However, he was forced to create an egg-shaped oval with one corner tighter and more steeply banked because he promised Ramsey that the new track wouldn't disturb Ramsey's minnow pond at the west side of the property. Brasington was able to make the other turn at the east side of the property wide and flat as he wanted, it took a year to build the track. Brasington made a deal in the summer of 1950 with France to run a 500-mile race in Darlington on Labor Day that year; the first Southern 500 carried a record $25,000 purse, was co-sanctioned by NASCAR and its rival Central States Racing Association. More than 80 entrants showed up for the race. Brasington used a 2-week qualifying scheme similar to the one used at the Indianapolis 500. Brasington was inspired by Indianapolis when he had the 75-car field aligned in 25 rows of three cars; these practices have been curtailed over the years as NASCAR adopted a more uniform set of guidelines with regard to the number of cars which could qualify for a race.
The race was won by Johnny Mantz in a car owned by France. In recent years the track has been reconfigured. Seating has been increased to 65,000, although it has been limited by the proximity of a highway behind the back stretch and another pond. Darlington has something of a legendary quality among older fans; the track earned the moniker The Lady in Black because the night before the race the track maintenance crew would cover the entire track with fresh asphalt sealant, in the early years of the speedway, thus making the racing surface dark black. Darlington is known as "The Track Too Tough to Tame" because drivers can run lap after lap without a problem and bounce off of the wall the following lap. Racers will explain that they have to race the racetrack, not their competition. Drivers hitting the wall are considered to have received their "Darlington Stripe" thanks to the missing paint on the right side of the car. On January 28, 2019, it was revealed on ISC's 2018 annual report that the raceway's track seating was reduced from 58,000 to 47,000.
For many years, Darlington was the site of two annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. One, the Rebel 400, was held in the spring while the other, the Southern 500, was always held on Labor Day weekend. In 2003, the Labor Day race was given to California Speedway, the Southern 500 was moved to November 2004 and was run as part of the Chase for the Nextel Cup. In 2005, NASCAR eliminated the Southern 500 altogether as a result of the Ferko lawsuit, offending many fans who had followed the sport for generations; the race was merged into the 400-mile spring race, moved to Mother's Day weekend. A 500-mile race named after a Dodge vehicle was held for the next four years, before the race was given the Southern 500 moniker in 2009; the move was the result of several factors. Darlington suffered from poor ticket sales in the spring. Part of this is due to the track's location in the Textile Belt of South Carolina, where there has been an ongoing general economic decline for many years. Additionally, there is little of interest to the average fan from outside the Darlington area other than the events at the track itself.
Many newer NASCAR venues are near major cities to avoid this problem. A further factor in the move was an ongoing desire by NASCAR to spread its events out over more of the country. However, the novelty having now worn off of many of these newer races and venues, several of them are now suffering much worse attendance than Darlington has experienced. Darlington received a $10 million upgrade in the largest investment in the track's history; this followed a $6 million upgrade the previous year, which included an entire repaving of the oval for the first time since 1995. In 2014, Darlington was run in April. In 2015, the Southern 500 returned to its traditional Labor Day weekend date. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying: Aric Almirola, 26.705 s – 184.145 miles per hour, April 11, 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race: Matt Kenseth, 3 h 32 min 29 s – 141.383 miles per
Gander Outdoors 400 (Dover)
The Gander Outdoors 400 is the second of two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car races held at Dover International Speedway in Dover, the other one being the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. It is held on the first weekend of October, it is the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series' Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs after the 2018 realignment. NBC has the rights to obtain the final 20 races including this race. 2005 and 2018: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. 2012: Brad Keselowski's win marked the last win for Dodge. 1971: Bobby Allison dominated the race until a lug bolt broke on a pit stop, putting Richard Petty into the lead in the final 100 laps en route to the win. 1975: Richard Petty put the entire field two laps down until at Lap 350 he ran over debris from a backmarker's blown engine that broke a tie rod. Petty came out six laps down. While Lennie Pond blew his engine Petty erased all six laps, but needed a late yellow when Buddy Arrington stopped on the track with fifteen to go.
Petty breezed to the win, leaving runner-up Dick Brooks angry at Arrington, who'd purchased a transporter from Petty Enterprises: "I guess Arrington needed that truck paid for." 1976: Cale Yarborough lost two laps on two separate occasions and made them up en route to the win. 1977: Benny Parsons dominated the race after Lap 250. 1978: Bobby Allison won after a recent visit to the Mayo Clinic for a checkup. 1979: Richard Petty, Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough battled over the final 30 laps. 1980: Darrell Waltrip took the win, his final for DiGard Racing. 1981: Neil Bonnett stormed to his second win in the 1981 season's last three races as hard-luck Harry Gant led 178 laps but blew his engine with 63 laps to go. 1983: Bobby Allison edged Geoff Bodine for the win, his sixth of the season en route to his only Winston Cup title. 1986: Ricky Rudd took his first Dover win as title contenders Dale Earnhardt and Tim Richmond crashed and raced each other with damaged race cars despite being multiple laps down.
1991: Multiple crashes put Harry Gant alone on the lead lap for his third straight win of September 1991. 1992: Ricky Rudd edged Bill Elliott as Alan Kulwicki crashed, putting him out of the season point chase. 1993: Tire failures and crashes, including a multi-car melee detonated when Rusty Wallace hammered another car into the path of the leaders, plagued the 1993 500 won by Wallace. 1995: In a race with only five yellows Jeff Gordon and Bobby Hamilton dominated en route to a 1-2 finish. 1996: Gordon and Dale Earnhardt battled amid an epidemic of crashes. Ernie Irvan crashed ahead of Derrike Cope and crew chief Larry McReynolds attacked Cope in the garage area. A three-car melee led to a near-brawl on Wally Dallenbach, Jr.. Following this race NASCAR raised the sanction fee for a 500-mile race, forcing Dover to cut back to 400 miles. 1998: Mark Martin won while Matt Kenseth finished sixth in his first career start. 2000: Tony Stewart went on to win the season sweep at Dover. This race marked the first career start for driver Kurt Busch who replaced driver Chad Little in the John Deere Ford.
2001: In the first NASCAR sanctioned Cup race following the September 11, 2001 attacks, a silent lap 3, a season-long scheduled event in memory of Dale Earnhardt who had died in a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500, was changed to include the memory of the victims of the attacks. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race and celebrated by doing a Polish victory lap while holding an American flag in salute. 2006: Jeff Burton broke a 175 race winless streak passing Matt Kenseth with 8 laps to go. This was a emotional win for Jeff. 2009: Joey Logano flipped 8 times in turn 3 after being tapped by Tony Stewart, though a couple cars ahead of Logano had braked going into the corner. Logano suffered no injuries from the wreck. 2013: Jimmie Johnson held off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to take his eighth win at Dover, breaking a tie with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most all-time wins at the track. For Johnson, it allowed him to redeem himself for the restart line violation that had cost him a shot at winning the race in June.
2017: Chase Elliott dominated the final stage of the race and was on the way to his first career win until Kyle Busch passed him coming to the white flag. Kyle Busch won fourth of the season. Racing-Reference.info - Dover International Speedway Race Results NASCAR Commentators Crews and Networks Another Rough Week For NASCAR: 2.4 Rating For AAA 400
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1.058-mile oval speedway located in Loudon, New Hampshire, which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since the early 1990s, as well as the longest-running motorcycle race in North America, the Loudon Classic. Nicknamed "The Magic Mile", the speedway is converted into a 1.6-mile road course, which includes much of the oval. The track was the site of Bryar Motorsports Park before being purchased and redeveloped by Bob Bahre; the track is one of eight major NASCAR tracks owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports. The track opened as New Hampshire International Speedway in June 1990, after nine months of construction following the Bahre family's purchase of the Bryar Motorsports Park; the existing road circuit was redeveloped into a multi-purpose track, with NASCAR added to the popular Loudon Classic motorcycle, WKA go-kart and SCCA races on the complex. It was the largest speedway in New England, expansion has made it the largest sports and entertainment venue of any type in the region.
Its construction was unusual for a race track, in that it was designed and constructed without consulting engineers, using just one surveyor to help. NASCAR made its debut with a Busch Series race won by Tommy Ellis. For three years, the Busch Series hosted a pair of races at the track each year; the Busch races were successful. Loudon gained a spot on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule in 1993. Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Slick 50 300 in July of that year; that race was Davey Allison's final race: the next day, Allison was fatally injured in a helicopter crash. In 1996, Ernie Irvan captured the win in the July race, making it one of the more emotional victories in NASCAR history; the win came less than two years after Irvan suffered a near-fatal crash at Michigan International Speedway, where he was given less than a 10% chance of survival. After the 1996 season Bahre and Bruton Smith bought North Wilkesboro Speedway and moved one of its Cup dates to New Hampshire; the second race is held in the middle of September.
From 2004 to 2010, it was the site of the first event of the Chase for the Championship. In 2011, the date was shifted to the second race in the Chase, serves as one of three races in the Challenger Round; the speedway was the first for NASCAR to start the field in two groups under the warm-up laps to help set pit speed. The track hosted open-wheel racing for seven years, hosting CART from 1992–1995 the Indy Racing League from 1996–1998. One of the open wheel winners was Tony Stewart, who won three NASCAR Cup Series races at the track as well. In 2000, the track was the site of a pair of fatal collisions which took the lives of two promising young drivers. In May, while practicing for a Busch Series race, Adam Petty perished when his throttle stuck exiting the second turn, resulting in a full speed crash head-on in the middle of the third and fourth turns; when the NASCAR Cup Series made their first appearance of the season, a similar fate befell 1998 Rookie of the Year Kenny Irwin, Jr. For safety reasons, track owners decided to run restrictor plates on the cars during their return trip to the speedway in September 2000.
This resulted in an uneventful Dura Lube 300 won by Jeff Burton, which had no lead changes, was the result of the experiment. It was the first wire-to-wire race since the 1970s; the 2001 New Hampshire 300 was scheduled for September 16, the Sunday after the September 11 terrorist attacks. NASCAR announced that the race would be held as scheduled, but the event was postponed until November 23 of that year, the Friday after Thanksgiving. There was much concern about the weather. Robby Gordon won that race. In 2002, in an effort to increase competitive racing, the track's corners were turned into a progressive banking system, as the apron was paved and became part of the track, the track's banking was varied from 4 degrees in the lower two lanes to 12% grade; the addition of SAFER barriers to the corner walls was made in 2003. During the September 2003 SYLVANIA 300, an incident occurred at this track involving Dale Jarrett where his wrecked race car brought out a caution flag. At the time, NASCAR's policy was for its drivers to race back to the start-finish line to begin the caution period.
This policy allowed drivers who were one or more laps down to pass the leader and get back one lap, but during the 2003 season there were several incidents which involved drivers racing back to the caution nearly causing collisions. Jarrett's car had stalled on the front stretch— in fact, directly in the path of oncoming cars— and he was in danger of being hit by cars that were trying to get laps back. Although Jarrett avoided contact, the incident was enough for NASCAR to act and beginning with the next race, NASCAR outlawed racing back to the caution flag and instead froze the field after a caution, a "free pass" rule was put in place in which the first car behind the leader not on the lead lap would get their lap back during each caution period in all of NASCAR's national and regional series. In mid-May 2006, Loudon was one of many New England communities which experienced damaging floods after a week of near-record rainfall. Several roads and bridges were washed out near the speedway; the infield was flooded.
The facility experienced flooding in October 2005. In June 2009, the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Cup Series race was ended early by a storm which caused flooding at various locations around the track, including the infield tunnel: however in that case the po