AAA 400 2014

August 22, 2014 by  
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The AAA 400, hosted by Dover International Speedway, covers a distance of 400 miles in 400 laps. The inaugural event was held in 1971 with Richard Petty taking the checkered flag. The 2013 event was won by Jimmy Johnson driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Be sure to catch the 2014 action. For more information visit nascar.com or www.doverspeedway.com

Date: 28 September 2014
Venue: Dover International Speedway
City: Dover
State: Delaware

Fedex 400 2014

April 17, 2014 by  
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Held annually as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the FedEx 400 (benefiting Autism Speaks) will take place on 1 June 2014. The race covers a distance of 400 miles, being 400 laps on the one-mile track. The 2013 event was won by Tony Stewart driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. For more information visit www.nascar.com

Date: 1 June 2014
Venue: Dover International Speedway
City: Dover
State: Delaware

Stewart Breaks Dry-Spell at The Monster Mile

June 3, 2013 by  
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Breaking his 30-race dry spell at Dover on Sunday, Tony Stewart later revealed that as the owner of his team it did cross his mind that pushing for a win might wreck his car, leaving him with repairs to pay for. But with a couple of laps left in the FedEx 400, when crew chief Steve Addington reportedly told him to ‘use it up’, he passed Juan Pablo Montoya to cross the finish line in first place. While it was generally expected among fans that Jimmie Johnson would continue his winning streak, he notched up a penalty for prematurely pulling ahead of Montoya off a restart with just 19 laps to go. Johnson was moved to the back of the field and finished the race 17th. Third place was taken by Jeff Gordon, with Kyle Busch in fourth and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

Johnson voiced his displeasure at the penalty, explaining that he had tried to give the position back to Montoya after the restart, and ran half-throttle for the first half a lap before pushing ahead. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president disagrees with Johnson, saying that the penalty was ‘a very easy call’. Up until the penalty it appeared that Johnson had a good chance of taking the victory at the so-called ‘Monster Mile’, despite the fact that he had started 24th and had some difficulty moving up in the field initially. An early pit-stop by Johnson on Lap 71 allowed him to regain lost time before the caution for debris in Lap 80 and after that he moved up rapidly in the field and was in sixth place by the time a caution for debris was called in Lap 160. A seventh caution was called when Denny Hamlin’s tire blew on Lap 382 and Montoya took two tires before beating Johnson to the pit road exit, with Johnson passing the start/finish line ahead of Montoya and collecting the race-changing penalty. While emphasizing that he disagreed with the call, Johnson noted that his team will ‘just come back and try to win in the fall’.

FedEx 400 2013

May 29, 2013 by  
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Held annually as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the FedEx 400 is dedicated to the non-profit organization Autism Speaks and is sponsored by Visa Inc. Last year’s winner was Jimmie Johnson, who also won in 2002 and 2009. For more information visit nascar.com

Date: 2 June 2013
Venue: Dover International Speedway
City: Dover
State: Delaware
Country: United States

Darrell Wallace Jr.: Drive for Diversity Success Story

February 11, 2013 by  
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The announcement on Saturday that Darrell Wallace Jr. is set to drive full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports is seen by many as an indication that the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program is bearing fruit. Currently in its 11th season, the program is aimed at providing opportunities for ethnic minority groups and women to demonstrate their driving skills in NASCAR events. At 19-years of age, Wallace already has years of driving experience to his name and has expressed his hope that he will become a role model for other African-Americans, encouraging them to work toward their goals. As only the fourth African-American driver to compete full-time in a national series, Wallace joins Wendell Scott, Willy T. Ribbs and Bill Lester in the NASCAR history books.

Born in Mobile, Alabama on October 8, 1993, Darrell Wallace Jr. was raised in Concord, North Carolina. At the age of nine he started racing in the Legends and Bandolero series, winning 35 of the 48 Bandolero Series races in 2005. In 2010, driving for Revolution Racing, Wallace started to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and won his first race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway becoming the first African-American driver, as well as the youngest driver, to win at the track. He won the series’ Rookie of the Year award, becoming the first African-American to win a NASCAR series Rookie of the Year award. In 2011 he won three times and finished the season in second place, with Max Gresham in the lead.

Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2012 season, Wallace made his Nationwide Series debut driving the #20 Toyota at Iowa Speedway in late May, finishing 9th. The talented young driver finished in the top ten in his following two races and earned his first pole position in the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway in September 2012. With the season only just beginning, fans are no doubt eager to see how Wallace will perform in the Kyle Busch Motorsports #54 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series.

Started by NASCAR in 2004, the Drive for Diversity program aims to attract minorities and women to the sport as drivers, crew members and owners.

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