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AAA 400
Dover Int'l Speedway
Sun, Oct 4 2015
2:45pm EDT - NBC-SN

Race Data

Chase #: 3 of 10
Race #: 29 of 36
Event: AAA 400
Location: Dover
Track Size: 1.0 Miles
Track Type: Oval
Total Laps: 400
Total Miles: 600
2015-1 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
Pit Speed: 35 mph

Previous Winners

(Active Drivers)
10 Jimmie Johnson 02/02/05/09/09/10/13/13/14/15
5 Jeff Gordon 95/96/96/01/14
3 Tony Stewart 00/00/13
3 Ryan Newman 03/03/04
2 Matt Kenseth 06/11
2 Kyle Busch 08/10
2 Greg Biffle 05/07
1 D Earnhardt Jr 01
1 Carl Edwards 07
1 Martin Truex Jr 07
1 Jeff Burton 06
1 Brad Keselowski 12
1 Kurt Busch 11


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It's back to the original rules once the Chase gets under way

NASCAR is sticking with its original 2015 rules package for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer, announced the decision Friday after a meeting with drivers at Michigan International Speedway. This choice comes after NASCAR put track-specific packages in place for a handful of races recently, including this weekend.

But when the 10-race Chase begins Sept. 20 at Chicagoland, the original rules will be used.

"We've seen some good things with that package," O'Donnell said. "A lot of work has been done by the race teams already, leading up to the final 10 races. Feel like that's the best decision for the sport."

A special high-drag aerodynamic package was used at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month and will be in place again this weekend, and it received some criticism from drivers. A low-downforce package put in place at Kentucky was more popular, and it will be used again at Darlington next month.

"A ton of positives we saw from Kentucky, but we've got to take the time to dial those things in and make sure that everybody's on the same page, we've got the best package to put forth, especially as we look to '16," O'Donnell said.

Joe Gibbs Racing recently won four consecutive races - three by Kyle Busch and one by Matt Kenseth. Busch's wins came at Kentucky, New Hampshire and Indianapolis, meaning he won under three sets of rules.

That left Kenseth confident about his team's ability to adapt.

"Our cars have been really fast in all three configurations," Kenseth said. "We've been up front in all three of them, on speed and in the races and in qualifying, so from that aspect, I feel OK about no matter what they bring."

Kenseth did say his personal preference was for the low downforce.

NASCAR will have another chance to observe the high-drag package this weekend, and there's plenty of uncertainty surrounding Sunday's race. Drivers complained it was too hot with the high-drag rules package, which reduces airflow under the car, trapping heat in the cockpit.

This week, NASCAR mandated a dual outlet duct be used on the right-side window to help with ventilation.

What everyone is waiting to see is how the cars will handle in traffic.

"I don't think anybody's really going to be able to answer that until Sunday night after the race is over," Kenseth said.

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Kevin Harvick Dominates Dover
To Preserve Sprint Cup Title Hopes

By Reid Spencer

Courtesy of NASCAR Media

DOVER, Del. - By Jove, he's done it again!

Forced to win at Dover International Speedway to keep his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship hopes alive Sunday, Kevin Harvick did just that, dominating Sunday's AAA 400 to stave off elimination from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

In a virtual carbon copy of last year's Chase race at Phoenix, where the 2014 premier series champion had to win to advance to the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Harvick led 355 of 400 laps (a career best at any track) in winning for the third time this year and the 31st time in his career.

"I think we're better than we were last year, just because of the experiences and things that we've had," Harvick said after the race. "I think when we look at everything that's gone on over the last couple of years, it's just been a lot of fun.

"So, it's just that never-quit attitude. That's what (team co-owner) Tony Stewart said when we went to Homestead last year. He said, 'Whatever you do, do not quit until they throw that checkered flag.'"

Harvick won the race and secured his first Sprint Cup title by a half-second over Ryan Newman.

But there was one major difference between last year's must-win race and the one on Sunday. Phoenix is Harvick's best track. At Dover, on the other hand, he had never won before and had posted just four top-five finishes in 29 previous starts.

As fast as Harvick's No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet was, however, none of the statistics mattered. After a restart with 24 laps left, he pulled away to a 2.639-second victory over Kyle Busch, who likewise secured a berth in the 12-driver Contender Round with his second-place run.

Nor did the stats help Jimmie Johnson, whose shocking ouster from the playoffs took place at the Monster Mile where he holds a record 10 victories. The six-time series champion took his No. 48 Chevrolet to the garage on Lap 106 after a rear axle seal failed.

Johnson lost 36 laps while his team replaced the rear end housing and was credited with a 41st-place finish, leaving him 12 points shy of the Chase cutoff, which came down to a tiebreaker for the 12th and final spot between third-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr. and fourth-place Jamie McMurray.

Joining Johnson and McMurray on the Chase sidelines were Paul Menard (25th Sunday) and Clint Bowyer, who like Harvick faced a win-or-bust scenario at the one-mile concrete track.

Narrowed to 12, the field for the Contender Round now includes Challenger Round winners Matt Kenseth (Chicago), Denny Hamlin (New Hampshire) and Harvick, as well as Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Newman and Earnhardt.

But on Sunday, Harvick showed his hand as the speed horse in the Chase, just as he was last year. Harvick's car was fast last week at New Hampshire, but he ran out of fuel while leading with three laps left to create the must-win scenario at Dover.

"Anytime you can go through moments like this and gain some momentum and prove to yourself that you can do things like this, there's no way you can't be stronger," Harvick said. "I'm just so proud of those guys and so proud of our fans and everybody for all their support all week. There it is-stay the course."

Kyle Busch conceded Harvick's victory was bad news for everyone else still in the Chase.

"The way he ran today-hell, yeah," Busch said. "That was a guy that we wanted to knock out. That's a guy that can win all these races, and you don't want to have to compete against a guy like that.

"But that's why they're as good as they are, and they were last year's champion, so they're going to have an opportunity to continue on. We'll see what happens. There's still two more rounds to figure out who's going to make it to Homestead."