Jimmie Johnson Looks to Continue Dominance at Monster Mile
Back in 2012, Jimmie Johnson won his seventh race at Dover International Speedway, tying him with Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most wins at the track. Since then, Johnson racked up two more Monster Mile wins giving him nine total, the most among all drivers.
He won the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks last year, leading for 272 of 400 laps. He looks for his fifth win Sunday, which would tie him with Allison for most all-time. Johnson has won the FedEx 400 three times since 2009. Active drivers Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Tony Stewart are tied with two victories apiece. Also, a victory for Johnson would give Hendrick Motorsports its ninth victory as a team with wins in 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2012, and 2014.
Entering last Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Johnson was third in the Sprint Cup standings, trailing Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick.
Kyle Busch returns from injury
The weekend’s races begin on Friday evening with the Lucas Oil 200, the fifth race of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Kyle Busch has taken the checkered flag in the last two Lucas Oil 200’s, and won three of the last four. The race has been at Dover since 2000 and Busch is the only multiple winner, winning in 2005, 2011, 2013, and 2014. He returned racing two weeks ago at the Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte after suffering a broken right leg and left foot at Daytona International Speedway in the season opening Xfinity Series race in February.
Busch is also the latest winner of Saturday’s match at the Monster Mile, the Buckle Up 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series stock car race. Busch is one of seven two-time winners, a list which includes Darrell Waltrip, Todd Bodine, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, and Joey Logano, who won two times in a row before Busch’s victory in 2014.
Earlier this month during NASCAR testing at Dover, Busch was granted a waiver that keeps him alive in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup so long as he finishes in the top 30 in championship driver points standings following the season’s 26th race. That being said, it’s doubtful we’ll see Busch in any race but Sunday’s FedEx 400, meaning we’ll have a new driver occupying the winner’s circle in this year’s Lucas Oil 200 and Buckle Up 200.
Want to be there for all the action?
If you’d like to see top racing action first-hand, purchase tickets for the Lucas Oil 200, Buckle Up 200 and FedEx 400 at doverspeedway.com or by calling 800-441-RACE for race weekend specials. Tickets for October’s events, the Drive Sober 125, NASCAR Xfinity Series Race and AAA 400 are also available.
If you can’t make it to the Monster Mile live, the Buckle Up 200 will be live on FOX TV Saturday. Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 and Saturday’s FedEx 400 will air on Fox Sports 1.
Off the Track Fun
Looking for some entertainment before and after the races? Look no further than the FanZone at the Monster Mile outside Turn 4.
The FanZone features a long list of activities off the race track that fans can enjoy. Throughout the weekend, drivers will participate in Q & A’s along with autograph sessions near the Monster Monument.
Fans can visit the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, the 46-foot tall monument featuring tributes to Dover race winners, including dedications to legendary drivers. Each and every race weekend the monument is abuzz with racegoers looking back at history.
Live music can be heard from Victory Plaza throughout the weekend, along with interactive games, displays, and places to purchase merchandise all around the FanZone.
Friday, May 29
10 a.m. Grandstand gates open
10 a.m.–10:55 a.m. Xfinity Series practice
11 a.m.–12:25 p.m. Spring Cup Series practice
12:45 p.m. Camping World Truck Series qualifying
2 p.m. –3:25 p.m. Xfinity Series final practice
2:15 p.m.–3 p.m. Camping World Truck Series autograph session, Lucas Oil display in the FanZone
3:45 p.m. Sprint Cup Series qualifying
5 p.m. Camping World Truck Series driver introductions
5:30 p.m. Start of the Lucas Oil 200 Camping World Truck Series race
Saturday, May 30
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Open Track session with Xfinity Series driver Jeremey Clements
10 a.m. Grandstand GATES OPEN
10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Sprint Cup Series practice
11:15 a.m. Xfinity Series qualifying
1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Sprint Cup Series final practice
2 p.m. Xfinity Series driver introductions
2:30 p.m. Start of the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket Xfinity Series race
5:30 p.m. Track walk with Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin
9 p.m. Fireworks in the Monster Mile’s RV lots
Sunday, May 31
10 a.m. Grandstand gates open
11:15 a.m. Sprint Cup Series pre-race activities begin
12:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series driver introductions
1 p.m. Start of the “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” Sprint Cup Series race