2017 Apache Warrior 400
The 2017 Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on October 1, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Contested over 400 laps on the one-mile (1.6 km) concrete speedway, it was the 29th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, third race of the Playoffs and final race of the Round of 16.
|Race 29 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series|
|Date||October 1, 2017|
|Location||Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware|
Permanent racing facility|
1 mi (1.6 km)
|Distance||400 laps, 400 mi (640 km)|
|Weather||Fair skies with a temperature of 68 °F (20 °C); wind out of the north at 8 mph (13 km/h)|
|Average speed||129.171 miles per hour (207.881 km/h)|
|Driver||Furniture Row Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte|
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Kurt Becker, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace|
|Turn Announcers||Mike Bagley (Backstretch)|
Dover International Speedway (formerly Dover Downs International Speedway) is a race track in Dover, Delaware, United States. Since opening in 1969, it has held at least two NASCAR races. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosted USAC and the Verizon IndyCar Series. The track features one layout, a 1 mile (1.6 km) concrete oval, with 24° banking in the turns and 9° banking on the straights. The speedway is owned and operated by Dover Motorsports.
The track, nicknamed "The Monster Mile", was built in 1969 by Melvin Joseph of Melvin L. Joseph Construction Company, Inc., with an asphalt surface, but was replaced with concrete in 1995. Six years later in 2001, the track's capacity moved to 135,000 seats, making the track have the largest capacity of sports venue in the mid-Atlantic. In 2002, the name changed to Dover International Speedway from Dover Downs International Speedway after Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment split, making Dover Motorsports. From 2007 to 2009, the speedway worked on an improvement project called "The Monster Makeover", which expanded facilities at the track and beautified the track. After the 2014 season, the track's capacity was reduced to 95,500 seats.
|1||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||22.147||162.550|
|2||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||22.219||162.023|
|3||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||22.219||162.023|
|Official first practice results|
|1||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||22.776||22.589||22.407|
|2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||22.552||22.388||22.445|
|3||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||22.571||22.475||22.502|
|4||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||22.660||22.628||22.504|
|5||19||Daniel Suárez (R)||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||22.739||22.546||22.515|
|6||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||22.603||22.611||22.534|
|7||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||22.853||22.467||22.544|
|8||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||22.763||22.565||22.577|
|9||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||22.661||22.624||22.612|
|10||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||22.670||22.665||22.622|
|11||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||22.581||22.581||22.638|
|12||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||22.635||22.667||22.680|
|13||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||22.596||22.689||—|
|14||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||22.737||22.689||—|
|15||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||22.760||22.705||—|
|16||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||22.727||22.713||—|
|17||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||22.723||22.726||—|
|18||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||22.819||22.737||—|
|19||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||22.673||22.754||—|
|20||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||22.802||22.811||—|
|21||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||22.806||22.819||—|
|22||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||22.794||22.826||—|
|23||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||22.844||22.842||—|
|24||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||22.808||22.923||—|
|25||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||22.875||—||—|
|26||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||22.923||—||—|
|27||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||22.939||—||—|
|28||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||23.006||—||—|
|29||13||Ty Dillon (R)||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||23.038||—||—|
|30||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||23.100||—||—|
|31||34||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||23.311||—||—|
|32||15||Ross Chastain (i)||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||23.506||—||—|
|33||72||Cole Whitt||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||23.519||—||—|
|34||83||Brett Moffitt (i)||BK Racing||Toyota||23.544||—||—|
|35||66||Timmy Hill (i)||MBM Motorsports||Chevrolet||23.710||—||—|
|36||51||B. J. McLeod (i)||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||24.107||—||—|
|37||23||Corey LaJoie (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||24.174||—||—|
|38||33||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||24.192||—||—|
|39||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Toyota||191.747||—||—|
|40||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Go Fas Racing||Ford||0.000||—||—|
|Official qualifying results|
|1||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||22.998||156.535|
|2||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||23.016||156.413|
|3||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||23.025||156.352|
|Official second practice results|
|1||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||22.877||157.363|
|2||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||22.944||156.904|
|3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||22.945||156.897|
|Official final practice results|
Martin Truex Jr. led the field to the green flag and led the early part of the race. On lap 25, Kyle Larson took the lead from Truex. Larson would lead the race until Truex regained the lead on lap 60. On lap 82, a round of green-flag pit stops began. On lap 86, the first caution of the race came out during green-flag pit stops when Jeffrey Earnhardt spun coming into pit road and hit the barrels at the entrance to pit road. At the time of the caution, Kyle Busch was leading as he and a few other drivers had yet to pit including Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danica Patrick, and David Ragan. The race would be red-flagged for 15 minutes to replace the barrels at the entrance to pit road. The leaders pitted on lap 88 and Keselowski won the battle off pit road. The race returned to green flag on lap 93 and Keselowski would hold onto the lead to win Stage 1, which concluded on lap 120.
After the first stage ended, the second caution of the race came out. The leaders pitted, and Kyle Busch left pit road first. Matt Kenseth was penalized for speeding on pit road. The race returned to green on lap 128 and Kyle Busch would continue to lead. On lap 151, Larson took the lead from Kyle Busch. On lap 167, the third caution of the race came out when Reed Sorenson blew an engine. Under this caution, the leaders pitted and Truex won the battle off pit road. The green flag came back out on lap 174 and Truex initially held the lead until getting passed by Larson in turn 2. On lap 219, Kevin Harvick made an unscheduled green-flag pit stop for a vibration. Larson held onto the lead and won Stage 2, which ended on lap 240.
Following the conclusion of the second stage, the fourth caution of the race came out. The leaders came to pit road under the caution and Larson maintained the lead. However, Larson could not maintain speed after having to shut off his engine and restart it, which dropped him back to fifth for the restart and gave Chase Elliott the lead. The green flag came back out on lap 249 and Elliott held onto the lead. Elliott's lead would continue to grow as the race remained green. On lap 319, a round of green-flag pit stops began. Race leader Elliott pitted on lap 325, giving the lead to Kyle Busch, he pitted 5 laps later and gave the lead to Jimmie Johnson. Under this round of pit stops, Kurt Busch had a commitment line violation. Johnson pitted from the lead on lap 334 and gave the lead to Keselowski. He, Austin Dillon. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pitted on lap 340 to complete the cycle of green-flag pit stops and give the lead back to Elliott. Elliott continued to hold onto the lead. On lap 373, Denny Hamlin hit the wall and slowed down on the track. He was able to make it to pit road with a broken axle with the race remaining green. In the closing laps, Kyle Busch started catching Elliott as Elliott was getting caught in lapped traffic. Coming to the white flag on lap 399, Kyle Busch took the lead from Elliott. Kyle Busch held onto the lead to win the race. Following the race, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, and Kasey Kahne were eliminated from the playoffs.
Stage 1 Laps: 120
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||10|
|2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||9|
|3||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||8|
|4||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||7|
|5||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||6|
|6||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||5|
|7||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||4|
|8||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||3|
|9||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||2|
|10||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||1|
|Official stage one results|
Stage 2 Laps: 120
|1||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||10|
|2||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||9|
|3||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||8|
|4||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||7|
|5||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||6|
|6||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||5|
|7||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||4|
|8||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||3|
|9||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||2|
|10||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||1|
|Official stage two results|
Final stage resultsEdit
Stage 3 Laps: 160
|1||2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||400||56|
|2||12||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||47|
|3||17||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||40|
|4||1||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||400||50|
|5||3||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||400||47|
|6||19||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||400||32|
|7||7||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||34|
|8||5||19||Daniel Suárez (R)||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||400||29|
|9||26||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||400||30|
|10||16||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||400||40|
|11||4||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||400||26|
|12||10||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||400||25|
|13||8||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||399||24|
|14||21||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||399||23|
|15||18||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||399||22|
|16||23||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||399||21|
|17||9||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||399||23|
|18||24||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||399||25|
|19||15||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||399||25|
|20||13||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||398||17|
|21||28||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||397||18|
|22||29||13||Ty Dillon (R)||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||397||15|
|23||11||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||397||14|
|24||20||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||396||13|
|25||14||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||396||12|
|26||25||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||396||11|
|27||30||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||396||10|
|28||27||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||395||9|
|29||31||34||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||394||8|
|30||22||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||394||7|
|31||40||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Go Fas Racing||Ford||393||6|
|32||33||72||Cole Whitt||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||392||5|
|33||34||83||Brett Moffitt (i)||BK Racing||Toyota||391||0|
|34||37||23||Corey LaJoie (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||389||3|
|35||6||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||374||8|
|36||36||51||B. J. McLeod (i)||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||372||0|
|37||38||33||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||368||1|
|38||32||15||Ross Chastain (i)||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||348||0|
|39||39||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Toyota||162||1|
|40||35||66||Timmy Hill (i)||MBM Motorsports||Chevrolet||39||0|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 6 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 4 for 24
- Red flags: 1 for 15 minutes and 9 seconds
- Time of race: 3 hours, 5 minutes and 48 seconds
- Average speed: 129.171 miles per hour (207.881 km/h)
NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, 2006 race winner Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Kurt Becker
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
|Backstretch: Mike Bagley||Alex Hayden|
Standings after the raceEdit
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