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2018 AAA 400 Drive for Autism

The 2018 AAA 400 Drive for Autism was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on May 6, 2018, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Contested over 400 laps on the 1-mile (1.6 km) concrete speedway, it was the 11th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 AAA 400 Drive for Autism
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 11 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)
Location Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 400 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 115.044 miles per hour (185.145 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 22.770
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 201
Winner
No. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network FS1
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 1.7 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Mike Bagley (Backstretch)

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Dover International Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Dover International Speedway is an oval race track in Dover, Delaware, United States that has held at least two NASCAR races since it opened in 1969. 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.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Cody Ware (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
99 Derrike Cope StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Paul Menard was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 22.524 seconds and a speed of 159.830 mph (257.221 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 22.524 159.830
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.579 159.440
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 22.583 159.412
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kyle Larson scored the pole for the race with a time of 22.770 and a speed of 158.103 mph (254.442 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 23.096 22.867 22.770
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 23.047 22.937 22.858
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 22.977 22.948 22.867
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.913 22.980 22.897
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 23.077 22.924 22.929
6 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 23.047 22.891 22.969
7 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 23.088 22.920 22.997
8 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 22.947 23.071 23.011
9 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 23.118 23.042 23.035
10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.998 23.060 23.078
11 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 23.088 23.083 23.092
12 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 23.112 23.049 23.121
13 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 23.170 23.096
14 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 23.020 23.115
15 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 23.110 23.128
16 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 23.274 23.149
17 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 23.301 23.179
18 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 23.125 23.181
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 23.074 23.193
20 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 23.189 23.201
21 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 23.306 23.222
22 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 23.257 23.274
23 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 23.229 23.301
24 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 23.288 23.495
25 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 23.306
26 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 23.345
27 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 23.360
28 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 23.375
29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.384
30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 23.459
31 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 23.502
32 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.593
33 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 23.649
34 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 24.026
35 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 24.048
36 99 Derrike Cope StarCom Racing Chevrolet 24.884
37 51 Cody Ware (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 25.442
38 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Joey Logano was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 22.858 seconds and a speed of 157.494 mph (253.462 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 22.858 157.494
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 22.864 157.453
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 22.923 157.048
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

 
Final practice

Aric Almirola was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 22.745 seconds and a speed of 158.277 mph (254.722 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 22.745 158.277
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.777 158.054
3 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 22.797 157.916
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

 
Eventual race winner Kevin Harvick leads on the first lap

Stage 1 Laps: 120

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 8
4 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2
10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 120

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 4
8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 3
9 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 160

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 400 60
2 12 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 400 45
3 7 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 46
4 3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 400 37
5 9 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 400 38
6 8 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 400 48
7 10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 30
8 14 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 400 33
9 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 38
10 1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 27
11 13 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 400 26
12 6 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 32
13 18 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 400 27
14 17 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 399 23
15 5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 399 22
16 23 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 399 21
17 25 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 399 20
18 11 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 399 19
19 22 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 398 18
20 16 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 398 17
21 28 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 397 16
22 29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 397 15
23 15 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 397 14
24 30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 396 13
25 26 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 396 12
26 27 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 395 11
27 32 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 395 10
28 31 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 393 0
29 24 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 392 8
30 35 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 386 7
31 33 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 385 6
32 34 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 382 5
33 21 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 377 4
34 20 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 354 3
35 4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 271 19
36 37 51 Cody Ware (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 244 0
37 36 99 Derrike Cope StarCom Racing Chevrolet 145 1
38 38 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 20 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 6 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 8 for 48
  • Red flags: 1 for 41 minutes and 1 second
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 28 minutes and 37 seconds
  • Average speed: 115.044 miles per hour (185.145 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports covered their 18th race at the Dover International Speedway. Mike Joy, five-time Dover winner Jeff Gordon and two-time Dover winner Darrell Waltrip had the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum handled the action on pit road for the television side.

FS1
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race which was also simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Backstretch: Mike Bagley Kim Coon
Alex Hayden
Dillon Welch
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dover International Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 4, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 4, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 5, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 5, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "AAA 400 Drive for Autism Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 6, 2018. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 7, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 8, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 7, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 8, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "Dover final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (May 4, 2018). "Dover Cup practice mired by inspection delays; Menard fastest". Motorsport.com. Dover, Delaware: Motorsport Network. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Gelston, Dan (May 4, 2018). "Larson wins 5th career pole, Harvick also in front at Dover". Associated Press. Dover, Delaware: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 5, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Utter, Jim (May 5, 2018). "Team Penske fastest in Saturday's first Cup practice at Dover". Motorsport.com. Dover, Delaware: Motorsport Network. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  15. ^ Utter, Jim (May 5, 2018). "Aric Almirola tops final NASCAR Cup practice at Dover". Motorsport.com. Dover, Delaware: Motorsport Network. Retrieved May 5, 2018.


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