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The 2018 Gander Outdoors 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on October 7, 2018 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Contested over 404 laps -- extended from 400 laps due to an overtime finish, on the one-mile (1.6 km) concrete speedway, it was the 30th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, fourth race of the Playoffs, and the first race of the Round of 12.

2018 Gander Outdoors 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 30 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
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Date October 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)
Location Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 404 laps, 404 mi (646.4 km)
Scheduled Distance 400 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 122.404 miles per hour (196.990 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time N/A
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 286
Winner
No. 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 1.2/1.3 (Overnight)[10]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Mike Bagley (Backstretch)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

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

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.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill (i) 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 Matt Kenseth 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 J. J. Yeley (i) 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 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
52 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 21.892 seconds and a speed of 164.444 mph (264.647 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.892 164.444
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 22.025 163.451
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 22.037 163.362
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for Friday was cancelled due to rain and Kyle Busch, the point leader, was awarded the pole as a result.[12]

Starting LineupEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
5 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
9 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
11 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
12 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
14 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
15 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
16 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
17 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
18 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
19 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
22 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
23 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
25 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
26 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
27 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
28 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
29 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
32 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
33 72 Corey LaJoie Tri-Star Motorsports Chevrolet
34 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
35 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
36 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
37 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
38 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
39 52 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
Official starting lineup

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Second practice session scheduled for Saturday was cancelled due to rain.

Final practiceEdit

 
Final practice

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 22.640 seconds and a speed of 159.011 mph (255.903 km/h).[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.640 159.011
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.880 157.343
3 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.916 157.095
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Kyle Busch led the field to green, only to pe passed by Kevin Harvick ten laps later. Harvick swept both stages. Harvick led until about 50 to go when he had a loose wheel. Aric Almirola inherited the lead from his mistake-cursed teammate. Almirola maintained the lead until a caution with ten to go, caused by a spinning SHR car of Clint Bowyer. Chase Elliott boldly opted not to pit, taking the lead. On the restart Elliott surfed ahead of Almirola, who would ultimately wreck with Brad Keselowski a half lap later, sending the race into overtime. At the restart, Ellliott forged ahead of Denny Hamlin, a rival from Martinsville and Phoenix in 2017. Chase would go on to lock himself into the round of 8.

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 120

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 9
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 5
7 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 4
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2
10 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 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 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 8
4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 7
5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 160

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 9 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 404 48
2 15 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 404 38
3 6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 404 50
4 16 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 404 33
5 7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 404 40
6 2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 404 51
7 14 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 404 30
8 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 404 41
9 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 404 28
10 19 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 404 27
11 8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 404 30
12 10 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 404 25
13 11 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 404 32
14 4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 404 29
15 3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 404 31
16 18 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 403 21
17 17 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 403 20
18 20 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 402 19
19 22 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 402 18
20 28 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 402 17
21 25 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 401 16
22 24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 400 15
23 29 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 399 14
24 26 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 399 13
25 23 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 399 12
26 27 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 399 11
27 31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 397 10
28 12 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 396 9
29 30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 396 8
30 33 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 394 7
31 37 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 394 6
32 35 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 392 0
33 34 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 390 0
34 36 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 389 0
35 5 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 388 18
36 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 387 1
37 32 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 314 0
38 39 52 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 308 1
39 38 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 35 0
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 8 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 5 for 31
  • Red flags: 1 for 4 minutes and 59 seconds
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds
  • Average speed: 122.404 miles per hour (196.990 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, 2006 race winner Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and 2001 race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

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

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dover International Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 5, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 5, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 6, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Gander Outdoors 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Dover final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (October 5, 2018). "Kyle Larson tops Friday's NASCAR Cup practice at Dover". Motorsport.com. Dover, Delaware: Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Gelston, Dan (October 5, 2018). "Kyle Busch, Harvick start 1-2 in playoff race at Dover". Associated Press. Dover, Delaware: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  13. ^ Utter, Jim (October 6, 2018). "Kyle Larson fastest in final NASCAR Cup practice at Dover". Motorsport.com. Dover, Delaware: Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 6, 2018.


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