Dover To Celebrate 100th Cup Race

This week’s Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway marks the 100th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the one-mile concrete track.

Current driver and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with 11 victories. NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Richard Petty are next on the list with seven wins. Another NASCAR Hall of Famer, David Pearson, holds the top-mark for pole positions with six. Ryan Newman’s four pole position is most among current drivers.

Petty won the first Cup race at the historic track on July 6, 1960, the Mason Dixon 300. His No. 43 Petty Enterprises 1969 Ford led 150 of the 300 laps and beat runner-up Sunny Hutchins in a 1967 Ford by six laps. 

Three times in the 100-race history, a driver has managed to win three consecutive races – all of them NASCAR Hall of Famers: Pearson (1972-73), Rusty Wallace (1993-94) and Jeff Gordon (1995-95). Interestingly, the last time a driver won back-to-back races was 2013-14 (Jimmie Johnson).

Mark Martin, a four-time race winner, holds the record for most runner-up finishes (eight) all-time; Ricky Rudd holds the mark for most starts at the track with 56.

Hendrick Motorsports holds the record for most wins (20) for an organization.

Chevrolet leads all manufacturers with 40 wins in the first 99 races.

Only two drivers have earned their first career Cup victories at Dover – Jody Ridley in May, 1981, and Martin Truex Jr. in 2007.

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