Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the A-Game 200, at Dover Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will go down in the record books as the 200th NASCAR national series race held in the state of Delaware, all of which have been at the Monster Mile – Dover Motor Speedway.
|Track Name||City||Cup||Xfinity||Truck||Total Races||First Year|
|Dover Motor Speedway||Dover||103||75||21||199||1969|
The first NASCAR national series event in Delaware was the first NASCAR Cup Series race held at the 1-mile Dover Motor Speedway on July 6, 1969. The race was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty driving a Ford for Petty Enterprises.
The first NASCAR Xfinity Series race was held on May 15, 1982 at Dover Motor Speedway and the event was won by Joe Ruttman driving a Pontiac for car owner Butch Mock.
The first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover was held on September 22, 2000 and the race was won by Kurt Busch driving a Ford for Jack Roush.
The 50th NASCAR national series race at Dover Motor Speedway was the June 4, 1989 NASCAR Cup Series race that was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt.
The 100th NASCAR national series race at Dover Motor Speedway was the June 3, 2001 NASCAR Cup Series race that was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon.
The 150th NASCAR national series race at Dover Motor Speedway was the May 15, 2011 NASCAR Cup Series race that was won by Matt Kenseth.
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Next Race: A-GAME 200
The Place: Dover Motor Speedway
The Date: Saturday, April 30
The Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
The Purse: $1,419,713
TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 200 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)
Dover’s Monster Mile is up next for the NASCAR Xfinity Series
NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will need to bring their A-game this weekend for the A-Game 200 at Dover Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 30 on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the 10th race of the 2022 season. Five drivers have secured their spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs this season, leaving seven positions still open.
Last year at the Monster Mile, it was Team Penske’s Austin Cindric who worked his way up from the 16th starting position to win for the third time in the 2021 season (Cindric went on to win two more times that year).
There have been 75 NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Dover Motor Speedway with 48 different pole winners and 51 different race winners. Eight races have been won from the pole at Dover in the Xfinity Series, the most recent by Kyle Larson in 2017.
Kyle Busch has the most wins at the track (2008, 2010 sweep, 2014 sweep), has posted the most top 10s (15), and has led the most laps at the Monster Mile (1,349).
Joey Logano holds the race record at 131.219 mph in 2013 and Erik Jones holds the qualifying record at 158.318 mph in 2016.
This weekend, two former Xfinity Series Dover pole winners are entered in the A-Game 200 – Daniel Hemric (10/06/18) and Brandon Jones (05/05/18). And just one former Xfinity Series Dover winner is entered this weekend – Justin Allgaier, a two-time Monster Mile winner (2018, 2020).
On-track activity for the NASCAR Xfinity Series will get started on Friday, April 29 with practice scheduled from 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET, directly followed by qualifying at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Noah Gragson keeps finding Victory Lane
Holding off a hard charging Jeffrey Earnhardt in the famous No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway, JR Motorsport’s driver Noah Gragson took the checkered flag and became the second NASCAR Xfinity Series driver this season with multiple wins (Phoenix-1, Talladega); making 2022 his third consecutive season with multiple victories.
Back in his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend at Dover Motor Speedway, Gragson is looking to make his way to Victory Lane for the third time in just 10 races this season and tie Ty Gibbs on the season’s wins list.
Gragson has done well on one-mile tracks and has the wins to show for it. His first win this season was at Phoenix Raceway, a track where he has posted a top-15 finish in all but one race since 2019. The same can be said about his stints at Dover Motor Speedway. His only finish outside of the top-15 on the Monster Mile was the 2019 Spring race where he placed 19th.
Gragson might be hot right now, but 19-year-old Ty Gibbs isn’t going to make it easy for him this weekend. Like Gragson, Gibbs also has a good track record on one-mile circuits. Although he doesn’t have too much history to look back on as last year was his rookie season, he posted a fifth-place finish last year at Dover and had a runner-up finish in Phoenix. This season, his run at the one-mile track in Phoenix resulted in a top-10 finish. Gibbs has posted three wins, three top fives and five top 10s in the first nine races of the season and after a crash in Talladega that left him near the back of the pack, he’s likely to come into this weekend’s race at Dover fierce and focused.
To add even more fuel to the fire between these two competitors, they are within five points of each other in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings. Although both are already locked into the Playoffs with their respective wins, Gragson (344 points) has a slight edge over Gibbs’ 339 points.
Justin Allgaier has conquered the Monster Mile before
Only one active NASCAR Xfinity Series driver this weekend can tout they have conquered the Monster Mile and that’s JR Motorsport’s driver Justin Allgaier. The Illinois native grabbed wins at the one-mile concrete track in 2018 and 2020.
Allgaier has undoubtedly perfected his strategy for the one-mile track at Dover Motor Speedway, currently riding an eight race streak of top-10 finishes and what is more impressive is that he has finished third or better in seven of those eight top-10 finishes.
It also shouldn’t shock you that he’s also done well on other one-mile tracks, such as Phoenix. In 24 starts at Phoenix Raceway, he’s posted two wins, eight top fives and 16 top 10s.
Allgaier had a strong start to the 2022 season, posting top-10 finishes through the first four races but has since struggled to keep up the momentum. Perhaps Dover Motor Speedway will be a turning point for him to get back on track. In total, Allgaier has made 21 series starts at Dover posting two wins, 10 top fives and 14 top 10s.
Winner, Winner, Allmendinger; Dover to host final round of Dash 4 Cash
Another driver looking for a three-peat this weekend at Dover Motor Speedway is veteran AJ Allmendinger who took home the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 prize for the second-time this season (Martinsville and Talladega).
Prior to Allmendinger winning two Dash 4 Cash rounds this year, only eight drivers had won multiple rounds in a single season: Reed Sorenson (2011: Daytona, Iowa), Elliott Sadler (2013: Daytona, Chicago), Regan Smith (2015: Dover, Indianapolis), Erik Jones (2016: Bristol, Dover), Justin Allgaier (2017: Phoenix, Richmond), Christopher Bell (2019: Bristol, Dover), Ross Chastain (2020: Atlanta, Pocono) and Noah Gragson (2021: Martinsville, Talladega, Darlington).
If Allmendinger wins the fourth and final Dash 4 Cash round of the 2022 season, he will join Gragson as one of only two drivers to win three of the four rounds banking $300,000 in bonus winnings.
This weekend, Allmendinger will battle it out at the Monster Mile with Gragson, Landon Cassill and Ryan Sieg in the final Dash 4 Cash opportunity of the 2022 season.
Of the four drivers vying for the Dash 4 Cash this weekend at Dover, Noah Gragson has the best average finish at the track with a 9.7; followed by Allmendinger (12.5), Sieg (14.6) and Cassill (21.2).
NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.
Cup Series regulars to make a few Xfinity Series appearances – JR Motorsports will be fielding a fifth car, the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro, in five additional NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season. Behind the wheel will be Chase Elliott at Darlington Raceway (May 7), William Byron at Texas Motor Speedway (May 21) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 16), and Kyle Larson at Watkins Glen International (Aug. 20) and Darlington Raceway (Sept. 3).