NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Full Race – 2014 AAA 400 at Dover


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>>THE FINAL FAMILY MOMENT AND NOW TIME TO CLIMB ABOARD AND GET
READY TO GO RACING ON THIS MOST DIFFICULT RACE, THE MONSTER MILE
IN DOVER, DELAWARE, 400 MILES AHEAD TO DETERMINE WHO GETS
ELIMINATED FROM THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP.
SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THREE OF THE MAIN ELMS THAT WILL GO INTO
TODAY’S RACE. THERE’S THE TRACK, THERE ARE THE
COMPETITORS. AND THEN THERE’S FATE.
LET’S START WITH THE TRACK. THIS MONSTER MILE NICKNAME IS
PRETTY WELL EARNED.>>DEFINITELY WELLERED AND WHAT
THE DRIVERS FACE AROUND THIS RACETRACK, HIGH BANKS IN THE
CORNERS, ALSO HAVE BANKING ON THE STRAIGHTAWAYS WHICH MAKES
THINGS DIFFICULT ESPECIALLY IF THINGS HAPPEN OFF OF TURN TWO
AND OFF TURN FOUR. YOU’RE TRAVELING AT A HIGH RATE
OF SPEED, AVERAGE SPEED IS AROUND 160 MILES AN HOUR.
JUST NOWHERE TO GO WHEN IT GETS LOCKED UP.
THIS TRACK CAN’T VERY WIDE SO FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF
SOMETHING THAT WASN’T YOUR FAULT FROM THE GIPPING.
>>LIKE A ROLLER COASTER AND STRAIGHTAWAYS ARE LIKE RACING
THROUGH AN ALLEY. YOU DON’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO GO IF
SOMEBODY HAS A PROBLEM. WHEN A SMALL PROBLEM STARTS IT
USUALLY GETS BIG AT DOVER.>>NOWHERE TO GO AND HIDE AND
ESCAPE FROM TROUBLE AT THE MONSTER MILE.
NOW, THE COMPETITION, LET’S JUST SAY THAT THE GIVE AND TAKE
BALANCE, THE LATER WE GET INTO THE RACE IS GOING TO SWING FROM
GIVE AND TAKE TO ALL TAKE AS WE GO.
>>THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT AND IT’LL RAMP UP AS THIS DAY GOES
THROUGHOUT. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU EXPECT
BECAUSE THE COMPETITION IS JUST SO CLOSE.
JUST SO MANY THINGS GOING ON. MATT KENSETH LAST WEEKEND, NEW
HAMPSHIRE, RIDING AROUND, JUST LOOKING FOR A SOLID TOP TEN
EFFORT BUT OTHER CARS AND DRIVERS STILL PARTICIPATING.
THAT’S WHAT MAKES OUR PLAYOFF DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER SPORTS
OUT THERE. WE STILL HAVE ALL OF THESE OUT
THERE TO BE A PART OF THAT.>>THE RACING ALL SEASON LONG
HAS BEEN INTENSE. TODAY IT’S GOING TO BE EVEN MORE
SO. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TRACKS IT
REALLY DOES RAMP UP AND MAKES EVERYONE NERVOUS THAT YOU’RE
RACING THAT CLOSE AND SOME HAVE A LOT TO LOSE AND SOME DON’T.
IT MAKES IT A NERVE-RACKING DAY.>>IF YOU GET THROUGH THE
MONSTER MILE AND OTHER COMPETITORS THEN THERE’S FATE,
SIMPLY WHAT KIND OF LUCK ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE TODAY OVER THESE
400 MILES.>>YOU’VE DONE IT ALL RIGHT ALL
DAY LONG. HAD A GOOD CAR AND DODGED ALL
THESE WRECKS, BUT THIS IS A 400-MILE RACE AND CAN’T BREATHE
UNTIL THE LAST LAP OF THE RACE BECAUSE KEVIN HARVICK HAS THE
CAR TO BEAT. EVERYTHING LOOKED FINE.
GOT A FLAT TIRE. HE WENT BACK 17th OR SO, ABOUT
AS FAR AS HE GOT BACK. THAT CAN HAPPEN AND THAT MIGHT
KEEP HIM OUT OF THE CUTOFF.>>YOU SAID THE BEST THING, THE
LAST LAP, WHAT IT’S GOING TO BE HERE TODAY.
JEFF GORDON LAST WEEK COME IN, GOT TIRES, MOVING BACK TOWARD
THE TOP FIVE FINISH. A TIRE GO FLAT AT THE END OF THE
RACE, RELEGATED HIM TO A FINISH, GOT HIM IN A PRETTY PRECARIOUS
POSITION. IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN TO
SOMEONE. A LOT OF CARS FINISH ON THE LEAD
LAP. COULD CHANGE THINGS DRAMATICALLY
AT THE END OF THE DAY.>>THE CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE
STARTING TODAY, KESELOWSKI AND LOGANO THROUGH TO THE NEXT
ROUND. EVERYBODY ELSE STILL IN PLAY AND
AGAIN THOSE NINE DRIVERS BUNCHED TIGHTLY TOGETHER FROM EIGHTH
THROUGH 16th SEPARATED BY JUST 12 POINTS, 12 POSITIONS ON THE
RACETRACK. FOUR OF THEM ARE NOT GOING TO BE
ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR PURSUIT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT
THE END OF THE DAY TODAY. THE GREEN FLAG COMES UP AT DOVER
NEXT.>>>THE MONSTER MILE, DOVER
INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, WHERE RACE THREE OF THE CHASE FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP IS ABOUT TO UNFOLD.
LET’S GO TRACKSIDE.>>AND NOW FOR THE MOST FAMOUS
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TODAY’S AAA 400, FORMER NFL FOOTBALL PLAYER AND PROUD AAA
MEMBER, GIVE IT UP FOR BRIAN MITCHELL.
>>DRIVERS, ARE YOU READY? WE HAVE A GREAT DAY OF RACING
TODAY. WE’LL HAVE A COMPETITIVE RACE
OUT THERE. DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES.
>>FIRED UP AND READY.>>AND TWO.
>>FIRE IT UP.>>REDDY TO RACE AT THE MONSTER
MILE. 43 CARS, 400 LAPS AROUND THIS
ONE-MILE TRACK WITH THE BOTTOM FOUR IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
STANDINGS DROPPED AT THE END OF THE DAY.
OUR ESPN IN RACE REPORT SER TENTH IN THE STANDINGS WITH A
CHANCE TO ADVANCE IN THE CHASE. HE GOT INTO THAT CHAMPIONSHIP
RUN THANKS TO HIS STIRRING WATKIN AGAINST WIN IN AUGUST.
A.J. ALLMENDINGER TALKS WITH US ON THE PACE LAPS NEXT.
>>ALLMENDINGER IS PULL AGO WAY.>>BRING IT TO ME, BABY.
BRING IT TO ME.>>A.J. ALLMENDINGER, NASCAR
SPRINT CUP SERIES WINNER.>>WE WANT IT.
>>>THE FIELD BEGINNING TO ROLL FROM THE PIT LANE OF THE MONSTER
MILE GETTING READY FOR TODAY’S NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE AT
DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. OUR TELECAST TET PRESENTED BY
PENNZOIL. THEY’LL MAKE THREE PACE LAPS
BEFORE THE GREEN FLAG. WHAT’S AT STAKE, ADVANCING ON
FROM THE CHALLENGER ROUND TO THE CON TEPPER ROUND IN THE CHASE
FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP. BOTTOM FOUR IN THE STANDINGS
ELIMINATED AFTER TODAY. THE WINNER IF NOT KESELOWSKI OR
LOGANO AUTOMATICALLY GO THROUGH AND LOOK HOW CLOSE IT IS, A.J.
ALLMENDINGER INSIDE THE CUT FOR THE MOMENT.
ONE OF THOSE CINDERELLA STORIES OUR ESPN IN-RACE REPORTER
STARTING 28th TODAY.>>A.J., DALE JARRETT, GOOD TO
TALK?>>COMMITTEE, I GOT YOU.
>>ALL RIGHT, A.J., HEY, WE WERE JUST TAKING A LOOK AND SHOWING
THE FANS THE POINTS STANDINGS, OBVIOUSLY YOU’RE IN A GOOD SPOT
RIGHT NOW BUT OUR MAIL BAG QUESTION AND MOST OF THEM WERE
LIKE WHAT JESS FROM SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, ASKING, CURRENTLY
SITTING TENTH, WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT
ROUND OF THE CHASE TODAY?>>WELL, WE HAVEN’T MADE
ANYTHING THIS WEEKEND. THE CHEVY HAS BEEN OFF.
LEARNED SOME STUFF LATE YESTERDAY IN THE PRACTICE TO
HOPEFULLY HELP US. STARTING 28th WE HAVE TO WORK
THROUGH THE FIELD PRETTY QUICK BECAUSE I KNOW THE LEADERS WILL
BE COMING REAL FAST. ULTIMATELY JUST LIKE WHAT WE’VE
DONE ALL SEASON. WE DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYBODY BUT
OURSELVES. WE GOT TO BE PERFECT ALL DAY.
OUR PIT CREW HAS TO. IF IT’S MEANT TO BE IT’S MEANT
TO BE. IF NOT THAT’S ALL WE CAN DO.
>>I KNOW A LOT OF DRIVERS COME HERE DREADING THE 400 MILES BUT
THIS IS ONE YOU REALLY EMBRACE. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS STYLE OF
RACING AT THIS TRACK THAT YOU LIKE?
>>IT’S AGGRESSIVE. IT’S SLICK.
IT’S HOT OUT TODAY. THE TRACK IS — WE’RE ALL GOING
TO BE SLIDING AROUND. I ENJOY THAT.
I HAVE A LOT OF FUN WITH IT. IT’S WHAT RACE CAR DRIVE
SOMETHING ALL ABOUT, GOING OUT AND SLIDING THESE FAST SPRINT
CUP CARS AROUND, SO WE’LL SEE WHAT WE GOT OF THE IT’S GOING TO
BE FUN. I HOPE EVERYBODY AT HOME HAS
FUN. THANKS FOR TUNING IN AND I’LL
TRY TO GIVE YOU SOME GOOD VIEWS AND BE AGGRESSIVE, MAKE THE
PASSES HERE, GET TO THE FRONT.>>ALL RIGHT, A.J., HEY, YOU
HAVE A FUN, SUCCESSFUL DAY. WE’LL LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO
YOU LATER ON. THANKS FOR TALKING?
THANKS, D.J.>>A.J. ALLMENDINGER READY TO GO
TODAY IN HIS 47 MACHINE. TRYING TO EARN A PLACE IN THE
NEXT ROUND OF THE CHASE. OUR HIGH DEFINITION ON BOARD
VIEWS WITH BRAD KESELOWSKI WHO HAS OUR FORD ECOBOOST ON BOARD.
CLINT BOWYER IS CARRYING THE 5-HOUR ENERGY CAM ARE AND JEFF
GORDON HAS OUR SUNOCO ON BOARD CAMERA.
RYAN NEWMAN HAS THE QUICKEN LOANS CAMERA.
ARIC ALMIROLA, NATHAN’S HOT DOGS 0EN BOARD, A.J. ALLMENDINGER HAS
OUR SPRINT CAMERA AND JIMMIE JOHNSON, THE NINE-TIME DOVER
WINNER HAS OUR CHEVY ON BOARD. YOU CAN SEE MORE OF THOSE ON
BOARD RUES BY CHECKING OUT ESPN.COM A RACEBUDDY LIVE FROM
HERE AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY.
PIT ROAD AND THE FIELD COMES AROUND TO GET THE ONE TO GO
SIGNAL. WE BEGIN WITH VINCE.
>>AS YOU NOTED JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS A HISTORY OF TAMING THE
MONSTER AND HAS WON HERE NINE TIMES.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE 48 RECENTLY IT’S SURPRISING TO SEE THAT
JOHNSON HASN’T LED A SINGLE LAP SINCE MID-AUGUST.
SO WHAT WILL WE SEE TODAY? THE 48 OF THE PAST FIVE WEEKS,
OR WILL WE SEE JIMMIE JOHNSON IN HIS NORMAL DOVER DOMINANCE AND
MAYBE A THIRD STRAIGHT WIN? DOC?
>>LAST WEEK AT NEW HAMPSHIRE, JEFF GORDON’S CUT TIRE WHILE
RUNNING SIXTH WAS DEFLATING IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE BECAUSE ALAN
GUSTAFSON HAD MORE FUEL THAN ANY IN THE TOP FIVE.
THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE TWO HAS BEEN IMPRESSIVE.
THAT’S WHY MANY BELIEVE IT’S THAT MOJO WILL HAVE THE 24 AHEAD
OF THE CLASS WHEN THIS DAY IS DONE.
>>JASON RATCLIFF HAS BEEN PLEASED WITH TEAM 20’S
PERFORMANCE BUT FOR ALL THE MISTAKES AND BAD LUCK HAS CAUSED
THE TEAM GOOD FINISHES. SIMILAR PERFORMANCE, BETTER
RESULTS, NO MISTAKES, CONTENDER ROUND, JAMIE LITTLE.
>>WELL, AFTER A FUELING ISSUE AND A CRASH LAST WEEK, DENNY
HAMLIN DROPPED SEVEN POSITIONS IN THE STANDINGS.
HE’S NOW SIX POINTS OUT OF THE TOP 12.
BECAUSE OF THAT HE SAID THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RACE OF HIS
CAREER. AND IF HE RUNS AS WELL IN THE
RACE AS HE HAS IN PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING, HE COULD AVOID
ELIMINATION.>>ALL RIGHT, JAMIE, HALF A LAP
FROM THE START. QUICK NOTE THAT OVERNIGHT
BETWEEN YESTERDAY’S NASCAR NATIONWIDE RACE AND THE START OF
THIS NASCAR AND TRACK OFFICIAL HAS TO MAKE A SMALL REPAIR IN
TURN FOUR RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TOP OF THE BOTTOM LANE, IF
YOU WILL, SO SOMETHING WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON AS WE GO THROUGH
THE DAY TODAY. 400 LAPS, 400 MILES.
I THINK THERE ARE A FEW NERVES IN THOSE PIT BOXES.
>>I GUARANTEE YOU THERE IS.>>I KNOW THERE’S A LOT AND
HISTORY BEING MADE RIGHT HERE TODAY IN THIS NASCAR SERIES.
ACTUAL ELIMINATION AT THE END OF THESE 400 MILES.
>>WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT? WE FIND OUT AFTER 400 LAPS AT
DOVER. JELSADLER.
ELIMINATION. PRETTY INTERESTING FIRST LAP
BETWEEN KEVIN HARVICK AND KYLE BUSCH.
>>KEVIN HARVICK AND THE WALL OFF TURN TWO.
I DON’T THINK YOU COULD HAVE GOT A PIECE OF PAPER IN BETWEEN IF
HE DIDN’T MAKE CONTACT WITH IT.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI AND BUSCH
RACING FOR SECOND SPOT HERE. HARVICK, KESELOWSKI, BUSCH,
HAMLIN, GORDON, McMURRAY TOP SIXTH ALL SINGLE FILE, ALL THE
WAY THROUGH KENSETH AND LOGANO, SICKLE FILE, 20 AND 22 RACING
FOR 13th AND 14th.>>I THINK IT WAS JOEY LOGANO IN
THE “COUNTDOWN” SHOW THAT SAYS THAT RACETRACK WILL GO THROUGH A
CHANGE IN THE FIRST RUN OR TWO. HE’S NOT HAD A VERY GOOD WEEKEND
SO FAR BUT SOUNDED LIKE HE’S FAIRLY CONFIDENT HE HAS A DECENT
CAR TODAY.>>KIND OF WANTED THIS CHANGE,
IT SOUNDED LIKE.>>RAN GOOD YESTERDAY.
>>KENSETH LOOKING ON. AUSTIN DILLON, MATT TRIED TO
PICK UP 12th PLACE. WOW, LOOK AT THAT 3 CAR BOBBING
AND WEAVING. LOGANO ON DILLON NOW.
>>DRIVERS TELLING ME WITH THE SPEEDS THE WAY THEY ARE, AND THE
RUBBER THAT’S BEING PUT DOWN, THE TIRE TEMPERATURE, THESE CARS
ARE NOT DRIVING VERY GOOD THIS WEEKEND.
THEY’RE REALLY HAVING TO WRESTLE THESE CARS AROUND.
I THOUGHT BRAD KESELOWSKI YESTERDAY, HE SAID HIS CAR WAS
DRIVING TERRIBLE IN PRACTICE BUT HE WAS CATCHING GOOD CARS.
>>DON’T TELL HIM. BUT ET ARE BE FLAT THE OTHER 42
WERE DRIVING AS BAD OR AS GOOD AS MINE OR YOU’D BE GETTING AN
EARFUL.>>GREG BIFFLE, ONE OF THE
DRIVERS TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE
CHASE. IT HASN’T BEEN AN EASY OPENING
SIX LAPS FOR THE BIFF.>>WATCH HOW THESE DRIVERS ARE
WILLING TO TAKE SOME CHANCES, DO WHATEVER THEY NEED TO DO TO MOVE
FORWARD. THESE ARE POINTS THAT COULD MAKE
THE DIFFERENCE AT THE END OF THE DAY.
BIFFLE’S CAR HASN’T BEEN DRIVING THAT WELL.
BUT HE WAS WILLING TO STICK HIS NOSE IN THERE AND SEE WHAT HE
COULD GET.>>ARIC ALMIROLA DROPPING BACK
IN THAT SKIRMISH AND ALMOST GOT HIT FROM BEHIND BUT NO FOUL
THERE AND KEPT GOING. MARTIN TRUEX, THE INSIDE OF PAUL
MENARD. .
BACK FOR 24th PLACE. PRETTY STEADY MARCH IN THE
OPENING LAPS FOR KENSETH.>>I WOULD HAVE BEEN SURPRISED
IF HE DOESN’T GET UP AND CHALLENGE FOR A WIN.
HE’S LONG OVERDUE TO GET ONE.>>HE CERTAINLY IS THAT AND WHEN
YOU TALK ABOUT SLICK CONDITION, MATT KENSETH COMES TO MIND.
PLACE WHERE HE STARTED HIS SPRINT CUP CAREER RIGHT HERE.
REMEMBER, RACING AGAINST HIM THAT DAY THINKING THIS GUY IS
GOING TO BE PRETTY GOOD, I BELIEVE.
SUBBING FOR BILL ELLIOTT DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND CONTINUED ON
AS AN OUTSTANDING DRIVER BUT THIS IS THE TYPE OF TRACK AND
CONDITIONS HE REALLY EXCELS AT.>>CURIOUS TO SEE MATT’S QUOTES
FROM WHEN HE MET WITH THE PRESS HERE ON FRIDAY.
HE WAS ASKED, YOU KNOW, HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR
SITUATION DURING THE RACE? HE SAID, I DON’T WANT TO KNOW
ANYTHING UNLESS THERE’S SOMETHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT.
HE SAID, IF YOU’RE TELLING ME I GOT TO PASS TWO CARS AND I’VE
BEEN TRYING TO PASS THEM ANYWAY BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I DO, I
DON’T WANT TO FOE IF. BUT IF YOU’RE TELLING ME TO NOT
CATCH THEM BUT SAVE FUEL AND GET THEM ON STRATEGY THEN I WANT TO
KNOW THAT>>THAT’S A GOOD WAY TO GO ABOUT
IT.>>HARVICK, KESELOWSKI, KYLE
BUSCH, NOW, DENNY HAMLIN AND JEFF GORDON, FOURTH AND FIFTH.
>>TALKING TO DENNY HAMLIN, HE FELT VERY CONFIDENT BECAUSE OF
THE RUN THEY HAD HERE BACK IN JUNE THAT THEY COULD DO WHAT
THEY NEEDED TO DO TODAY. THEY COULD RACE THEIR WAY INTO
THE NEXT ROUND OF THIS. HE KNEW THAT HE WAS GOING TO
PROBABLY TAKE THE MINIMUM OF TOP FIVE FINISH BUT HE FELT LIKE
THAT THEY WERE VERY CAPABLE WITH THAT IN HIS QUALIFYING RUN,
QUALIFYING THIRD TOOK A LOT OF PRESSURE OFF THIS TEAM EARLIER
IN THE WEEKEND.>>JEFF GORDON WITH A LOOK.
>>24 WAS FAST IN PRACTICE YESTERDAY.
LIKE IT HAD A GOOD LONG ONE SET UP UNDER IT ALSO.
>>SO JEFF GORDON INTO THE TOP THREE.
KEVIN HARVICK THE EARLY LEADER HERE AT DOVER’S MONSTER MILE.
>>>A FAMILIAR SIGHT. KEVIN HARVICK IN THAT RED NUMBER
4 STARTING ON POLE AND LEADING LAPS.
HARVICK WITH HIS SEVENTH POLE OF THE SEASON STARTED FIRST IN
TODAY’S RACE HERE AT DOVER. OUR TELECAST PRESENTED BY
PENNZOIL A HE LED ALMOST A LAP. LOOK DOWN ON KEVIN FROM OUR
AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR.
EVERYTHING THEY LEARN MAKING TIRES FROM THE GRUELING DEMANDS
INSPIRES WHAT ROLLS INTO YOURS, GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF
NASCAR.>>HARVICK AHEAD OF BRAD
KESELOWSKI BY 0.3 SECONDS. JAMIE McMURRAY AND JIMMIE
JOHNSON FOR SIXTH PLACE. AND JIMMIE MOVING UP.
>>WELL, WE EXPECT OUT OF HIM HERE AND TALKING TO JAMIE
McMURRAY THIS MORNING, HE FELT LIKE HIS CAR WAS GOING TO BE
REALLY GOOD HERE ONCE AGAIN. HE LIKES THEIR CHANCES.
FELT LIKE THE MORE THIS RACE WENT ON, THE BETTER HIS CAR WAS
GOING TO GET.>>WHEN I TALKED TO JAMIE I WAS
ASKING WHO WAS THE OTHER GOOD CARS.
HE NAMED A FEW. I SAID HOW ABOUT THE 48.
HE SHOOK HIS HEAD. YOU KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE GOOD.
SHOWING IT RIGHT NOW.>>TRYING TO BE BETTER THAN
NORMAL.>>YES.
>>ALWAYS BETTER THAN NORMAL.>>IF I INTERPRETED THE
CONVERSATION FROM “COUNTDOWN” CORRECTLY EARLIER.
SO THERE’S THE LEAD, FIRST BACK TO SECOND.
HARVICK TO BRAD KESELOWSKI ALREADY THINKING AHEAD IN HIS
REPORTS BACK TO HIS CREW CHIEF.>>WE ARE GOOD INTO THE CENTER.
PROBABLY GET LOOSE AS THE TRACK GETS RUBBER.
AHEAD OF THAT.>>AND THAT REALLY IS A KEY TO
THIS TRACK TODAY. TALKING WITH SOME CREW CHIEFS
THIS MORNING IN THE GARAGE ABOUT HOW MUCH CONDITIONS WILL CHANGE
OVER THE COURSE OF THE RACE AND HOW THEY HAVE TO ANTICIPATE AND
PLAN FOR THAT.>>YEAH, THE THING IS IF YOU’RE
JUST KEEPING UP WITH IT AND SAYING, OKAY, DID THIS ON THAT
RUN, MAKE A CHANGE AND NOT ANTICIPATE THE WAY THE TRACK IS
GOING YOU’LL FIND YOURSELF BEHIND.
THESE LONG RUNS, SOMETIMES 70, 80, MAYBE EVEN 100-LAP RUNS.
IF YOU HAVEN’T ANTICIPATED WHAT THE TRACK WILL DO YOU CAN FIND
YOURSELF IN TROUBLE.>>JEFF GORDON UP TO THIRD
AROUND KYLE BUSCH. 24 LOOKING PRETTY SPORTY IN THE
EARLY GOING.>>JUST A TEAM THAT YOU THINK IS
READY TO WIN JEFF ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP.
THEY HAVE SPEED. THEIR CARS HOLD ON WELL.
JUST A LOT OF GOOD THINGS THAT THEY DO, WHAT WE’VE SEEN
ESPECIALLY THIS LAST HALF OF THE YEAR.
>>BUT SUCH AN INTERESTING THING WITH THIS CHAMPIONSHIP’S SYSTEM.
I MEAN I HAVE JEFF GORDON THROUGH TO MY FINAL FOUR DOWN AT
HOMESTEAD, RIGHT, BUT THEN HE HAS THE PROBLEM LATE IN THE RACE
AT NEW HAMPSHIRE LAST WEEK. HE HAS TO WORE WHICH ABOUT
GETTING THROUGH TODAY BEFORE THE NEXT ROUND BEFORE HE CAN WORRY
ABOUT TRYING TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT ROUND TO RACE FOR THE
CHAMPIONSHIP AT HOMESTEAD.>>MAYBE THAT EXPLAINS ALL THE
TENSION IN THE GARAGE AREA. JUST INCREDIBLE, TALKED TO THE
DRIVERS AND THE TEAMS AND SEE THE PRESSURE THAT THEY’RE
FEELING, YOU KNOW. WHEN THIS IS ALL ANNOUNCED BACK
IN JANUARY, THEY SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW, THERE’S PRESSURE EVERY
WEEK. WE RACE TO WIN ALL THE TIME.
NO, YEAH, YOU DO. YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT, BUT THINGS
ARE GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. WHEN YOU BREAK THIS DOWN TO
THREE-RACE SERIES TO TRY TO MOVE ON, AND NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO
START THAT OVER BECAUSE PEOPLE FEEL INCLINED THAT THEY NEED TO
WIN EITHER AT KANSAS OR CHARLOTTE TO FEEL GOOD GOING
INTO TALLADEGA. THERE’S GOING TO BE 12 CARS TIED
FOR THE LEAD GOING INTO NEXT WEEK AND I TALKED TO CARL
WOLFSON IN THE GARAGE AND THEY’RE GUARANTEED THROUGH THIS
ROUND FOR THE WIN THAT THEY HAD AT CHICAGO.
NOW HE STILL IS FEELING PRESSURE LOOKING FORWARD.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI INTO LAP TRAFFIC.
YOU SAW MATT KENSETH GIVE UP A SPOT SO MAYBE SHORT RUN, LONG
RUN HANDLING OF CARS, MADE THE CHARGE IN THE EARLY LAPS NOW
TRYING TO LEVEL IT OFF COMPARED TO THE COMPETITION.
>>WITH THE CARS SPREAD OUT LIKE THEY ARE AND LITERALLY RUNNING
FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP OF THIS RACETRACK YOU SEE HOW MANY
GROOVES WE HAVE AND HOW THE CARS — HOW THE TRACK IS TAKING
ALL THIS RUBBER. CHANGES THINGS QUITE A BIT SO
TRUE TO BE READY JUST LIKE HE TALKED ABOUT, YOU HAVE TO GET
AHEAD OF THIS BUT WE’VE GOT CARS STRUNG OUT ALL AROUND THIS SO
THESE CARS IN THE TOP FIVE HAVE LAP CARS AND ARE REALLY HAVING
TO WORK HARD OUT THERE THIS EARLY IN THE RACE.
>>KYLE BUSCH WINNER OF YESTERDAY’S NASCAR NATIONWIDE
RACE AT DOVER. FORMER WINNER HERE AT SPRINT CUP
COMPETITION. RUNNING IN FOURTH NOW AND
THERE’S DENNY HAMLIN WORKING THROUGH SOME OF THE LAP TRAFFIC
IN FIFTH. NOW JIMMIE JOHNSON CATCHING
HAMLIN TO RACE HIM FOR THAT SPOT.
>>JIMMIE JUST GOT SUCH A FEEL FOR THIS RACETRACK, HE KNOWS
WHAT HE WANTS. COMES HERE EVERY TIME JUST GETS
IN THAT GROOVE AND SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE HOW GOOD HE
IS.>>SO MANY WAYS OF ATTACKING
THIS RACETRACK AS FAR — I MEAN, YOU CAN DRIVE OFF DOWN INTO THE
CORNER REALLY HARD. YOU CAN USE BRAKE AND EVERYTHING
OR YOU CAN BACK OUT EARLY, GET TO THE GAS A LITTLE BIT SOONER
AND DRIVE IT AROUND THE CORNER, JUST SO MANY DIFFERENT STYLES
AND JIMMIE’S STYLE HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT CHAD’S BEEN ABLE
TO PUT A CAR UNDER HIM AWE THE TIME AND HE DOES THE SAME THING
LAP AFTER LAP OVER AND OVER AND, MAN, HAS IT BEEN PERFECT FOR
HIM.>>LOOK AT THE UPS.
>>NINE WINS FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON IN THE TEN YEARS THEY’VE HAD THE
CHASE AND THERE’S ALWAYS BEEN A CHASE RACE AT DOVER.
JIMMIE HAS WON FOUR OF THOSE TEN AND OF COURSE HE COMES IN HAVING
WON THE LAST TWO STRAIGHT AT DOVER AND LOOKING TO MAKE IT
THREE IN A ROW. JOHNSON STARTED BACK IN EIGHTH
PLACE. HAS MOVED UP TO SIXTH IN THE
OPENING LAPS BUT EVERYBODY STILL CHASING KEVIN HARVICK SO JIMMIE
IS CATCHING UP A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME.
>>>BACK LIVE AT DOVER, THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, OUR
TELECAST PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL. THE SIGNIFICANT MOMENT OF ARIC
ALMIROLA WHO’S BACK IN 27th PLACE ABOUT TO GET LAPPED BY
LEADER KEVIN HARVICK AND ONE SPOT IN FRONT OF ARIC ALMIROLA
IS A.J. ALLMENDINGER WHO TOLD US IN OUR ESPN IN-RACE REPORTER
SEGMENT DURING THE PACE LAPS THEY NEEDED TO KEEP FROM GETTING
LAPPED IN THIS OPENING SEGMENT.>>NOT GOING TO GIVE IT UP EASY.
WE’VE SEEN ALMIROLA IS RACING HARVICK PRETTY HARD.
HIS WHOLE SEASON IS ON THE LINE. HE’S NOT GOING TO GIVE HIM THAT
LAP.>>YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO DO
THAT UNTIL YOU ARE DOWN BUT HE WILL DO EVERYTHING HE CAN TO
STAY THERE. HE MAID IT HARD.
THIS HAS GONE ON FOR 3 1/2 LAPS NOW.
>>AS YOU CAN JUST SEE AT SOME OF THE CAMERA ANGLES THE BACK
END THAT HAVE 43 CAR JUST NOT BEING SETTLED AS HE GASES IT UP
TO TRY TO COME OFF THE CORNER.>>YOU CAN SEE THE 47 IN FRONT
OF HIM STRUGGLING JUST AS MUCH AND ARIC WANTING IT TO GO ON
BECAUSE HE HAS THIS HIGHER GROOVE THAT’S HOLDING THE 4
BEHIND HIM BUT GETTING HELD UP NOW BY A.J. IN THAT 47.
NOW HARVICK WILL BE ABLE TO PROBABLY PASS BOTH OF THEM.
NOW THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO RACE TO SEE WHO’S GOING TO BE
ONE LAP DOWN.>>MAN, THEY’RE PULLING AWAY
FROM ME.>>THEY’RE GOING TO DRIVE AWAY
RIGHT NOW.>>TEN-FOUR.
IN THE CORNER, DRIVE UP –>>WE’RE IN SERIOUS, SERIOUS
TROUBLE HERE.>>SUCH A TOUGH RACETRACK AND
TRYING TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS, YOU KNOW A LOT OF TYPES YOU HAVE A
LONG GREEN FLAG RUN HERE EARLY. YOU’RE JUST HOPING YOUR CAR IS
SOMEWHAT CLOSE WHEN THIS RACE STARTS.
OBVIOUSLY THESE TWO ARE NOT SPEAKING OF ALLMENDINGER AND
ALMIROLA.>>THEY BOTH GO A LAP DOWN.
IF THE CAUTION WERE TO COME OUT NOW THE FIRST CAR A LAP DOWN,
THE ONE THAT GETS BACK ON THE LEAD LAP.
I CONTRAST THAT WITH THIS. IN EACH OF THE LAST TWO WEEKS A
DRIVER HAS COME BACK FROM TWO LAPS DOWN TO GET BACK ON THE
LEAD LAP AND HAVE A GOOD FINISH. IT WAS GREG BIFFLE LAST WEEK IN
NEW HAMPSHIRE ALONG WITH MARTIN TRUEX JR. AND THEN TRUEX DID IT
THE WEEK BEFORE AT CHICAGOLAND SO NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION, GOT
TO KEEP AFTER IT. CAN’T GIVE UP.
BUT IT’S AN EARLY HOLE YOU DIDN’T WANT TO BE IN.
>>AND ON THE TOP OF THE PICTURES, YOU SEE ALL DAY WE
TRACKED THOSE BUBBLE SPOTS IN THE POINTS.
YOU CAN SEE AS IT FLUCTUATES AS RUNNING POSITIONS ON THE TRACK
CHANGE. LAST FOUR IN AND THE FOUR THAT
ARE OUT AS WE ALL EXPERIENCE THIS FIRST EVER ELIMINATION RACE
TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME.>>YOU CAN SEE IN THAT GROUP
RIGHT THERE THAT THE 24, JEFF GORDON, HAS RUN UP IN PRETTY
CLOSE TO OUR TWO LEADERS, RIGHT NOW KEVIN HARVICK AND BRAD
KESELOWSKI.>>WAS THAT A YOGA BERRA THING
WE’RE ALL EXPERIENCING THE FIRST EVER RACE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
>>AND PROUD, YEAH.>>LET ME TRY TO DO THIS A
LITTLE BETTER. NEXT WEEKEND, WE’RE ON TO THE
KANSAS SPEEDWAY FOR THE WEEKEND’S NASCAR ACTION.
NASCAR SERIES RACE, 3:30 EASTERN ON ESPN.
CHASE ELLIOTT, REGAN SMITH CONTINUE THEIR FIGHT FOR THE
SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT’S ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND
THEN RACE ONE IN THE CONTENDER ROUND OF THE CHASE, THE NEXT
THREE-RACE PRACTICE. OUR TELECAST FROM KANSAS
PRESENTED BY DODGE, ESPN, 1:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME NEXT SUNDAY.
BIG, BIG PRESSURE TO WIN KANSAS AND CHARLOTTE, THE FIRST TWO
RACES IN THE NEXT ROUND BECAUSE THE THIRD RACE IS TALLADEGA AND
NOBODY WANTS TO BE DEPENDING ON THE OUTCOME OF TALLADEGA TO
ADVANCE OR NOT ADVANCE.>>YEAH, WE RECENTLY HAVE SEEN
SOME WILD, CRAZY RACING AT KANSAS.
FAST RACETRACK. NOT A HUGE GROOVE LIKE IT WAS
SINCE IT’S BEEN REPAVED SO THAT’S CREATED A LOT OF CONTACT.
>>WHEN YOU WERE RUNNING BEHIND SOMEONE LIKE SAY WHERE BRAD
KESELOWSKI IS TO KEVIN HARVICK WERE YOU SCOUTING THAT CAR IN
FRONT OF YOU.>>OH, SURE, YEAH, YOU WANT TO
SEE IS THERE SOMETHING HE’S ABLE TO DO WITH HIS CAR THAT I CAN
MAYBE RELATE AND MAKE MY CAR BETTER OR IS THERE SOMETHING
ABOUT THE LINE THAT HE’S TAKING THAT COULD HELP ME.
>>HARD EXIT ON THE BOTTOM IS STRONGER THAN MOST.
THAT’S WHY WE GET BY THE LAP CARS, LIKE HARVICK RIGHT NOW
CAN’T DO THAT. THAT’S WHY WE’RE ROLLING HIM
DOWN AND CATCHING.>>SPOTTER JOEY MEYER TALKING TO
HIS DRIVER AND GIVING HIP THE SCOUTING REPORT FROM UP ON THE
ROOF.>>YEAH, THAT’S GOOD
INFORMATION. I’M SURE THAT BRAD SAW THAT TOO
AND WHENEVER YOUR CAR IS BETTER IN THAT TYPE SITUATION, BECAUSE
IT’S GOING TO BE PASSING A LOT OF CARS BY WHAT WE’VE SEEN TODAY
AND IF YOU CAN GET THROUGH THAT LAP TRAFFIC JUST A LITTLE BETTER
THAT MIGHT BE THE OPENING THAT YOU’LL FIND.
WE SEE HOW HARD IT IS TO PASS EVEN PASSING LAP CARS WITH THE
FASTEST, THE GUY LEADING THE RACE.
IF YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A SITUATION LIKE THAT MAY BENEFIT
YOU GREATLY.>>SO HARVICK INTO MORE TRAFFIC
HERE WITH KESELOWSKI TRYING TO USE THAT TO CLOSE IN.
>>IT LOOKS LIKE HARVICK IS GOOD THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER
AND TWO CARS BETTER ON THE EXIT. HARVICK TRYING TO MOVE AROUND
THE RACETRACK LOOKING FOR GRIP.>>EXCELLENT RUN ON THE EXIT OF
THE CORNER. A LOT OF STRAIGHTAWAY SPEED, BUT
THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT WHEN THOSE LAP CARS ARE RUNNING UP IN
HIS GROUP.>>HARVICK TRYING TO WIDEN THAT
GROOVE OUT EVEN MORE.>>I THINK WE ALL TOOK A BREATH
IN THAT SECOND TO SEE IF HE WOULD GET ALL THE WAY UP TO THE
WALL OR NOT. KEVIN HARVICK, BAKERSFIELD,
CALIFORNIA, NATIVE OUT IN FRONT IN RACE THREE IN THE CHASE FOR
THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP FROM DOVER’S MONSTER MILE.
>>>FIRST YELLOW FLAG OUT IN TODAY’S AAA 400 FOR THE NASCAR
SPRINT CUP SERIES HERE AT THE MONSTER MILE IN GOPHER.
TELECAST PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL. A BIG OLD SPRING RUBBER LAYING
ON THE TRACK IN THE RACING LANE OFF OF TURN FOUR IS THE CAUSE OF
THE CAUTION. DON’T FORGET
NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY HAS THE ENHANCED COVERAGE FROM HERE AT
DOVER. THERE IT IS.
>>YEP. DEFINITELY DO DAMAGE AT HIGH
RATE OF SPEED PLUS THERE’S USUALLY HELP TO HOLD THOSE IN
SUPPOSEDLY ARE PIECES OF WIRE SO IF THAT’S THERE CREATE A FLAT
TIRE. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT
WANT TO SEE THIS. SOME COULD HAVE USED IT SOONER
BUT THEY NEED TO DO SOME WORK ON THESE CARS.
>>ONE THAT COULD HAVE USED IT SOONER WERE ALMIROLA AND
ALLMENDINGER BECAUSE LEADER HARVICK PASSED PAUL MENARD AND
MADE HIM THE FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN SO MENARD GETS THE PASS AT
THE CAUTION.>>GOOD THING FOR THEM THEY’LL
BE ABLE TO RACE FOR THAT AFTER THIS RESTART AND GREAT CAUTIONS
HERE.>>YOU DON’T WANT TO BE BECAUSE
OF IT.>>THAT’S THE TRUTH.
>>PIT ROAD OPEN THIS TIME. THIS DOVER PIT ROAD CAN BE A
LITTLE TRICKY FOR THE TEAMS AND THE DRIVERS.
IT’S A LITTLE MORE SPACIOUS THAN IT USED TO BE.
THEY WIDENED IT BY FOUR FEET. FIVE OR SIX YEARS AGO BUT IT’S
STILL NOT EXACTLY SPACIOUS WORKING CONDITIONS.
>>SOMEBODY DECIDES THEY WANT TO PULL OUT AND MAKE A BIG RUN TO
THE OUTSIDE OF IT.>>TIME FOR THE PIT CREWS TO GO
TO WORK. HERE THEY ARE, DOC.
>>JEFF GORDON SAID A BIT TIGHT AND LITTLE TIGHT UNDER THROTTLE
COMING OFF TURN FOUR, FOUR TIRES AND FULL OF SUNOCO FUEL AND NO
CHANGES.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON, A LITTLE
TIGHT CENTER OFF, IS GOING TO BE A TRACK BAR CHANGE, AIR PRESSURE
ADJUSTMENT, FOUR GOODYEARS AND SUNOCO FUEL.
DAVE.>>SECOND PLACE BRAD KESELOWSKI
SAID HIS CAR WAS A TINY BIT TIGHT TO THE CENTER.
CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT AND FOUR-TIRE CHANGE.
LEADER KEVIN HARVICK, THE LEADER OF EVERY LAP TODAY SAID HIS CAR
WAS ABSOLUTELY PLOWING. HE’LL GET A JUDGMENT, FOUR
TIRES, FULL OF SUNOCO FUEL AND HE WILL LEAD EVERYONE OFF OF PIT
ROAD.>>EASILY SO.
OUR PENNZOIL RACE OFF PIT ROAD, DENNY HAMLIN’S CREW.
>>THERE THEY GO AGAIN.>>HOW ABOUT JIMMIE JOHNSON?
>>WOW.>>THAT ONE HURTS.
>>>DENNY HAMLIN’S CREW HAS CERTAINLY BEEN ONE OF THE BEST
OF THIS SEEING AND GOT IT DONE AGAIN ON THE FIRST ROUND OF PIT
STOPS AT DOVER. JIMMIE JOHNSON HAD TROUBLE ON
BOTH OF THE REAR TIRE CHANGES AND IT COST HIM SIX POSITIONS.
AND SETS JIMMIE BACK TO TENTH FOR THIS RESTART.
FRONT OF THE PACK SORTING ITSELF OUT.
BIG KNOT OF TROUBLE HERE.>>A LOT OF POTENTIAL FOR BAD
THINGS TO HAPPEN BACK THERE.>>JAMIE McMURRAY AND THE ONE
HOLDS DOWN EIGHTH PLACE. JIMMIE JOHNSON BEHIND HIM THEN
THIS GROUP, BRIAN VICKERS, 55 ON BACK HERE.
WHOOP, JUSTIN ALLGAIER GOT NIPPED.
NICE SAVE. A LITTLE FISHTAIL DOWN THE
FRONTSTRETCH.>>YOU’RE FINE.
>>OUT OF CONTROL. I THINK SHE GOT TOUCHED GOING
INTO TURN ONE.>>AND ANOTHER SAVE.
MATT KENSETH, JOEY LOGANO, TENTH PLACE.
>>DANICA PATRICK WAS IN 18th PLACE ON THE RESTART.
THEN THIS HAPPENED.>>SHE JUST GETS LOOSE RIGHT
THERE. LOW AIR PRESSURES WILL DO THAT
TO YOU. THE TRACK GETS CLEANED OFF TOO.
A LOT OF THAT RUBBER GETS GONE.>>NICE SAVE IN HEAVY TRAFFIC,
THOUGH IN YES, IT WAS.>>SHE WAS REALLY SOLID IN THAT
FIRST RUN. RAN EXTREMELY WELL, BUT LOST
QUITE A FEW SPOTS THERE.>>43, ARIC ALMIROLA, RIGHT NOW
THE LOWEST RUNNING CHASE DRIVER IN THE FIELD IN 29th PLACE.
KYLE LARSON REALLY SLID BACK IN THE OPENING RUN OF THE RACE.
STARTED IN SEVENTH. LARSON NOW BACK IN 16th PLACE.
AND JUST AHEAD OF KURT BUSCH WHO IS IN 17th.
AND AT THE MOMENT KURT, THE FIRST DRIVER OUT AS YOU LOOK AT
THOSE POINTS, SORRY, D.J.>>I WAS GOING TO SAY THAT HE’S
UNDERNEATH TO PICK THAT UP. HE’LL HAVE TO RUN SOMEWHERE NEAR
THE TOP TEN IF HE EXPECTS TO MAKE THIS CUTOFF AND BE IN THAT
TOP 12.>>42 AND 41 RACING, UPDATE ON
KURT BUSCH FROM JAMIE.>>AND I TALKED TO HIS CREW
CHIEF DANIEL KNAUS AND HE JUST SHOOK HIS HEAD AND SAID HE HAS
BEEN STRESSED OUT AND THIS TRACK IS JUST SO DIFFICULT FOR
STEWART-HAAS RACING. THEY’VE ALWAYS STRUGGLED HERE
AND HE SAID THEY’RE TIGHT. THAT IS THE PROBLEM.
NO MATTER WHAT THEY TRY, THEY CAN’T FREE THIS CAR UP.
KURT IS SAYING IT HAS IMPROVED OVERNIGHT AND ALL THEY DID WAS
MAKE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT ON THAT RIGHT REAR TIRE.
>>CAUTION IS OUT HERE. CAUTION IS OUT.
CAUTION.>>CAUTION FOR THE SECOND TIME
IN THE RACE. I THOUGHT I HEARD SOMETHING
ABOUT TURN TWO BUT I HAVEN’T CONFIRMED WHAT THE CAUTION WAS
FOR YET SO I’LL FOLLOW UP ON THAT IN A MINUTE.
OH, STENHOUSE INTO THE WALL IN TURN TWO.
THAT’S WHAT IT WAS.>>LOOKS LIKE IT MAY BE A BIG
BREAK FOR A.J. ALLMENDINGER IF I’M LOOKING AT THIS PROPERLY.
>>YOU ARE CORRECT, YES. HE’LL BE THE FREE PASS CAR.
SO ALLMENDINGER WILL COME BACK AROUND AND GET BACK ON THE LEAD
LAP HERE JUST 75 LAPS INTO THE RACE.
>>HUGE BREAK FOR THEM EARLY ON HERE.
MAKES SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO THE CAR, GET IT RUNNING BETTER, 17,
STENHOUSE, HE’S BEEN RUNNING RYE UP NEXT TO THE WALL THE MAJORITY
OF THE TIME.>>LOOKS LIKE NONE OF THE
LEADERS ARE COMING IN. MOVING WELL BACK ON THE LEAD LAP
THE FIRST CARS THAT HIT PIT ROAD.
>>>IT’S THE PERFECT DAY FOR A PRESSURE PACKED DAY AT DOVER
INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. ELIMINATION DAY IN THE SPRINT
CUP SERIES. CHASE RACE NUMBER THREE FROM UP
SIDE THE QUICKEN LOANS PIT STUDIO I’M NICOLE WITH BRAD AND
RUSTY. DENNY HAMLIN.
>>YEAH.>>BIGGEST RACE OF HIS CAREER,
HE SAID. SO FAR A LONG WAY TO GO BUT
HOLDING.>>REALLY STRONG THUS FAR BUT
RUSTY SAID HE’S HAD A LOT OF BAD LUCK AND RIGHT SIDE SKIRT THAT’S
BENT ON THAT RACE CAR, I HOPE IT DOESN’T EVOLVE INTO SOMETHING
WORSE.>>A.J. ALLMENDINGER OFF THE
FIRST START OF THE RACE BUT GOT THE LUCKY DOG.
BACK IN THE GAME RIGHT NOW, LET’S JUST HOPE HE’S GOT IT
RIGHT. HE NEEDS A GOOD RUN.
>>RESTARTS SO IMPORTANT IN THIS ONE.
GUESS WHAT, ALLEN, ANOTHER ONE COMING UP.
>>A LOOK AT THAT RIGHT SIDE SKIRT THAT IS HANGING ON TO THE
11 CAR OF DENNY HAMLIN AS HE RUNS THIRD.
KEVIN HARVICK, OUTSIDE OF BRAD KESELOWSKI FOR THE RACE LEAD.
>>NOT COMPLAINING TOO MUCH ABOUT RESTART TODAY SINCE HE WAS
LAST WEEK. MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE WHEN
YOU’RE IN CONTROL.>>YEAH.
>>WHOA, LOOK AT THIS. THREE WIDE.
>>RYAN NEWMAN AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF VICKERS AND LOGANO.
NEWMAN ONE OF THE DRIVERS THAT PITTED UNDER THIS LAST CAUTION.
WHILE SOME OF THOSE HE’S RACING AND PASSING DID NOT SO WE’RE
SEEING A LITTLE TIRE COMPARISON HERE.
>>YEAH, I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A BIG DIFFERENCE AS IT MAKES
ITS WAY THROUGH. SOME GOT TWO.
NEWMAN GOT FOUR.>>THERE IS A CARL EDWARDS.
23rd, 22nd PLACE. HE AND DALE JUNE RACING FOR 22nd
AND 23rd AND AT THE MOMENT EDWARDS ONE SPOTOUT SIDE OF THAT
BY THE LAST PIT STOP SHUFFLE.>>WHEN AS A DRIVER YOU GET
REALLY FRUSTRATED AND NERVOUS ABOUT THE SITUATION YOU’VE BEEN
PUT IN STAYING OUT ON THE TIRE, THESE OTHERS CAME AND GOT TIRE,
GETTING PASSED BY A LOT OF CARS KNOWING YOU CAN’T GIVE UP MANY
SPOTS.>>TOP TEN FINISH WAS THE GOAL
OF THE DAY FOR THIS 9 TEAM. THEY FELT THEY COULD DO THAT
TODAY IT WOULD TRANSFER THEM ON IN THE CHASE.
RIGHT NOW THEY’RE WELL BEHIND THAT AND THEY WERE ONE OF THE
TEAMS THAT JUST DID MAKE A PIT STOP UNDER THIS CAUTION, VINCE.
>>WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CARL EDWARDS HAS FOUGHT IN THE
EARLY STAGES OF THIS RACE IS A LOOSE RACE CAR PARTICULARLY
LOOSE OFF AND ONE THING CARL HAS TALKED ABOUT THROUGHOUT THE
COURSE OF THIS WEEKEND IS JUST NEEDING MORE SPEED, HARD TO DO
THAT WHEN YOU’RE LOOSE AS JIMMY SAID HE TRIED TO TIGHTEN HIM UP.
>>SO THAT’S THE STORY ON THE 99 CAR.
YOU SEE THE SCORING SERIAL ON CARL AN WHERE HE STANDS IN THE
RACE AT THE MOMENT.>>SEE IF HE CAN MAKE HIS WAY
BACK FORWARD. HE GOT PUT IN A DIFFICULT
SITUATION. LOOKED LIKE HIS CAR WAS REALLY
LOOSE WITH THOSE TIRES THEY PUT ON.
>>I THINK THE FOUR TIRES BY FAR BETTER THAN THE GUY THAT CHANGED
TWO. EVEN HOE THEY ONLY HAD, WHAT,
GREEN LAPS ON THEM.>>KASEY KAHNE, MATT KENSETH,
TWO DRIVERS IN THAT BUBBLE GROUP WE’LL CALL THEM STARTING THE DAY
RACING HERE NOW EXCHANGING EIGHTH POSITION WITH KAEPERNICK
MOVING SDMRUP BOTH THESE DRIVERS PRETTY MUCH THINKING ALONG THE
SAME LINES TODAY, LET’S GET A GOOD SOLID TOP TEN FINISH AND
GET OUT OF HERE, MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND, IMPROVE OUR PROGRAM
AND SEE IF WE CAN VISIT KANSAS AND MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.
AND WIN TALLADEGA TOO. THEY’D LIKE TO DO IT BEFORE THEY
GET THERE.>>KASEY TOLD ME JUST BEFORE THE
CHASE STARTED AT AN APPEARANCE WE WERE AT TOGETHER THAT HE
THOUGHT KANSAS AND CHARLOTTE WERE TWO OF HIS BETTER TRACKS SO
NEEDED TO GET THROUGH THIS FIRST ROUND TO HAVE A SHOT.
UPDATE ON KENSETH — EXCUSE ME ON KAHNE FROM JAMIE.
>>I TALKED TO KASEY BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE.
HE SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS HASN’T BEEN A GOOD PLACE FOR US, 23rd,
13 AND 19th WERE HIS LAST THREE FINISHES.
HE SAID, HOWEVER, THIS IS THE CAR I WON WITH AT ATLANTA AND IT
HAS BEEN GOOD. WE ARE VERY OPTIMISTIC.
WE WILL MAKE IT INTO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE CHASE AND SO FAR
TODAY HE’S BEEN TIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE AND THAT’S IT, DAVE.
>>THAT CAR WAS THREE IN AND OFF THE CORNER.
THEY MADE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT TO CORRECT FOR THAT.
HASN’T SAID ANYTHING ABOUT IT SINCE SO LOOKING GOOD.
I ASKED JASON RATCLIFF HOW THEY WOULD GET BACK AND SAID MATT
WILL PASS CARS HERE. I EXPECT THAT BUT WILL PICK UP A
FEW ON PIT ROAD. SO FAR SO GOOD.
>>AND YET IT’S STILL SO FAR FROM THE CHECKERED FLAG.
>>OH, SHALL GO, SUCH A LONG DAY, SHORTENED BY 100 MILES FROM
WHAT WE USED TO RUN STILL 400 MILES AND HOW HARD YOU HAVE TO
WORK HERE. SO MANY THINGS CAN HAPPEN.
YOU KNOW YOU STILL HAVE A LOT OF CARS ON THE LEAD LAP.
ALL IT WOULD TAKE IS A FLAT TIRE, LOOSE WHEEL AT THE WRONG
TIME OF THIS RACE. FIND YOURSELF ON THE OUTSIDE
LOOKING IN.>>EVEN SOME OF THAT PRETTY WIDE
ON THE RESTART DON’T YOU THINK LATER IN THE RACE THERE WILL BE
A LITTLE LESS GIVE IN THE GIVE AND TAKE BALANCE WILL IN YEAH,
NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.>>SO KENSETH RUNNING IN NINTH
PLACE RIGHT NOW HERE IS THE RACE FOR FOURTH.
DENNY HAMLIN, 11, JIMMIE JOHNSON, 48.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON TRYING TO MAKE UP SOME OF THAT GROUND THEY LOST
ON THAT LONG PIT STOP.>>LOST SIX SPOTS IN THAT PIT
STOP UNDER CAUTION.>>NOW HE’S MADE UP ALL THE
GROUND. HE PITTED FROM FOURTH.
BACK UP TO FOURTH.>>YEAH.
>>DENNY HAMLIN, GOOD IDEA. LET’S SEE HOW THIS GUY GETS IT
DONE AROUND HERE.>>I THINK HE’S BEEN PRETTY
SUCCESSFUL.>>GUY CLOSES THAT MUCH GROUND
ON YOU THAT QUICKLY, YOU LET HIM GO.
>>RIGHT, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, YEAH.
>>SO JIMMIE JOHNSON UP TO FOURTH.
DENNY HAMLIN BACK TO FIFTH. NOTHING’S CHANGED IN THE TOP
THREE. KEVIN HARVICK, BRAD KESELOWSKI
AND JEFF GORDON HOLD POSITIONS ONE THROUGH THREE.
94 LAPS COMPLETED IN THIS ONE. KEVIN HARVICK HAS LED EACH AND
EVERY ONE OF THEM. HE’S DONE A LOT OF LAPS LED IN
RECENT ONES.>>>FUN PICTURES OF COOL RACE
CARS AND THE PEOPLE WHO SERVICE THEM.
>>SPARKS FLYING.>>SOME OF THE EARLY ACTION
TODAY HERE AT THE MONSTER MILE IN DOVER AS WE HIT THE
ONE-QUARTER MARK OF THE AAA 400 FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SERIES.>>WELL, LATER ON THIS WEEK,
ESPN HAS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL POSTSEASON ACTION WITH THE
NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARD GAME. CAN’T TELL YOU FOR SURE WHO’S
GOING TO BE IN IT. DEPENDS ON THE 162’d GAME OF THE
SEASON AND POSSIBLY A MONDAY 163rd EXTRA GAME.
PLUS, THE GIANTS AGAINST EITHER THE CARDINALS OR PIRATES
WEDNESDAY AT 8:00 EASTERN ON ESPN AND WATCH ESPN.
>>COULD POSSIBLY, POSSIBLY HAVE THREE EXTRA BASEBALL GAMES
TOMORROW. PLAYING GAME, IF YOU WILL.
>>PRETTY AMAZING, 162 GAMES WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO THAT AND
THEY HAVE TO PLAY EXTRA.>>KEVIN HARVICK THE RACE
LEADER. WANT YOU TO LOOK AT THIS LINE
HERE ON THE JEAN FOR THE MOMENT AND LOOK TO THE RIGHT.
KURT BUSCH IN 12th. PLUS ZERO ON 13th PLACE, GREG
BIFFLE AND CARL EDWARDS. AND JUST A REMINDER THAT TIES AT
THE END OF THE DAY TODAY ON POINTS ARE BROKEN BY FINISHING
RESULTS IN THIS CHALLENGER ROUND OF THE CHASE ONLY.
DOESN’T GO BACK TO ANYTHING ELSE YOU DID EARLIER IN THE SEASON.
IT’S WHAT YOU’VE DONE IN THESE THREE RACES THAT SETTLES THE
TIES.>>YEAH, YOU SEE NOW THEY’RE SO
HIGH AND ONE SPOT MOVES CARL EDWARDS FROM BEING IN 14th SPOT
WHAT THEY’RE SHOWING NOW TO END JUST MOVING UP ONE SPOT.
>>ONE CAR. GO GET IT DONE.
JUST SOUNDS EASY.>>YEAH.
>>ACTUALLY HE’S GOING TO SEE THE PIT CREW.
>>GET ME ONE SPOT.>>CARL BACK IN 21st.
HE AND DALE JR. GOT BOTTLED UP. WHEN WE SAW THAT THREE WIDE
RACING JUST AFTER THE RESTART THEY HAD FRESH TIRES BUT THEY
GOT CAUGHT BEHIND SOME OF THAT AND IT REALLY BROKE THEIR
MOMENTUM AND KEPT THEM FROM MOVING FORWARD MAYBE AS QUICKLY
AS THEY WOULD LIKE.>>SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY
GET UP. I JUST HIT THE WALL WITH DIRTY
AIR, CAN’T GO ANYWHERE.>>YEAH, TEN-FOUR.
>>SO THAT’S WHY YOU CAN’T JUST GO GET THAT ONE SPOT.
EDWARDS TRIED TO CHASE DOWN MARTIN TRUEX JR. FOR 20th PLACE
AT THE MOMENT.>>EDWARDS CAR RIGHT THERE.
HOW IT BOUNCES IN THE CORNER. BOTH ENDS HAVE A SERIES OF BUMPS
THAT YOU GO THROUGH, MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT ENTERING.
>>YOU BRING THAT UP. I WAS IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES
AND ONE OF THE HAULERS WENT INTO TURN THREE AND I WAS JUST
WATCHING THE CUP PRACTICE. THAT 99 CAR WAS THE ONE THAT WAS
THE HARSHEST OVER THOSE BUMPS, THE WHOLE PRACTICE LONG.
I WONDERED HOW THAT WAS GOING TO AFFECT HIM.
LOOKS LIKE IT’S NOT GOOD.>>KYLE LARSON, KURT BUSCH
RACING TOGETHER AGAIN, 42 AND 41.
THIS TIME FOR 11th AND 12th PLACE AND LARSON ADVANCING BY
THE CHAMPION OF THE FIRST YEAR THAT THE CHASE SYSTEM WAS USED
2004, KURT BUSCH.>>LARSON IS MAKE THE MOST OF
THOSE FOUR TIRES HE GOT UNDER THAT CAUTION FLAG WHEN EVERYBODY
STAYED OUT, PUTTING 80 LAPS ON THEIR TIRES.
>>AND CHANGED THE POSITION FOR KURT BUSCH BY GETTING PAST RIGHT
THERE WHERE HE WAS IN A TIE AND NOW A POINT BEHIND.
HAPPENS THAT QUICKLY.>>I CAN’T IMAGINE IF WE GET A
LATE RESTART WHAT THAT IS GOING TO BE LIKE.
I JUST CAN’T.>>WE HOPE YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH
IT.>>TRYING TO TELL YOU.
>>THIS PRESSURE MAKES THESE DRIVERS AND BEEN IN THAT
SITUATION AND JUST DO CRAZY THINGS THAT YOU WOULDN’T THINK
ABOUT. WE GET THAT LATE CAUTION AND
BUNCHED UP OR EVEN IF IT’S NOT THAT, JUST A LATE RACE
SITUATION.>>GETS YOU THINKING ABOUT IT
ALL WEEK. THE WAY THE FINISH CAME AT NEW
HAMPSHIRE, WHAT THE LAST LAPS MIGHT BE LIKE AND SORTING IT ALL
OUT FOR EVERYBODY. GREG BIFFLE, 16 GIVING UP A
SMART TO MARCOS AMBROSE, THAT’S 13th PLACE.
WHOA.>>HELLO.
>>THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BAD RIGHT THERE FOR BOTH OF THEM.
ESPECIALLY THAT 16 CAR.>>GOT A LITTLE BIT OF DAMAGE ON
THE GRILL OF THAT CAR AND THE GRILL DECAL, IF YOU WILL.
THE ACTUAL GRILL OPENING DOWN BELOW
THE BUMPER.
>>THIS IS GOING TO TAKE HIM OUT OF RACE MAYBE.
>>I THINK HE MIGHT HAVE MEANT TO GIVE HIM A LITTLE TAP?
I DON’T THINK HE MEANT TO HIT HIM QUITE THAT HARD.
>>YEAH. THAT COULD HAVE GOTTEN BAD.
MAKES ME WONDER, YOU KNOW, YOU SAW AMBROSE SLIDE UP IN TORONTO
AND GET A LITTLE LOOSE WHICH HAD TO GET HIM ON THE THROTTLE A
LITTLE BIT OR SOMETHING TAKE PLACE BEFORE THAT.
WHEN I SEE THESE THINGS HAPPEN I ALWAYS WONDER IF WE COULD GO
BACK A COUPLE OF LAPS WAS THERE SOMETHING AMBROSE DID THAT
TICKED BIFFLE OFF AT THE TIME AND THAT WAS JUST A LITTLE NOTE
BUT PROBABLY AS YOU SAID PROBABLY HIT HIM HARDER THAN HE
INTENDED TO.>>NO MATTER WHAT, BIFFLE HAS TO
HAVE A FINISH. HE HAS TO FINISH THIS RACE.
HE CAME CLOSE TO NOT FINISHING RIGHT THERE.
>>EMOTIONS RUN HIGH ALL THE TIME AROUND HERE ESPECIALLY WHEN
YOU’RE IN THIS POSITION THAT HE’S IN RIGHT NOW.
>>MARCOS REGROUPS FOR ANOTHER GO.
>>STILL LOOKING LIKE HE’S KEEPING AN EYE ON THAT 16 IN THE
MIRROR.>>MAKE SURE THEY GOT AWAY FROM
HIM THAT TIME.>>JEFF GORDON CLOSING ON BRAD
KESELOWSKI FOR SECOND PLACE. VERY FASCINATING DAY FOR TEAMS
LIKE THE 24.>>YOU KNOW AT THE END OF THAT
RACE LAST WEEK THEY COULD HAVE COME HERE, THEY COULD HAVE COME
HERE AND BEEN SAFE WITH WHAT THEY WERE DOING.
>>ON A HARVICK THING WHERE HARVICK IF HE FINISHES 34th OR
BETTER NO MATTER WHAT ANYBODY ELSE DOES HE’S ON THROUGH.
GORDON NOW HAS TO BE 14th OR BETTER REGARDLESS OF
CIRCUMSTANCE AND AFTER WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END OF LAST
WEEK’S NEW HAMPSHIRE RACE, YOU KNOW TO TRY AND PUT IT OUT OF
YOUR MIND BUT HUMANS BEING HUMAN YOU KNOW IT’S ON THEIR MIND
UNTIL THEY GET THROUGH THE CHECKERED FLAG TODAY.
>>IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE A LONG GREEN RUN, A FULL RUN ON TIRES
AT THE END OF THIS RACE, YOU’D HAVE TO THINK, JUST SOMETHING
LIKE THAT HAPPEN ONCE AGAIN, PUTTING A LOT ON THE TIRES HERE.
>>SO GORDON HANGING IN THIRD BEHIND BRAD KESELOWSKI WHO RUNS
SECOND AND THE ONLY LEADER THE RACE HAS HAD SO FAR, KEVIN
HARVICK.>>>DOVER INTERNATIONAL
SPEEDWAY, TODAY’S NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE PRESENTED BY
PEPZ HAS JUST GONE UNDER CAUTION.
SOMETHING REPORTED ON THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY, DEBRIS OUT THERE
BRINGS OUT THE YELLOW FLAG, JUST SHY OF WHEN SOME OF THE
FORTUNATE RUNNERS WHO DIDN’T STOP ON THAT LAST YELLOW LIKE
KEVIN HARVICK AND SO ON WOULD HAVE HAD TO MAKE STOPS UNDER THE
GREEN FLAG. THIRD CAUTION OF THE RACE GIVES
US A MINUTE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE BIGGEST MOVER IN THE DAY
BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT. GREG BIFFLE HAS PICKED UP A
DOZEN POSITIONS IN THIS RACE SO FAR.
VERY TIMELY GAINS TOO FOR A GUY FIGHTING TO ADVANCE IN THE
CHASE. STAY CONNECTED TO THE CHASE FOR
THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP WITH A SPRINT FAMILY SHARE PACK.
20 GIGABYTES OF HIGH SPEED DATE TO SHARE.
LEARN MORE AT SPRINT.COM/DATASHARE.
PIT ROAD OPEN. AND IT’S GOING TO BE A BUSY
PLACE. JAMIE.
>>DENNY HAMLIN IN THE NUMBER ONE PIT BOX THERE.
YOU SAID THAT LAST CHANGE AIR PRESSURE, 50% BETTER OF THE
GETTING A LITTLE SNAPPY, FOUR-TIME STOP.
YOU SEE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT THERE.
>>JEFF GORDON SAID THE LAST ADJUSTMENT, STILL SNUG.
GOING ONE MORE DIRECTION WITH THE CHASSIS AND AIR AND FOUR
TIRES. VINCE.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON STARTED GOOD BUT THEN GOT LOOSE ON A SCALE OF
1 TO 10 HE WAS SLIGHTLY LOOSE. FOUR TIRES AND SUNOCO FUEL.
>>FIRST AND SECOND PLACE RUNNERS, FIRST CARS ARE TIGHT TO
THE CENTER OF THE CORNERS. BOTH WILL GET FOUR TIRES, A
CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT FOR THAT INTERESTING THEY’RE BETTER ON
OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE RACETRACK. THE TWO CAR AND FOUR IN TURNS
ONE AND TWO AND NEITHER ONE WAS FIRST OFF PIT ROAD.
>>HARVICK WAS, THOUGH, HE GOT IT.
>>HE DID AND A LITTLE TRACK POSITION CHANGE THERE ON A
COUPLE OF ACCOUNTS. BRAD KESELOWSKI LOSING A SPOT.
DENNY HAMLIN AGAIN GAINING. KEVIN HARVICK EDGING JEFF GORDON
TO THE SCORING STRIPE.>>>DOUBLE UP FOR THE RESTART.
TOMORROW IN KANSAS CITY, TOM BRADY AND THE 2-1 PATRIOTS TO
FACE ALEX SMITH AND THE CHIEFS IN MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.
SEE IT AT 8:15 EASTERN ON ESPN AND ALSO ON WATCH ESPN, NO OTHER
NIGHT IS MONDAY NIGHT.>>WHO DO YOU HAVE IN THAT ONE?
>>NOT MUCH OF A GUESS IF YOU KNOW I’M FROM NEW ENGLAND.
>>PEOPLE TALK ABOUT YOUR QUARTERBACK MIGHT BE AT THE END
OF HIS CAREER.>>I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.
>>FEEL PRETTY GOOD.>>WOW.
KYLE BUSCH, THREE WIDE AROUND THE OUTSIDE.
>>THAT WAS A SWEET MOVE.>>JEFF GORDON NOT ABLE TO USE
THAT INSIDE LANE, FIRST ROW ON THE RESTART TO HANG ON TO
SECOND. KESELOWSKI BACK AROUND THE
OUTSIDE OF HIM.>>YEAH, JEFF’S KIND OF SPUN HIS
TIRES TRYING TO GET UP TO SPEED WHEN HARVICK TOOK OFF.
WASN’T ABLE TO HOLD THAT 2 CAR OFF.
>>LOOK AT THIS MESS COMING OFF TURN TWO HERE.
LOOK AT TWO, THREE WIDE, SOMETIMES FOUR WIDE OUT FANNING
OUT IN THE CORNERS AFTER THE FIRST LAP OR TWO AND AT SOME
POINT SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SLIP IN THERE.
AND IT’S GOING TO BE BIG.>>JUST INCHES APART THAT THEY
ARE. ESPECIALLY ON THE EXIT OF THESE
CORNERS WHERE IT TIGHTENS UP SO MUCH.
LOGANO MAKING A NICE MOVE TO THE HIGH SIDE.
>>VICKERS, 55, STRUGGLING IN THAT CORNER.
TRUEX, 78 TRYING TO GET A RUN ON HIM.
NOW, A.J. ALLMENDINGER, 23rd PLACE LEAD LAP.
FREE PASS ON THAT LAST CAUTION WITH DANICA PATRICK.
SHE HAD BEEN LAPPED BY THE LEADER, ABOUT FOUR LAPS PRIOR TO
THE CAUTION FLAG. ARIC ALMIROLA HAD BEEN IN FREE
PASS POSITION UNTIL THEN. NOW HE’S STILL GOT A FIGHT FROM
BEHIND. THERE’S ALMIROLA OFF THE RIGHT
SIDE OF THE SCREEN, 43.>>AND 47, ALLMENDINGER WHO GOT
THE FREE PASS PREVIOUSLY BARELY STAYED ON THE LEAD LAP THAT LAST
TIME. HE WAS ABOUT TEN CAR LENGTHS OF
GETTING LAPPED ONCE AGAIN SO MADE SOME MORE ADJUSTMENTS FOR
A.J.>>NEEDS MORE POSITIONS ON THE
TRACK TO GET INSIDE THAT TOP 12. UPDATE FROM THE 47, DOC.
>>THEY HAVE MADE MANY, MANY ADJUSTMENTS ON THE 47 CAR.
WEDGE, AIR PRESSURE, THEY’VE DONE IT ALL BUT EVERY TIME THEY
DO IT IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER AND BETTER.
NOW IT GOT A LITTLE TIGHT TOWARD THE END OF THAT LAST RUN AND
MADE ANOTHER ADJUSTMENT WITH AIR PRESSURE AND TRACK BAR GOING UP
ONE ROUND TO GET THE CAR TO TURN AND MADE IMPROVEMENTS EVERY TIME
FOR A.J. IN THE PIT.>>ALL KINDS OF ADJUSTMENTS,
THAT BIG RACE IN HERE TOO. TALKING ABOUT THAT AIR PRESSURE
ADJUSTMENT ON THE RIGHT FRONT TAKING AIR OUT.
ALWAYS A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT TAKING AIR OUT OF THE RIGHT
FRONT AT THIS PLACE.>>STARTED DANCING AROUND.
>>DALE JR., YOU’RE LOOKING AHEAD AT.
HE WAS THE GUY SITTING IN THE MEDIA CENTER THE OTHER DAY
SAYING BY THE TIME THE CHASE WAS DONE HE FELT LIKE EVERYBODY
INVOLVED WOULD HAVE HOLES IN THEIR STOMACH.
AND HERE HE IS RIGHT BACK IN THE SOUP, 23rd POSITION.
>>DALE JR. BROKE A STEERING WHEEL IN PRACTICE AND I SEE NOW
WHY. HE’S WORKING THAT BABY.
>>1 CAR, JAMIE McMURRAY, I THOUGHT THIS WAS A CAR IN
TALKING TO HIM AND OTHER PEOPLE THAT WAS GOING TO BE UP WELL
INSIDE THE TOP TEN IF NOT THE TOP FIVE MOST OF THIS DAY.
>>STARTED IN FIFTH POSITION. NOW JAMIE RUNNING BACK IN 24th.
I MENTIONED ARIC ALMIROLA, RIGHT NOW THE SECOND CAR ONE LAP DOWN
AND CASEY MEARS IS THE FIRST A LAP DOWN, 13 JUST IN FRONT OF
ALMIROLA WHO, DOC, NEEDS TO FIND A WAY AROUND HIM AND HOPE FOR A
TIMELY CAUTION.>>THEY HAVE MADE MANY
ADJUSTMENTS ON THIS CAR, WHOA, ALMIROLA TRYING TO GET AROUND
NEARLY IN THE BACK OF THE 13 CAR.
THE CAR WAS SO FREE YOU COULDN’T DRIVE IT.
HE PUT A BUNCH OF ROUNDS OF WEDGE IN IT AND THE CAR WAS TOO
TIGHT ON THE PREVIOUS STOP AND CAME IN AND MADE AN ADJUSTMENT
AND AROUND THE LEFT FRONT TO MAKE THE CAR HANDLE BETTER.
ALMIROLA NOW HAS A BETTER RACE CAR AND STUCK IN PRETTY HEAVY
TRAFFIC.>>OBSERVATION FROM HERE, THE
WAY HE DOVE THAT CAR OFF INTO THE CORNER UNDER CASEY MEARS,
DID HE KNOW THAT’S THE CAR HE NEEDS TO PASS FOR THE FREE PASS.
>>NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT AND MANY MORE LAPS LIKE THAT 13 MADE AND
ARIC WILL HAVE BOTH THINGS AT ONE TIME.
THE CAUTION THERE AND THE PASS.>>SO A STRUGGLE AT DOVER FOR
THE 43 WHO HAD A LOT OF OPTIMISM, THIS BEING ONE OF
THEIR BETTER TRACKS THEY FELT WHEN THEY CAME IN THIS WEEKEND.
KURT BUSCH, 41, KASEY KAHNE, 5. 11 AND 12th PLACES.
YOU SEE KAHNE THERE IN TENTH POSITION AS THEY RUN IN POINTS.
BUT KURT BUSCH FOR THE MOMENT JUST ONE SINGLE POINT OUTSIDE OF
THE TOP 12.>>THIS IS MUCH BETTER THAN THE
WAY THEY STARTED OFF THIS DAY IN RUNNING.
THEY WERE FAIRLY — NOT ABLE TO PRACTICE OFF 15 AS THIS RACE
STARTED SO GOT THEMSELVES IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION.
IN FACT, MADE SOME PRETTY GOOD — SOME CHANGES TO THIS CAR
AND MAKING IT A LOT MORE COMPETITIVE WHERE HE CAN GO PAST
CARS.>>UPDATE ON THE 41 AND 5 BOTH
FROM JAMIE.>>KURT BUSCH HAS BEEN VERY CALM
ON THE RADIO. VERY GOOD FEEDBACK.
JUST A LITTLE BIT TIGHT IN THE CENTER AND HIS CONCERN, THEY’VE
BEEN TIGHT ALL WEEKEND BUT IN COMPARISON THE PRACTICE, THE CAR
IS GOOD AND THEY’VE ONLY MADE AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENTS ON THAT
LAST STOP AND ADDED A LITTLE TAPE IN THE FRONT TO HELP THAT
TURN OF THE CAR, MEANWHILE, KASEY KAHNE BEHIND HIM, CAR HAS
BEEN OKAY TODAY. THEY HAVE THROWN SOME
ADJUSTMENTS AND ADDED TRACK BAR AND WEDGE ON THE LAST STOP BUT
HE’S NOT THRILLED.>>FOR A GUY THAT’S GOT THIS,
I’M TIRED OF SEEING CARS IN FRONT AND BEHIND US ON THE
RACETRACK.>>THAT WOULD BE KENNY FRANCIS’
CREW CHIEF ON THE RADIO TO CLEAN IT UP.
LET’S SAVE SOME POSITION HERE AND STOP LETTING OTHER CARS PASS
US ON THE RESTART.>>OH, PRESSURE, PRESSURE,
PRESSURE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.
KENNY FRANCIS FEELING IT. I COULD SEE HIS FRUSTRATION.
I HAVE SAT IN THAT BOX IN THAT VERY SITUATION AND WHEN YOU’RE
LOSING SPOTS, YOU WORK SO HARD TO GET THEM.
IT’LL GET TO YOU.>>SO KASEY KAHNE RUNNING IN
12th PLACE. THERE IS THE LEAD.
KEVIN HARVICK 4, BRAD KESELOWSKI, 2.
HARVICK HAS LED EVERY LAP, DAVE. PROGRESS REPORT ON THEIR RACE.
>>IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, SINCE I STARTED THE RUN HE SAID IT’S
BOUNCING LIKE CRAZY AND A COUPLE LAPS IN, I THINK SOMETHING MIGHT
BE BROKEN IN THE LEFT FRONT AND THEN MOST RECENTLY, IT’S BANGING
ON THE GROUND. SO RIGHT NOW, THE 4 CAR NOT
WHERE HE WANTS TO BE, PERHAPS WITH AN ISSUE.
REFER REMEMBER, HE CAME IN 41 POINTS TO THE GOOD OF THE CUTOFF
LINE, NOT COMPLETELY SECURE BUT FAIRLY SAFE BUT A BAD DAY COULD
BE A PROBLEM FOR KEVIN.>>HERE’S KESELOWSKI AS HARVICK
GETS INTO TRAFFIC NOW CLOSING RIGHT UP ON HIM FOR THE LEAD AND
TAKING A RUN AT IT OFF FOUR.>>HIS 4 CAR IS NOT NEARLY AS
GOOD AS IT WAS EARLIER. MAY HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM.
IF AS LONG AS HE DOESN’T ENCOUNTER ANOTHER CAR THAT HE’S
OKAY, HE CAN RUN SOME PRETTY DECENT TYPES BUT HAVING A HARD
TIME ACCELERATING UP OUT OF THE CORNER.
>>SO HAVING LED EVERY SINGLE LAP IN THE RACE SO FAR, HARVICK
NOW FINDS HIMSELF SECOND AS BRAD KESELOWSKI COMES TO THE
START/FINISH LINE TO OFFICIALLY TAKE OVER THE LEAD IN THIS ONE.
ONLY ONE CAR OUT OF THE RACE STILL 42 RUNNING.
THAT ADDS TO THE PRESSURE ALSO.>>>BRAD KESELOWSKI, THE RACE
LEADER OF TODAY’S NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE FROM DOVER
INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. OUR TELECAST PRESENTED BY
PENNZOIL PASSING KEVIN HARVICK EIGHT LAPS AGO AFTER HARVICK LED
THE FIRST 147 LAPS OF THIS ONE. AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY
GOODYEAR. EVERYTHING THEY LEARN MAKING
TIRES FOR THE GRUELING DEMANDS OF NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT ROLLS
INTO YOURS, GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
PENNZOIL. A LITTLE BIT OF CLOUD COVER ON A
78-DEGREE AFTERNOON. SPECTACULAR WEATHER FOR RACE
THREE IN THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP. THE EYE ON KEVIN HARVICK WHO
DOMINATED THE EARLY GOING IN THE RACE BUT NOW FINDS HIMSELF
RUNNING SECOND AFTER REPORTING A POSSIBLE PROBLEM IN THE
SUSPENSION OF THIS 4 CAR.>>I GOT A BIG PROBLEM THERE
TEN-FOUR, YOU’RE DOING A GOOD JOB WITH IT.
>>IT’S — I MEAN I THINK THE LEFT FRONT SHOCK HAS GIVEN UP OR
SOMETHING.>>I THINK HE HAS AN ISSUE.
HE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT WHEN HE’S NOT AROUND TRAFFIC
HE CAN RUN FAST LAP TIMES.>>THE TEAM HUDDLE THERE HAD TO
FIGURE OUT A PLAN.>>THIS IS A VERY ROUGH
RACETRACK BUT YOU CAN SEE HIM BY THE OTHER CARS.
THE FRONT OF THAT CAR IS MOVING AROUND BOUNCING UP AND DOWN A
LOT MORE.>>THERE’S JUST NO WAY.
THERE’S GOT TO BE SOMETHING GOING ON THERE.
>>AND YET, STILL FLYING.>>HE’S STAYING RIGHT WITH
KESELOWSKI, THE LEADER AND GORDON HASN’T CAUGHT HIM.
>>YOU CAN SEE THE CAR.>>YEAH.
>>SO WE’LL SEE. AND, AGAIN, WHAT I SAID BEFORE
ONLY ONE CAR ON THE RACE, 42 ON THE TRACK AND RUNNING AT THIS
POINT SO IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO SPEND FIVE
LAPS FIXING IT, IT’S A BIG DEAL. KASEY KAHNE IN KIND OF EARLY,
JAMIE.>>AND HE ONLY HAS THOSE
TWO-POINT BUFFER OVER THAT 12th SPOT.
HE SAID HIS CAR FELT VERY OFF THAT RUN.
HE THINKS IT WAS THE NEW SET OF TIRE.
THEY FELT OFF BALANCE. I’M KIND OF USED TO YOU GUYS,
THE TEAM READY, FOUR NEW TIRES AND WENT UP ON THAT TRACK BAR.
>>KASEY HAD ONLY STOPPED AT LAP 126 WITH EVERYBODY ELSE.
SO WE’LL SEE WHEN THAT CYCLES BACK AROUND.
IF IT STAYS GREEN ENOUGH LONG ENOUGH.
>>IN A LITTLE BIT OF A BAD SPOT.
>>HE NEEDED TO GO ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CYCLE TO CATCH IT AT
THE RIGHT TIME BUT IT COULD HAPPEN AT THE WRONG TIME FOR HIM
PRETTY EASY.>>KASEY COMING UP TO SPEED OFF
THE PIT LANE WHILE JIMMIE JOHNSON AGAIN TRIES TO FIND A
WAY AROUND DENNY HAMLIN. TIRED OF SEEING THAT 11 BUMPER
IN HIS WINDSHIELD.>>PROBABLY SO.
JUST IN FRONT OF — MATT KENSETH, RUN EXTREMELY WELL HERE
UP INTO THE TOP FIVE. RUNNING IN THE FOURTH SPOT.
DENNY PULLS OVER ONCE AGAIN. MOVE ON BY FOR THE TIME BEING.
IN THAT’S THE SECOND OR THIRD TIME THAT JIMMIE HAS RUN UP ON
DENNY AND GOTTEN THE GO AHEAD, I’M NOT GOING TO FIGHT YOU HARD
NOW.>>THEY’VE SEEN A LOT OF EACH
OTHER TODAY.>>SO JIMMIE OFF TO FIFTH.
DENNY BACK TO SIXTH. AND DENNY CURRENTLY TEN POINTS
ABOVE THE CUT LINE IN NINTH POSITION IN THE STANDINGS.
SO THERE’S KASEY KAHNE RIGHT BEHIND DENNY, KASEY CYCLES OUT
TWO LAPS DOWN IN 29th PLACE AND NEEDS THIS THING TO STAY GREEN
FOR AWHILE. THERE ARE THREE CARS ONE LAP
DOWN AND KASEY IS THE FIRST CAR TWO LAPS DOWN SO IF THE CAUTION
COPS OUT THEY HAVE TO STAY OUT TRY TO TAKE A WAVE-AROUND TO GET
ONE OF THE LAPS BACK AND SEE HOW IT GOES FROM THERE.
NOW, GREG BIFFLE, THERE’S THE SCORING ON THE BIFF.
RUNNING IN 16th PLACE IN THE 16. AT THE MOMENT, BIFFLE IS JUST A
FEW POSITIONS OUTSIDE THE CUT LINE WHERE THE CHASE IS
CONCERNED. VINCE.
>>THEY HAVEN’T TALKED TO HIM ABOUT THAT ON THE RADIO TODAY.
IT’S BEEN MORE ABOUT TRYING TO GET THE CAR TO HANDLE
APPROPRIATELY. TIGHT, THEN LOOSE, THE LAST
REPORT FROM BIFFLE, JUST TRYING TO GET THE FRONT END TO TURN AND
THAT HAS BEEN THE HEAD SCRATCHER FOR THE CREW CHIEF THIS WEEKEND.
THEY’VE NOT BEEN HAPPY WITH THE CAR.
HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET THE FRONT END TO WORK THE WAY THEY
WANT. THEY’VE MADE A LOT OF CHANGES TO
GET IT READY FOR TODAY AND STARTED 27th.
UP 11 SPOTS, HANGING RIGHT AROUND THAT CHASE TRANSFER SPOT.
DOC.>>RIGHT BEHIND HIM IS RYAN
NEWMAN WHO STARTED 20th AND A CHALLENGE UP FRONT AS NEWMAN
TRIES TO MAKE A MOVE ON BRAD.>>IN TRAFFIC, BUT WHATEVER IT
IS THAT MIGHT BE AILING THIS 4 CAR ISN’T AILING IT IN A
SIGNIFICANT WAY.>>HE CERTAINLY FIGURED OUT HOW
TO DEAL WITH IT.>>AND GOT THIS GOING FORWARD
AGAIN. THAT’S WHY HE REALLY STRUGGLED
WHEN HE HAS TO GET RIGHT TO THE BOTTOM AND CAN’T USE UP ALL OF
THE RACETRACK. HE WAS ABLE TO RIGHT THERE AND
KEEP SOME MOMENTUM BUT THAT’S MOST DIFFICULT PART.
LOOKS LIKE THE EXIT OF THE CORNER CAR RIG THE SPEED.
HE NEEDS ALL THE TRACK TO DO THAT.
>>RYAN NEWMAN AND GREG BIFFLE RACING FOR 16th PLACE.
>>DOC, AS YOU WERE SAYING –>>AS I WAS SAYING, YESTERDAY IN
HAPPY HOUR THE 31 CAR WAS AWFUL AND DECIDED TO MAKE A WHOLESALE
CHANGE AND GO BACK TO THE SETUP THEY RAN HERE IN MAY WHEN RYAN
GOES TO THE BACK OF THE PACK IN THE NINTH SPOT AND TENTH.
RYAN BEGAN THE DAY WITH THE CAR REALLY FREE OFF.
HE MADE ONE ROUND OF WEDGE ADJUSTMENT AND THEY’VE ADDED AIR
PRESSURE CHANGES AND NOW THE CAR IS REALLY, REALLY UNRUNNING
WELL. A LITTLE BIT TIGHT IN THE
MIDDLE. ALLEN.
>>CAUTION IS ON THE SPEEDWAY.>>YEAH, I THINK I MIGHT HAVE
SAW CASEY MEARS GET INTO THE WALL IN TURNS ONE AND TWO.
ACTUALLY I BELIEVE IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE 32 CAR.
>>J.J. YELEY IN THE 32. CASEY MEARS IS THE FREE PASS AT
THIS CAUTION FLAG. AND SO YELLOW OUT AND THAT
REALLY, THERE IS YELEY IN THE 32.
REALLY PUTS A HURTING ON KASEY KAHNE IN THIS 5 TEAM HAVING MADE
THE GREEN FLAG PIT STOP BEFORE. THEY’RE TRAPPED TWO LAPS DOWN IN
29th SO THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO STAY OUT HERE AND TRY TO TAKE A
WAVE-AROUND TO GET ONE OF THEM.>>NO OTHER CHOICE BUT TO DO IT.
THEY WON’T GET ANY OF THESE LAPS AROUND WITHOUT TAKING THAT.
THIS IS AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY. HE WAS COMING ON A RAPID RATE TO
GET ONE OF THOSE BACK BUT CAME UP A LITTLE SHORT ON THAT.
>>PIT ROAD OPEN FOR THE LEAD LAP CARS.
AND JAMIE GOES FIRST.>>DENNY HAMLIN’S PIT CREW
GAINED HIM FIVE SPOTS AND TWO SPOTS ALREADY TODAY.
SAYING THE CAR IS PRETTY GOOD. IT’S JUST TIGHTENING UP WITH THE
CLOUD COVER, THE FILL-UP OF SUNOCO FUEL AND FOUR TIRES.
DOC.>>JEFF GORDON, THAT WAS A
HANDFUL. LEFT REAR TIRE WAS GONE,
COULDN’T GET THE DRIVE OFF AND NOTHING TO LEAN ON.
GOING TO MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT WITH A TRACK BAR AND FOUR TIRES.
VINCE.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON SAYS THE CAR
WAS TOO TIGHT ON THAT RUN. DIDN’T LIKE THE CHANGE FROM THE
PREVIOUS STOP SO THEY’LL PUT HIM BACK IN, FOUR TIRES AND SUNOCO
FUEL. DAVE.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI SAID HE NEEDED A LITTLE HELP ON THE
SHORT RUN, CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT, FOUR TIRES, SUNOCO FUEL, KEVIN
HARVICK EVEN WITH ALL THE LEFT FRONT SHOCK ISSUES STILL HAS A
TIGHT RACE CAR. TAKING A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT WITH
THAT AND FOUR TIRES.>>A LITTLE TRAFFIC JAM THERE.
HARVICK’S CREW GETS HIP THE LEAD.
>>QUALIFYING ON THE POLE. THAT WILL DO THAT FOR YOU ON A
LOT OF PIT STOPS. SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING RESTART
WHEN WE COME BACK.>>>DOUBLED UP FOR THE RESTART
PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL. KEVIN HARVICK’S PIT CREW GOT HIM
BACK IN FRONT OF BRAD KESELOWSKI WITH THE LEAD.
KEVIN AND COMPANY TALKING JUST BEFORE THE STOP ABOUT THAT PESKY
LEFT FRONT SITUATION.>>THE LEFT FRONT SHOCK IS
COMPLETELY BROKE. IF HARD TO TELL.
WE’VE BEEN WATCHING A BUNCH OF VIDEO AND EVERYTHING.
TIMES ARE STILL GOOD. AWAY FROM THE 24.
I THINK WE GOT TO GO THROUGH ONE MORE STOP AND LOOK AT IT ONE
MORE TIME AND GET A BETTER IDEA AND KEEP RACING IT AND TRY TO
HANG IN THERE FOR A LITTLE BIT.>>THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE
DOING.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON WITH A PEEK TO
THE INSIDE OF BRAD KESELOWSKI FOR SECOND PLACE.
AND MATT KENSETH UP TO FOURTH. KYLE BUSCH FIFTH AFTER THE PIT
STOP SHUFFLE. FIRST COUPLE LAPS AFTER A
RESTART IN DOVER ALWAYS PARTICULARLY EDGY.
>>WAITING AND WATCHING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN.
JUST A SLIP OR COME OFF THE THROTTLE AND THE ACCORDION
AFFECT. BREAK SOMETHING ABOUT.
>>ALMIROLA RIGHT NOW THE FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN IN 27th PLACE.
DOES HE GET THE CAUTION HE NEEDS BEFORE THE LEADER OVERTAKES
ANYONE OR ANYONE OVERTAKES HIM? NOW, ON THE CYCLE OF PIT STOPS,
EXCUSE ME, COMING THROUGH. KASEY KAHNE DID STAY ON THE
RACETRACK, TOOK THE WAVE-AROUND SO KAHNE RIGHT NOW IS ONE LAP
DOWN BUT HE’S THE THIRD CAR ONE LAP DOWN.
HE’S GOT COLE WHITT BETWEEN HIMSELF AND ARIC ALMIROLA AND
12-LAP OLDER TIRES THAN THESE OTHER GUYS TRYING TO CATCH AND
PASS. ALSO, JEFF GORDON, WE SHOWED YOU
LOST A COUPLE OF POINTS OF TRACK POSITION.
LEFT REAR LUG FALL OFF ON THE CHANGE, HAD TO STOP, PICK IT UP,
PUT IT ON AND WHY HE’S IN 17th RACE, ABOUT AS LOW AS HE’S BEEN
ALL RACE.>>AND YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT
THE PRESSURES THAT THE TEAMS AND THEN THESE PIT CREWS WERE
FEELING TODAY TOO KNOWING JUST HOW MUCH IT MEANS.
>>YEAH, BUT THIS TEAM HAS A LITTLE BIT.
ON JEFF GORDON AS IT IS — YOU LOOK BACK AT THESE OTHER GUYS
KNOTTED UP AT THE CUTOFF IS THE ONES WE’LL BE WATCHING LATE IN
THE RACE.>>GORDON RUNNING JUST BEHIND
DENNY HAMLIN. YOU SEE HIM THIRD LINE ON THE
SCREEN. 10 POSITIONS TO THE RACETRACK TO
THE GOOD AND WHAT WE’VE SEEN HAPPEN IN THE LAST LAPS, THAT’S
FAR FROM A COMFORTABLE SPOT TO THIS POINT IN THE DAY, DENNY AND
COMPANY DOING EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO DO RUNNING SOLIDLY IN
THE TOP FIVE OR SIX ALL RACE LONG.
>>YEAH, HE AND MATT KENSETH, UP IN FRONT OF HIM AND KYLE BUSCH,
ALL THREE OF THOSE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS ALL RIGHT THERE
TOGETHER. YOU KNOW WHAT A STRESSFUL DAY
THIS HAD TO BE FOR JOE GIBBS COMING IN THERE WITH NONE OF
THIS, KYLE BUSCH BEING THE MOST SAFE ONE.
WITH ANYTHING BEING ABLE TO HAPPEN, STRESSFUL DAY FOR THE
CAR OWNER TOO.>>THERE’S ALLMENDINGER ARE
YOUING IN 23rd PLACE, WORKED WITH US EARLIER.
GOT A LAP DOWN EARLIER AND FREE PASS TO GET BACK ON THE LEAD LAP
AND CAUTION AT LAP 74. RIGHT NOW YOU SEE JUST ONE
POINT, ONE POSITION ON THE RACETRACK OUT OF THE TOP 12,
MARCOS AMBROSE, THE CAR JUST IN FRONT OF HIM WOULD BE A RACE FOR
POSITION. THAT’S THE YELLOW 9 CAR.
>>THE FINISH BETWEEN THESE TWO CARS AT WATKINS GLEN IS HOW
ALLMENDINGER GOT INTO THIS POSITION.
>>LOOKS LIKE HIS CAR IS A LITTLE BETTER.
SEEN HIM RUN UP ON THE BACK OF THIS CAR AND JUST CAN’T MAKE
THAT PASS BECAUSE THIS CAR IS GOOD ON THE BOTTOM.
HE’LL HAVE TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT A WAY AROUND.
>>UPDATE ON THE DINGER FROM THE DOC.
>>JUST PART OF THAT LAST PIT STOP A.J. GOT HOT UNDER THE
COLLAR AND SAID, GUYS, I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING BUT IT’S
DOING NOTHING TO THE RACE CAR, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
IT WILL NOT TURN. FOR THE LAST PIT STOP, WEDGE,
TRACK BAR, AIR PRESSURE, FOUR TIRES AND GUESS WHAT, IT’S
TURNING A LITTLE BETTER NOW THAT THEY CHANGED EVERYTHING BUT THE
NUMBER.>>SO ALLMENDINGER RUNNING IN
23rd PLACE AND, AGAIN, TEETERING RIGHT ON THE EDGE.
CAN HE MOVE UP OR WILL KURT BUSCH SLIDE BACK TOWARD HIM ANY
IN THE RUNNING ORDER? KURT RIGHT NOW LAST MAN IN BY
ONE POINT AND KURT’S RUNNING IN 1th PLACE.
IN THE RACE.>>AND I THINK A.J. IN THIS TEAM
PROBABLY FIGURE TO BE SAFE AND HAVE A REALLY GOOD SHOT.
THEY NEEDED TO RUN INSIDE THE TOP 15 TODAY WITHOUT
CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGING THINGS FOR THEM, SOME OF THESE OTHER
DRIVERS HAVING REAL PROBLEMS, BUT THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
IT’LL TAKE. RIGHT NOW IT’LL TAKE BEING
INSIDE THE TOP 20 AND THEY WOULD BE OKAY.
>>AND DENNY HAMLIN, JEFF GORDON, SIXTH AND SEVENTH PLACE.
GORDON HAS BEEN THE ONE CAR WE’VE SEEN TODAY ABLE TO PASS.
HE DID IT ON THE FIRST RUN, WORKED HIS WAY UP INTO THE THIRD
SPOT BEFORE WE HAD OUR FIRST CAUTION.
SO GOOD SOLID CAR. EVEN AS HE GOT BACK IN TRAFFIC
HERE HE’S BEEN PATIENT AND KNOWS CARS THAT GOOD.
I WILL HAVE TO SAY I DROVE A CAR A FEW TIMES THAT A SHOCK WAS
BROKEN AND I’M GOING TO GO TO THE FRONT OF THE BACK WITH KEVIN
HARVICK. NEVER HAD ONE THAT CONTINUED TO
RUN THAT GOOD WITH A BROKEN SHOCK.
I THINK THEY MAY BE EXAGGERATING ON THAT PART.
COULD BE SOMETHING WITH THE PACKER.
SOMETHING THEY’RE DOING, BUT CAR IS AWFULLY GOOD TO STILL BE OUT
FRONT.>>DALE JR. PASSING GREG BIFFLE.
THAT WAS 16th PLACE THAT JUST CHANGED HANDS.
AND, AGAIN, BIFFLE OUTSIDE THE CUT LINE.
BY A COUPLE OF PLACES.>>WATCH GREG DRIVE TODAY.
REALLY, REALLY DRIVING THIS CAR HARD.
EVERYTHING THAT HE CAN GET OUT OF IT BUT JUST NOT DRIVING VERY
WELL. KIND OF LIKE THE FIRST TWO RACES
OF THE CHASE.>>SEE IF THAT RIGHT REAR FENDER
IS CRINKLED A LITTLE OR IF IT’S JUST THE VISIBILITY OF THE
CAMERA ANGLES AND THE PAINT JOB THAT MAKES IT LOOK LIKE IT’S
BOWED IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. VINCE, BIFF, STRUGGLING ON.
GOT A LONG WAY TO GO.>>BOY, HE’S CERTAINLY HAD HIS
HANDS FULL THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE DAY TODAY.
RACE CAR THAT’S TIGHT TO LOOSE AND COULDN’T GET ANY FRONT GRIP
IN. THE PREVIOUS RUN HE FELT LIKE
THE GRIP WAS BETTER BUT THE FRONT END STILL NEEDED SOME
HELP. RIGHT NOW, THE BACK END HAS
GOTTEN LOOSE SO GREG BIFFLE CONTINUES TO FIGHT IT JUST
OUTSIDE THE CHASE LINE. JAMIE.
>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND THE 88 HAVE HAD A TOUGH GO OF IT TODAY.
ON LAP 76 THEY OPTED TO TAKE RIGHT SIDES ONLY JUST TO SEE HOW
IT WILL RESPOND. JUNIOR NOT HAPPY, IT’S NOT BEEN
TURNING, ON THE LAST STOP THEY TOOK A BIG SWING AT IT AND MADE
A BIG WEDGE ADJUSTMENT, AIR PRESSURE AND FOUR TIRES AND WENT
BACK TO HAVING STARTED THE RACE, JUNIOR SAYING IT’S COMING AROUND
BUT STILL NOT WHERE THEY WANT TO BE.
>>ALL RIGHT, JAMIE. SO JUNIOR RUNNING IN 16th
POSITION AT THE MOMENT. SEVEN IN POINTS AND WELL CLEAR
FOR THE TIME BEING OF THE CUT LINE IN TODAY’S ELIMINATION
RACE. POINTS CONTINUING TO SHUFFLE.
KURT BUSCH AND A.J. ALLMENDINGER, MOVING AROUND IN
TRAFFIC A LITTLE BIT AND SO THOSE POINTS ARE CONTINUING TO
CHANGE HANDS OF THE RIGHT NOW KURT JUST ONE SPOT TO THE GOOD
AND ALLMENDINGER ONE OUTSIDE THE CUT LINE.
AT THE END OF THE CHALLENGER ROUND IN THE CHASE FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP WE’RE AT HALFWAY IN TODAY’S RACE, TIME TO
GO NASCAR NONSTOP.>>>THE RACE FOR FOURTH PLACE.
MIDWAY POINT OF TODAY’S AAA 400 FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. DANGER ZONE BROUGHT TO YOU BY
NATIONWIDE INSURANCE AND WHAT THE DAY IS ALL ABOUT.
WHO GETS PROPS FROM THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP.
RIGHT SIDE WHERE THEY RUN THE RACE AT THE MOMENT AND THAT
CENTER COLUMN. THE BIG PICTURE.
KURT BUSCH ON THE BUBBLE RIGHT NOW AND ALLMENDINGER FIRST OUT
IN THE CHASE PICTURE AS WE CROSSED MIDWAY IN TODAY’S EVENT.
JEFF GORDON CONTINUING TO DOG MATT KENSETH, MIGHT HAVE A RUN
AT HIM HERE. AND I LOOK AT THESE THREE, THESE
ARE CLASSIC EXAMPLES, KENSETH, GORDON, KYLE BUSCH.
THEY SHOULD MAKE IT THROUGH, BUT THEY’VE GOT TO GET TO THE FINISH
WITH A GOOD RESULT. CAN’T HAVE A DAY LIKE KENDRICK
AND GORDON HAD LAST SUNDAY AT NEW HAMPSHIRE IN THE LAST LAPS.
>>NOW YOU HAVE TO STAY AWAY FROM THAT COMPLETELY AND I THINK
THAT’S THE WAY THAT WE SEE SOME OF THEM RACING.
ESPECIALLY KENSETH TRYING TO GIVE A LOT OF ROOM THERE, GOOD
SOLID EFFORT. BUT WE’LL SEE IF HE’S ABLE TO
CONTINUE AND STILL A LOT OF RACING TO GO.
>>EVEN THOUGH HE LOSES THAT SPOT TO BIFF A LOOSE RACE CAR
STEADY PROGRESS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
STARTED 14th AND IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY TIME HE RYE STARTED IT WAS
A COUPLE MORE SPOTS FORWARD, A COUPLE SPOTS FORWARD.
A LITTLE ADJUSTMENT AND THE LAST TIME HE CALLED THE CAR THE BEST
IT’S BEEN. DOING THE RIGHT THING, TEDLY
GOING FORWARD AND HOLDING A GOOD POSITION SO FAR.
>>MATT, 18 POINTS TO THE GOOD. AND RUNNING IN FIFTH POSITION IN
THE RACE. KYLE BUSCH RIGHT BEHIND, A
LITTLE SLIDE THERE BUT HAVING A SOLID RACE.
KYLE GAVE UP SOME TRACK POSITION EARLIER ON A PIT STOP BUT THERE
YOU SEE THE SCORING ON KYLE FOR THE DAY.
EDWARDS AND BIFFLE CHANGING 17th PLACE.
AND SO THAT DROPS BIFFLE FIVE POINTS BEHIND THE CUT LINE.
KEVIN HARVICK CATCHING KASEY KAHNE.
>>THAT LOOSE WHEEL COMING BACK TO HAUNT THE 5 TEAM.
THEY GOT THE LAP BACK AND HAD TO START BEHIND ALL THE CARS ON
THAT RESTART. NOW HE’S LOOKING AT THE LEADER
IN HIS REAR VIEW MIRROR AGAIN IN PUT HIM A SECOND LAP DOWN AND
KASEY NOWHERE NEAR CATCHING ARIC ALMIROLA TO BE THE FIRST CAR ONE
LAP DOWN. JUST THE TWO OF THEM ONE LAP
DOWN, KAHNE AND ALMIROLA. GOT TO BE SO IMPRESSED WITH
HARVICK AND THIS TEAM TODAY.>>EVEN WITH THE MECHANICAL
DRAMA THAT THEY’RE SORTING THROUGH ON THAT 4 CAR, HE’S LED
ALL BUT 25 LAPS OF THIS RACE.>>YEAH, IF THEY HAVE A BROKEN
SHOCK LIKE THEY THINK HE DOES, THAT MUST NOT BE PART OF THE
MAGIC SETUP BECAUSE HIS CAR IS TILL PLENTY FAST.
>>HOW MANY TYPES HAVE WE TALKED ABOUT THIS EVEN AFTER WE TOOK
THE SPRINT CUP COVERAGE HARVICK BEING FAST LEADING A LOT OF
LAPS. CAN THEY FINALLY GET THIS THING
BACK TO VICTORY LANE? I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING THAT
THEY NEED TO DO HERE. AND THAT WOULD BE GREAT FOR THEM
TO DO IT HERE TODAY EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE PRETTY MUCH GOING TO
MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE NEXT ROUND, BUT I THINK THAT FOR
THEIR — THEY CAN THEN GO ON TO KANSAS OR ON TO CHARLOTTE AND
MAKE THAT HAPPEN AGAIN, IT WOULD BE MUCH GREATER FOR THIS TEAM.
>>KASEY KAHNE GOES A SECOND LAP DOWN.
KEVIN SAID EARLIER THIS WEEKEND HE SAID I’VE BEEN DOING THIS TOO
LONG TO GET TOO CAUGHT UP IN THIS I THOUGH HOW HARD IT IS TO
WIN. HE SAID I’LL KEEP TAKING TOP
FIVES AND TOP THREES AND THAT WILL KEEP ADVANCING US ON AND IF
WE KEEP DOING THAT THEN THE WHIPS WILL COME OUR WAY.
HE SAID, YEAH, WE’VE HAD SOME RACES THAT WE SHOULD HAVE WON
BUT LOST BUT I ALSO KNOW IF YOU KEEP RUNNING TOP FIVE, TOP THREE
YOU’LL WIN SOME RACES THAT YOU SHOULDN’T.
>>YEAH, THAT’S ABSOLUTELY THE CASE.
I’VE SEEN THAT MYSELF IN MY CAREER.
THERE’S A LOT OF TYPES IT DOESN’T GO YOUR WAY.
WHEN YOU HAVE THE FASTEST CAR AND DAYS YOU WIN ONE YOU
SHOULDN’T. I MEAN IT’S GOING TO WORK OUT.
BUT HOW ABOUT THE OTHER SIDE.>>THE COMPETITION AND THINGS WE
HAVE SEEN HAPPEN WITH THIS 4 CAR BACK EARLIER IN THE YEAR, SEEMS
THEY HAVE THOSE MECHANICAL WOES OUT OF THE WAY BUT GETTING
CAUGHT UP IN SOMETHING OR LOOSE WHEEL THEN YOU’LL NEED A VICTORY
TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN SO HAVE TO BE CAREFUL.
HAVE TO KEEP GOING, WORKING HARD AND STAYING STEADY, DAVE.
>>I CAN’T REMEMBER IF YOU MENTIONED IT.
SO MANY TYPES WE’VE HAD ISSUES BUT IN THE SPRING A LUG NUT
POPPED OFF AND WENT INSIDE THE WHEELING AND KNOCKED THE VALVE
STEM OFF. THAT’S WHAT CAUSED THEM A BAD
DAY THERE BUT RODNEY CHILDERS ON THE LEFT TOLD ME I’VE ALWAYS
BEEN GOOD HERE. EVEN BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN SCOTT
RIGGS DROVE MY CAR OR DAVID REUTIMANN.
WE WERE ALWAYS GOOD TRYING TO FIND 9 SETUP AND IRONICALLY THE
GUY WE WERE ALWAYS RACING WAS KEVIN HARVICK.
BACK IN SEVENTH OR EIGHTH AND GOT IT TURNED AROUND WHERE
RODNEY AND KEVIN’S BEST IS VERY GOOD AT DOVER.
>>KEVIN WAS LEADING WHEN HE HAD THAT FLAT TIRE UNDER GREEN BACK
IN THE JUNE 1st RACE HERE. HE WAS ONLY ABLE TO GET BACK TO
17th BY THE CHECKERED FLAG AND THAT FLAT TIRE HAPPENED BEFORE
HALFWAY IN THE RACE SO TILL A LOT TO BE NEGOTIATED FOR HARVICK
AND ALL THESE OTHER DRIVERS TODAY HERE AT THE MONSTER MILE.
183 LAPS TO GO. AND THERE ARE YOUR TOP FIVE.
>>>JUST WATCHED JEFF GORDON TAKE THIRD POSITION AWAY FROM
JIMMIE JOHNSON AS WE COME BACK LIVE TO THE MONSTER MILE AND
RACE NUMBER THREE IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP, THE
FIRST ELIMINATION RACE FROM THE CHASE, THE CHALLENGER ROUND
COMES TO A CONCLUSION TODAY. THE BOTTOM FOUR DRIVERS IN THE
STANDINGS WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE END OF
THIS ONE. RIGHT NOW, THOSE FOUR DRIVERS
ARE ALLMENDINGER, BIFFLE, KAHNE AND ALMIROLA AS THEY RUN IN THE
TRACK BUT STILL A LOT OF RACING TO GO.
LET’S GET YOU UP TO SPEED ON SOME OF THESE DRIVERS INVOLVED
IN THIS FIGHT FOR THE CUT LINE. UP TO SPEED FOR NATIONWIDE
INSURANCE, WE START WITH JAMIE.>>YOU CAN’T REPEAT THAT ENOUGH
WITH DENNY HAMLIN SAID. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE MOST
IMPORTANT RACE OF MY CAREER. IT IS.
HE WANTS TO MAKE IT ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.
HIS CREW CHIEF DARIAN GRUBB TOLD ME THEY HAVE TO BE IN THE TOP
FIVE, HE THINKS, TO BE OKAY. RIGHT NOW THE CAR IS DECENT BUT
GETTING A LITTLE LOOSE AS HE WAS EARLY ON.
NOW, A FEW SPOTS BEHIND HIM KURT BUSCH, THEY TOLD ME IF THEY CAN
JUST MAKE IT THROUGH TODAY AND MAKE IT INTO THE CONTENDER ROUND
THEIR CHANCES AT THE NEXT THREE RACES ARE MUCH BETTER.
THEY FEEL GREAT ABOUT KANSAS, ONE OF THEIR BEST TRACKS.
RIGHT NOW HE’S SAYING IT’S TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
DOC.>>MAN BACK BEHIND HIM NOW
MOVING ALL THE WAY UP TO 13th SPOT THE 1 CAR OF RYAN NEWMAN.
BOY, WHAT A GREAT JOB. LUKE LAMBERT HAS DONE ADJUSTING
HIS CAR, NEWLIEN SAID WE GOT A RACE CAR, BOYS.
WE’RE MOVING FORWARD RIGHT NOW. WE’RE STUCK IN A LITTLE BIT OF
TRAFFIC TRYING TO GET BY THE 14 OF TONY STEWART.
HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. A LITTLE BIT TIGHT IN THE
MIDDLE, THOUGH. VINCE.
>>THE 99 OF CARL EDWARDS STARTED 18th.
HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO MAKE UP MUCH GROUND TODAY.
BEEN RUNNING AROUND THAT GENERAL AREA UP A COUPLE OF SPOTS RIGHT
NOW IN 16th. THEY FOUGHT LOOSE THE ENTIRE
FIRST HALF OF THE RACE. JIMMY FENNIG MADE MULTIPLE
ADJUSTMENTS. NOW JUST A LITTLE SNUG ACROSS
THE CENTER. AS FOR THE 16 OF GREG BIFFLE,
BIFFLE IS ON THE BOTTOM SIDE OF THAT CUT LINE FOR THE CHASE.
BIFFLE CURRENTLY IN 18th AND THEY JUST HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO
GET A HAM ON THIS CAR TODAY. WAY TOO LOOSE.
HE SAYS, NO GRIP. WE’RE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO HAVING
THE GRIP WE NEED RIGHT NOW. DOC.
>>AND BACK BEHIND HIM I THINK A.J. ALLMENDINGER’S FRUSTRATION
METER IS PEGGED. HE JUST SAID A MOMENT AGO THE
TIRES ARE GONE. THIS IS THE WORST THING I HAVE
DRIVEN IN MY LIFE. END QUOTE.
BRIAN BURNS SAID, HEY, WE’LL MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AND TAKE WEDGE
OUT AND WE’LL GET YOU THERE, BUDDY.
WE’LL MAKE IT BETTER. AND THE 43 CAR OF ARIC ALMIROLA,
THEY HAD TO REPAIR A RIGHT FRONT FENDER LAST TIME, FUEL AND ONE
LAP DOWN, THE CAR HAS GOTTEN BETTER BUT HE NEEDS A BREAK, A
LUCKY DOG BREAK TO GET THAT LAP BACK.
ALLEN.>>UNFORTUNATELY FOR ALMIROLA,
DOC, THE LEADER, KEVIN HARVICK, HAS CAUGHT THE END OF THE FEEL
AND PUT MORE CARS A LAP DOWN SO NOW ALMIROLA FINDS HIMSELF THE
FIFTH CAR A LAP DOWN AND ABOUT TO BE TWO LAPS DOWN AS HARVICK
GETS RIGHT UP BEHIND HIM. CLINT BOWYER TRYING TO GET A
SPOT FROM DENNY HAMLIN. THIS WOULD BE EIGHTH PLACE.
HAMLIN SLIDING BACK A BIT IN THIS RUN OF THE RACE.
>>YEAH, DEFINITELY NOT WHAT THIS TEAM WANTS.
OR NEEDS TO TRY TO STAY INSIDE THAT TOP 12.
THEY’VE GOT A FEW SPOTS THAT ARE A CUSHION.
>>YEAH, ONLY SIX, THOUGH. I MEAN THAT’S — GOT TO THINK
HE’S A LITTLE NERVOUS SLIDING BACKWARDS.
>>ONE POINT FOR POSITION. EVERY SPOT COUNTS.
38 CAR, DAVID GILLILAND PASSING HAMLIN THERE NOT FOR POSITION.
HE’S SIX LAPS DOWN. HAD TAKEN A WAVE-AROUND.
GETTING ON SEQUENCE WITH THE LEADERS EARLIER AND JUST PITTED
UNDER GREEN A LITTLE WHILE AGO.>>THE THING I’M WATCHING WITH
THE 11 CAR, CAN’T REALLY TURN THE CAR IN THE CENTER OF THE
CORNER MAKES ME WONDER IF HE’S GOT THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE MORE
THAN WHAT HE WOULD HIKE TO HAVE WHICH WOULD CREATE AN ISSUE IF
YOU’RE NOT CAREFUL.>>SOMETHING YOU CAN FEEL FROM
BEHIND THE WHEEL.>>YEAH, YOU DEFINITELY CAN.
>>SO MAYBE HAMLIN PLAYING IT A LITTLE CAUTIOUSLY.
NOT THAT FAR FROM ANOTHER ROUND OF PIT STOPS, THE LEADERS WERE
IN AT LAP 172. AROUND 70 TO 75 LAPS, WE’LL SEE
HIM IN ANOTHER 10 TO 15 LAPS ON THE PIT LANE.
NASCAR NONSTOP TODAY FROM DOVER, HARVICK IS THE LEADER.
>>>NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AT DOVER PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL IS
BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE EGE POWER PLUS BLOWER.
POWER BEYOND BELIEF.>>REHOBOTH BEACH, I BELIEVE,
JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, SEASIDE
RESORT COMMUNITY, POPULAR FOR SO MANY IN THIS AREA.
AND NOW AS WE COME BACK LIVE, KASEY KAHNE, DIFFICULT DAY
CONTINUES. THE GREEN FLAG PIT STOP OUT OF
SYNC WITH EVERYONE ELSE EARLIER, PUT HIM TWO LAPS DOWN, NOW HE
STOPS AGAIN UNDER GREEN AND NEEDS FOR THE CYCLE TO GO
THROUGH WITHOUT THE CAUTION FLAG COMING OUT AGAIN OR HE’LL BE
HOPELESSLY TRAPPED FOUR TO FIVE LAPS DOWN.
TOUGH, TOUGH DAY FOR KAHNE WHO EARLIER IN THE RACE WAS RUNNING
UP INSIDE A POSITION TO TRANSFER INTO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE
CHASE.>>YEAH, THE PARTICULAR RUN,
ONLY 12 LAPS OUT OF SEQUENCE, HE WAS MORE THAN LIKE 25 OR 30 IN
THE LAST TIME HE DID THAT.>>A LOOK AT OUR U.S. ARMY LOOK
OF A LEADER.
NO ONE ELSE LOOKS LIKE A LEADER TODAY BUT KEVIN HARVICK, LOOK AT
THAT THE ONLY TWO DRIVERS THAT HAVE LED TODAY.
>>BEEN DOING A LOT OF LEADING RECENTLY.
>>KEVIN HARVICK, YOU MENTIONED, HAS DONE A LOT OF LEADING LATELY
AT THE CHICAGOLAND RACE. HE LED 79 LAPS IN THAT ONE.
THE MOST THAT BRAD KESELOWSKI THREE WIDE MOVE BETWEEN HARVICK
AND KYLE LARSON AND HARVICK WOUND UP FINISHING IN FIFTH IN
THAT ONE. LAST WEEKEND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE,
HARVICK WOUND UP LEADING 104 OF THE 303 LAPS, LOST OUT TO JOEY
LOGANO FOR THE LATE LAPS OF THAT ONE, THE LAST FIVE RACES, KEVIN
HARVICK HAS BEEN THE DRIVER THAT LED THE MOST LAPS.
HE HAS NOT TAKEN HOME THE TROPHY AS THE WINNER.
>>HOPING TO CHANGE THAT TREND IN THESE LAST 154 LAPS.
>>CHANGE THAT LAST COLUMN.>>GET IT DONE TODAY.
HE’S HAD A PRETTY SOLID DAY SO FAR.
COMPLAINED ABOUT IT. THE CAR HAS REALLY BEEN SOLID.
>>JUST SO MUCH RACING TO GO AROUND HERE.
SO MANY THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN.>>PASSING AUSTIN DILLON, THE 3
CAR A LAP DOWN, THE 21st PLACE RUNNER.
JUST JOINING US AND NOT WITH US EARLIER FOUR CAUTION FLAGS IN
THE RACE SO FAR, A COUPLE FOR DEBRIS.
A COUPLE FOR CARS GETTING INTO THE OUTSIDE WALL AND DROPPING
THINGS ON THE RACETRACK. ARIC ALMIROLA HAS BEEN ONE OF
THE STORIES OF THE DAY. STRUGGLING THROUGH THIS ONE ALL
RACE LONG AND NOW HE’S ON THE PIT LANE.
>>CAR IS A LITTLE BIT TIGHT. LAST TIME THEY HAD TO REPAIR THE
RIGHT FRONT FENDER TO GET THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE.
AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. FULL OF SUNOCO FULL.
FOUR TIRES, CLEAN THE GRILL AND HE IS AWAY.
STILL A LAP DOWN THOUGH, GOT TO MAKE IT UP SOMEHOW IN THESE LAST
150 LAPS.>>JEFF GORDON SAYING, HEY,
GUYS, I AM A LITTLE TIGHT ON THE THREE-QUARTER MARK BETWEEN
LAP — TURNS ONE AND TWO. THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE AN AIR
PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT, TALKING ABOUT A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT
GETTING IT FULL OF FUEL.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI STILL HAS HIS
CAR OFF IN TURNS ONE AND TWO, MAINLY LOSING THE NOSE IN THE
CENTER. HE’S GET A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT
FOR THAT. AND ALSO FOUR TIRES AND FULL OF
SUNOCO FUEL. KEVIN HARVICK IS ON PIT ROAD, AS
WELL. THE RACE LEADER BRINGS THE 4 CAR
DOWN TO THE END AND YOU CAN SEE HIM RIGHT THERE PULLING INTO THE
BOTTOM RIGHT OF YOUR SCREEN. IT’S A LITTLE MORE OF TRACK BAR
FOR KEVIN HARVICK, AS WELL. HE HAS TRASH ON THE GRILL TO
START THE RUN. THEY GOT RID OF THAT.
AT THE END OF THE RUN THE CAR BECAME TIGHT THROUGH THE CENTER
OF THE CORNER AND THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE ADJUSTING FOR AND DIDN’T
SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE LEFT FRONT BUT STILL BATTLING A CAR
NOT EXACTLY RIGHT. JOEY LOGANO, POSITIONS MADE EACH
RUN, THREE MORE GAINED ON THIS RUN.
LOOSE ON EXIT WAS HIS COMPLAINT, GOT THE CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT.
FOUR TIRES AND FUEL FOR LOGANO IN THE 22.
>>THE 99 OF CARL EDWARDS COMING TO PIT LANE, EDWARDS HAS BEEN
FIGHTING A LOOSE RACE CAR THROUGHOUT THE MOST OF THE DAY
TODAY. GOING TO MAKE ANOTHER CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENT, FOUR TIRE CHANGE FOR CARL.
CURRENTLY HE IS ONE OF THOSE ABOVE THE CUT LINE FOR THE CHASE
SO HE’S HAD A SOLID DAY, NOT SPECTACULAR BUT HASN’T BEEN ABLE
TO PASS THE WAY HE’D LIKE TO DO IT, DOC.
>>CLINT BOWYER SAYS I’VE GOT A REAL GOOD RACE CAR.
HAD A LITTLE IN THE MIDDLE. PUT SOME TAPE ON.
FREE OFF. MADE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT IN THE
RIGHT REAR. KEVIN GET THE LEFT SIDE JACKED
UP AND NOW HE IS OUT AND AWAY. CURRENTLY ONE MORE TOP FOR
BOWYER IS ALL HE’LL NEED FOR FUEL.
>>AND JAMIE McMURRAY WILL COMPLETE THE FRANTIC FLURRY OF
PIT STOPS. AND KEVIN HARVICK IS OFF THE
PACE IN TURN THREE.>>HOLD YOUR LINE HERE.
>>BACK FRONT TIRE, DOWN ON THE 4 CAR.
>>CAN’T GET YOU DOWN.>>LOOK AT THIS SPLITTER
VIBRATING AROUND.>>BIG MOMENT IN THE RACE,
TROUBLE FOR KEVIN HARVICK AT LAP 252.
>>MIGHT HAVE A CAUTION TOO.>>HOLD YOUR LINE.
>>JUST WEARING THAT SPLITTER COMPLETELY OUT.
>>GOT THREE MORE COMING AND START WORKING DOWN A LITTLE.
COME ON DOWN, COME ON DOWN, COME ON DOWN.
YELLOW IS OUT. YELLOW IS OUT.
>>CAUTION FOR DEBRIS FROM THE 4 CAR.
>>HARVICK DECIDED TO STAY OUT ON THE TRACK THERE.
GOOD CALL.>>YEAH, MAY HAVE SOME PROBLEM,
THOUGH. JUST GRINDING AWAY AT THAT FRONT
SPLITTER.>>I GOT IT IN THIS TIME.
GOT TO PIT THIS TIME.>>I TELL YOU WHY I THOUGHT IT
WAS A GOOD CALL IN A MINUTE. FIRST LET’S GO BACK AND SEE WHAT
HAPPENED TO KEVIN HARVICK LOOKING AHEAD FROM BRAD
KESELOWSKI.>>I SAW HIM COME OFF TURN TWO
AND HAD TO GET ON THE GAS. I DIDN’T KNOW IF IT WAS A
PROBLEM OR WHETHER HE GOT A LITTLE TIGHT.
SEE ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU SEE ALL THIS.
>>SO WHATEVER THE PROBLEM WAS ON THE LEFT FRONT, OBVIOUSLY
FULLY MANIFESTED ITSELF AFTER THE PIT STOP.
>>WELL, MAYBE. I MEAN IT’S HARD TO SAY WHY THAT
TIRE WENT DOWN. I MEAN I’M NOT SURE THAT THE
PROBLEM HE HAD WOULD HAVE CAUSED THE TIRE FAILURE.
THAT HAPPENED REALLY QUICK TOO RIGHT AFTER THE PIT STOP.
>>BUT HERE IS MY THOUGHT. OUT THERE GRINDING AWAY ON THAT
LEFT FRONT ALREADY FOR SO LONG. SAVED A COUPLE OF LAPS HE MIGHT
HAVE LOST WHILE THE FIELD GOT GATHERED UP BY THE PACE CAR AND
SLOWED DOWN. ALREADY TORN IT UP ANYWAY.
>>YEAH, I THINK YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT.
TRIED TO ADDRESS THAT AND SEE WHAT THEY CAN THINK.
HOW MUCH MORE DAMAGE HAS IT DONE.
DAVE?>>D.J., THEY’VE BEEN TRYING TO
LOOK UNDERNEATH ON THEIR PIT STOPS.
THE CAMERA ON HIS HELMET FOR THE TEAM BUT IT GOES BY SO QUICKLY
THEY’RE VERY RARELY ABLE TO SEE ANYTHING THAT WILL HELP THEM OUT
IN TERMS OF WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE THERE.
BUT OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING AS ALLEN SAID FINALLY GAVE LOOSE THERE.
REMEMBER, KEVIN DESCRIBED IT. THOUGHT IT WAS MAYBE A SHOCK
ABSORBER BROKEN OR BUMP STOP THAT HAS GONE BAD.
BUT THEY’RE GOING TO CHANGE IT AND GET BACK OUT ON THE TRACK.
>>SEND HIM OUT BEFORE THE PACE CAR COMES BY.
TRY AND KEEP HILL ON THE LEAD LAP.
BRING HIM BACK AROUND AGAIN. KEVIN IS STILL ON THE LEAD LAP
FOR THE MOMENT. WE’LL SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT.
>>>SO KEVIN HARVICK WHO’S DOMINATED TODAY A RACE HERE AT
THE MONSTER MILE IN DOVER RUNS INTO TROUBLE INSIDE THE FINAL
150 MILES OF THIS ONE. EERILY SIMILAR TO THE PROBLEMS
THAT HE HAD IN THE JUNE 1st RACE HERE WHEN HARVICK LEADING AT THE
TIME AT LAP 166 SLOWS WITH TROUBLES ON HIS RIGHT FRONT.
AT THE TIME HE HAD TO PIT UNDER THE GREEN FLAG.
HE COULD ONLY COME BACK TO 17th. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEADING THE
RACE AND WHERE HE FINISHED, 20 POINTS THAT DAY.
NOW TODAY HERE IN DOVER, AT LAP 253 HARVICK HAVING TROUBLES THIS
TIME DOWN IN THE RIGHT FRONT BUT ON THE LEFT FRONT, DAVE.
>>AND INSIDE THE TIRE YOU CAN SEE — HOPEFULLY YOU CAN SEE
DOWN THERE, THERE’S A HOLE WHERE THERE USED TO BE A VALVE STEM.
REMEMBER TO AN INNER LINER FOR SAFETY, YOU GOT TO GET AIR TO
THAT. THERE’SEN OUTER ONE, THE LITTLE
YELLOW KNOB THERE AS THE OUTER AS WELL BUT KNOCKED OFF JUST
LIKE IT DID IN THE SPRING AND HEAR THE TEAM TALKING ABOUT IT.
>>SOMETHING HAD TO CUT THAT TIRE, DON’T YOU THINK?
>>LEFT FRONT INNER VALVE STEM IS KNOCKED OUT OF IT.
>>TWO TIMES HERE.>>YEAH, I DON’T GET IT.
>>NOW, THEY REPAIRED THE LEFT FRONT OF THE SPLITTER, SENT
KEVIN BACK OUT THERE AND ASKED HIM HOW IT FELL.
HE SAID IT’S HARD TO TELL. THEY THOUGHT IT LOOKED GOOD FROM
UP ABOVE BUT WE’LL SEE HOW KEVIN FARES THE LATTER PART OF THE
RACE.>>I TALKED TO RODNEY CHILDRESS
ABOUT THAT PROBLEM THEY HAD AND THAT VALVE TEM THEY BROKE AND
THEY SAID IT WAS A LUG NUT THAT GOT CAUGHT UP INSIDE AFTER A PIT
STOP THAT KNOCKED IT OUT. GOT CAUGHT BETWEEN THE CALIPER
AND THE VALVE TEM AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM IN THE
EARLIER RACE THIS YEAR.>>IT IS WEIRD THEY HAD THAT
SAME THING HAPPEN TWICE. IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU SEE
OFTEN.>>AND JUST AFTER A PIT STOP
HERE.>>YEAH.
>>THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT HAPPENED.
I MEAN ONE OF THESE LUG NEWS GOT UP BEHIND THE WHEEL UP IN THAT
INNER PART THEN IT ROTATES AROUND AND STAYS THERE FOR A
REVOLUTION AND THEN HIS THE CALIPER.
>>SEEING THE LEFT FRONT TIRE CHANGE.
>>I TELL YOU WHAT I SAW RIGHT THERE, IT LOOKED TO ME LIKE HE
MAY HAVE ACTUALLY MISSED THE LUG NUT ON THAT LAST ONE.
AND HIT THAT. THAT’S WHAT IT KIND OF LOOKED
LIKE FROM THAT ANGLE.>>SO KEVIN NOW WITH HIS FOURTH
PIT STOP, I BELIEVE, UNDER THIS YELLOW FLAG AND STILL STAYING ON
THE LEAD LAP AS HE COMES BACK OUT ONTO THE RACETRACK.
>>YEAH, LOOK AT THAT AGAIN. IT LOOKED LIKE YOU SEE HITTING
THE LUG NUTS, THE JACK COMING DOWN AND SEE IT MISSING THE LUG
NUTS ON THAT TRANSITION. THE END OF THAT SOCKET SHOULD
HAVE HIT THAT VALVE STEM AND I WOULD ALMOST BET THAT’S WHAT
HAPPENED.>>TALKED ABOUT EARLIER THE
TRACK, COMPETITION AND FATE. A LITTLE BAD LUCK THERE ON THE
PART OF KEVIN HARVICK AND HIS TEAM.
>>YEAH, I THINK THEY STILL — THIS DAY NOW, THE 4, THEY HAVE
TO GET THE OKAY, LET’S MAKE A SOLID DAY OF THIS AND MAKE SURE
WE DON’T –>>I THINK THEY’LL BE FINE.
I THINK THEY HAD JUST ENOUGH CUSHION TO GET WITHOUT A
DISASTROUS FINISH THEY’LL CONTINUE ON.
>>HARVICK BACK IN 21st PLACE. BRAD KESELOWSKI THE LEADER IN
THE 2 WITH JEFF GORDON WHO INSIDE OF THE BY THE WAY, THE
CAUTION A HUGE BREAK FOR KASEY KAHNE WHO GOT BACK TO ONE LAP
DOWN THROUGH THE PSYCH OF THE GREEN FLAG PIT STOPS.
>>KYLE BUSCH LOOKING FOR SECOND PLACE.
>>AND KYLE LARSON NOW UP INTO THE TOP FIVE ALSO.
THAT 42 CAR SLID WAY BACKWARDS IN THE EARLY PART OF THE RACE
BUT MADE SOME NICE ADJUSTMENTS ON IT BECAUSE LARSON HAS
STEADILY DRIVEN HIS WAY BACK TO THE FRONT.
>>HE WAS TERRIBLE IN THE FIRST RUN AND CREW MADE A BIG GOOD
STOP AND MADE SOME CHANGES AND REALLY KEPT HIM IN THIS AND MADE
SOME REALLY GOOD STOPS TODAY.>>AND IF WE GET THE LATE
RESTART JEFF GORDON IN THAT INSIDE LANE, FIRST OR SECOND
ROW, HAS NOT FARED VERY WELL TODAY.
>>THAT’S JUST BEEN SO DIFFICULT TO GET YOUR CAR UP TO SPEED.
WE TALK ABOUT IT WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT HERE WHERE THE TRACK IS
BANKED 90 DEGREES OF BANKING MAKES IT DIFFICULT ESPECIALLY
WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN A CONTROLLED CAR.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI TAKES OVER THE LEAD.
EARLIER IN THE RACE AND HARVICK FELT LIKE HE HAD A SUSPENSION
PROBLEM. KESELOWSKI GOT OUT FRONT, LED
FOR 25 LAPS. NOW WITH HARVICK WAY BACK IN
TRAFFIC, KESELOWSKI OPENS UP A GAP ON NOW SECOND PLACE RUNNER,
KYLE BUSCH.>>EVERYBODY STILL HAS TO BE
NERVOUS ABOUT THEIR SPOT OUT HERE.
THERE ARE ONLY TWO CARS OUT OF THIS RACE RIGHT NOW.
ANY PROBLEMS YOU MAY HAVE COULD BE DISASTER FOR YOU.
>>JOSH WISE AND TIMMY HILL, THE TWO CARS RETIRED FROM THE RACE.
>>DENNY HAMLIN, ONLY TEN POINTS TO THE GOOD AND RUNNING FAST.
HAVING A PRETTY GOOD DAY.>>KURT BUSCH, 41, AND MARTIN
TRUEX JR., 78. TRUEX HAS FINISHED WELL THE LAST
COUPLE OF WEEKS FOR HAVING TO COME BACK IN BOTH OF THESE LAST
TWO RACES FROM TWO LAPS DOWN. NO SUCH DIFFICULTIES TODAY
THOUGH WE HAVEN’T SEEN HIM UP IN THE TOP TEN YET IN THE RACE.
HE’S A LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO IT NOW.
>>KURT BUSCH RIGHT THERE IS INSIDE.
HE’S THAT 12th DRIVER AND NEEDS TO HOLD OFF ASAS HE CAN.
DOESN’T WANT TO LOSE ANY MORE SPOTS.
>>HIS RELATIVE POSITION TO A.J. ALLMENDINGER, THE IMPORTANT ONE
NOW, KURT IS ON THE LEAD LAP IN 12th.
ALLMENDINGER IS A LAP DOWN IN 23rd.
AND A.J. CAN ONLY MOVE UP ONE MORE SPOT IF HE PASSES JAMIE
McMURRAY IN THE 1 OF CARS A LAP DOWN.
BUT HE’S GOT TO CATCH McMURRAY TO GET IN POSITION TO GET A FREE
PASS. I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, A.J.
TALKED ABOUT HERE THIS WEEKEND THAT, LOOK, THEY WERE THE
CINDERELLAS, THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO GO VERY FAR IN THIS
AND SO ON BUT YOU KNOW AS DIFFICULT A DAY AS THEY’VE HAD
TODAY THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY IF THEY MISS IT BY JUST A
FEW POINTS.>>NO, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE.
WITH THE OPPORTUNITY RIGHT THERE STARING THEM IN THE FACE WITH A
GOOD SOLID EFFORT HERE AND THEY’VE HAD THOSE A NUMBER OF
TIMES THAT THEY COULD HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY MOVING ON TO THE NEXT
ROUND. JUST A RACE CAR THAT’S BEEN A
HANDFUL. SHOWN THE IN-CAR CAMERA OF A.J.,
HE IS WORKING HARDER THAN YOU HAVE — SHOULD HAVE TO WORK
INSIDE THERE.>>I THINK WE’VE MADE THIS THING
ANY BETTER FOR A.J. PASSED SOME CARS BUT HAVING TO
WORK THE THROTTLE AND NOT THAT MANY LAPS ON THE TIRES.
THAT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE AS YOU GO ON.
>>THIS IS A TOUGH RACETRACK, I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT IT’S LIKE FOR
A.J. TODAY.>>31, RYAN NEWMAN, 15, CLINT
BOWYER. NEWMAN IN NINTH PLACE IN THE
RACE. YOU SEE A NINTH PLACE IN THE
CHASE STANDINGS IN POSITION TO ADVANCE FOR THE MOMENT.
NOT COMFORTABLY IN NINTH.>>I TALKED TO LUKE LAMBERT THIS
MORNING ABOUT THIS 31 CAR IN PARTICULAR AND SAID A SOLID DAY.
AN THE TOP TEN THAT TREES THEIR OWN DESTINY AND DIDN’T HAVE A
CAR AT ALL TO EVEN RUN IN THE TOP TEN HE SAID BUT MADE A TON
OF CHANGES LAST NIGHT WITH SOME THINGS THAT THEY USED LAST RACE,
SAID THAT THEY HAD SOME THINGS, NEW THINGS THEY THOUGHT WOULD BE
BETTER. THEY DIDN’T WORK OUT IN PRACTICE
AND WENT BACK TO OTHER STUFF AND LOOKS LIKE IT’S WORKING,
CERTAINLY WORKING HERE TODAY AND THINK BACK TO CHICAGO WHERE THEY
HAD A FLAT TIRE THAT KNOCKED THE INNER PANELS OUT AND GOT DOWN AT
LEAST A LAP AND THEN WERE ABLE TO COME BACK AND MAKE A DECENT
DAY OUT OF THAT SO THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE THAT PROPELLED
THEM RIGHT OVER HERE HAVING A SOLID DAY THAT COULD GET THEM
THROUGH.>>SO NEWMAN IN NINTH BEHIND
SECOND PLACE JEFF GORDON NOW THAT HE PASSES KYLE BUSCH FOR
THAT SPOT. BOTH OF THEM TRAILING RACE
LEADER BRAD KESELOWSKI. KEVIN HARVICK NOW RUNNING 20th.
A MIDRACE TWIST OF PLOT HERE AT THE MONSTER MILE IN DOVER.
>>>WELCOME BACK TO DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, THE
MONSTER MILE. REALLY HAS BEEN A MONITOR
WEEKEND AS WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ELIMINATION RACE OR
ELIMINATION RACE NUMBER ONE IN THE CHASE.
LET’S CATCH YOU UP WITH WHAT HAPPENED SO PAR WITH THE 5-HOUR
ENERGY WRAP. MISTAKES PUNCTUATED AND THEY’VE
HAD ONE TODAY.>>KASEY KAHNE CAUGHT US OFF
GUARD WHEN HE HIT PIT ROAD UNEXPECTEDLY RIGHT HERE WITH
LOOSE LUG NUTS. ANOTHER CREW MISTAKE.
WE TALKED ABOUT MISTAKES IN THE RACE.
THIS IS A MAJOR MISTAKE FOR KASEY KAHNE.
HE’S WAY DOWN NOW. HE’S ONE LAP DOWN, HE WAS AT ONE
TIME FOUR LAPS DOWN. HE CAN RECOVER BUT THIS IS A BIG
MISTAKE.>>CURRENTLY AS THEY RUN OUTSIDE
LOOKING IN, KEVIN HARVICK HAS BEEN THE LAST OF THE FIELD.
MORE THAN 230 LAPS TODAY BUT HAD AN ISSUE AS WELL.
>>HE’S LED SO MANY RACES AND DOMINATED BUT NOT BEEN ABLE TO
GET THE CHECKERED FLAG. 243 LAPS, HAD A LEFT FRONT TIRE
GO DOWN. LOOKS LIKE THE INNER VALVE STEM
WAS KNOCKED OUT WHEN PUTTING ON A LEFT FRONT TIRE.
THAT’S JUST EXTREMELY BAD LUCK.>>BAD LUCK BUT ONE THING I’M
WATCHING IS THE SHOCK ISSUE ON THE LEFT THAT KEVIN HAS BEEN
COMPLAINING ABOUT, A LOT OF MOVE UP UP AND DOWN.
I’VE HAD MOVEMENT IN THE PAST AT THIS RACETRACK AND IT’S BLOWN A
TIRE OUT.>>WOW.
>>SO WITHOUT THE VALVE STEM GETTING KNOCKED OUT BY THE TIRE
CHANGER WHICH WE SAW A LITTLE WHILE AGO WHEN THE SOCKET
ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH THE WHEEL. HE COULD HAVE ANOTHER PROBLEM
WITH SO MUCH MOVEMENT IN THE FRONT END.
>>HE HAS REGAINED A FEW SPOTS, STARTED 21st.
BACK UP NOW TO JUST 19th. CAUTION IN THIS RACE.
CURRENTLY AT FIVE. IN THE FIRST TWO CHASE RACES
AFTER HALFWAY, 81% OF THE CAUTIONS HAVE COME AT THIS POINT
IN THE RACE. YOU EXPECT THE INTENSITY TO PICK
UP A NOTCH.>>YEAH, I REALLY DO, NICOLE.
I THINK THE INTENSITY IS REALLY GOING TO KICK UP BIG TIME.
THIS — ALL THESE GUYS ARE DUE BACK IN AT LAP 328 FOR FUEL.
THEY CAN MAKE IT FROM THERE ON TILL THE END OF THE RACE WITHOUT
FUEL BUT AT THAT POINT I REALLY EXPECT A LOT OF INTENSITY TO
PICK UP, A LOT OF NERVOUS DRIVERS, A LOT OF RADIO CHATTER
ABOUT, HEY, YOU’RE MISSING THE CHASE BY TWO OR THREE POINTS,
YOU GOT TO PICK IT UP MUCH THERE’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF
ANXIETY KICKING IN WITH ABOUT 80 LAPS TO GO IN MY OPINION.
>>YEAH, IT’S GETTING TO BE CRUNCH TIME.
I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE IN EX-RESTART, HOLD ON TO YOUR
POPCORN.>>IT WILL BE GOOD.
ALLEN.>>ALL RIGHT, NICOLE, WATCHING
JEFF GORDON CLOSE IN ON BRAD KESELOWSKI FOR THE RACE LEAD.
GORDON HAS HAD AN AWFULLY GOOD CAR, HAS YET TO LEAD A LAP
THOUGH.>>WE’VE SEEN HIM BE REALLY,
REALLY GOOD ON THESE LONG RUN SITUATIONS.
>>MAYBE THE BEST CAR, HARD TO SAY HE WAS BETTER THAN THE 4 CAR
WHEN HE WAS OUT FRONT BUT BEEN VERY, VERY SOLID ALL DAY.
JUST THE RESTARTS HAVE BEEN THE DIFFICULTY.
>>UPDATE ON THE FOUR-TIME CHAMP FROM DOC.
>>YEAH, THEY TOLD JEFF GORDON EARLY IN THE RACE AFTER A LONG
RUN HE SAID THE 2 CAR AROUND LAP 50 OR 55 IN THE RUN WILL START
BACKING UP. HE IS STARTING TO BACK UP RIGHT
NOW. YOU BE SMOOTH AND HE’LL BACK UP
TO YOU AND YOU GO BY. ABOUT TEN LAPS FROM NOW WILL BE
55 AND LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE PRETTY TRUE TO HAIR WORD, BACK IT UP
AND THE 24 IS GOING FORWARD.>>CERTAINLY NOT HELPING THE
RACE LEADER, KESELOWSKI, THAT HE’S BEEN IN SO MUCH HEAVY LAP
TRAFFIC LATELY.>>GET THE CARS OUT OF THE WAY.
>>THAT’S SO FRUSTRATING AS A DRIVER.
BIG CARS ALL DAY LONG HAVE BEEN ALL AROUND THIS RACETRACK.
WE’VE SEEN IT HAPPEN AND WITH 41 CARS TILL OUT THERE RUNNING,
MAKES DIFFICULT ON THIS PLACE AND YOU’RE ASKING YOUR SPOTTER
HELP TRY TO GET SOME OF THESE CARS TO GET OUT OF THE WAY, GET
OUT OF HIS GROOVE AND HELP HIM OUT JUST A LITTLE BIT.
>>THAT WASN’T ONE OF THE QUESTIONS YOU ASKED HIM IN YOUR
20 QUESTION, WAS IT?>>NO, WE’LL GET THAT NEXT TIME
IN YEAH. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT LAP CARS?
>>YEAH.>>SO BRAD AND JEFF HAVE PUT A
BIT OF A GAP ON THE CLOSEST. CHASE PICTURE, KASEY KAHNE
TRYING TO RUN DOWN JAMIE McMURRAY TO BECOME THE FIRST CAR
ONE LAP DOWN ONLY PROBLEM WITH THAT IS KESELOWSKI IS ABOUT TO
CATCH AUSTIN DILLON WHICH WOULD THEN MAKE DILLON THE FIRST CAR
ONE LAP DOWN. THERE’S AUSTIN, SECOND CAR AHEAD
OF THE RACE LEADER IN THAT NUMBER 3.
SHADE OVER A QUARTER OF THE RACE LEFT TO RUN AT THE MONSTER MILE.
BRAD KESELOWSKI HAS RUN MORE RACES THAN ANYONE IN SEASON.
CAN HE ADD ANOTHER TROPHY TO HIS COLLECTION TODAY?
>>>THREE-QUARTERS OF THE WAY HOME AND 100 MILES TO GO IN THE
AAA 400 AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY.
REMINDER GO TO NASCAR.COM FOR ALL OF YOUR LATEST NASCAR
INFORMATION. THERE’S THE RACE FOR THE LEAD.
BRAD KESELOWSKI, TWO, JEFF GORDON, 24 AS YOU LOOK DOWN AT
THE MONSTER MILE FROM OUR AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR.
EVERYTHING THEY LEARN INSPIRE WHAT IS ROLLS INTO YOURS.
GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
GORDON HAD A GOOD LOOK AT THE BACK BUMPER OF KESELOWSKI THERE.
>>NOTHING IN THE CENTER, THE 24.
>>BRAD’S GOOD AT GETTING HIS CAR OFF THE CORNER.
BUT JEFF MAY HAVE CHANGED HIS LINE A LITTLE DOWN THERE.
YOU SEE THE 2 WITH A LITTLE WIGGLE RIGHT THERE.
>>WHOA. THAT WAS CLOSE.
>>WHICH WAY BRAD DECIDES TO GO. GORDON HAS RUN THE HIGH LINE.
GOT A HUGE RUN OFF TURN FOUR. JUST LIKE THIS.
I CAN TELL, JEFF LOOKS LIKE HIS CAR IS GOOD ON THE BOWL OF ONE
AND TWO. HE A LITTLE BETTER RIGHT IN THE
CENTER OF THE CORNER NOT
TRYING TO GET TOO HIGH IN THREE AND
FOUR. SEE WHAT HE TRIES THIS TIME.
>>HE GETS A BIG RUN SEE HOW QUICKLY HE GETS BACK TO THE
THROTTLE.>>IF HE CAN LOOSEN HIM UP.
>>ALL OVER YOUR BUMPER HERE.>>LAP CAR HERE.
THAT WOULD BE WHERE TO GO.>>THERE’S —
? HOW ABOUT THAT.
THAT WAS WHAT HE WAS WANTING.>>OUTSIDE.
OUTSIDE.>>THREE BEHIND HIM.
>>BRAD PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT. I THINK THE 24 IS GOING TO WIN
THIS ONE.>>FIRST LAP LED ALL DAY FOR
JEFF GORDON.>>NO PARTY WHAT WE SEE THIS
RACE WINDS DOWN, IS IT GOING TO BE A FULL RUN ON TIRE THEN THAT
GIVES THE ADVANTAGE TO THE 4 UNLESS THEY CAN ADJUST THIS 2
CAR MORE. IF WE HAVE A SHORTER 40, 50-LAP
RUN –>>THE TIRES.
>>THERE YOU GO.>>ALL RIGHT.
SO JEFF GORDON OUT IN FRONT. LET’S UPDATE THE BUBBLE
POSITION. KURT BUSCH WAS JUST OVERTAKEN BY
CARL EDWARDS ON THE RACETRACK. CARL UP TO 12th.
KURT BACK TO 13th. THAT PUTS KURT ON THE BUBBLE ONE
POINT, ONE POSITION ON THE RACETRACK TO THE GOOD AHEAD OF
KASEY KAHNE WHO JUST PASSED JAMIE McMURRAY TO PICK UP ONE
SPOT THOUGH KASEY IS STILL A LAP DOWN IN 2nd PLACE AND THE SECOND
CAR ONE LAP DOWN, AUSTIN DILLON IS NOW THE FIRST CAR A LAP IN
ARREARS AND THE NEXT CAR THAT KAEPERNICK MIGHT BE ABLE TO PASS
FOR A POINT OR 0 A POSITION.>>THE PROBLEM THAT KURT BUSCH
WILL PROBABLY HAVE BEFORE THIS RACE IS OVER IS KEVIN HARVICK
MOVING BACK FORWARD AND THAT COULD MOVE KURT BACK ONE MORE
SPOT.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON, KYLE BUSCH,
THIRD PLACE AT STAKE HERE. 18 AND 48 INTO LAP TRAFFIC
THEMSELVES.>>WE SEE HOW THE TRACK IS
SHADED AND GOT SOME CLOUD COVER. I WAS WONDERING WHO IT MIGHT
FAVOR. YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THAT CHANGES
THE CONDITIONS A LITTLE BIT AND LOOKS LIKE MAYBE IT FAVORED
JIMMIE JOHNSON’S CAR A LITTLE. CERTAINLY BEEN MOVING FORWARD A
LITTLE BIT MORE. LOOKS LIKE HE HAD STALLED OUT
RIGHT THERE AND WASN’T DAYING ANYTHING BUT NOW TAKES THAT
THIRD SPOT AWAY FROM KYLE BUSCH. BUT IT DOES, WHEN IT GETS
SHADED, THE SUN NOT BAKING DOWN IT CHANGES THIS RUBBER THE WAY
THAT IT AFFECTS THE CARS AND THE WAY THE TIRES STICK TO THE
RACETRACK.>>JIMMIE UP TO THE THIRD
POSITION, VINCE.>>YOU KNOW, THEY’VE BEEN ALL
AROUND THE SWEET SPOT TODAY BUT JUST HAVEN’T HIT IT.
AT TIMES THE CAR HAD TO DRIVE, AT TIMES IT’S BEEN A LITTLE TOO
FREE. CHAD KNAUS JUST A FEW MOMENTS
AGO REMINDED JIMMIE THEY HAVEN’T LED HE LAP, REMINDED JIMMIE OF
THE BIG PICTURE, WE JUST NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE WITH A GOOD
SOLID FINISH AND MOVE TO THE NEXT ROUND.
YOU BETTER BELIEVE JIMMIE JOHNSON WANTS TO GO TO VICTORY
LANE FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT TIME HERE AT DOVER.
>>SO LET ME ASK YOU THIS, IF JIMMIE JOHNSON GETS OUT OF HERE
AND DOESN’T LEAD A LAP AND DOESN’T WIN THIS RACE, HOW ARE
YOU GOING TO FEEL ABOUT HIS CHAMPIONSHIP CHANCES WHEN WE GO
ON TO THE NEXT ROUND, KANSAS AND CHARLOTTE AND SO ON?
>>I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS RACE.
THIS IS TO MAKE THAT JUDGMENT. I HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE
ALREADY WRITTEN THE TEAM OFF. I’M NOT ONE OF THEM, HAVEN’T
BEEN. I WANT TO SEE HOW THIS ONE GOES
AND STILL SOME LAPS LEFT. HE CAN STILL WIN THIS THING AND
EVERYBODY IS GOING TO BE TIGHT ANYWAY NEXT WEEK SO IT’S NOT
ANYTHING THAT CAN CARRY OVER BUT I REALLY DO BELIEVE THEY NEED TO
MAKE A STATEMENT IF THEY’RE REALLY GOING TO BE CONSIDERED A
CONTENDER TO GO TO THE FINAL RACE, THEY NEED TO WIN A RACE.
AT DOVER ESPECIALLY.>>YEAH, I REALLY — I BET FOR A
NUMBER OF WEEKS I BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN LACKING SPEED.
BUT AFTER A CONVERSATION I HAD WITH JIMMIE IN THE GARAGE AREA
BEFORE PRACTICE STARTED AND GETTING HIS VIEWS ON JUST MAKING
IT THROUGH THIS, THAT WE WEREN’T GOING TO SEE THE NORMAL JIMMIE
JOHNSON ATTACKING THIS RACETRACK LIKE WE HAD SEEN.
HE UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS AND THIS REALLY AT THIS
TIME OF YEAR IS ABOUT WINNING THIS CHAMPIONSHIP.
MOVING YOURSELF ON THROUGH AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU HAVE TO
DO AND THAT’S THE MIND-SET THEY HAVE.
>>SO JIMMIE RUNNING THIRD AND RIGHT NOW 44 POINT AS HEAD OF
THE CUT LINE WHERE THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS CONCERNED AT THE
END OF THE DAY. JEFF GORDON LEADS, BRAD
KESELOWSKI HAS FALLEN A SECOND AND A HALF OFF HIS BACK BUMPER.
86 LAPS TO GO.>>>REALLY INTERESTING SITUATION
UNFOLDING WHERE THAT CUTOFF LINE IS CONCERNED AND THIS
ELIMINATION RACE AND THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP AS
WE’RE INSIDE THE FINAL 80 LAP, JEFF GORDON COME UP ON GREG
BIFFLE TO PUT HIM A LAP DOWN WHILE BIFFLE SLIDES BACK INTO
GORDON’S CLUTCH, KURT BUSCH CONTINUES TO LOSE POSITIONS, THE
27 OF PAUL MENARD HAS JUST PASSED BUY KURT BUSCH SO PUTS
KURT OUTSIDE THE CUT LINE, KASEY KAHNE 22nd AND A LAP DOWN WAS IN
BY ONE POSITION AND A.J. ALLMENDINGER IS TWO POSITIONS
BEHIND KAHNE ON THE RACETRACK. ALSO A LAP DOWN.
>>OH, AND BY THE WAY, GOT A ROUND OF GREEN FLAG PIT STOPS
COMING UP IF WE DON’T SEE THE YELLOW SOON.
>>YEAH, THAT CAN CERTAINLY CHANGE EVERYTHING.
>>UPDATE ON KURT BUSCH FROM JAMIE.
>>THINGS JUST CONTINUE TO GET WORSE.
THEY PICK UP THAT LAST STOP AND BUSCH SAID I AM SO TIGHT.
FIGURE OUT WHY I’M SO TIGHT. NOW HE’S SAYING HE’S AFRAID HE’S
GOING TO BLOW A RIGHT FRONT SO HAPPENING ON FOR DEAR LIFE
HOPING TO MAKE IT TO THE NEXT TOP TO FREE HIM UP.
>>THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK AT NEW HAMPSHIRE.
LOST THE RIGHT FRONT, CRASHED HARD AND HAD A TERRIBLE POSITION
AND PUT HIM ON BUBBLE WATCH TODAY.
>>EXCUSE ME, ONE OF THE HARDEST FACTS ON THE RIGHT FRONT THAT
YOU’LL SEE. I UNDERSTAND WHY HE WANTS TO
TAKE CARE OF IT TO MAKE IT TO THE GREEN FLAG STOP.
>>THE DRIVER’S WORST NIGHTMARE GET THAT SO TIGHT YOU COULD GO
AT THE FIRST BUT YOU’RE GOING TO PAY THE PRICE AT THE END.
YOU CAN SEE HIM SLOWING DOWN IN THE CENTER OF THE CORNER HAVING
TO TURN THAT MORE AND MORE AND RAISE ANOTHER SPOT AS KEVIN
HARVICK IS COMING UP TO HIS BACK BUMPER.
>>MATT KENSETH, KYLE BUSCH, FIFTH PLACE HERE.
KENSETH RIGHT NOW SHOWING 20 POINT TO THE GOOD AND THE GREEN
FLAG PIT WINDOW IS OPEN. DOC.
>>SHOULD BE THE FINAL PIT STOP FOR RYAN NEWMAN.
FOUR TIRES, A LITTLE BIT TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE BUT THE CAR HAS
GOTTEN SO MUCH BETTER THAN IT WAS’S BEGINNING OF THE RACE.
NEWMAN LIKED WHAT HE GOT. GREAT STOP, 12.4 SECONDS.
>>BUT THAT NERVOUS TIME UNTIL EVERYBODY HAS BEEN IN FOR THE
GREEN FLAG TOP FOR NEWMAN AND HIS TEAM.
HERE’S KURT BUSCH IN. JAMIE.
>>KYLE, RIGHT NOW HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT THAT TIRE.
FOUR TIRES HERE AND AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT TO HELP HIM AND A
WEDGE ADJUSTMENT. THEY NEED TO FREE HIM UP SO HE
CAN MOVE FORWARD AND GAIN A FEW POSITIONS HERE.
MEAN WHOOI, KYLE LARSON WORKED HIS WAY UP INTO THE TOP FIVE
DOING A NICE JOB, FOUR TIRES, AIR PRESSURE AND A TRACK BAR E
THEY’VE BEEN WORKING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ALL RACE LONG,
NICE JOB FOR THE YOUNG GUY. DOC.
>>CLINT BOWYER SAID HIS IS TIGHT AND WON’T TURN AT ALL.
FOUR TIRES, AIR PRESSURE, WE’VE GOT A TOP TEN CAR, GET IT TO
TURN JAMIE.>>DENNY HAMLIN AND THE 11,
THEY’VE BEEN WORKING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION GOING TIGHT TO
LOOSE AND FUEL IN THE CAR, GREAT STOP.
TOOK A LITTLE BIT LONGER THIS TIME BUT GETTING THE JOB DONE
TODAY FOR DENNY HAMLIN.>>RACE LEADER JEFF GORDON IS
IN. DOC.
>>GOING TO BE FOUR TIRES, STARTED TO GET TIGHT IN THE
MIDDLE, GOT PRETTY TIGHT IN TRAFFIC AROUND THE 2 CAR.
SO FAR NO CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT, GOING TO BE FOUR TIRES GET IT
COMPLETELY FULL OF SUNOCO FUEL AND AWAY.
VINCE.>>THE 48 OF JIMMIE JOHNSON,
STILL TOO LOOSE, CHAD KNAUS GOING TO TAKE A BIGGER SWING AT
IT THIS TIME. CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT, FOUR TIRES,
SUNOCO FUEL FOR THE 48 AND HAPPENING AROUND THE TOP FIVE
ALL DAY. DAVE.
>>WE’VE GOT TO GET IT SO I DON’T LOSE THE NOSE AT THE END
OF THE RUN, ADJUSTMENT FOR THAT. THEY DID SAY WE DON’T WANT TO
GET IT TOO FREE ENTERING THE CORNER.
SEE HOW THEY GOT THE BALANCE IN THE 2 CAR.
TEAM PENSKE AT THE SAME TIME.>>KYLE BUSCH, CAR STILL TOO
TIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE. THEY’VE BEEN FIGHTING THE HANDLE
ON IT MOST OF THE AFTERNOON. THEY LOST SEVERAL PIT STOPS
ON — PIT POSITIONS DURING ONE PARTICULAR STOP WHEN HE SLID
THROUGH THE BACK. CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT AND FOUR
TIRES. DAVE.
>>KEVIN HARVICK SUCKING IN ALL THAT DIRTY AIR.
ONLY GOT THREE POSITIONS DURING THAT RUN.
SAID THE CAR WAS VERY, VERY TIGHT.
HE’LL GET A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT, FOUR TIRES AND FUEL.
VINCE.>>THE 99 OF CARL EDWARDS,
REMEMBER, HE’S ONE OF THOSE TRYING TO STAY ABOVE THAT CUT
LINE AND BEEN FIGHTING THE HANDLE.
A LITTLE LOOSE IN AND LOOSE OFF THE LAST COUPLE OF RUNS, FOUR
TIRES AND FUEL. SLIGHT AIR PRESSURE ANGELIQUE
FOR CARL EDWARDS TRYING TO GET HIM A LITTLE MORE GRIP.
DOC.>>AIR PRESSURE OUT OF THE RIGHT
FRONT AND DROP THAT TRACK BAR. WE GOT TO BE BETTER THAN WE ARE.
WE’RE GETTING CLOSER BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH, 13.3 FOR
ALLMENDINGER.>>THEY HUNG OUT THERE WITH
ALLMENDINGER TRYING TO SEE IF A CAUTION MIGHT FALL AND HELP HIM
OUT AS LONG AS THEY COULD. THE OTHER GUYS ON FRESHER TIRES
FOR A COUPLE LAPS, SEE IF IT HURTS HIM SIGNIFICANTLY.
JAMIE McMURRAY FINISHING UP THE CYCLE OF PIT STOPS AND JEFF
GORDON GOES BACK TO THE RACE LEAD.
SO GORDON, KESELOWSKI. THEN LARSON, JOHNSON AND LOGANO
WILL BE THE TOP FIVE AFTER THE PIT STOPS.
>>CAN WE MAKE IT FROM HERE?>>YEAH, TEN-FOUR, WE CAN MAKE
IT.>>DRIVER WANTED TO KNOW THAT
PRETTY QUICKLY.>>YOU HAVE TO KNOW ESPECIALLY
HERE AT DOVER, ONE MILE OF RACETRACK WHERE YOU STAY ON THE
GAS A LOT. YOU WANT TO KNOW START SAVING
FUEL RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING OF A RUN.
>>SO TAKE A BREAK HERE, COME BACK AND RESET THE CHAMPIONSHIP
BUBBLE PICTURE AFTER THE CYCLE OF STOPS FOCUS ON WHAT MIGHT BE
SOME OF THE IMPORTANT RACES FOR POSITION HERE AS WE GO INSIDE 70
LAPS TO GO. 2001, THE LAST OF JEFF GORDON’S
FOUR DOVER WINS, FIFTH ON THE WAY TODAY?
>>>60 LAPS TO GO IN TODAY’S 400-MILER AT DOVER FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, A TELECAST PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL.
JEFF GORDON, THE RACE LEADER AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE IS
TIGHT. FIRST AN UPDATE ON THE PIT STOP
SINCE WE JUST FINISHED THE CYCLE ON PIT ROAD BROUGHT TO YOU BY
SPRINT. DENNY HAMLIN’S TEAM SURPRISED,
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>>WITHIN THE 12 SECOND NOT THE 11 –S IF.
>>THAT’S ONE OF THEIR SLOWER STOPS.
TILL FASTER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE.>>DENNY HAMLIN RUNNING IN TENTH
TRYING TO TRANSFER THROUGH INTO THE SECOND ROUND FOR THE NASCAR
SPRINT CUP. SO HERE ARE HOW THINGS STAND AT
THE MOMENT. THERE ARE THE FINAL FOUR IN.
NEWMAN, EDWARDS, HAMLIN AND KAHNE AND KAHNE IS JUST ONE
POSITION AHEAD OF KURT BUSCH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND TWO AHEAD
OF A.J. ALLMENDINGER. THAT’S AS THEY RUN ON THE
RACETRACK. SO KURT RUNNING RIGHT NOW IN
14th PLACE BUT ON THE LEAD LAP, ALLMENDINGER TWO LAPS DOWN IN
24th. KAHNE, ONE LAP DOWN.
IN 21st.>>YEAH, ONE OF THE KEY THINGS
IN THE MATCHUP IS THE 41 HAS THE TIEBREAKER.
AND WE’VE SEEN IT QUITE A FEW TIMES SO FAR TODAY.
>>THE TIE BREAKER WITH KAHNE IN THE 5.
>>NO, ACTUALLY THE 41.>>YEAH.
>>>THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING, 41 WITH THE 5.
>>JUST THOSE TWO, YEAH.>>MORE THAN ONE DRIVER IN THAT
LITTLE BUBBLE.>>OH, SORRY, TALKING ABOUT
THAT.>>KYLE LARSON, JOEY LOGANO,
FOURTH PLACE. AS THE STRUGGLING GREG BIFFLE
NOW A LAP DOWN IN THAT 16.>>YEAH, TWO DRIVERS HAVE MADE
BIG GAINS THERE, 42 OF LARSON AND THE 22 OF JOEY LOGANO, BOTH
WERE KIND OF OUT TO LUNCH AT THE START OF THIS RACE.
FELL WAY BACK AND BUT NOW THEY’VE HIT ON SOMETHING AND
INSIDE THE TOP FIVE.>>WELL, AGAIN, WE COME BACK TO
THAT GARAGE AREA CONVERSATION ABOUT CREW CHIEFS HAVING A PLAN
AND ANTICIPATING THE CHANGING TRACK CONDITIONS HERE AT THIS
CONCRETE SURFACE SPEEDWAY AS IT RUBBERED UP THROUGH THE DAY AND
WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A WARM SUNNY DAY, 77 DEGREES STILL OUTSIDE
TODAY AND WHERE SOME PEOPLE STAYED AHEAD OF AND ON TOP OF
THAT PLAN OR — LET’S JUST SAY THEIR PLAN WORKED OUT BETTER
THAN OTHERS. HOW IS THAT?
>>THEY PREDICTED HOW IT WOULD GO BETTER THAN SOME.
ONE THING YOU CAN’T REALLY PREDICT IS HOW THE SUN AND THE
CLOUDS HAVE AFFECTED THE RACING SURFACE.
>>YEAH, AND SOMETHING ELSE, THE DRIVERS HAVE ADJUSTED TOO.
THE 42 AND 22 WERE BOTH FROM THE MIDDLE TO THE TOP OF THE
RACETRACK EARLIER IN THIS RACE. NOW SEEING BOTH OF THEM RUN
TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THE TRACK ON MORE LAPS THAN WHAT THEY HAVE
TOWARDS THE MIDDLE. GOOD JOB BY THOSE DRIVERS
ADJUSTING TO CHANGING CONDITIONS THEMSELVES.
>>43, ARIC ALMIROLA, DISAPPOINTING DAY, THREE LAPS
DOWN IN 28th PLACE. AND AT THE MOMENT ON THE VERGE
OF BEING ELIMINATED FROM THE CHASE.
>>WHAT ABOUT A BATTLE FOR THE LEAD IN A MINUTE.
WATCH JEFF GORDON SEEMS TO BE STRUGGLING A LITTLE MORE ON THIS
RUN. BRAD SAID ALL HE NEEDS WAS SOME
NEW TIRES AND HE’D BE BACK, DIDN’T HE?
>>DALE JR., LAST CAR ON THE LEAD LAP, 19th PLACE JUST AHEAD
OF JEFF GORDON.>>GORDON CALLED HIM PROBABLY
ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT LAPS TO GO AND JUST HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO
GET BY THE 88 CAR THAT ALLOWED KESELOWSKI TO REALLY CLOSE IN
FOR THE LEAD.>>THERE GOES THE 24 NOW.
YOU GOT TO FIGURE LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IN THE RACE,
JUNIOR WAS JUST SCRAPPING ALL HE COULD TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP IN
CASE THE CAUTION COMES OUT TO TRY TO HAVE A CHANCE TO GAIN
SPOTS. HE’S IN DECENT SHAPE, I MEAN
JUNIOR IS 25 POINTS TO THE GOOD. WHERE THE CHASE CUT IS
CONCERNED.>>BUT YOU CAN’T GAIN ANY AND
YOU CAN ONLY LOSE THEM WHEN THAT LEADER GOES BY YOU AND PUTS YOU
A LAP DOWN. STENHOUSE JR., 17 AND 18th PLACE
WITH LEADER JEFF GORDON BEHIND HIM.
KURT BUSCH PASSING TONY STEWART FOR 13th PLACE.
>>LOOK LIKE THEY HELPED THE 41 CAR MAKING SOME ADJUSTMENTS BUT
THIS CONTINUES ON WE’LL HAVE A FULL CYCLE ON THESE TIRES, FULL
GREEN FLAG RUN AND SAW THE 41 LOSE A LOT OF SPOTS IN THE LAST
RUN.>>YOU CAN SEE WHAT DID FOR KURT
BUSCH. TIED WITH KASEY KAHNE HAS THE
TIE BREAKER. AND MORE FROM JAMIE.
>>THEY DID ADJUST ON THE 41 BUT KURT RADIOED AND SAID, GUY, I’M
JUST TOO TIGHT. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW WE
COMPLETELY LOST THE HANDLE OF THIS CAR BUT LIKE YOU GUYS WERE
SAYING, TEAMS THAT KEPT UP WITH THE TRACK AND THOSE WHO DIDN’T,
THE 41 STARTED OUT TIGHT SO HE’S ONLY GOTTEN WORSE WHEREAS LIKE A
KYLE LARSON STARTED OUT FREE MOST OF THE RACE AND NOW THAT
IT’S TIGHTENED UP THE CAR IS PERFECT.
>>SO KURT HANGING ON BY THE VERY TIPS OF HIS FINGERNAILS AT
THIS POINT WITH 46 LAPS TO GO. WOULD KNOWS WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES
MIGHT PRESENT THEMSELVES THAT CAN CHANGE THE WHOLE PICTURE
AROUND. NO FANCY CAUTION STAT FOR YOU
LIKE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE LAST WEEK YET BUT WE MIGHT BE GETTING
THERE IN A MINUTE.>>>AND THE PLOT THICKENS AT THE
MONSTER MILE IN THE FIRST EVER ELIMINATION RACE.
DOWN TO 38 LAPS TO GO. JEFF GORDON AND BRAD KESELOWSKI
LOCKED KNUPP A GOOD FIGHT FOR THE LEAD AND THE SQUEEZE AROUND
THE BUBBLE POSITION IS SO VERY TIGHT.
KURT BUSCH RUNNING IN 13th PLACE WITH KEVIN HARVICK APPROACHING
HIM FOR POSITION. KASEY KAHNE RUNNING IN 21st
PLACE TRYING TO RUN DOWN GREG BIFFLE FOR 20th.
RIGHT NOW KURT HAS THE TIE BREAKER BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM.
BY VIRTUE OF HIS EIGHTH PLACE FINISH VERSUS KASEY’S BEST AT
13th BUT THERE GOES A POINT TO KEVIN HARVICK AND NOW KAHNE IS
ONE TO THE GOOD ON KURT BUSCH.>>KASEY KAHNE HAS ABOUT THREE
SECONDS, A LITTLE MORE THAN THREE SECONDS TO MAKE UP ON GREG
BIFFLE AND HE’LL GET ANOTHER SPOT FROM HIM BUT HE’S QUICKER.
>>THERE IS KASEY. REMEMBER GREEN FLAG PIT STOP
EARLIER FOR A LOOSE LEFT REAR WHEEL PUT HIM A COUPLE OF LAPS
DOWN, GOT IT BACK BUT RUNNING 21st PLACE ONE, TWO, THREE,
FOUR, FIVE, HE’S THE SIXTH CAR ONE LAP DOWN RIGHT NOW WHERE
POSSIBLY GETTING A FREE PASS IS CONCERNED.
>>YEAH, THAT 16 IS THE NEXT ONE, KEVIN.
DON’T PUT ANY PRESSURE ON HIM.>>WE NEED TO GET TO 16
REGARDLESS.>>NEED TO GET A 16 AND TO IT
NOW.>>JUST TWO MINUTES AGO CREW
CHIEF KENNY FRANCIS UPPED HIS SPOTTER AND DOWN TO DRIVER KASEY
KAHNE.>>HE HAS BEEN QUITE A BIT
FASTER ANYWHERE FROM THE COUPLE OF TENTHS TO A HALF A SECOND AT
TIME TO GET HIM THERE AND ANOTHER POINT, VERY VALUABLE.
>>AND NOW THE FANCY CAUTION STAT.
>>I KNEW YOU’D HAVE ONE.>>SIX OF THE LAST SEVEN RACES
HERE AT DOVER, THE CAUTION CAME OUT AT LAP 362 OR LATER.
>>OR LATER.>>THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN WITH 38
TO GO.>>SO YOU’RE GREG BIFFLE.
AND YOU’RE FIVE POSITIONS OUTSIDE THIS THING.
YOU’RE THE FIFTH CAR ONE LAP DOWN.
AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO AT THE MOMENT BECAUSE YOU’VE
BEEN STRUGGLING ALL DAY.>>FRUSTRATING DAY.
NO DOUBT.>>NOT GIVING UP.
WE’VE SEEN HIM SLIDE THAT CAR OFF THE CORNER JUST A MINUTE
AGO, BUT THING JUST IS NOT HANDLING AT ALL FOR GREG BIFFLE
TODAY.>>OH, HEY.
I’M SURE HIS SPOTTER TOLD HIM THE SAME THING, THE 5 CAR IS
COMING AND DO ANYTHING TO TRY TO STAY IN FRONT OF HIM.
>>ABOUT A TENTH AND A HALF THE LAST LAP.
THE FIVE CAR WAS FASTER THAN THE 16.
>>BEHIND 16. THAT IS A RACE FOR POSITION
BETWEEN NEWMAN AND TRUEX. CLINT BOWYER COMING THROUGH
RUNNING IN TENTH AND THERE IS KASEY KAHNE IN 20th PLACE, ONE
LAP — EXCUSE ME, 21st PLACE, ONE LAP DOWN TRYING TO TRACK
DOWN GREG BIFFLE FOR ANOTHER POINT.
>>QUITE THE COMEBACK IF THEY’RE ABLE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN AND GET
THEMSELVES INSIDE OF THERE. THEY LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE
TOTALLY GOING TO BE OUT OF IT. HAD TO HAVE THINGS FALL RIGHT
INTO PLACE AS THEY DID FOR THEM.>>SOMEBODY ELSE WAS KEEPING AN
EYE ON IS DENNY HAMLIN BECAUSE DENNY IS ONLY FIVE POINTS INSIDE
THE CUT AT THE MOMENT. HIS LEAD LAP AND RUNS IN 11th
PLACE RUN AS HIGH AS YOU SEE FIFTH IN THE RACE STARTED THIRD.
BUT HE’S ONLY FIVE POSITIONS TO THE GOOD.
>>YEAH, I’VE BEEN WATCHING THAT A LITTLE BIT AND LOOKING AT THE
WAY THE RACE IS PLAYING OUT. ONLY THREE CARS BEHIND HIM ON
THE LEAD LAP. PUTS A CUSHION BECAUSE HE HAS
FIVE POINTS TO THE GOOD BUT HE IS FLOATING DOWN AS THIS RACE
WINES DOWN TO THE END.>>BUT IF HE CAN STAY ON THE
LEAD LAP AND THAT’S THE MAIN THING —
>>ABOUT NINE SECONDS TO THE GOOD IN THAT.
THEN HE WILL BE OKAY. BUT THERE’S STILL SO MANY CARS
THERE ONCE AGAIN, ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS LATE IN THIS RACE COULD
CHANGE ALL OF THIS.>>SO JEFF GORDON HAS OVERTAKEN
KURT BUSCH AND PUT KURT A LAP DOWN ON THE 41.
SO IN ORDER TO GAIN BACK THAT POINT THAT HE NEEDS FROM KASEY
KAHNE OR TWO POINTS ACTUALLY, THERE’S NOBODY KURT CAN PASS
GOING FORWARD AT THIS POINT ON HIS LAP.
HE NEEDS KASEY TO START SLIDING BACKWARDS A LITTLE BIT.
TO GET A LITTLE HELP. NOW, IF THE LEADER PASSES A
COUPLE MORE CARS AND PUTS HIM A LAP DOWN THERE’S A COUPLE GUYS,
BUT KEVIN HARVICK JUST PASSED KURT BUSCH AND THAT’S THE NEXT
CAR THAT THE LEADER GORDON WOULD PUT A LAP DOWN.
>>NOT ONLY PASS HIM BUT DRIVEN AWAY FROM KURT BUSCH.
NOT EVEN A BATTLE THERE BUT A BATTLE FOR THE LEAD HERE.
>>YEAH. WE’VE SEEN GORDON BE THE BETTER
CAR ALL DAY ON THE LONGER RUN. OH, BIG WIGGLE BY THE 2 THERE.
HE’S TRYING TO GET THERE. NOTHING TO LOSE FOR BRAD
KESELOWSKI HERE. HE’S ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.
>>THE WIN IN CHICAGOLAND, GREAT RECOVERY TO RACE FOR THE WIN IN
NEW HAMPSHIRE LAST WEEK WOUND UP A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE
FINISH. BUT CERTAINLY A SOLID DAY FOR
BRAD IF HE ISN’T ABLE TO COME UP WITH THE WIN.
KAHNE CATCHING BIFFLE.>>ONE THING BIFFLE HAS HAD.
OTHER LEAD LAP CARS AROUND HIM. THOSE GO AROUND THEN YOUR
PROGRESS IS SLOWED DOWN BY AS YOU LET THEM GET BY OR THEY TAKE
THE TIME TO GET BY AND THAT REALLY SLOW DOWN AND LET THE 5
CAR GET THERE. IT’S AN IMPORTANT POINT FOR
KASEY KAHNE RIGHT NOW.>>AFTER BIFFLE IT’S ANOTHER
STRAIGHTAWAY OF RACETRACK BEFORE KASEY KAHNE WOULD FIND ANOTHER
CAR ON HIS LAP TO PASS.>>THIS IS GOING TO PUT — THIS
HAS TO PUT GREG BIFFLE SIX POINTS OUT.
>>KASEY BACK UP THERE. BIFFLE WOBBLING AROUND IN FRONT
OF HIM.>>NOT GOING TO GET IT DONE
QUITE YET HERE. HIS CAR IS SO MUCH BETTER
ENTERING THE CORNER AND CARRYING SPEED TO THE CENTER.
BEING CAREFUL. IN THE SITUATION HE’S IN RIGHT
NOW.>>WONDER WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
BEHIND THE WHEEL.>>OH.
>>YOU KNOW. I MEAN, JUST WITH ALL THAT GOING
AROUND IN YOUR BRAIN WHILE YOU’RE TRYING TO RACE HERE AT
DOVER.>>YOU KNOW, IT’S JUST
TREMENDOUS PRESSURE THAT’S ON YOU.
THE RANGE OF EMOTIONS HE’S GONE THROUGH THIS DAY WITH THE LOOSE
WHEEL YOU THINK YOU’RE OUT OF IT, HAVING TO MAKE ANOTHER STOP
TO GET YOU MORE THAN THREE LAPS DOWN AND THEN HAVING THINGS FALL
YOUR WAY AND GETTING YOU BACK IN THIS POSITION YOU JUST HAVE TO
STAY IN THE MOMENT AND DO YOUR JOB BUT THAT’S DIFFICULT AT THIS
POINT IN TIME. YOU KNOW YOU STILL HAVE TO
ATTACK BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE.
AND THEN FOR BIFFLE, IT’S JUST SUCH A FRUSTRATING DAY.
NOTHING HE CAN REALLY DO, SIX POINTS OUT AND NOT REALLY
ANYBODY THAT HE CAN PASS AND GOING BACKWARDS REALLY.
>>THAT KIND OF YEAR, YOU KNOW, JUST HAVEN’T PERFORMED UP TO THE
WAY THAT WE EXPECT GREG BIFFLE AND THIS TEAM TO DO SO.
>>SO KASEY KAHNE RUNNING 20th. KURT BUSCH RUNNING 14th.
TWO POINTS, TWO POSITIONS BETWEEN THEM, KURT NEEDS TO TRY
AND MAKE UP A COUPLE OF SPOTS, NOT LOSE A SPOT OR TWO HERE.
AS TONY STEWART PRESSES HIM.>>I GOT ON THE REAR END.
FEELS LIKE IT’S LOOSE, NOT THE WHEEL BUT THE WHOLE REAR END
ITSELF.>>TEN-FOUR.
YOU’RE STILL IN THE LUCKY DOG SPOT.
>>STILL IN THE TRANSFER SPOT?>>YES, YOU ARE.
>>NOW HE’S NOT ACTUALLY IN THE TRANSFER SPOT RIGHT NOW BUT HE
IS IN THE LUCKY DOG SPOT.>>OKAY.
>>I THINK HE WAS ASKING ABOUT WHERE THEY WERE POINTSWISE.
HE’S ACTUALLY A COUPLE OF POINTS TO THE BAD AND NOTICE THEY
DIDN’T ANSWER HIM ON THAT ONE.>>THAT’S NOT A GOOD SIGN.
>>RADIO SILENCE IS NEVER GOOD.>>NEVER.
>>TONY STEWART GETTING READY TO TAKE THAT SPOT AWAY.
HIM IN THE LUCKY DOG POSITION.>>SO TONY, THE 14th AND KURT
BACK TO 15th AND NOW IT’S THREE POINTS BEHIND KASEY KAHNE.
THERE ARE FOUR DRIVERS OUTSIDE LOOKING IN WITH 17 LAPS TO GO.
KURT, A.J., GREG AND ARIC. AND THERE’S JIMMIE JOHNSON, A
LAP DOWN TO HIM. RUNNING IN THIRD.
5 1/3 SECONDS BEHIND GORDON.>>GORDON HAS BEEN ABLE TO PULL
UP A LITTLE BETTER LEAD, WHICH WE EXPECTED AS WE SAID IN THE
LONGER RUN, 24 CAR, A LITTLE BIT BETTER.
>>FROM RIGHT UP AT GORDON’S BACK BUMPER TO A SECOND AND A
THIRD BEHIND FOR BRAD IF STILL ANOTHER SOLID DAY FOR THIS
PENSKE ORGANIZATION. THEY SAID SECOND AND FOURTH
RIGHT NOW.>>SO RUNNING JUST IN FRONT OF
LEADER JEFF GORDON, THE DRIVER WHO HAD THIS RACE IN CONTROL FOR
MOST OF THE AFTERNOON. KEVIN HARVICK LED OVER HALF THE
RACE IN THAT 4. HE’S LED 223 OF THE LAPS THAT
HAVE BEEN COMPLETED TODAY BUT AT LAP 252 HAD A LEFT FRONT FLAT GO
DOWN. DAMAGED THE FRONT SPLITTER ON
THE CAR. THEY MANAGED TO STAY ON THE LEAD
LATCH AFTER REPEATED PIT STOPS OR REPAIRS BUT KEVIN WENT ALL
THE WAY BACK TO 21st POSITION AT THAT TIME AND HAS ONLY GONE AS
FAR FORWARD AS 13th AFTER HAVING THE DOMINANT CAR IN THE EARLY
GOING.>>THE BIGGEST PROBLEM HE’S THIS
IS THAT LEFT FRONT SPLITTER ALL THE DAMAGE THEY DID ON THE FLAT
TIRE TRYING TO GET BACK TO THE PIT.
>>KEVIN CERTAINLY IN WELL AND CLEAR POSITION TO TRANSFER
THROUGH BUT IT’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER RACE WHERE THEY HAD WHAT
APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A DOMINANT CAR AND DON’T GET THE CHECKERED
FLAG.>>TOUGH BUSINESS, THIS ONE.
>>IT IS TOUGH BUSINESS, YEAH, AND, YOU KNOW, LIKE AS YOU
POINTED OUT KEVIN SAID THESE THINGS ARE HARD TO WINCH THEY
ARE BUT WHENEVER YOU HAVE AS MANY GOOD CARS AS THEY HAVE,
THIS THING WILL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
IF THEY PLAN ON WINNING THIS CHAMPIONSHIP.
>>COMING TO TEN TO GO. THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER FOR
JEFF GORDON AND COMPANY, THE FABULOUS RACE AT CHICAGOLAND TO
OPEN THE CHASE AND THEN THE DEVASTATION OF THE LATE CRASH IN
NEW HAMPSHIRE AND THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE WENT DOWN ON THE 24
CAR. PUT HIM IN POSITION HERE WHERE
INSTEAD OF BEING SOLIDLY AND EASILY THROUGH, THEY HAD TO HAVE
A PROBLEM-FREE RACE AT DOVER TO ENSURE THEY TRANSFERRED, NOT
ONLY HAS IT BEEN A PROBLEM-FREE RACE THUS FAR FOR JEFF BUT HE’S
IN THE LEAD INSIDE THE FINAL TEN.
>>OUTSTANDING.>>BUT YOU KNOW AS A DRIVER,
SITTING THERE AS MUCH AS YOU HAVE TO BE CONCENTRATING ON
WHAT’S GOING ON THERE HE’S THINKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED
LAST WEEK. LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE IN THE
CLEAR TOO. YOU’RE SITTING THERE THINKING,
OKAY, LET’S JUST GET TO THE END OF THIS.
I DON’T NEED ANYTHING LIKE THAT HAPPENING ONCE AGAIN.
I WILL SAY THIS, THOUGH, THIS TEAM HAS LOOKED LIKE A
CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ALMOST ALL YEAR LONG AND AS YOU GET TO
THESE CUTOFFS, I KNOW A WHOLE DIFFERENT YEAR BUT THAT’S THE
WAY YOU WIN CHAMPIONSHIP, BE AS SOLID AS THEY ARE.
SOMETIMES YOU THINK THEY’RE A LITTLE BIT OUT, GET IT RIGHT
BACK. HAD A TOUGH WEEK LAST WEEK AND
HERE THEY ARE BOUNCING BACK AND LOOKED LIKE THEY MAY HAVE CLOSED
ONE OUT AND WHIP IT.>>ON TOP OF THE 24 PIT BOX.
>>THIS IS THE NERVOUS PART FOR THE OWNER.
HE KNOWS WHAT CAN HAPPEN IN THESE LAST LAPS.
TALKING ABOUT DENNY HAMLIN IN THE 11 TRYING TO STAY ON THE
LEAD LAP. HE DOESN’T WANT TO FALL OUTSIDE
OF THAT. HE’S NOT VERY FAR FROM JEFF
GORDON. PUTTING HIM A LAP DOWN BUT LOOKS
LIKE HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO STAY THERE.
>>KESELOWSKI FALLING BACK OFF OF GORDON FOR THE RACE LEAD.
JUST AN INTERESTING, HUH. SEE A.J. ALLMENDINGER JUST TWO
POINTS BEHIND KASEY KAHNE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP ORDER AS OTHER CARS
HAVE STRUGGLED AND FALLEN, ALLMENDINGER HAS PICKED HIS WAY
UP TO 23rd PLACE. HE’S THE SECOND CAR TWO LAPS
DOWN. HE’S GOT A WAYS TO GO BEFORE HE
COULD CATCH JAMIE McMURRAY AND PICK UP ONE MORE POINT.
WILL ANYBODY COME BACK TO HIM? WILL CAIN FALL OFF ANYMORE?
AND COME BACK TO ALLMENDINGER AND SOMEHOW FIND CINDERELLA
CIRCUMSTANCES IN THESE FINAL SIX LAPS.
>>HE CERTAINLY PUT UP THE GOOD FIGHT TODAY.
>>BOY, HE BATTLED A BAD HANDLING RACE CAR ALL DAY LONG.
GOT EVERYTHING YOU COULD ASK A DRIVER TO DO.
JUST GOT EVERY BIT OUT OF THIS CAR.
>>ALL IT WOULD TAKE IS ONE OF THOSE DRIVERS JUST A LAP DOWN TO
HAVE SOME PROBLEMS OR — THEN BE ABLE TO GET TO McMURRAY.
>>WHOA!>>ALL HE’S DONE ALL DAY LONG.
>>KAHNE, 20th. ALLMENDINGER, 23rd.
SEPARATED BY A LAP. KURT BUSCH IN 17th.
ONE LAP DOWN. THERE’S KASEY.
RIGHT NOW TWO POSITIONS ON THE RACETRACK, TWO POINTS INSIDE THE
ELIMINATION CUT.>>GOING TO BE REAL, REAL
DISAPPOINTING DAY FOR KURT THAT THEY SLID AND STRUGGLED AS MUCH
AS THEY HAD. INSIDE THE TOP TEN AT ONE POINT.
>>YEAH, SURE LOOKED LIKE THEY HAD A HANDLE ON THINGS AND JUST
MAY BE THE CLOUD COVER AND THE WAY THE RACETRACK CHANGED.
CERTAINLY DIDN’T KEEP UP WITH IT.
KURT COMPLAINING FEELS LIKE SOMETHING SKEWING THE BACK END
OF THE CAR. MORE THAN JUST A TIRE OR A
SPRING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>TIME RUNNING OUT.
AS JEFF GORDON CROSSES THE START/FINISH LINE WITH TWO LAPS
TO GO. THERE’S GREG BIFFLE ALSO LOOKING
TO BE ELIMINATED FROM THE CHASE IN ABOUT A LAP AND A HALF.
THERE’S JEFF UP ON DENNY HAMLIN TO SEE IF HE CAN PUT HIM A LAP
DOWN. HAMLIN RUNNING IN 12th PLACE.
FOUR POINTS INSIDE THE CHASE CUTOFF AS GORDON COMES TO THE
WHITE FLAG AND WE’RE IN THE LAST LAP AT DOVER.
2001, THE LAST TIME JEFF WON AT THIS RACETRACK.
IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE THE YEAR SLIPPED BY THAT FAST.
>>THEY DO, THOUGH.>>CERTAINLY DOES WHEN YOU LOOK
AT HOW JEFF GORDON HAS DRIVEN THIS YEAR.
>>HE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THAT 2001 YEAR WINNING ON ALL
THE SAME TRACKS HE’S WON ON THIS YEAR.
CHECKERED FLAG AT DOVER TODAY FOR JEFF GORDON, GORDON’S
THROUGH WITH A WIN AT THE MONSTER MILE.
>>WAY TO MAKE A STATEMENT, BOYS MUCH THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING
ABOUT. HECK YEAH.
>>YEAH.>>REALLY PROUD OF YOU GUYS.
>>KASEY KAHNE FINISHES IN 20th POSITION.
AND KAHNE ADVANCES AS THE LAST DRIVER THROUGH THE CUT.
>>12th RIGHT THERE. HERE ARE THE OFFICIAL HERE.
>>KENNY FRANCIS SAYING I WANT TO MAKE SURE SOMEBODY TELLS ME
IT’S OFFICIAL.>>I KNEW IT.
AT LEAST WE DID IT. CAR RAN GOOD MOST OF THE DAY,
MAN, THANKS FOR HANGING IN THERE.
>>NOW, WHAT A BATTLE THAT WAS RIGHT THERE.
FOR THE 5 CAR.>>KAHNE THROUGH IN THE LAST
SPOT AS JEFF GORDON CELEBRATES HIS FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON.
HIS 92nd CAREER NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES VICTORY.
AND WHILE GORDON BURNS IT DOWN ON THE FRONT STRETCH HIS TEAM
OWNER HAS HAD A MOMENT TO EXHALE A SIGH OF RELIEF.
>>RICK, YOU CAN BREATHE NOW. I SAW YOU HOLDING YOUR BREATH
THOSE LAST FOUR — FIRST OF ALL, HOW ABOUT JEFF GORDON’S
PERFORMANCE TODAY? WHAT A VICTORY FOR THE 24 TEAM.
>>I MEAN, IT’S — I THINK HE FOUND HIS YOUTH SOMEWHERE.
I’M SO PROUD OF HIM AND HIS WHOLE TEAM.
HE GOT THE BIT IN HIS TEETH. HE WANTS THAT — THIS
CHAMPIONSHIP REALLY BAD. REALLY PROUD OF THE GUYS.
THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST — THIS LAST 50 WITH KASEY TRYING
TO GET IN, AFTER HAVING A PROBLEM, JEFF LEADING THE RACE
NOT WANTING A CAUTION, MAN, THIS WAS — I’M TOO OLD FOR THIS,
JERRY.>>YOU MENTIONED KASEY.
HE HAD TO DRIVE THE LAST 50 LAPS AND RUN DOWN SOME CARS AND GET
IN BY A COUPLE OF POINTS. TALK ABOUT THE 5 CAR AND WHAT
THEY DID THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE RACES OF THIS — LEADING INTO
THE CHASE.>>YOU KNOW, THAT CAR, HE WAS IN
THE TOP FIVE ALL DAY. HE COULD RUN UP THERE.
FIVE, SIX, SEVENTH. AND THE CAR WAS THAT GOOD.
WE JUST HAD A PROBLEM, HAD TO COME IN AND CHANGE TIRE, GET OUT
OF SEQUENCE AND BUT HE DROVE HIS BUTT OFF TO GET BACK THERE.
I MEAN, THIS CHASE FORMAT IS UNBELIEVABLE.
YOU KNOW, YOU SIT THERE AND YOU WATCH YOUR ONE OUT, YOU’RE TWO
OUT, YOU’RE THREE OUT, YOU’RE TWO TO THE GOOD.
OH, MAN H. IS GOING TO BE HECTIC FEW WEEKS TO GO.
>>NERVE-RACKING ALREADY AND WE’RE JUST NOW A PORTION OF THE
WAY INTO THE CHASE, A.B., HOW ABOUT THIS GETTING STARTED FOR
HENDRICK.>>TALK ABOUT THE RANGE OF
EMOTIONS. AND THERE’S KURT.
HE’S GOING TO FIND HIMSELF MISSING THE CUT LINE JUST
BARELY. A.J. ALLMENDINGER WILL FINISH
TWO POINTS OUT. AFTER A STRUGGLE OF A DAY.
>>GREG BIFFLE, ARIC ALMIROLA, ALSO ELIMINATED FROM THE CHASE
AFTER FINISHING 21st AND 28th TODAY AT THE MONSTER MILE.
TO PIT ROAD AND DAVE.>>A.J. ALLMENDINGER, FRUSTRATED
THROWING THE WATER BOTTLE IN THERE.
TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY, A.J., UNFORTUNATELY, YOU DON’T MOVE
ON.>>YEAH, WE SUCKED OVERALL ALL
DAY TODAY. JUST WEREN’T GOOD ENOUGH.
WE DIDN’T DESERVE TO MAKE IT SO I’M NOT DISAPPOINTED ABOUT NOT
MAKING IT. I’M JUST DISAPPOINTED WE RUN
LIKE THIS. I MEAN, I’M WORN OUT.
I TRIED TO GIVE IT — TRYING TO GET EVERY SPOT POSSIBLE.
THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND ESPECIALLY COMING ON BOARD
THIS WEEKEND, JUST WEREN’T GOOD ENOUGH ALL DAY.
NEVER COULD HIT IT ALL WEEKEND REALLY.
I KNOW I’M WAY BETTER AT THIS PLACE THAN I LOOKED LIKE.
>>YOU THINK MAYBE AFTER LAST WEEK WITH SUCH A STRONG RUN
MAYBE YOU COULD GET IT DONE THIS WEEKEND?
>>I MEAN, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. BUT I KNOW WE GOT TO RUN BETTER.
I MEAN, YOU’RE NOT — EVEN IF WE MAKE IT RUNNING 23rd, IT’S —
YOU’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND THAT’S WHAT I
WANTED TO DO, SO PROUD OF EVERYBODY ON MY TEAM AND MITT
CREW GAVE ME GOOD PIT STOPS. MY CREW CHIEF KEPT THROWING
EVERYTHING AT IT. WE KNEW WE WERE BEHIND ALL
WEEKEND SO YOU KNOW, WE GOT SEVEN RACES LEFT.
JUST CAUSE WE DIDN’T MAKE IT DOESN’T MEAN THE SEASON IS OVER.
YOU KNOW WE CAN GET AS HIGH AS FIFTH IN THE POINTS.
WE GOT TO RUN BETTER AND KEEP BUILDING ON THIS.
NOT BAD FOR A SINGLE CAR TEAM LIKE OURS TO COME UP THREE
POINTS SHORT BUT I HATE MORA VICTORY SO I’M NOT GOING TO GO
WITH THAT. WE’LL KEEP PUSHING.
>>TRYING TO TAKE AWAY THE POSITIVES, ALLMENDINGER.
>>VICTORY LANE PRESENTED TODAY BY 5-HOUR ENERGY.
JEFF GORDON IS THERE CELEBRATING A WIN.
>>WHAT A DRIVE BY JEFF GORDON. OH.
GIVING AN UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCE.
SORT OF LIKE WE WERE TALKING LIKE THE OLD DAYS BACK IN 2001
WHEN YOU USED TO COME HERE AND NO ONE COULD TOUCH YOU.
HOW WOULD YOU CRY THIS DAY?>>I DON’T KNOW.
NO ONE COULD TOUCH US. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO
KEVIN HARVICK. IT’S UNFORTUNATE FOR HIM.
CLASS OF THE FEEL. TRYING TO COMPETE WITH HIM.
SAW HIM GO OUT. I KNEW WE COULD COMPETE WITH THE
2 CAR. THE 2 WAS GOOD ON SHORT RUNS SO
WE COULD RUN HIM DOWN. OF COURSE, HE MADE US WORK FOR
IT AT THE END BECAUSE HE GOT ME AND I WAS TIGHT IN TRAFFIC THERE
AT THE END SO I DIDN’T KNOW IF WE WOULD PULL IT OFF.
SO PROUD TO HAVE THIS ORANGEN THIS HUNGER CHEVROLET.
HUNGER MONTH IS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US FIGHTING FOR THE ONE OF
THE 9 MILLION OLDER AMERICANS GOING HUNGRY EVERY DAY THIS
CENTURY AND A GREAT WAY TO TAKE ACTION SO THANKS TO THEM.
THANKS TO, YOU KNOW, PEPSI AND PANASONIC AND THIS GUY RIGHT
HERE, OH, MY GOODNESS. HOW ABOUT THAT?
>>THE MAN.>>GOOD JOB, BUDDY.
>>I LOVE WINNING WHEN YOU’RE HERE, BUDDY.
I’M SO GLAD YOU DAME.>>YOU FOUND THE FOUNTAIN OF
YOUTH.>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT I FOUND BUT
I THINK A LOT OF IT HAD TO DO WITH ALAN GUSTAFSON, THEY’VE
GIVEN ME SUCH AN AWESOME RACE CAR.
I’M HAVING SO MUCH FUN.>>WHAT ABOUT — JUST THIS WIN,
WHAT IT MEANS GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE POINTS WILL RESET NEXT
WEEK BUT COMING OFF A DISAPPOINTMENT OF A WEEK AGO HOW
IMPORTANT IS THIS WIN TOWARD GETTING THAT DRIVE FOR THE FIFTH
CHAMPIONSHIP.>>I THINK THIS IS HUGE.
I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WE CAME IN HERE WITH A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA
PRESSURE BECAUSE WE WEREN’T GUARANTEED TO BE IN.
HAD WE FINISHED WHERE WE WERE ARE YOUING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE LAST
WEEK, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN KIND OF AN EASY DAY BUT ALL WE DID WAS
FOCUS ON EXECUTING AS A TEAM AND TRYING TO WIN THIS RACE AND
NOTHING ELSE. IT WASN’T ABOUT THE POINTS.
IT WASN’T ABOUT JUST SQUEEZING, YOU KNOW, BY TO GET TO THE NEXT
ROUND. IT’S ABOUT MAKING A STATEMENT
AND I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU MAKE A BIGGER STATEMENT THAN WHAT THIS
TEAM JUST DID.>>CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING A
WINNING DRIVER AND I THINK THERE’S A LITTLE GIRL WHO WANTS
DAD’S ATTENTION.>>I’LL GIVE THEM A LOT OF BIG
HUGS. GREAT TO HAVE THEM HERE.
>>JEFF GORDON IN VICTORY LANE AGAIN THIS IS FOR THE FIFTH TIME
AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY.>>ALAN.
>>FAMILY MOMENT. CERTAINLY PART OF JEFF’S
INSPIRATION TO CONTINUE RACING, WANTED TO SHARE THESE MOMENTS
WITH HIS DAUGHTERS AND INGRID.>>NOTHING BETTER THAN HAVING
THEM THERE TO CELEBRATE.>>SO JEFF GORDON, WINNER AT
DOVER TODAY. A BREAK HERE WHEN WE COME BACK.
THOSE WHO MADE IT IN AND THOSE WHO GOT LEFT OUT IN THIS FIRST
EVER ELIMINATION RACE IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP.
EVERYONE CHASED JEFF GORDON TO THE CHECKERED FLAG ON THIS DAY
AT DOVER’S MONSTER MILE.>>>BACK LIVE AS THE CROWD
BEGINS TO FILE OUT OF THE MONSTER PILE AFTER TODAY’S
ELIMINATION RACE. A LOOK AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP
STANDINGS AND THE CUT LINE. BARELY IN, KASEY KAHNE, DENNY
HAMLIN, BARELY OUT, A.J. ALLMENDINGER, KURT BUSCH, GREG
BIFFLE AND ARIC ALMIROLA. THOSE DRIVERS WILL BE ABLE TO
RACE FOR AS HIGH AS FIFTH IN THE FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS FOR
THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON BUT DO NOT ADVANCE PAST THE
CHALLENGER ROUND IN THE CHASE.>>WELL, THERE GOES MY PERFECT
BRACKET. IN ONLY MISSED THE 5 AND THE 16.
>>GOT ALL FOUR OF THE HENDRICK CARS MOVING ON AND THREE GIBBS
CARS.>>AND NOW KANSAS, CHARLOTTE AND
TALLADEGA IN THE CONTENDER ROUND.
DOWN TO PIT ROAD AND LET’S HEAR FROM KURT BUSCH WITH VINCE.
>>FRUSTRATING DAY FOR KURT BUSCH, JUST ON THE OUTSIDE BY
SIX POINTS, WHAT WAS THE CAR LIKE THAT KEPT YOU FROM DOING
WHAT YOU NEEDED TO GET DONE TODAY?
>>IT JUST WAS TIGHT THE LAST 100 MILES, YOU KNOW, I FELT LIKE
WE WERE IN GOOD POSITION TO ADVANCE BUT YOU JUST CAN’T
EXPECT TO ADVANCE BY RUNNING 15th.
YOU HAVE TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE AND WE GAVE IT A GOOD RUN, YOU
KNOW, THE TEAM, WE PUT THIS TOGETHER PRETTY LATE, YOU KNOW,
GENE HAAS BELIEVED IN ME TO COME IN AND DO THIS AND THANKS TO
HAAS AUTOMATION AND CHEVROLET, GREAT ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LIKE
MOBIL 1, STATE WATER HEATERS, MONSTER ENERGY, WE DON’T GET TO
ADVANCE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP BUT CAN STILL RUN FOR PRIDE AND
WINS. YOU CAN’T EXPECT TO ADVANCE
RUNNING 18th. SO YOU GOT TO HAVE BETTER LAP
TIMES EVERY TIME YOU GO AND HIT THE TRACK.
IF YOU’RE OFF, IT’S HARD TO, YOU KNOW, PUT THE CAR UP ON YOUR
BACK AND RUN IT SO I JUST CHALK IT UP TO ME NOT GETTING THE JOB
DONE. IT’S ALL PIE FAULT WE DIDN’T
ADVANCE.>>KURT BUSCH.
>>JUST LIKE THAT, KASEY KAHNE SQUEAKS HIS WAY IN AT THE END BY
TWO POINTS, THE DAY YOU HAD, THE LOOSE WHEEL EARLY, KASEY, TWO
LAPS DOWN, WHAT DID IT TAKE TO FIGHT YOUR WAY BACK AND ADVANCE
TO THE NEXT ROUND?>>YEAH, I FELT LIKE WE WENT
FOUR DOWN AT ONE POINT WHEN WE PITTED, WE HAD TO PIT BECAUSE WE
HAD DONE THE WAVE-AROUND BUT I HAD A GOOD FARMER’S INSURANCE
CHEVY. HAD A FAST CAR, LUCKY WITH KENNY
MAKING GREAT CALLS, YOU KNOW, THE TEAM PREPARED A GOOD CAR AND
FORCED TO DRIVE OUR WAY BACK TO BARELY ADVANCE, BUT HAD TO PUSH
HARD. GLAD NASCAR JUST LET IT GO AND
JUST LET US RACE FOR IT AND IT’S PRETTY INTERESTING BUT I’M GLAD
WE MADE IT. WE HAD TO FIGHT HARD AND I THINK
WE HAD A TOP TWO OR THREE CAR, JUST DIDN’T GET TO SHOW IT.
>>THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION ON THE RADIO AFTERWARDS ABOUT THE
PIT CREW. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR YOU
TO STEP UP AND COMPETE IN THE CONTENDER ROUND?
>>WELL, THESE GUYS WORK HARD AND WE’VE STRUGGLED ALL SEASON
WITH THAT AND BUT THEY WORK HARD AND I KNOW THEY’LL KEEP WORKING
HARD. I TOLD THEM IF YOU WANT TO GO
FURTHER WE BETTER — TIME TO STEP UP AND PUT OUR BEST STUFF
OUT THERE. YOU KNOW, I KNOW THEY WANT TO SO
THIS WILL — THEY’LL WORK HARD. I’LL WORK HARD AND BE PREPARED
WHEN WE GET TO KANSAS AND HOPEFULLY CAN KEEP MOVING ON.
>>KASEY KAHNE MOVES ON.>>12th TODAY FOR DENNY HAMLIN
AND INTO THE SECOND ROUND OF THE CHASE.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT IT?>>FEEL GREAT.
YOU KNOW, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN.
I KNEW WE HAD A CAR THAT WAS CAPABLE OF RACING OUR WAY IN BUT
DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD BE THAT CLOSE.
WE JUST STARTED TO TAY THERE AT THE END BUT A LITTLE BIT ON THE
DEFENSIVE ON MY PART BUT STILL WE, YOU KNOW, LOST THE HANDLE
BUT JUST HAPPY THIS ALL RESETS. IT ALL STARTS FROM SCRATCH
AGAIN, WE GOT ANOTHER LIFE.>>CAN YOU GO ON OFFENSE AT
KANSAS OR CHARLOTTE COMING UP.>>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE — THIS IS — THE TRACKS JUST KEEP GETTING
BETTER FOR US AS THIS CHASE GOES ON FOR OUR FEDEX TEAM SO WE’RE
SITTING IN GOOD SHAPE. WE’RE AS LEFFLER AS ANYONE RIGHT
NOW SO, YOU KNOW, THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT COMEBACK STORY IF
WE KEEP GOING.>>DENNY LIKING THE LOOK AHEAD.
>>WELL, DEFINITELY NOT THE INTERVIEW YOU WANT TO DO, ARIC.
A LOT WERE ROOTING FOR YOU, ONE OF THE CINDERELLA STORIES.
WHAT IS IT LIKE NOW?>>SAD, DISAPPOINTED.
WE PICKED A REALLY BAD DAY TO RUN LIKE THAT.
YOU KNOW, WE JUST — THAT’S KIND OF WHAT WE THOUGHT THIS YEAR.
REALLY INCONSISTENT, WE HAVE REALLY GOOD WEEKS AND REALLY BAD
WEEKS. WE DON’T EVER JUST RUN
CONSISTENTLY AND THIS WEEK WAS PROOF OF THAT.
WE RUN REALLY GOOD THE LAST FIVE WEEKS AND THEN THIS WEEKEND WE
JUST MISSED IT. WE THOUGHT WE HAD A REALLY GOOD
CAR IN PRACTICE. WE WERE FIFTH QUICK IN HAPPY
HOUR AND SIXTH ON AVERAGE AND WE JUST MISSED IT SO FRUSTRATING TO
RUN LIKE THAT. BUT WE’LL REGROUP AND WE’LL GO
TO WHEREVER IS NEXT, KANSAS, WE’LL GO TO KANSAS AND TRY TO DO
THE BEST WE CAN AND I GUESS OUR GOAL FROM HERE FORWARD SHOULD BE
TO JUST NOT FINISH 16th IN POINTS.
>>YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU GUYS DID MAKING IT TO THE
FIRST ROUND. THAT’S ARIC ALMIROLA.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI CLIMBING OUT OF HIS CAR AND, BRAD, YOU LOOKED
LIKE YOU PRETTY WELL USED UP TODAY.
HAD YOU A GREAT RACE CAR BUT IT SEEMED LIKE AFTER LAP 50 OR SO
THINGS WERE STARTING TO CHANGE. WHAT HAPPENED?
>>YEAH, IT WAS JUST — WE DID HAVE A GREAT RACE CAR, THE FORD
FUSION HERE, FOR THE FIRST 20 OR 30 LAPS WAS REALLY STRONG AND I
THINK KEVIN HARVICK WAS PROBABLY THE GUY TO BEAT AND IT’S A SHAME
TO SEE HIM HAVE THAT MISFORTUNE BUT JEFF WAS INCREDIBLE ON THE
LONG RUNS AND, YOU KNOW, IT’S A SHAME.
I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO WIN THIS ONE BUT I THINK AT THE END
THINGS WOULD TURN OUT DIFFERENTLY BUT GOT TO GIVE
CREDIT TO JEFF AND HIS TEAM, THEY HAD A GREAT CAR TOO.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI FINISHING SECOND.
STILL SITTING UP THERE ATOP THE STANDINGS.
>>JEFF GORDON DID HAVE AN INCREDIBLE CAR OVER THE LONG RUN
AND MADE THE MOST OF IT TODAY. JEFF, OUR GOODYEAR SUPERIOR
PERFORMER FOR THIS FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON.
>>YEAH, CERTAINLY EYE ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP LIST RIGHT NOW.
THIS TEAM IS PERFORMING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL EVERY TYPE OF
TRACK.>>GOING TO KANSAS NEXT WEEK.
THAT’S WHO WON THERE THE LAST TIME WE WERE THERE.
>>SO JEFF GORDON WINS AT DOVER. THE FIRST CUTS ARE MADE IN THE
CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP. AND WE STILL HAVE MORE POSTRACE
COVERAGE TO COME. WE’LL HOPE TO HEAR FROM MORE
DRIVERS IN THE AFTERMATH OF TODAY’S 400-MILER AT THE MONSTER
MILE.>>>SO THE FIRST ROUND OF THE
CHASE, THE CHALLENGER ROUND IS DONE HERE TODAY AT DOVER AND WE
MOVE ON TO THE CONTENDER ROUND. KANSAS, CHARLOTTE AND TALLADEGA.
TALLADEGA ANOTHER ELIMINATION RACE THEN ON TO MARTINSVILLE AND
PHOENIX BEFORE THE FINALE. JOIN US AT THE TRACK,
NASCAR.COM/TICKETS, ALL OF THOSE WILL BE FUN TO SEE AS WE WORK
THROUGHOUT THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP.
TALK TO MORE OF THE DRIVERS FROM TODAY’S RACE.
BACK DOWN TO VINCE.>>FRUSTRATING DAY FOR KEVIN
HARVICK, THE DOMINANT CAR THROUGHOUT SO MUCH OF THE DAY
TODAY. NOT GETTING THE FINISH THAT
CERTAINLY I’M SURE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU GUYS DESERVE.
TAKE US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE LEFT FRONT AND
INITIALLY WHAT SET YOU BACK THERE.
>>KNOCKED THE INNER VALVE STEM OUT OF THE FRONT LUG NUT GOT IN
BETWEEN THE WHEEL AND BRAKE ROTOR AND KNOCKED THE STEM OUT.
CRAZY, JUST HANDING OUT EARLIER CHRISTMAS PRESENTS TO PEOPLE FOR
WINNING RACES THAT WE SHOULD BE WINNING BUT ALL IN ALL OUR
BUDWEISER GUYS DID A GREAT JOB. JUST CRAZY LUCK.
JUST UNBELIEVABLE THAT IT CAN HAPPEN, THE SHOCK BROKE FIRST
AND WE COULD BEAT THEM ON THREE SHOCKS BUT NOT THREE TIRES.
>>THE POINTS RESET FOR THE NEXT ROUND.
HOW ENCOURAGED BY HOW YOU’VE RUN THROUGH THE FIRST THREE RACES
THAT YOU STILL HAVE A TEAM OBVIOUSLY THAT’S CAPABLE OF
WINNING THIS CHAMPIONSHIPY.>>OH, WE CAN BEAT EVERY CAR IN
THE RACETRACK. WE NEED GOOD LUCK.
IF WE GET GOOD LUCK WE’LL WIN RACES AND HAVE A SHOT AT THE
CHAMPIONSHIP.>>THANKS FOR THE TIME, KEVIN.
>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. FINISHES 17th.
WHAT WAS YOUR DAY LIKE.>>WE HAD A PRETTY FRUSTRATING
DAY. THE CAR DIDN’T DRIVE VERY WELL
AND I THOUGHT WE HAD A LITTLE BETTER CAR IN PRACTICE BUT WE
JUST MISSED IT COMPLETELY. DIDN’T HAVE ANY SPEED.
FRUSTRATED WITH THE WAY THE BALANCE WAS.
I DROVE HARD. TEAM WORKED HARD BUT AND, YOU
KNOW, IT WAS AS GOOD AS WE COULD RUN SO THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO
WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT WE GET TO MOVE FORWARD AND START FROM
SCRATCH ON THE NEXT WEEKEND. TRUST ME, WE’LL GO TO WORK AND
TRY TO FIND EVERYTHING WE CAN TO GET BETTER BUT WE’RE CONCERNED
SO NOT BEEN A GOOD COUPLE OF WEEKS, WE NEED TO FIND SOMETHING
QUICK.>>THEY’LL GO TO WORK ON IT.
KANSAS IS NEXT.>>JOEY LOGANO WASN’T NERVOUS AT
ALL. HE KNEW HE WAS GOING ON TO THE
NEXT ROUND AFTER THAT EARLIER VICTORY BUT YOU HAD AN EVENTFUL
DAY. FELL BACK, WHAT, 22nd OR SO AND
MANAGED TO RACE YOUR WAY BACK IN.
HOW ENCOURAGED ARE YOU TO MOVE TO THE NEXT ROUND.
>>I FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT. THIS IS A LITTLE BIT OF A
TOUGHER WEEK FOR US. WE DIDN’T HAVE A VERY FAST CAR
FOR MOST OF THE TRACK AND ALL THE PENNZOIL GUYS DID A GREAT
JOB, GOT ME A CAR THAT’S PRETTY RACY AND STARTED 16th AND DROVE
TO TENTH QUICK AND HAD A TERRIBLE RESTART AND LOST
EVERYTHING WE GAINED AND THEN SOME AND FROM THERE IT WAS KIND
OF PUT FOUR TIRES ON IT, RESET AND DRIVE OUR WAY BACK UP THERE.
HARD FOUGHT DAY WHICH IS PRETTY NORMAL FOR HERE AT DOVER.
NEVER AN EASY DAY AT DOVER SO FLAT TO GET SOMETHING GOOD OUT
OF IT AND START THE NEXT ROUND AND TRY TO GET TO THE NEXT ONE.
>>SOMETHING GOOD OUT OF IT, UP DEED.
JOEY LOGANO FINISHES FOURTH.>>ALL RIGHT, VINCE, THANKS.
SO DMG AND ANDY, SO MANY STORIES COMING INTO THIS DAY, THE FIRST
EVER ELIMINATION RACE FROM THE CHASE AND THERE THE RACE ITSELF
ALSO, WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE IN A LITTLE BIT WHAT’S THE ONE PERSON
OR STORY YOU’LL BE THINKING OF THE MOST.
>>I THINK THE THING I THINK OF MOST IS KEVIN HARVICK AND THIS
RACE TEAM, HOW MANY TYPES THEY’VE BEEN FAST THIS YEAR
SINCE THEIR LAST WIN IN PARTICULAR.
CAN THEY GET BACK TO VICTORY LANE?
CAN THEY PUT AN ENTIRE RACE TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY
MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.>>I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF
QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT 4 TEAM BUT LOOK AT THE 2 CAR ON THE OTHER
SIDE AND HIM AND THE 24 ALSO BUT BRAD KESELOWSKI COULD HAVE WON
ALL THREE OF THE RACES IN THIS ROUND ANTICIPATE THAT’S WHAT I’M
LOOKING AT TO GO AND REALLY MAKE A STATEMENT IN THIS NEXT ROUND.
THEY’RE REALLY IN GOOD POSITION AND REMINDS ME A LOT WHEN THEY
WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2012. I THINK THEY’RE BACK TO THAT
FORM.>>SO NOW THESE TEAMS HAVE GONE
THROUGH THIS FIRST ELIMINATION STYLE DAY.
THE TAKEAWAY ON YOUR PART FROM THIS FORMAT AND THIS DAY IS
WHAT?>>BETTER THAN WHAT I EVEN
EXPECTED. I WAS EXCITED ABOUT THE
PROSPECTS OF THIS AND WHAT IT COULD BRING.
I THINK THAT WHAT WE’VE SEEN IT ADDS A LOT MORE PRESSURE AND
THIS PRESSURE IS ONLY GOING TO RAMP UP NOW AS YOU TRY TO RACE
12 DRIVERS FOR EIGHT SPOTS AND SO THAT’S ONLY GOING TO
INTENSIFY THINGS. I’M EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE
HERE.>>WE HEARD THEM TALK ABOUT HOW
MUCH PRESSURE IT IS AND THIS IS THE FIRST ROUND.
WAIT TILL YOU START GETTING THE SKWEESZ ON AS WE MOVE ON TO
ROUNDS, IT’S GRAY. I LOVE WHAT WE’RE SEEING AND THE
FANS DO TOO. A LOT OF DRAMA AND NOW EVERYBODY
IS TIED FOR THE LEAD AS WE GO TO KANSAS.
>>NOW COMBINE BOTH MY QUESTIONS TO YOU WITH THIS, THAT I WILL
TAKE AWAY FROM THIS DAY JEFF GORDON MAKING A STATEMENT IN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP BUT NICOLE JUST LIKE ANDY SAID A SECOND AGO THE
LEAD IS ALL WIPED AWAY AND EVERYBODY STARTS FROM SCRATCH
NEXT SUNDAY.>>I STILL SAY THAT PRESSURE
WILL INCREASE EXPONENTIALLY. SO NEXT WEEKEND IF YOU LIKE
VARIETY, THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES WILL BE SATURDAY 3:30
EASTERN ON ESPN. AT 12 DIFFERENT WINNERS IN THE
LAST 13 RACES AT KANSAS. YOU LIKE VARIETY IN THE CUP
SERIES, HOW ABOUT THIS, EIGHT DIFFERENT WINNERS IN THE LAST
NINE RACES, YOU CAN CATCH THAT RACE NEXT SUNDAY 1:00 EASTERN ON
ESPN. OF COURSE, JEFF GORDON WON THE
KANSAS RACE IN THE SPRING. HE WON HERE TODAY FOLLOWED BY
KESELOWSKI AND JIMMIE JOHNSON. INSIDE THE QUICKEN LOANS PIT
STUD DWROE THAT IS WHERE I WILL START WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON.
IT’S DOVER, WE EXPECTED HIM TO BE GOOD.
WE EXPECTED HIM POSSIBLY TO GO TO VICTORY LANE.
DID HE DO ENOUGH TO IMPRESS YOU?>>HE REALLY D HE FINISHED THIRD
AND RUN UP FRONT ALL DAY LONG. I THOUGHT HE DID A GREAT JOB.
I WAS CONCERNED JIMMIE MIGHT NOT BE BACK.
IN MY MIND HE IS BACK AND RAN STRONG ENOUGH HERE AT DOVER TO
PROVE TO ME, HEY, HE’S GOT WHAT IT TAKES BECAUSE HE’S HAD A
TOUGH SEASON, NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.
WE HAD HIM IN “COUNTDOWN.” HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION WITH
HIM. IT DID RUN GOOD.
>>HE DIDN’T LEAD A LAP, NOT A SINGLE LAP.
>>HE RUN UP FRONT. HE LOOKED GOOD.
>>COMING INTO THE RACE HE LED THE LAST 14 DOVER RACES.
THE LAST TIME HE FAILED TO HE’D A LAP AT DOVER HE WAS A ONE-TIME
CHAMP.>>YEAH, I THINK THE QUESTION
IS, DID HE RUN WELL TODAY BECAUSE THIS IS HIS BEST
RACETRACK OR HAS HE IMPROVED SOMEWHAT?
I DID SEE SOME STRENGTH TODAY BUT I EXPECTED TO LEAD LAPS AND
TO DOMINATE A LITTLE OUT OF THAT 48.
DIDN’T SEE THAT BUT THEY’RE IN THE MIX.
SLATE IS CLEAN. WE’LL SEE.
WE MOVE ON. WE’LL GO TO NEXT WEEK AND SEE
HOW STRONG HER.>>I DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT TEAM
PENSKE. ONCE AGAIN A STRONG PERFORMANCE
OUT OF BOTH OF THEIR DRIVER, BRAD KESELOWSKI FINISHED SECOND,
JOEY LOGANO FINISHED FOURTH. THEIR AVERAGE FINISHES IN THE
FIRST THREE RACES, 3.0 FOR BRAD, 3.3 FOR JOEY LOGANO.
IT’S NOT JUST ONE DRIVER, IT’S BOTH.
AS WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND ARE WE STILL LOOKING AT THEM?
>>OH, ABSOLUTELY LOOKING AT THEM.
THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. GOING INTO KANSAS CITY, AS FAST
MILE AND A HALF RACETRACK, THEY HAVE GOT WHAT IT TAKES RIGHT
THERE. JOEY LOGANO HAS PROVED HE’S
ALMOST A LITTLE BETTER THAN BRAD KESELOWSKI OF LATE ON THOSE MILE
AND A HALFS SO I THINK BOTH CARS WILL BE SOLANO.
I DIDN’T SEE A SCRATCH ON EITHER ONE OF THOSE CARS BY THE WAY
TODAY OF THE THEY HAD A SMOOTH RUN TODAY.
>>YEAH.>>SOLID.
>>I ALMOST FEEL BAD BECAUSE THEY’VE RUN SO WELL THAT THEY
DON’T UTILIZE THOSE POINTS GOING FORWARD.
I FEEL BAD FOR THEM. THAT’S AWFUL.
>>REALLY?>>YEAH.
>>YOUR CAR UNABLE TO ADVANCE.>>NO, NO, NO.
>>BUT HOW PROUD ARE YOU OF HOW FAR YOU’VE COME TO THIS POINT.
>>YEAH, THE EFFORT WAS THERE BUT WE RAN SO POORLY TODAY IF WE
HAD HAVE SNUCK INTO THE BOTTOM I WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN HAPPY BECAUSE
WE’RE NOT WHERE WE NEED TO BE BUT EVERYBODY WORKED REALLY HARD
AND WE’LL KEEP THE RACE CAR AND CAN FINISH AS HIGH AS FIFTH.
>>PERSONALLY I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HOW THIS CHASE PLAYS OUT,
ALLEN.>>ALL RIGHT, NICOLE, THANKS.
SO HERE AT DOVER TODAY, IN THE THIRD RACE IN THE CHASE FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP, KEVIN HARVICK DOMINATED LEADING OVER HALF THE
RACE. BUT A VALVE STEM KNOCKED OFF A
TIRE AND SENT HARVICK BACK AND WOUND UP FINISHING IN 13th.
LATE RACE DUAL BETWEEN JEFF GORDON AND BRAD KESELOWSKI FOR
THE WIN CAME OUT IN GORDON’S FAVOR PLAYED INTO THE HANDS OF
THE FOUR-TIME CHAMP WHOSE DRIVE FOR FIVE IS VERY MUCH ALIVE.
`NEXT WEEK IT IS KANSAS CITY, THE NATIONWIDE SERIES SATURDAY
3:30 EASTERN ON ESPN AND NEXT WEEK’S SPRINT CUP RACE PRESENTED
BY DODGE IS ESPN AT 1:00 EASTERN NEXT SUNDAY.
MORE COMING UP ON “SPORTSCENTER.”
HERE AT THE MONSTER MILE TODAY, JEFF GORDON TAKES HOME THE MINI
MONSTER TROPHY FOR HIS FIFTH WIN IN DELAWARE.

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