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Contact: Gary Camp
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Dover International Speedway
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May 14, 2010

Aric Almirola wins his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway

DOVER, Del. -- Given that NASCAR vehicles do not have fuel gauges, teams manage to do a remarkable job of knowing how much fuel is in their machines. That’s why the end of Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway was such a surprise.

In a race that needed overtime due to late race incidents, Aric Almirola drove away on a restart while, in his rearview mirror, no fewer than three of his closest competitors ran out of gas. Almirola got a great jump on a green-white-checkered finish and drove to his first career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“We had a good truck yesterday,” Almirola said. “As soon as we unloaded we had a really fast truck. It wouldn’t bust out a good lap like Kyle did, but it was really good on a long run. The last couple weekends we’ve outsmarted ourselves and tried things that really didn’t work out for us. So we just went back to basics, doing the things we know how to do and doing them well. It’s a dream come true.”

Busch dominated the day, leading the vast majority of the race's 204 total laps. But, as has often been his downfall in recent years at Dover over all three NASCAR series, Busch’s dominant car was struck down by bad luck. On this day, it came in the form of a lack of fuel. Busch, Todd Bodine and Justin Lofton all found themselves with empty tanks when they hit the gas pedal upon seeing the green flag wave at lap 202 to start the green-white-checkered finish.

“I really thought when I had to restart behind Kyle, I was going to have to race him for the win,” Almirola said. “That would have been a lot of fun. But I'll take it any way I can get it.”

Almirola’s good luck at the end of the race balanced out some bad luck he had earlier on. Almirola had to make a green flag pit stop on lap 80 due to his right front tire coming apart. He was able to guide the truck in with no damage and change the damaged tire, but went back out two laps down.

“To come back from two laps down, fighting hard and getting one lap back, then getting on the lead lap and coming back again, you have to have a phenomenal truck to do what we did today, and I’m not going to take any credit for that,” Almirola said.

Almirola jumped into the points lead with the victory, taking a 27-point cushion over Todd Bodine. The victory came in his 55th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

James Buescher finished second after starting the race in 10th. He too recovered from an early mishap, a spin-out that drew the day’s first caution.

“We kind of missed it in qualifying a little bit,” Buescher said. “When the race started, our truck wasn’t like it was in practice yesterday. To come back and finish second, it was pretty tough.”

Lofton finished third in his Dover debut despite his empty tank. He did so with a truck that his team changed up a bit, only to change everything back before the race.

“We unloaded off the truck pretty good,” Lofton said. “In the second practice, we thought we’d make some positive changes and they were really bad. We went back and put the setup we had back in the truck, and did very minimal adjustments throughout the race. It was probably one of the best trucks I’ve driven so far this year.”

Buescher’s teammate Ricky Carmichael finished fourth, his best career finish in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. It too came with some adversity. Carmichael wrecked in both practice and qualifying and had to start from the back of the field.

“The end result was good,” he said. “Just can’t believe it. The weekend started out horrible. But we got a little bit of luck, and that’s why we call it racing and that’s why we race every lap. You’ve got to get lucky every now and then.”

Almirola’s win continued the 11-year streak of having no repeat winners in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Monster Mile.

Great seats still remain for both the Saturday, May 15 “Heluva Good! 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sunday, May 16 “Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEY’S Milk & Milkshakes” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate three tracks in three states, and present several hundred motorsports events each year. This includes 14 major, national events which include races sanctioned by NASCAR and the NHRA. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. For further information log on to www.DoverMotorsports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact: Gary Camp
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May 14, 2010

Martin Truex Jr. secures the pole position for Sunday’s “Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEY’S Milk & Milkshakes” at the Monster Mile

DOVER, Del. – It’s been eight years since Martin Truex, Jr. came to Dover International Speedway and made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut driving his dad’s No. 56 car. On Friday, he returned to Dover for the first time in his new No. 56, now driving for Michael Waltrip Racing, and continued to add to his list of triumphs at the Monster Mile.

Truex secured the pole for Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEY’S Milk & Milkshakes with a lap of 157.315 mph, edging out Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson for the top spot. It’s his first pole at Dover and comes in the same race where Truex scored his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win back in June 2007.

“It was a good lap,” Truex said. “We had a really good practice coming in today. Qualifying this year is something we’ve struggled with, and we’ve put quite a bit of effort into coming up with a plan, and it worked for us.”

Martin, another perennial strong performer at Dover, actually wasn’t that pleased with his car in practice after they were just 17th quickest in the session. So his team’s third-place qualifying result was a surprise.

“Through our experience here, we made a judgment on some changes and hit it just right,” Martin said. “I really got a great lap. It was a little eventful up off of Turn 2. I had to lift out of the gas there for just a split second. It was fixin’ to get big there for just a second. I was real happy to be that fast, and was on a pole run up till that point.”

Kahne, who qualified second, had similar sentiments and anticipated more adjustments during Saturday’s practice sessions.

“It was a good run for us,” Kahne said. “I think we started in the same spot last year. So we’re looking forward to Sunday. We need to keep working on the car tomorrow.”

With Truex running his first season for Michael Waltrip Racing, his team has had to concentrate on setting up cars for races. This week, the team put some extra work into being ready to make a good qualifying run, and that work paid off when the time came.

“For the most part, we’ve been concentrating a lot more on race trim because we don’t have those notes to go off of,” Truex said. “This week we said we’re going to run 30 minutes of race trim [in practice] and then we’re going to qualifying. Just being prepared and having a good plan worked for us. Fortunately we were fast as soon as we went to qualifying trim, which made it easier. It definitely worked for us today.”

Truex hails from Mayetta, N.J., and has long considered Dover to be his home track. After his 2001 arrival on the NASCAR Nationwide Series scene, Truex used wins at Dover in fall 2004 and the spring 2005 as part of his charge to two consecutive series championships. He followed up those Dover achievements with his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup win at the 2007 Autism Speaks 400. He’ll now look to add to that list on Sunday.

“Everything’s going great so far,” Truex said. “It’s been a good day and I’m so proud of my team. To come here with my old number, 56, which has always been so special to me, is great. Hopefully the best is yet to come, and we’ll be in here talking on Sunday.”

Jimmie Johnson quickest in practice
The first practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers at Dover on Friday saw a familiar name at the top. Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the opening crack for drivers at the Monster Mile, turning a lap of 158.367 mph on the eighth of his ten times around the circuit.

Johnson, the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion, has won five career races at Dover including a sweep of both the May and September events in 2009. He’ll look to make it three in a row when he starts from the fifth position on Sunday.

“It’s been a great track for me over the years,” Johnson said of the Monster Mile. “When I think back to my first time driving at the track was probably in 1998. I loved the track when I came here and still today, it’s one of the tracks that really challenges the drivers in a lot of ways.”

Elliott Sadler wrecks
Elliott Sadler ran into some bad luck during practice, blowing a tire and hitting the wall. He was forced to his backup car and will start at the back of the field on Sunday.

“We think the sway bar was rubbing inside the right front tire,” Sadler said. “It’ll make it tough, starting in the back of the field. It’s a long race and we’ll just have to persevere and make the most of it.”

Brian Vickers hospitalized
There was wide concern throughout the garage Friday for the health of Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota. Vickers was hospitalized in Washington, D.C. late Wednesday after doctors found numerous blood clots in his chest and legs, and as a result will miss Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Casey Mears will drive the No. 83 in Vickers’ place.

Jay Frye, the vice president and general manager of Red Bull Racing, said Vickers was in Washington in advance of an event at Walter Reed Medical Center when he felt some discomfort in his chest and went to an area hospital to get checked out. Frye said a CT scan revealed the clots.

“He’s being given medication to dissolve the clots,” Frye said. “They don’t know at this point why it happened or what caused it to happen.”

The incident, while relatively minor to Vickers’ overall health, will deal a severe blow to the team’s “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” hopes. Vickers entered the week 20th in points and will lose additional ground by missing the race.

Great seats still remain for both the Saturday and Sunday events at Dover International Speedway. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate three tracks in three states, and present several hundred motorsports events each year. This includes 14 major, national events which include races sanctioned by NASCAR and the NHRA. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. For further information log on to www.DoverMotorsports.com

 

 

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