Dover II: Goodyear Racing race report

Dover II: Goodyear Racing race report
Dec 10, 2006, 4:21 AM

Winner: Jeff Burton, driver of the ...

Winner: Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 Cingular Chevrolet from Richard Childress Racing

Top-five finishers: Burton, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle

Race recap: Jeff Burton broke a 175-race winless streak on Sunday at Dover after he battled Matt Kenseth lap after closing lap and finally took the lead with six laps remaining before Kenseth's tank ran dry two circuits from the end. After leading the most laps on the day, Kenseth finished in 10th place. Gordon sat on the pole for the first time in 47 races, for the 55th pole of his Cup career, with a qualifying speed of 156.162 mph.

More importantly, the victory boosted Burton into the Nextel Cup Series championship points lead after this second of 10 races in the Chase. Jeff Gordon follows six points back, Kenseth and Denny Hamlin are tied 18 down, followed by Kevin Harvick -54, Mark Martin -75, Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- 102, Jimmie Johnson -136, Kasey Kahne -182, and Kyle Busch -- 224.

Goodyear quote from Phil Holmer, sales and marketing manager for stock cars: "Dover rewards cars that handle well and penalizes those that don't. That was the case Sunday when some cars under long green runs had to pit earlier than those that had it right. Our Goodyear Eagle tires were identical to those we brought to the Dover race earlier this year and, again, they performed well on the majority of the field that comprised the well handling cars."

Companion race: The Busch Series Dover 200 overtime victory under cloudy skies on Saturday was claimed Clint Bowyer, driver of the #2 AC Delco Chevrolet. He finished 0.547 seconds ahead of Matt Kenseth, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray and Jason Leffler. Bowyer held off a 25-lap challenge to the finish by Kenseth in the race with a record 13 caution flags for 46 laps, with five drivers swapping the lead five times. The winner's average speed was a slow 96.908 mph. By contrast, Scott Riggs had started from the pole after qualifying at 154.799 mph. Harvick holds the points lead by a 699 point margin over Carl Edwards.

Other NASCAR action: The Craftsman Truck Series ran on Saturday night on Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. It was Mike Skinner who started from the pole and also took the victory in the 146-lap Smith's Las Vegas 350. He averaged 117.812 mph on the newly rebuilt speedway that increased its banking from 12 to 20 degree banking in turns, and from three to nine degrees in backstretch. Skinner led 114 laps. Rounding out the top five were Ted Musgrave, Mike Bliss, Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday. Meanwhile, Todd Bodine continues as the series' points leader.

-credit: goodyear racing

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