Dover International Speedway
AJ Allmendinger on Dover: “I love going to Dover, it’s my favorite track on the circuit. It has high banks, it’s really fast and I’ve had a lot of success there over the years. It’s always been my favorite track since I started racing in the Cup Series in 2007, plus Dover has one of the greatest trophies of the season, so it’s one I really want to take home.
Miles the Monster is one of the coolest trophies they give out all year.
“Last year it was a place where I ran really well. I led 143 laps and I had a car that was capable of winning the race until a flat tire took me out of contention on Lap 200. That was the first race where I really felt like I could easily take the lead and I could run with the big boys. We ended up finishing 10th because of the flat tire, but it was still a great race because it was a sign that this team could run with anyone. It was really cool to take the lead and just drive away. I knew I had a great car last year and that gives me confidence going to Dover this weekend. I know I can make it happen and hopefully take home the win in my Best Buy Ford Fusion. I see these guys this year that are winning for the first time and I’m happy for them, but I want to be that guy so badly. Dover is a great track and I hope it happens for us this weekend.”
Crew Chief Mike Shiplett’s Thoughts on Dover: “I love going to Dover. Miles the Monster is one of the coolest trophies they give out all year. At last year’s spring race in Dover, we had a really good car, but one bad pit stop and a pit road speeding penalty took that away from us.
“The cars seems to get loose on entry during the race, so we will have to work on the right front wheel rate of the Best Buy Ford a lot during practice. Making good pit stops will be important. We don’t want to get a lap down, because it’s really hard to make it up at these short tracks.”
Chassis History: The No. 43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 710 for this weekend’s event at Dover International Speedway. This Best Buy Ford has been run previously this season at Bristol.
Notes: Allmendinger has eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway. Allmendinger’s best starting position at the one-mile track (second) came in 2010. During last year’s fall event Allmendinger led 143 of the 400 laps run and brought home a Top-10 finish. Allmendinger enters Dover in 11th position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings.
Ambrose on Dover: “Dover is a great track. I really enjoy going there and it’s one of my favorite tracks of the year. It’s always a tough race and a long race with 400 laps around the one-mile concrete oval. Physically it’s demanding and mentally it’s challenging. It’s a different style of race track with high banking and it’s a place where there is no such thing as a small crash. I had a decent run last weekend in Darlington and I’m looking forward to building off that momentum this weekend. I really enjoy working with my DEWALT team and I know they can put me in a position to take home the trophy at the end of the day. I really feel like this is the weekend my luck is going to change at Dover.”
Crew Chief Todd Parrott’s Keys to Getting Around Dover: “You need a car with good downforce at Dover. It’s like a big Bristol. It’s concrete so it has a lot of grip and you pull a lot of G’s. You can get loose going into the corners at the Monster Mile, but the biggest thing you fight is the car getting tight in the center and loose off the corners. Pit road is tricky because it comes up on the driver really fast. Marcos will need to make sure he hits his marks on pit road and doesn't miss the commitment mark. Pit road is tight and track position is everything at Dover. It’s a one-mile track and the cleaner the air is, the better the DEWALT Ford will run this weekend.”
Chassis History: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 754 for the 400-mile event at Dover International Speedway. This DEWALT Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Martinsville.
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Notes: Ambrose has five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway. His best finish (14th) at the one-mile track came in 2009. Ambrose enters the weekend in 22nd position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings after finishing 13th at Darlington last weekend.
Ambrose’s car will have a different look this weekend as DEWALT will return as the primary partner of the No. 9 Ford Fusion.
Don’t miss out on your chance to meet Ambrose. Marcos will be signing autographs at the Richard Petty Motorsports merchandise hauler Sunday, May 15 at 8:45 a.m. The first 75 guest in line at the merchandise hauler will receive a ticket that will allow them to take part in the autograph session.
Come join in on the fun! Richard Petty Motorsports will hold its second annual Fan Appreciation Day, Thursday, May 26 from 7-11:30 a.m. at the Richard Petty Motorsports shop in Concord, N.C. Get there early because the first 200 fans in line who donate a 24-pack of pencils to Classroom Central will receive a commemorative ticket allowing them access to the shop and an autograph session with Allmendinger, Ambrose and Richard Petty. Other activities include a Q-and-A session with the RPM drivers and Richard Petty hosted by Miss Sprint Cup, raffles, give-a-ways and a dunk tank with crew chiefs Todd Parrott and Mike Shiplett.