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September 21, 2008
Dover International Speedway
Dover, Delaware

Race 28 of 36 on Nextel Cup circuit
(2nd of 10 in "Chase for the Sprint Cup")

TV: ABC, 1 p.m. EDT

Laps: 400
Track length: 1 mile
Race length: 400 miles

Qualifying record: Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge, 161.522 mph, 2004
Race record: Mark Martin, Ford, 132.719 mph, 1997


Greg Biffle
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 16 Ford Fusion
2008 Earnings: $3,776,389
Chase Points: 5,190 (3rd)

Snapped 33-race winless skid by winning at New Hampshire to
start the Chase; moved up five spots to third in the standings;
through first 28 starts, has nine top fives and 12 top 10s;
claimed two poles this season at Darlington and Dover; also has
a pair of DNFs on the year, at Darlington and the second Daytona
race; has been in the top-12 in the standings since the
season-opening Daytona 500, where he finished 10th, and has
remained there for 26 straight weeks; finished second in the
2005 series standings, earning six victories; he is the only
driver to win Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series titles; did
not qualify for the Chase last season and wound up 14th in the
standings; ran second in this race last season and third here
in June.

Clint Bowyer
Team: Richard Childress Racing
2008 Earnings: $3,439,270
Chase Points: 5,137 (9th)

Finished 12th at Richmond to lock up final Chase berth, then ran
12th at New Hampshire; pulled off a shocking victory in the
Chase opener last season from the pole last year en route to
finishing a surprising third in the standings on the strength of
five top-10 finishes over the Chase; has one win on the year,
coming at the first Richmond race in May; in 27 starts this
season has four top fives and 12 top 10s; has not earned a pole,
but also has no DNFs on the year; is running double duty this
season and currently tops the Nationwide Series standings by
over 200 points; finished 12th here last season and 36th in

Jeff Burton
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 31 Chevrolet Impala
2008 Earnings: $4,177,059
Chase Points: 5,170 (4th)

Opened the Chase by running fourth at New Hampshire; one of the
circuit's most consistent drivers struggled entering the Chase;
ran in the top 15 through the first 17 races, but had an average
finish of 20th over last nine starts before the Chase -
including just two top 10s which came at the Brickyard and
Richmond; won first Bristol race for lone victory of the season;
has no poles this season and a pair of DNFs; finished eighth in
last season's standings, one year after placing seventh;
finished in the top 10 in half of the races last season,
including nine top fives; lone win of the 2007 season came in
April at Texas; finished the season strong with five top 10s
over the final six races; best overall finish was third in the
2000 standings; ran seventh in this race last season and eighth
here in June.

Kyle Busch
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Car: No. 18 Toyota Camry
2008 Earnings: $5,627,113
Chase Points: 5,146 (5th)

Championship hopes took a huge hit at New Hampshire as a broken
sway bar relegated him to a 34th-place finished; dropped to
eighth in the standings, 74 points behind the leader; first
season at Joe Gibbs Racing has seen him win eight races and post
15 top fives and 17 top 10s; had held on to the top spot for
17 consecutive weeks; win at Watkins Glen gave him a sweep of
the road courses following victory at Sonoma in June; prior to
win at the Glen had "slumped" with a 15th at the Brickyard and
36th at Pocono; also ran dead last at the first Pocono race; ran
17th at the first Bristol race after power steering failed and
transmission issues relegated him to 38th at Martinsville; has
wins at Atlanta, Talladega, Darlington, Dover and the second
Daytona race; runner-up finish at Richmond was marred by a
late-race incident with Dale Earnhardt Jr.; had the dominant car
and led the most laps at the Daytona 500; is building off a
solid run at Hendrick Motorsports in his move to JGR and Toyota;
finished fifth in the final 2007 standings after qualifying for
the Chase for the second consecutive season; ran fifth in this
race last season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 88 Chevrolet Impala
2008 Earnings: $3,755,670
Chase Points: 5,170 (4th)

The circuit's most popular driver started the Chase by running
fifth at New Hampshire; has been more consistent than
spectacular with nine top fives and 14 top 10s, posting just a
single DNF and claiming one pole; snapped a 76-race winless
stretch by winning first Michigan race on fumes; in 11 remaining
races before the Chase had an average finish of 16 and just two
top 10s; was involved in a late-race incident with Kyle Busch at
Richmond while racing for the win and wound up 15th; was the top
finishing Hendrick car at the Daytona 500 with a ninth-place
showing; made the move from his father's Dale Earnhardt Inc.,
where he won 17 Cup events, to Hendrick Motorsports; got off to
a good start with his new team by winning the Bud Shootout;
suffered through a tough final season at DEI, finishing 16th in
the standings; had 12 top 10s last season, but also posted 11
finishes of 25th or worse; finished third in this race last
season and 35th in June.

Carl Edwards
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 99 Ford Fusion
2008 Earnings: $5,897,600
Chase Points: 5,220 (1st)

Took over the top spot in the Chase after running third at New
Hampshire; has 12 top fives and 20 top 10s; finished second to
Jimmie Johnson at the Brickyard - his fourth runner-up this
season; was also second to Kyle Busch at Darlington, Dover and
the second Daytona race; was docked 100 points and fell from
the top spot in the standings after being penalized after his
win at Las Vegas; victory at Texas was his 10th career Cup win;
had the dominant car again at Atlanta, but blew an engine and
finished 42nd; ran 19th in the Daytona 500; qualified for the
Chase last year and won at Dover after placing 12th at New
Hampshire, but failed post-race inspection and was docked 25
points; penalty dropped him from third to sixth in the
standings and he never recovered as he eventually wound up
ninth; won the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship and is in
contention to win the title against this year.

Jeff Gordon
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 24 Chevrolet Impala
2008 Earnings: $4,371,420
Chase Points: 5,121 (11th)

Ran 10th at Pocono for his 10th top 10 of the season, but has
struggled since and dropped to 11th in the Chase after running
14th at New Hampshire; has yet to win this season but has nine
top-fives and 12 top 10s; has four DNFs this season after
posting just one last year; rebounded to finish fifth at Atlanta
after being involved in a scary late-race crash at Las Vegas
where he finished 35th; bounced back with a third at California
after opening 2008 season with a disappointing 39th in the
Daytona 500; only a dominant finish by teammate Jimmie Johnson
kept him from capturing a fifth championship last season;
finished with 10 top-10 finishes in the final 11 races - the
other finish in that span was an 11th at Dover; totaled a
remarkable 30 top-10 finishes and 21 top fives in 36 races last
year; had six checkered flags last season and 81 career, just
two shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; ran
11th in this race last year and fifth here in June.

Denny Hamlin
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Car: No. 11 Toyota Camry
2008 Earnings: $4,317,895
Chase Points: 5,148 (6th)

Started the Chase by running ninth at Loudon and remains sixth;
won once this season at Martinsville in March; through 27
starts, has nine top fives and 15 top 10s along with one pole at
the first Richmond race; has only two DNFs on the year; has been
in the top-12 in the standings since win at Martinsville and has
remained there for 20 straight weeks; struggled to a 12th-place
finish in the Chase last season with only three top-10s; in 2006
became the first - and thus far - only rookie to make the Chase,
going on to finish third in the standings; posted seven top-10s
in the 10 races that make up the Chase; ran 38th in this race
last season and dead last in June.

Kevin Harvick
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 29 Chevrolet Impala
2008 Earnings: $4,179,150
Chase Points: 5,134 (10th)

Started the Chase by finishing 10th at New Hampshire; posted six
top fives and 13 top 10s this season, and has no poles and no
DNFs on the year; entered the top-12 in the standings after
Pocono in the beginning of August and has remained there for
seven straight weeks; last year finished 10th in the Chase with
four top-10 finishes; in 2006 finished fourth in the Chase with
six top-10 finishes including wins at New Hampshire and Phoenix;
took an early lead in the 2006 Chase after winning at New
Hampshire from the pole, but a 32nd-place finish at Dover
knocked him out of the top spot; ran 20th here in this race
last year and 38th back in June.

Jimmie Johnson
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 48 Chevrolet Impala
2008 Earnings: $5,503,462
Chase Points: 5,220 (2nd)

Two-time reigning series champion barely missed out on third
straight win after being passed by Greg Biffle in the closing
laps at New Hampshire, settling for second; entered the Chase
with momentum after winning the past two races at California
and Richmond; also has wins at Phoenix and the Brickyard; in 27
starts has 10 top fives and 15 top 10s to go along with four
poles and just a single DNF; battled teammate Jeff Gordon for
the top spot in the Chase early last season, then took off -
winning four straight races over the second half of the Chase;
finished last season with 10 wins, 20 top fives, 24 top 10s,
yet failed to finish four races; in 2006 he came back from ninth
early in the Chase to win the championship with six top 10s
which included a win at Martinsville and four second-place
finishes; finished fifth in the 2005 standings and second in
2004, eight points behind Kurt Busch; ran 11th here last
September and finished seventh here in June.

Matt Kenseth
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 17 Ford Fusion
2008 Earnings: $4,193,770
Chase Points: 5,043 (12th)

Does not have a win this season remains 12th after running 40th
at New Hampshire; has six top fives and 15 top 10s with no
poles and no DNFs on the year; ran third at Daytona and first
Michigan race; finished 38th at Richmond and 41st at Talladega;
ran 38th at Phoenix following a ninth at Texas and 30th at
Martinsville; had consecutive top 10s at Bristol and Atlanta;
was 20th at Las Vegas due to a late-race incident with Jeff
Gordon; last season had a late-Chase surge with a win at the
season-ending race at Homestead, following a third at Phoenix
and second at Texas; finished fourth in the final standings;
won the series championship in 2003 despite capturing only one
checkered flag, prompting NASCAR to change to its current Chase
format; is running this season without long-time crew chief
Robbie Reiser who has been replaced atop the box by Chip Bolin;
ran 35th in this race last year and fourth here in June.

Tony Stewart
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Car: No. 20 Toyota Camry
2008 Earnings: $4,958,458
Chase Points: 5,147 (7th)

Is currently on a 40-race winless streak after running eighth at
New Hampshire; has nine top fives and 14 top 10s, along with no
poles and three DNFs on the year; finished fifth at Chicago in
first race since announcing he will leave JGR at the end of the
season to drive for his own Stewart-Haas Racing team next
season; finished second to teammate Kyle Busch at Atlanta, but
was vocal about the poor Goodyear tire quality; suffered a hard
crash at Las Vegas, injured his ankle and finished last; had
another disappointment in the Daytona 500, finishing third
despite having the lead with one lap to go; also clashed with
his team after finishing second to Jimmie Johnson at Richmond;
finished sixth in the Chase last season, one year after not
qualifying; won the 2005 championship for his second career
title; finished ninth in this race last year and 41st here in

2007 Top 10

1. Carl Edwards (99), Ford
2. Greg Biffle (16), Ford
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8), Chevrolet
4. Mark Martin (01), Chevrolet
5. Kyle Busch (5), Chevrolet
6. Casey Mears (25), Chevrolet
7. Jeff Burton (31), Chevrolet
8. Jamie McMurray (26), Ford
9. Tony Stewart, (20) Chevrolet
10. Juan Pablo Montoya (42), Dodge

Past Champions

2007 Carl Edwards, Ford, 101.846 mph
2006 Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 111.966 mph
2005 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 115.054 mph
2004 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 119.067 mph
2003 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 108.802 mph
2002 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 120.805 mph
2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 101.559 mph
2000 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 115.191 mph
1999 Mark Martin, Ford, 127.434 mph
1998 Mark Martin, Ford, 113.834 mph
1997 Mark Martin, Ford, 132.719 mph
1996 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 105.646 mph
1995 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 124.740 mph
1994 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 112.556 mph
1993 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 100.334 mph
1992 Ricky Rudd, Chevrolet, 115.289 mph
1991 Harry Gant, Oldsmobile, 110.179 mph
1990 Bill Elliott, Ford, 126.050 mph
1989 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 122.909 mph
1988 Bill Elliott, Ford, 109.349 mph
1987 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 124.706 mph
1986 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 114.329 mph
1985 Harry Gant, Chevrolet, 120.546 mph
1984 Harry Gant, Chevrolet, 111.857 mph
1983 Bobby Allison, Buick, 115.942 mph
1982 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 107.636 mph
1981 Neil Bonnett, Ford, 120.000 mph
1980 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 116.024 mph
1979 Richard Petty, Chevrolet, 114.366 mph
1978 Bobby Allison, Ford, 119.363 mph
1977 Benny Parsons, Chevrolet, 114.708 mph
1976 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 115.741 mph
1975 Richard Petty, Dodge, 111.372 mph
1974 Richard Petty, Dodge, 113.644 mph
1973 David Pearson, Mercury, 112.853 mph
1972 David Pearson, Mercury, 120.506 mph
1971 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 123.245 mph
1970 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 112.103 mph
1969 Richard Petty, Ford, 115.780 mph

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