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Not to be confused with another AAA-sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Texas Motor Speedway, see AAA Texas 500.
AAA 400
AAA 400 race logo.png
Venue Dover International Speedway
Sponsor AAA
First race 1971
Distance 400 miles (643.737 km)
Laps 400
Previous names

Delaware 500 (1971-1978, 1984-1988)

CRC Chemicals 500 (1979-1982)

Budweiser 500 (1983)

Peak Performance 500 (1989)

Peak AntiFreeze 500 (1990-1992)

SplitFire Spark Plug 500 (1993-1994)

MBNA 500 (1995-1996)

MBNA 400 (1997)

MBNA Gold 400 (1998-1999)

MBNA.com 400 (2000)

MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400 (2001)

MBNA All-American Heroes 400 (2002)

MBNA America 400 (2003-2004)

MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400 (2005)

Dover 400 (2006)

Dodge Dealers 400 (2007)

Camping World RV 400 (2008)

The AAA 400 is the second of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car races held at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. It is held on the last weekend of September. It is the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup after the 2011 realignment.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1971 October 17 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 500 500 (804.672) 4:03:25 123.254 Report
1972 September 17 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 500 500 (804.672) 4:08:57 120.506 Report
1973 September 16 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 500 500 (804.672) 4:25:50 112.852 Report
1974 September 15 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 500 500 (804.672) 4:23:59 113.64 Report
1975 September 14 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 500 500 (804.672) 4:29:22 111.372 Report
1976 September 19 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson &
Associates
Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:19:12 115.74 Report
1977 September 18 Benny Parsons L.G. DeWitt Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:21:32 114.708 Report
1978 September 17 Bobby Allison Bud Moore Engineering Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:11:20 119.323 Report
1979 September 16 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:22:19 114.366 Report
1980 September 14 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:18:34 116.024 Report
1981 September 20 Neil Bonnett Wood Brothers Racing Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:10:00 119.561 Report
1982 September 19 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson &
Associates
Buick 500 500 (804.672) 4:38:43 107.642 Report
1983 September 18 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 500 500 (804.672) 4:18:45 116.077 Report
1984 September 16 Harry Gant Mach 1 Racing Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:28:12 111.856 Report
1985 September 15 Harry Gant Mach 1 Racing Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:08:52 120.538 Report
1986 September 14 Ricky Rudd Bud Moore Engineering Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:22:24 114.329 Report
1987 September 20 Ricky Rudd Bud Moore Engineering Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:00:34 124.706 Report
1988 September 18 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:34:21 109.349 Report
1989 September 17 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:04:05 122.909 Report
1990 September 16 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 500 500 (804.672) 3:58:00 125.945 Report
1991 September 15 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Racing Oldsmobile 500 500 (804.672) 4:32:17 110.179 Report
1992 September 20 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:20:13 115.289 Report
1993 September 19 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Pontiac 500 500 (804.672) 4:59:00 100.334 Report
1994 September 18 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:26:32 112.556 Report
1995 September 17 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:00:30 124.74 Report
1996 September 15 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:43:58 105.646 Report
1997 September 21 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 3:00:50 132.719 Report
1998 September 20 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 3:30:50 113.834 Report
1999 September 26 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 3:08:20 127.434 Report
2000 September 24 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 400 400 (643.737) 3:28:21 115.191 Report
2001 September 23 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:56:19 101.559 Report
2002 September 22 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:18:40 120.805 Report
2003 September 21 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 400 400 (643.737) 3:40:35 108.802 Report
2004 September 26 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 400 400 (643.737) 3:21:34 119.067 Report
2005 September 25 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 404* 404 (650.174) 3:30:41 115.054 Report
2006 September 24 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:34:21 111.966 Report
2007 September 23 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 3:55:39 101.846 Report
2008 September 21 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 3:30:13 114.168 Report
2009 September 27 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:22:11 118.704 Report
2010 September 26 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:02:27 131.543 Report
2011 October 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 400 400 (643.737) 3:30:59 119.413 Report
2012 September 30 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge* 400 400 (643.737) 3:11:53 125.076 Report
2013 September 29 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:03:20 130.909 Report

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
5 Jimmie Johnson 2002, 2005, 2009–2010, 2013
4 Richard Petty 1971, 1974–1975, 1979
3 Harry Gant 1984–1985, 1991
Ricky Rudd 1986–1987, 1992
Mark Martin 1997–1999
2 David Pearson 1972–1973
Darrell Waltrip 1980, 1982
Bobby Allison 1978, 1983
Bill Elliott 1988, 1990
Rusty Wallace 1993–1994
Jeff Gordon 1995–1996
Ryan Newman 2003–2004

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
8 Hendrick Motorsports 1992, 1995–1996, 2002, 2005, 2009–2010, 2013
6 Penske Racing 1993–1994, 2003–2004, 2011–2012
5 Roush Fenway Racing 1997–1999, 2007–2008
4 Petty Enterprises 1971, 1974–1975, 1979
3 Wood Brothers Racing 1972–1973, 1981
Bud Moore Engineering 1978, 1986–1987
2 Junior Johnson & Associates 1976, 1982
DiGard Motorsports 1980, 1983
Mach 1 Racing 1984–1985
Melling Racing 1988, 1990
Richard Childress Racing 1989, 2006

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
17 Chevrolet 1976–1977, 1979–1980, 1984–1985, 1989, 1992, 1995–1996, 2001–2002, 2005–2006, 2009–2010, 2013
12 Ford 1978, 1981, 1986–1988, 1990, 1994, 1997–1999, 2007–2008
6 Dodge 1974–1975, 2003–2004, 2011–2012
2 Mercury 1972–1973
Buick 1982–1983
Pontiac 1993, 2000
1 Plymouth 1971
Oldsmobile 1991

Notable races[edit]

2013 AAA 400
  • 1971: Bobby Allison dominated the race until a lug bolt broke on a pit stop, putting Richard Petty into the lead in the final 100 laps en route to the win.
  • 1975: Richard Petty put the entire field two laps down until at Lap 350 he ran over debris from a backmarker's blown engine that broke a tie rod. Petty spent eight laps in the pits getting a new tie rod and came out six laps down. While Lennie Pond blew his engine Petty erased all six laps, but needed a late yellow when Buddy Arrington stopped on the track with fifteen to go. Petty breezed to the win, leaving runner-up Dick Brooks angry at Arrington, who'd recently purchased a transporter from Petty Enterprises: "I guess Arrington needed that truck paid for."
  • 1976: Cale Yarborough lost two laps on two separate occasions and made them up en route to the win.
  • 1977: Benny Parsons dominated the race after Lap 250.
  • 1978: Bobby Allison won after a recent visit to the Mayo Clinic for a checkup.
  • 1979: Richard Petty, Donnie Allison, and Cale Yarborough battled over the final 30 laps; Petty edged Allison by a hood at the stripe.
  • 1980: Darrell Waltrip took the win, his final for DiGard Racing.
  • 1981: Neil Bonnett stormed to his second win in the 1981 season's last three races as hard-luck Harry Gant led 178 laps but blew his engine with 63 laps to go.
  • 1983: Bobby Allison edged Geoff Bodine for the win, his sixth of the season en route to his only Winston Cup title.
  • 1986: Ricky Rudd took his first Dover win as title contenders Dale Earnhardt and Tim Richmond crashed and raced each other with damaged race cars despite being multiple laps down.
  • 1991: Multiple crashes put Harry Gant alone on the lead lap for his third straight win of September 1991.
  • 1992: Ricky Rudd edged Bill Elliott as Alan Kulwicki crashed, putting him seemingly out of the season point chase.
  • 1993: Tire failures and crashes, including a multi-car melee detonated when Rusty Wallace hammered another car into the path of the leaders, plagued the 1993 500 won by Wallace.
  • 1995: In a race with only five yellows Jeff Gordon and Bobby Hamilton dominated en route to a 1-2 finish.
  • 1996: Gordon and Dale Earnhardt battled amid an epidemic of crashes. Ernie Irvan crashed ahead of Derrike Cope and crew chief Larry McReynolds attacked Cope in the garage area. A three-car melee led to a near-brawl on the track between Jimmy Spencer and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Following this race NASCAR raised the sanction fee for a 500-mile race, forcing Dover to cut back to 400 miles.
  • 2000: Tony Stewart went on to win the season sweep at Dover. This race also marked the first career start for driver Kurt Busch who replaced driver Chad Little in the John Deere Ford.
  • 2001: In the first NASCAR sactioned Cup race following the September 11, 2001 attacks, (the previous race scheduled for New Hampshire Speedway was postponed until the end of the season) a silent lap 3, which was a season-long scheduled event in memory of Dale Earnhardt who had died in a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500, was changed to include the memory of the victims of the attacks. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the race and celebrated by doing a Polish victory lap while holding an American flag in salute.
  • 2006: Jeff Burton broke a 175 race winless streak passing Matt Kenseth with 8 laps to go. This was a very emotional win for Jeff.
  • 2009: Joey Logano flipped 8 times in turn 3 after being tapped by Tony Stewart, though a couple cars ahead of Logano had braked going into the corner. Logano suffered no injuries from the wreck.
  • 2013: Jimmie Johnson held off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to take his eighth win at Dover, breaking a tie with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most all-time wins at the track. For Johnson, it allowed him to redeem himself for the restart line violation (when he'd jumped Juan Pablo Montoya on a late restart with 20 laps to go) that had cost him a shot at winning the race in June.

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2013 ESPN Allen Bestwick Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree
2012
2011
2010 Marty Reid
2009 ABC Jerry Punch
2008
2007 Rusty Wallace
Andy Petree
2006 TNT Bill Weber Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
2005
2004 Allen Bestwick
2003
2002
2001
2000 TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker
Dick Berggren
1999
1998 Ken Squier
1997 Eli Gold
1996
1995 Mike Joy
1994 Buddy Baker
1993 Buddy Baker
Neil Bonnett
1992
1991
1990 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons
Ned Jarrett
1989
1988 Ned Jarrett
1987 Larry Nuber
1986 Mizlou Steve Grad Dick Brooks
1985 Mike Hogewood
1984 Ken Squier Donnie Allison
1983 TNN Steve Evans Brock Yates
1982 Diamond P

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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