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AAA 400 Drive for Autism
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Venue Dover International Speedway
Location Dover, Delaware, United States
Corporate sponsor AAA
Autism Delaware (2007-2017)
First race 1969
Distance 400 miles (640 km)
Laps 400 (Stage 1: 120
Stage 2: 120
Stage 3: 160)
Previous names Mason-Dixon 300 (1969–1970)
Mason-Dixon 500 (1971–1983)
Budweiser 500 (1984–1994)
Miller Genuine Draft 500 (1995)
Miller 500 (1996–1997)
MBNA Platinum 400 (1998–2002)
MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 (2003)
MBNA America 400 "A Salute To Heroes" (2004)
MBNA RacePoints 400 (2005)
Neighborhood Excellence 400 (2006)
Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa (2007)
Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks (2008)
Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! (2009)
Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes (2010)
FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (2011–2015)
Most wins (driver) Bobby Allison
Jimmie Johnson (5)
Most wins (team) Hendrick Motorsports (9)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevrolet (19)
Circuit information
Surface Concrete
Length 1 mi (1.6 km)
Turns 4

The AAA 400 Drive for Autism is a 400-mile (640 km) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held annually at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, the other one being the Citizen Soldier 400, the fall race at Dover, for the NASCAR Chase for the Championship, it is the first of two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover. The 2007 Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa marked the first time that a NASCAR Cup race entitlement was dedicated to a non-profit organization, by the race's title sponsor, Visa Inc.[1]

Starting in 2007 thru 2017, Dover International Speedway announced that the 2007 race would be named the “Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa.", dedicating to increasing understanding and knowledge of autism spectrum disorders; to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; and to advocating for the needs of affected families.

Between 2001 and 2006, the race was broadcast in the United States on FX. Television coverage of the race moved to the Fox network beginning in 2007, but after eight years, the race returned to cable television with Fox Sports 1.[2]

2013 FedEx 400, won by Tony Stewart after a late-race penalty took Jimmie Johnson out of contention.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1969 July 6 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Ford 300 300 (482.803) 2:35:28 115.772 Report
1970 Sept 20 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 300 300 (482.803) 2:40:34 112.103 Report
1971 June 6 12 Bobby Allison Holman-Moody Mercury 500 500 (804.672) 4:30:40 123.119 Report
1972 June 4 12 Bobby Allison Richard Howard Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:12:49 118.019 Report
1973 June 3 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 500 500 (804.672) 4:10:32 119.745 Report
1974 May 19 11 Cale Yarborough Richard Howard Chevrolet 450* 450 (724.204) 3:54:40 115.057 Report
1975 May 18 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 500 500 (804.672) 4:57:32 100.82 Report
1976 May 16 72 Benny Parsons L.G. DeWitt Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:19:53 115.436 Report
1977 May 15 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:03:26 123.327 Report
1978 May 21 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 500 500 (804.672) 4:21:38 114.664 Report
1979 May 20 21 Neil Bonnett Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 500 500 (804.672) 4:29:37 111.269 Report
1980 May 18 15 Bobby Allison Bud Moore Engineering Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:23:28 113.866 Report
1981 May 17 90 Jody Ridley Junie Donlavey Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:17:18 116.595 Report
1982 May 16 88 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:09:43 120.136 Report
1983 May 15 22 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 500 500 (804.672) 4:21:13 114.847 Report
1984 May 20 43 Richard Petty Curb Racing Pontiac 500 500 (804.672) 4:12:42 118.717 Report
1985 May 19 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:03:43 123.094 Report
1986 May 18 5 Geoffrey Bodine Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:20:51 115.009 Report
1987 May 31 28 Davey Allison Ranier-Lundy Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:25:35 112.958 Report
1988 June 5 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:12:41 118.726 Report
1989 June 4 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:06:34 121.67 Report
1990 June 3 10 Derrike Cope Whitcomb Racing Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:02:01 123.96 Report
1991 June 2 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:09:41 120.152 Report
1992 May 31 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Racing Oldsmobile 500 500 (804.672) 4:34:05 109.456 Report
1993 June 6 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:44:06 105.6 Report
1994 June 5 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:52:36 102.529 Report
1995 June 4 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing Pontiac 500 500 (804.672) 4:10:15 119.88 Report
1996 June 2 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 4:04:25 122.741 Report
1997 June 1 10 Ricky Rudd Rudd Performance Motorsports Ford 500 500 (804.672) 4:21:42 114.635 Report
1998 May 31 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 3:20:46 119.522 Report
1999 June 6 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 400 400 (643.737) 3:19:00 120.603 Report
2000 June 4 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 400 400 (643.737) 3:39:09 109.514 Report
2001 June 3 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:19:24 120.361 Report
2002 June 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:24:10 117.551 Report
2003 June 1 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 400 400 (643.737) 3:44:31 106.896 Report
2004 June 6 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 4:07:19 97.042 Report
2005 June 5 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 3:15:43 122.626 Report
2006 June 4 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 3:38:27 109.865 Report
2007 June 4* 1 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:21:45 118.95 Report
2008 June 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 400 (643.737) 3:18:04 121.171 Report
2009 May 31 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:28:16 115.237 Report
2010 May 16 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 400 (643.737) 3:06:21 128.79 Report
2011* May 15 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 400 (643.737) 3:11:07 125.578 Report
2012 June 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:15:23 122.835 Report
2013 June 2 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:14:51 123.172 Report
2014 June 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 400 (643.737) 3:23:52 117.724 Report
2015 May 31 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 405* 405 (651.784) 3:23:16 119.547 Report
2016 May 15 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 400 (643.737) 3:39:29 109.348 Report

Notes[edit]

  • 1974: Race shortened due to energy crisis.
  • 2007: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 2011: First time the starting lineup was set by the practice times of the drivers (fastest gets pole) because of the new NASCAR qualifying rule for 2011.
  • 2015: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. Jimmie Johnson scored his 10th win at Dover, the most of any driver.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
5 Bobby Allison 1971, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1983
Jimmie Johnson 2002, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
3 David Pearson 1973, 1975, 1978
Richard Petty 1969, 1970, 1984
Matt Kenseth 2006, 2011, 2016
2 Cale Yarborough 1974, 1977
Bill Elliott 1985, 1988
Dale Earnhardt 1989, 1993
Jeff Gordon 1996, 2001
Kyle Busch 2008, 2010
Tony Stewart 2000, 2013

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
9 Hendrick Motorsports 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
5 Joe Gibbs Racing 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2016
4 Wood Brothers Racing 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
Roush Fenway Racing 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011
2 Petty Enterprises 1969, 1970
Richard Howard 1972, 1974
DiGard Motorsports 1982, 1983
Melling Racing 1985, 1988
Richard Childress Racing 1989, 1993
Penske Racing 1994, 2003

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
19 Chevrolet 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
13 Ford 1969, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011
5 Mercury 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
4 Pontiac 1984, 1995, 1999, 2000
3 Toyota 2008, 2010, 2016
1 Plymouth 1970
Buick 1983
Oldsmobile 1992
Dodge 2003

Notable moments[edit]

  • 2014: Coming off turn two, A. J. Allmendinger came across Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and got loose. He collected Greg Biffle and both got loose. Biffle went into the wall tail-first, hit Stenhouse, and sent him into the outside wall and head first into the inside one on the backstretch. Landon Cassill and Ryan Truex also spun out in Turn 1. This brought out the third caution of the race. The race was then red-flagged, while Justin Allgaier also took damage when he was clipped in the side by Biffle. Kevin Harvick took the lead from Johnson on lap 142 while on lap 157, Jamie McMurray hit a piece on concrete in Turn 2, hit the wall in Turn 3 and brought out the fourth caution. This happened in a similar fashion to Jeff Gordon at Martinsville Speedway in 2004. NASCAR was forced to red flag the race for a second time to fix a hole in the track, while the concrete also damaged the glass covering the crossover bridge that crosses over the top of Turn 2. The race was suspended for 22 minutes, with Harvick holding the lead at the restart. However, just after the restart, Harvick had a tire go down and Matt Kenseth took the lead, Johnson retook the lead on lap 179, and upon completing lap 215, he became the all-time leader in laps led at Dover. Bowman hit the wall for a third time in turn 1 and brought out the fifth caution on lap 218. J. J. Yeley brought out the sixth caution on lap 240 after blowing his engine, while debris brought out the seventh caution with forty laps to go. Casey Mears' right-rear tire came apart and the inner-liner rubber that came off the tire brought out the eighth caution with eight laps to go. Johnson held off a four lap charge by Brad Keselowski to take his second win of the season – successively, for the 13th time in his career – and 68th of his career. "It is incredible," Johnson said. "This race car was awesome. I just have so much to be thankful for. Chad (crew chief Knaus) told me I'd love the car, and sure enough, from the time we unloaded the car, he was right." Keselowski described his day as "up and down" and that his car did not progress as much as he had liked until the halfway mark of the race.[3]
  • 2015: For the first few laps, Truex, Jr. kept Hamlin from getting a big lead, but as the field caught the tail end of the field, Hamlin jumped to a bigger lead. Eventually, Truex, Jr. took back the lead on lap 145. The second round of pit stops began on lap 150 when Clint Bowyer hit pit road. Truex, Jr. surrendered the lead to pit on lap 158 and gave it to Hamlin. He pitted on lap 160 and handed the lead to teammate Carl Edwards. He pitted on lap 162 and handed the lead to Dale Earnhardt Jr. The second caution flew on lap 163 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had a tire blow out and slammed the wall in turn 2. David Gilliland was tagged for speeding on pit road during the green flag stops and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. Edwards was tagged for taking equipment out of the pit box after the wrench used to adjust the track bar got stuck in the hole and restarted the race from the tail end of the field.[4] The race restarted on lap 169 with Truex, Jr. in the lead. The third caution of the race flew on lap 176 for a 3-car wreck on the front stretch.[5] This began when Trevor Bayne, while exiting turn 4, was moving up the track and got turned by Michael Annett. He overcorrected, turned down, and hit the inside wall. Annett continued to ride the wall before getting rear-ended by Allgaier. Annett continued on, but Allgaier did not. While Truex opted not to pit, most of the cars on the lead lap behind him did.[6] The race restarted with two laps to go at a scheduled green-white-checker finish, Johnson shot ahead of teammate Kasey Kahne and held off Harvick to score his tenth career win at Dover.[7] He became the fifth driver to have 10 or more wins at a single track.[8]
  • 2016: The race at Dover moved up two weeks before the All-Star Race at Charlotte, A major multi-car wreck occurred after ther restart just past the start/finish line brought out the 11th caution of the race.[9] Johnson's car stalled out, fell backwards and caused an 18-car wreck.[10] Johnson, Truex, Harvick, McMurray, Newman, A. J. Allmendinger, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Hamlin, Biffle, Casey Mears, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard and Michael McDowell were all collected in the wreck.[11] Johnson said afterwards that as soon as he "went from second and tried to go into third, I kind of got up into the neutral gate of the transmission and it didn't even want to go to third," Johnson said. "It stopped before it ever went to third. And then I tried fourth and third and eventually I got hit from behind...I thought maybe I missed a shift, but it wouldn't go into gear. Martin was good and patient with me. He gave me a couple of opportunities to try to find a gear but it just locked out and wouldn't go into gear for some reason."[12] The subsequent cleanup forced the red flag to fly. The red flag was lifted after 11 minutes and 22 seconds, The race restarted with 35 laps to go. Despite a hard fought battle towards the finish with Larson and Chase Elliott, Kenseth – who assumed the lead after the multi-car wreck with 46 laps to go – drove on to score the victory.[13]

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1974 ABC Bill Flemming Chris Economaki
1981 Mizlou Mike Joy
1983 Ken Squier Phil Parsons
1984 Mike Joy
1985
1986
1987 ESPN Larry Nuber Jerry Punch
1988 Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett
Gary Nelson
1989 Benny Parsons
Ned Jarrett
1990
1991 TNN Mike Joy Buddy Baker
Phil Parsons
1992 Buddy Baker
Neil Bonnett
1993
1994 Buddy Baker
1995 Buddy Baker
Dick Berggren
1996 Eli Gold
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007 Fox
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015 FS1
2016 Darrell Waltrip
Jeff Gordon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Racing for a cure", Pete Schnatz, June 1, 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer, Retrieved June 4, 2007
  2. ^ Paulsen (June 1, 2015). "Shift to Cable Means Lower Overnight For NASCAR From Dover". Sports Media Watch. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ Pistone, Pete (June 1, 2014). "Johnson on Dover Cloud Nine". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pennell, Jay (May 31, 2015). "Carl Edwards' hopes for second win in a row take a hit on pit road". FoxSports.com. Dover, Delaware: Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ McFadin, Daniel (May 31, 2015). "Martin Truex, Jr. leads halfway through the Fedex 400 at Dover International Speedway". nascartalk.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ "2015 FedEx 400". Sprint Cup Series. Season 67. Dover, Delaware. May 31, 2015. Event occurs at 1:17 p.m. Fox Sports. Fox Sports 1. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ Gluck, Jeff (May 31, 2015). "Jimmie Johnson makes history, wins at Dover". USA Today. Dover, Delaware: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ Gelston, Dan (May 31, 2015). "Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover". AP Sports. Dover, Delaware: Associated Press. Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 8, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ Walter, Andy (May 15, 2016). "Most race contenders out following 18-car crash". Delaware State News. Dover, Delaware: Independent Newsmedia Inc. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ Hembree, Mike (May 15, 2016). "Jimmie Johnson triggers Big One at Dover when gear shift fails". USA Today. Dover, Delaware: Gannett Company. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  11. ^ Pistone, Pete (May 15, 2016). "Huge Crash Red Flags Dover". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  12. ^ Weaver, Matt (May 15, 2016). "NASCAR: Johnson's transmission failure triggers 18-car crash". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ Gelston, Dan (May 15, 2016). "Kenseth holds off Larson for thrilling victory at Dover". Associated Press. Dover, Delaware: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 

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