Sep 29, 2013; Dover, DE, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (39) races alongside Denny Hamlin (11) during the AAA 400 at Dover Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

NASCAR Fast Facts: FedEx 400 From Dover

Every week Beyond The Flag will present the NASCAR Fast Facts which will have a handful of fun factoids that will help you prepare for the upcoming race. This Sunday the circuit is heading to the Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400.

The race can be seen live on FOX with coverage beginning at 12:30 PM ET. The green flag is expected to wave at approximately 1:15 PM ET. Last season Tony Stewart found his was to victory lane during this event. Stewart is off to a slow start in 2014 and some of that can be attributed to the fact that he is recovering from a serious leg injury. Although Stewart is most likely not 100 percent, some of his struggles this season have been due to his team and not his injury. Stewart will hope to turn his fortunes around Sunday when the green flag drops at Dover.

Fun Factoids about the FedEx 400 from Dover:

  • Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in pole awards at Dover with four each.
  • Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin are the only active drivers to post consecutive poles for the event.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in Dover victories with eight, he has pulled the Dover sweep twice.
  • The most recent driver to win from the pole was Jimmie Johnson and he did it in 2009 and 2010.
  • Kyle Petty won at Dover in 1995 after starting the race in the 37th position.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in runner-up, top-five and top-10 finishes at Dover.
  • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with an average starting position of 9.042.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with an average finishing position of 8.667.
  • Kevin Harvick has ran 26 races at Dover but has never won.
  • A Sprint Cup race at Dover has never been shortened due to rain.
  • Matt Kenseth and Michael Waltrip got their first career wins at Dover.
  • If Jimmie Johnson leads 296 laps on Sunday, he will become the seventh driver in NASCAR history to lead over 3,000 laps at a single track. The only other active driver to do it is Jeff Gordon (Martinsville).

Last weekend Jimmie Johnson finally broke through and got his first win of 2014. It would not be surprising by any means if the No. 48 machine were to find Victory Lane again this weekend. Johnson has been dominant at Dover throughout his career and he should run well again this weekend. Through 12 races in 2014 NASCAR has seen 10 different winners. This weekend winless drivers like Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer and others will be looking to become the 11th different winner of the year.

Be sure to check back with Beyond The Flag for this weekends fan poll and our staff predictions.

Christopher Olmstead is the Editor of BeyondTheFlag.com on the FanSided Network. Follow us on Twitter @Beyond_The_Flag and “Like” us on Facebook.

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