NASCAR at Dover 2015: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2015

DOVER, DE - JUNE 01:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Dover International Speedway on Sunday for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. Jimmie Johnson has won the season's first race at Dover twice over the past three years and four times overall.

Johnson currently sits fifth in the standings despite a series-high three wins through 12 races. Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. hold the top four spots in points at the one-third mark of the 2015 campaign.

Let's check out all of the important information for Sunday's race. That's followed by a look at the qualifying results and a preview of the Sprint Cup action.

Viewing Details

Where: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware

When: Sunday, May 31, at 1 p.m. ET

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Starting Order

2015 FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Lineup
Pos.Car No.Driver
111Denny Hamlin
278Martin Truex Jr.
342Kyle Larson
420Matt Kenseth
522Joey Logano
64Kevin Harvick
716Greg Biffle
819Carl Edwards
917Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
1018Kyle Busch
111Jamie McMurray
123Austin Dillon
1341Kurt Busch
1448Jimmie Johnson
1555David Ragan
1688Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1731Ryan Newman
1827Paul Menard
192Brad Keselowski
2015Clint Bowyer
2113Casey Mears
2224Jeff Gordon
2343Aric Almirola
2451Justin Allgaier
255Kasey Kahne
2614Tony Stewart
2733Brian Scott
289Sam Hornish Jr.
2947AJ Allmendinger
307Alex Bowman
316Trevor Bayne
3238David Gilliland
3310Danica Patrick
3446Michael Annett
3526Jeb Burton
3683Matt DiBenedetto
3735Cole Whitt
3834Brett Moffitt
3998Josh Wise
4023J.J. Yeley
4162Brendan Gaughan
4232Mike Bliss
4340Landon Cassill

Race Preview

After an extended stay at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 over the past couple of weeks, drivers now move on to the test known as the Monster Mile.

As mentioned, Johnson is a four-time winner in the spring visit to Dover. One more triumph would tie him with Bobby Allison for the most in the race's history. Add the fall stop to the equation, and the No. 48 driver has nine victories in 26 starts at the track.

David Scott of the Charlotte Observer passed along comments from the six-time Sprint Cup Series champion about how much he enjoys running at Dover:

The set of corners from straightaway to straightaway, you kind of work up your bravery, you make it through the corner, you get on the next straightaway, you smile, like, 'Wow, that was pretty cool, I'm going to do it again, here we go.' And you fly through (Turns) 3 and 4 and you just end up with that mindset around the racetrack. It's a ton of fun.

Johnson clearly has an outstanding feel for how to get the most out of his car at the track. He'll have some ground to make up this time around, however, as he'll start 14th.

While no other active driver can match Johnson's Dover resume, Harvick has been the one setting the pace all season after capturing his first Sprint Cup title last season.

The reigning champion has finished inside the top 10 in 11 of 12 races. His past performance at the Monster Mile isn't nearly as strong, though. He's ended up in the top five just three times in 28 races and never captured the checkered flag.

Patrick Perrin of Fox Sports notes Harvick is entering a difficult stretch of tracks:

Patrick Perrin @P2Inc

.@KevinHarvick is winless on 5 tracks. Winless on 4 of the upcoming 6 tracks (Dover, Pocono, Sonoma and Kentucky).

Then there's Truex. He's matched Harvick with 11 top-10 finishes in 12 races, but he hasn't been able to turn those constant trips into contention into a victory. Finally getting over that hump could go a long way in making him a true championship threat.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. praised the veteran's rebound season so far after Truex struggle in 2014:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. @DaleJr

My pal @MartinTruex_Jr was flying tonight. He's likely disappointed not winning. But he's gotta be thrilled with his team this year.

NASCAR Stats illustrated how close he's come recently, but he just hasn't been able to close the deal to end up in Victory Lane:

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Martin Truex Jr. has led the most laps in each of the last two races (Kansas - 95, Charlotte - 131).

Truex has another fast car this week. He'll start on the front row with Denny Hamlin after finishing second in qualifying. And running near the front as common as he has this season typically translates into at least one win eventually.

Ultimately, this should be a highly competitive race with several drivers having a chance to come out on top during the final laps. There hasn't been one completely dominant car this week, so perhaps the luck will finally fall in favor of the No. 78 team.

Prediction: Martin Truex Jr.


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