Citizen Soldier 400 Race Report

Citizen Soldier 400 Race Report

Date:  Oct. 2, 2016
Event:  Citizen Soldier 400 (Round 29 of 36)
Series:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location:  Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)
Winner:  Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

SHR Finish:
Tony Stewart (Started 15th, Finished 13th / Running, completed 399 of 400 laps)
Kurt Busch (Started 11th, Finished 15th / Running, completed 398 of 400 laps)
Danica Patrick (Started 24th, Finished 28th / Running, completed 393 of 400 laps)
Kevin Harvick (Started 6th, Finished 37th / Running, completed 354 of 400 laps)

SHR Points:
Kevin Harvick (3,000 points – Advances to Round of 12 in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup)
Kurt Busch (3,000 points – Advances to Round of 12 in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup)
Tony Stewart (13th with 2,074 points)
Danica Patrick (23rd with 547 points)

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Nature’s Bakery Brownie/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway by finishing 13th in the Citizen Soldier 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 15th.

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 28th.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 37th after a broken track bar mount put him behind the wall early in the race. Harvick returned to the race and finished, albeit 46 laps down.

Stewart, Busch and Harvick came into Dover as members of the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Dover, however, served as an elimination race, with the four lowest Chase drivers not advancing to the Round of 12.

Harvick moved on to the Round of 12 care of his win Sept. 25 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Busch earned his way into the Round of 12 as his point tally during the Round of 16 put him solidly among the top-12. Stewart just missed advancing into the Round of 12, as he fell 11 points short of breaking into the top-12. Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Chris Buescher were the three other Chase drivers who also failed to advance.

Joining Harvick and Busch in the Round of 12 are Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Austin Dillon. All had their respective point tallies reset to 3,000.  

Three more races will be run with the next cutoff coming after the Oct. 23 race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, whereupon the Chase field shrinks to eight for the Round of 8. Another three races will be run after that, where after the Nov. 13 race at Phoenix International Raceway, only four drivers will advance to the final, winner-take-all Championship Round Nov. 20 in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Truex won the Citizen Soldier 400 to score his seventh career Sprint Cup victory, his fourth of the season and his second at Dover.

Kyle Busch finished 7.527 seconds behind Truex in the runner-up spot, while Elliott, Keselowski and Kenseth rounded out the top-five. Logano, Johnson, Dillon, Hamlin and Jeff Gordon comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were four caution periods for 22 laps with two drivers failing to finish the 400-lap race around the 1-mile, concrete oval.

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule – the fourth race of the Chase – is the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 400 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC.