Oct 1, 2017
Dover International Speedway
First race: 1971
Distance: 400 miles (643.737 km)
Citizen Soldier 400 (formely AAA 400) will be the official sponsor name of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Oct 1st at Dover International Speedway. It is the second NASCAR race in the ten-race Chase for the Nextel Cup. The first race took place in 1971. Covering 400 miles, the race does 400 laps around the track. It is preceded by the Sylvania 300. In 2005 the race was known as the MBNA RacePoints 400 and the MBNA America 400 in 2004.
Dover International Speedway, nicknamed the ‘Monster Mile,’ is a one-mile, concrete surface track with 24 degrees of banking in the turns. Dover is a fast 1-mile oval like New Hampshire, but that's the only characteristic the two venues share. Dover's high-banked, concrete and extremely fast.
Dover is a physical track, that tests driver’s and their cars. With steep banking and really severe transitions in and out of the corners, but it does give you a lot of passing opportunities. There are multiple grooves there and drivers can find a place to make your car work.
The track is like a vacuum cleaner. If the driver get's loose and starts to spin out, a single-car mishap turns into a five- or six-car pileup, when a car starts to slide down the steep banking turns. Dover International Speedway also plays host to, what is Now known as the Autism Speaks 400, although it’s gone by many names over the past years, including the Best Buy 400 and the MBNA 400. It’s still 400 frenzied laps around Dover International Speedway.
The NASCAR betting action does not get any better than this and putting alittle betting action on the AAA 400 race, puts you right in the driver seat.
Most poles: David Pearson (six); Active leader — Mark Martin, Ryan Newman (four)
Most wins: Richard Petty, Bobby Allison (seven); Active leader — Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon (four)
Most top fives: Mark Martin (20)
Most top 10s: Mark Martin (27)
2016 Citizen Soldier 400 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
2015 AAA 400 Winner: Kevin Harvick
2014 Dover AAA 400 Winner: Jeff Gordon
2013 Dover AAA 400 Winner
Jimmie Johnson is the 2013 AAA 400 winner at Dover International Speedway. Johnson held off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate during a 26-lap green-flag run. Johnson picked up his fifth victory of the season, his record eighth at the Monster Mile -- breaking a tie with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison, and the 65th of his career.
2012 Dover AAA 400 Winner
Brad Keselowski wins 2012 Dover AAA 400 with a masterful job of saving fuel over a closing 79-lap green-flag run at Dover International Speedway. Keselowski regained the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup lead with this strategic NASCAR victory.
2011 Dover AAA 400 Winner
Kurt Busch took the lead from Jimmie Johnson with 41 laps remaining to win the AAA 400 at the Dover International. This NASCAR victory moves Busch into a tie for third with Tony Stewart in the Chase for the Cup, nine points behind co-leaders Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards.
2010 Dover AAA 400 Winner
Jimmie Johnson, the four-time defending Sprint Cup champion, turned in a dominating performance from his pole position to the checkered flag Sunday in winning the 2010 AAA 400, the second leg of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Johnson, who also won last year’s fall race at Dover, led 191 of the 400 laps in beating another Chase driver, Jeff Burton, by a comfortable 2.637 seconds for his sixth career win at Dover and sixth win of the season. Joey Logano, a non-Chase driver, was third.
2009 Dover AAA 400 Winner
Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet dominated the day, leading 271 of 400 laps including the final 214. In 2009 Johnson won his fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, becoming the first driver in the sports history to win four consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championships.