Four drivers with a lot of recent success at Dover International Speedway were at the top of the charts in Saturday’s Happy Hour for the June 1 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The fastest field ever to run at Dover was topped by Jimmie Johnson, the wins leader at the track. Johnson took sole control of the record he shared with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison when he won his eighth Dover race last fall. On Saturday, he ran a lap of 158.863 mph, eight-tenths of a second ahead of pole-sitter Brad Keselowski.
Ryan Newman ran third-fastest, just ahead of Denny Hamlin. Those four drivers were the only ones to surpass the 158-mph mark. Kevin Harvick was fifth, followed by A.J. Allmendinger, Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Paul Menard and Kyle Larson.
Points leader Jeff Gordon, whose back appears to be in good shape for him to race on Sunday, ran 13th. Kyle Busch, who is running a triple at Dover this weekend and won Friday’s “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, was 15th.
Green flag for the June 1 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the gates or by calling 800-441-RACE.