Friday’s rainy conditions wiped out qualifying events for the NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Matt Kenseth speaks during a press conference at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Oct. 2. Photo by GETTY IMAGES
The fields for Sunday’s “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Saturday’s “Hisense 200” NASCAR XFINITY Series race were set by 2015 owner points.
Matt Kenseth, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, will head the field for the “AAA 400,” the first elimination race in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
Four of the 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will be eliminated from title contention following the drop of the checkered flag in the “AAA 400.” Kenseth and Denny Hamlin have already secured their way into the final 12 by virtue of victories earlier in the Chase.
“I’m glad to be starting out front, but we would still like the track time,” Kenseth said on Friday. “We just want to keep this thing rolling.”
Ryan Blaney will start first in the “Hisense 200” NASCAR XFINITY Series race, while points leader Chris Buescher, who won the spring NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover, will start third. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch (2nd), Austin Dillon (5th), Denny Hamlin (7th) and Kyle Larson (15th) are also participating in the “Hisense 200.”
William Byron, the points leader in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, will start out front in that series’ season finale, the “Drive Sober 125” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety.
The “Drive Sober 125” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the “Hisense 200” at 3:30 p.m.
The “AAA 400” is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 p.m.