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DOVER, DE - MAY 03:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 3, 2019 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) | Getty Images

MONSTER MILE JOURNAL NO. 4: The Road to 100

How did Dover International Speedway reach the iconic mark of 100 NASCAR Cup Series races? Read on to find your first race, your favorite race and maybe one that brings back some great memories.

The following list includes the race date, race name, winner’s name, his number of Dover wins to that point and a short recap of the event.

Richard Petty won seven NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway.

1. July 6, 1969, “Mason-Dixon 300” – Richard Petty (1): Dover’s debut race. Petty wins by six laps.
2. Sept. 20, 1970, “Mason-Dixon 300” – Richard Petty (2): Petty leads 186 laps, takes lead for good on Lap 269 from Charlie Glotzbach.
3. June 6, 1971, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Bobby Allison (1): Dover’s first 500-mile race is also only event with no caution flags/laps.
4. Oct. 17, 1971, “Delaware 500” – Richard Petty (3): The latest race by date in track history also featured the fewest lead changes (3).
5. June 4, 1972, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Bobby Allison (2): Allison gives Chevrolet its first Dover win. Chevy leads all manufacturers with 40 Monster Mile victories.
6. Sept. 17, 1972, “Delaware 500” – David Pearson (1): Pearson was only driver on the lead lap.
7. June 3, 1973, “Mason-Dixon 500” – David Pearson (2): Pearson is first driver to win Dover race from pole position.
8. Sept. 16, 1973, “Delaware 500” – David Pearson (3): Pearson completes first yearly Dover sweep, leads 344 laps.
9. May 19, 1974, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Cale Yarborough (1): Race was shortened to 450 miles/laps due to fuel crisis.
10. Sept. 15, 1974, “Delaware 500” – Richard Petty (4): Petty cruises, leads final 461 laps and record 489 overall. Petty was only driver on the lead lap.
11. May 19, 1975, “Mason-Dixon 500” – David Pearson (4): 103 caution laps is tied for most in track history (Fall 1993). Pearson was only driver on the lead lap.
12. Sept. 14, 1975, “Delaware 500” – Richard Petty (5): Petty recovers from part mishap and takes advantage of timely caution flag in record fifth win.
13. May 16, 1976, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Benny Parsons (1): Parsons wins by 25.5 seconds over Pearson.
14. Sept. 19, 1976, “Delaware 500” – Cale Yarborough (1): Yarborough comes from two laps down multiple times before earning win.
15. May 15, 1977, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Cale Yarborough (2): Yarborough leads final 97 laps, topps Pearson by 6.2 seconds.
16. Sept. 18, 1977, “Delaware 500” – Benny Parsons (2): Parsons leads the final 250 laps, and 267 overall.

1973 Pearson
David Pearson won five NASCAR Cup Series races at the Monster Mile.

17. May 21, 1978, “Mason-Dixon 500” – David Pearson (5): NASCAR’s “Silver Fox” leads the final 72 laps. Among drivers with three or more Dover wins, Pearson has the highest average finish at 8.0 through 16 races.
18. Sept. 17, 1978, “Delaware 500” – Bobby Allison (3): Allison leads 257 of final 258 laps, topping Yarborough by almost 20 seconds.
19. May 20, 1979, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Neil Bonnett (1): Bonnett and Yarborough trade the lead from Lap 220 on. Bonnett takes lead for good on Lap 498 and official margin of victory is “two car lengths.”
20. Sept. 16, 1979, “CRC Chemicals 500” – Richard Petty (6): Petty edges Donnie Allison by half a car length and becomes first driver with six Dover wins. It is Petty’s only Dover victory in a Chevrolet.
21. May 18, 1980, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Bobby Allison (4): Allison leads final 121 laps. Petty is only other car on lead lap.
22. Sept. 14, 1980, “CRC Chemicals 500” – Darrell Waltrip (1): Most lead changes in track history (29).
23. May 17, 1981, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Jody Ridley (1): Ridley’s only NASCAR Cup Series win. Took lead for good on Lap 481.
24. Sept. 20, 1981 “CRC Chemicals 500” – Neil Bonnett (2): Bonnett, who led 185 laps, finished as only driver on lead lap.
25. May 16, 1982, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Bobby Allison (5): Allison led a commanding 486 laps and finished three laps ahead of runner-up Dave Marcis.
26. Sept. 19, 1982, “CRC Chemicals 500” – Darrell Waltrip (2): Waltrip dominates, leading 287 laps before edging Kyle Petty at finish.
27. May 15, 1983, “Mason-Dixon 500” – Bobby Allison (6): Ties Dover victory mark after taking lead for good over Waltrip on Lap 483.
28. Sept. 18, 1983, “Budweiser 500” – Bobby Allison (7): Allison sets track record for victories, capping Dover sweep during only NASCAR championship season.
29. May 20, 1984, “Budweiser 500” – Richard Petty (7): Petty ties track record for victories and picks up career win No. 199.
30. Sept. 16, 1984, “Delaware 500” – Harry Gant (1): “Handsome Harry’s” first Dover win is first Monster Mile race to finish under caution.
31. May 19, 1985, “Budweiser 500” – Bill Elliott (1): “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” was only driver on lead lap.
32. Sept. 15, 1985, “Delaware 500” – Harry Gant (2): Gant leads final 94 laps, with Waltrip only other driver on lead lap.
33. May 18, 1986, “Budwesier 500” – Geoff Bodine (1): Bodine took lead for good on Lap 457. Gant led most laps but had late engine failure.
34. Sept. 14, 1986, “Delaware 500” – Ricky Rudd (1): Rudd leads a race-high 141 laps. Begins a streak of five straight wins for Ford.
35. May 30, 1987, “Budweiser 500” – Davey Allison (1): Just second driver to win first Dover race.
36. Sept. 20, 1987, “Delaware 500” – Ricky Rudd (2): Rudd cruised, leading race-high 373 laps, topping Davey Allison by 2 seconds.
37. June 5, 1988, “Budweiser 500” – Bill Elliott (2): Elliott edges Morgan Shepherd in closest Dover finish at that time (.210 second).
38. Sept. 18, 1988, “Delaware 500” – Bill Elliott (3): Elliott caps Dover sweep during his only NASCAR championship season.
39. June 4, 1989, “Budweiser 500” – Dale Earnhardt (1): “The Intimidator” leads 456 laps but edges tops Mark Martin by just half a second.
40. Sept. 17, 1989, “Peak Performance 500” – Dale Earnhardt (2): Earnhardt passes eventual runner-up Martin for good on Lap 484.
41. June 3, 1990, “Budweiser 500” – Derrike Cope (1): Cope backed up his shocking Daytona 500 victory earlier in the year with this win.

Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt leads a pack of cars in the “Budweiser 500” on June 4, 1989. Earnhardt led 456 laps in the “Budweiser 500” on his way to his first NASCAR Cup Series win at the Monster Mile.

42. Sept. 16, 1990, “Peak Antifreeze 500” – Bill Elliott (4): Elliott’s final Dover win is quickest 500-mile race in track history (125.945 mph).
43. June 2, 1991, “Budweiser 500” – Ken Schrader (1): Schrader’s last NASCAR Cup Series victory.
44. Sept. 15, 1991, “Peak Antifreeze 500” – Harry Gant (3): Gant was only driver on lead lap after multiple wrecks.
45. May 31, 1992, “Budweiser 500” – Harry Gant (4): Gant leads the final 41 laps and becomes Dover’s oldest winner (52 years, 4 months, 12 days). It is also Oldsmobile’s last win at Dover.
46. Sept. 20, 1992, “Peak Antifreeze 500” – Ricky Rudd (3): Rudd took lead for good on Lap 476, edging Elliott by less than half a second.
47. June 6, 1993, “Budweiser 500” – Dale Earnhardt (3): Earnhardt leads last 63 laps in final Dover win.
48. Sept. 19, 1993, “SplitFire Spark Plug 500” – Rusty Wallace (1): Most caution flags in Dover’s history (16), leads to track’s slowest 500-mile race (100.334 mph).
49. June 5, 1994, “Budweiser 500” – Rusty Wallace (2): Wallace and Ernie Irvan trade lead from Lap 234 on. Wallace leads 150 laps and tops Irvan by .340 second.
50. Sept. 18, 1994, “SplitFire Spark Plug 500” – Rusty Wallace (3): Wallace’s final Dover win comes with track’s second under caution finish. Earnhardt places second.
51. June 4, 1995, “Miller Genuine Draft 500” – Kyle Petty (1): First race on concrete surface. Kyle Petty’s last NASCAR Cup Series victory.
52. Sept. 17, 1995, “MBNA 500” – Jeff Gordon (1): Gordon leads 400 laps on his way to first NASCAR championship.
53. June 2, 1996, “Miller 500” – Jeff Gordon (2): Gordon leads 307, tops eventual NASCAR champion Terry Labonte by 3.9 seconds.
54. Sept. 15, 1996, “MBNA 500” – Jeff Gordon (3): Gordon completes Dover sweep, leading 204 laps and beating Wallace to checkered flag by less than half a second.
55. June 1, 1997, “Miller 500” – Ricky Rudd (4): Rudd’s final victory is closest Dover finish at that time (.091 second) over Martin. Race is final 500-lap event at Dover.
56. Sept. 21, 1997, “MBNA 400” – Mark Martin (1): Dover’s first 400-mile race remains its fastest (132.719 mph, 3:00.50) for more than 22 years.
57. May 31, 1998, “MBNA Platinum 400” – Dale Jarrett (1): Jarrett led only the final eight laps, topping Jeff Burton by more than 13 seconds.
58. Sept. 20, 1998, “MBNA Gold 400” – Mark Martin (2): Martin leads a race-high 379 laps. Matt Kenseth made NASCAR Cup Series debut.
59. June 6, 1999, “MBNA Platinum 400” – Bobby Labonte (1): Takes lead from Gordon on Lap 395. Race ends on an extended green-flag run and multiple drivers run out of gas before checkered flag.
60. Sept. 26, 1999, “MBNA Gold 400” – Mark Martin (3): Martin leads final 52 laps, tops Tony Stewart by 1.145 seconds.
61. June 4, 2000, “MBNA Platinum 400” – Tony Stewart (1): Stewart leads 242 laps, tops Kenseth by 1.215 seconds. Kurt Busch made NASCAR Cup Series debut.
62. Sept. 24, 2000, “MBNA.Com 400” – Tony Stewart (2): Stewart was one of a record 13 lead drivers.
63. June 3, 2001, “MBNA Platinum 400” – Jeff Gordon (4): Gordon set record for most laps led in 400-mile Dover race (381).
64. Sept. 23, 2001, “MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400” – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1): Dover’s most famous race. First NASCAR Cup Series race after Sept. 11 tragedies. Junior celebrates win with giant American flag flowing out of window during victory lap.
65. June 2, 2002, “MBNA Platinum 400” – Jimmie Johnson (1): Rookie wins race during first visit to Monster Mile.
66. Sept. 22, 2002, “MBNA All-American Heroes 400” – Jimmie Johnson (2): Johnson leads final 80 laps.
67. June 1, 2003, “MBNA Armed Forces Family 400” – Ryan Newman (1): Newman wins pole, leads race-high 162 laps.
68. Sept. 21, 2003, “MBNA America 400” – Ryan Newman (2): Newman leads final 73 laps, and 106 total, on way to yearly Dover sweep.
69. June 6, 2004, “MBNA 400: A Salute To Heroes” – Mark Martin (4): Martin’s final Dover win is track’s slowest 400-mile race (97.042 mph).
70. Sept. 26, 2004, “MBNA America 400” – Ryan Newman (3): Monster Trophy debuts in Victory Lane at this race.
71. June 5, 2005, “MBNA RacePoints 400” – Greg Biffle (1): Biffle leads race-high 150 laps.
72. Sept. 25, 2005, “MBNA RacePoints 400” – Jimmie Johnson (3): Johnson edges Kyle Busch in closest Dover finish to date (.080 second). Race also featured track’s first green-white-checkered finish.
73. June 4, 2006, “Neighborhood Excellence 400” – Matt Kenseth (1): Kenseth passes Jamie McMurray on Lap 397 leading to first Dover win.
74. Sept. 24, 2006, “Dover 400” – Jeff Burton (1): Burton leads just the last six laps, but passes Kenseth late before taking checkered flag.
75. June 4, 2007, “Autism Speaks 400, presented by Visa” – Martin Truex Jr. (1): First career win for Truex comes in a rare Monday race.
76. Sept. 23. 2007, “Dodge Dealers 400” – Carl Edwards (1): Edwards leads a Roush Racing 1-2 finish, topping teammate Biffle.
77. June 1, 2008, “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” – Kyle Busch (1): Busch leads final 74 laps on long green-flag run. It is first Dover victory for Toyota.
78. Sept. 21, 2008, “Camping World RV 400 presented by AAA” – Greg Biffle (2): Roush Racing has a 1-2-3 finish when Biffle edges teammates Kenseth and Edwards. The trio combine to lead 250 of the race’s 400 laps.
79. May 31, 2009, “Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 7 Cheese” – Jimmie Johnson (4): 20 drivers finished on lead lap, tied for most in track history.
80. Sept. 27, 2009, “AAA 400” – Jimmie Johnson (5): Johnson leads final 225 laps.
81. May 16, 2010, “Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEY’s Milk and Milkshakes” – Kyle Busch (2): Busch dominates, leading 131 laps and winning by 7.551 seconds over Jeff Burton.
82. Sept. 26, 2010, “AAA 400” – Jimmie Johnson (6): Johnson leads 191 total laps, including last 35.
83. May 15, 2011, “FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks” – Matt Kenseth (2): Kenseth leads final 32 laps, tops Martin by more than 2 seconds.
84. Oct. 2, 2011, “AAA 400” – Kurt Busch (1): 20 drivers finished on lead lap, tied for most in track history.
85. June 3, 2012, “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” – Jimmie Johnson (7): Johnson leads final 76 laps.
86. Sept. 30, 2012, “AAA 400” – Brad Keselowski (1): Keselowski only leads 14 laps, but that includes final 10 on his way to only Monster Mile win and NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Chase Elliott takes the checkered flag in the “Gander Outdoors 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 7, 2018. CHRIS TROTMAN/GETTY IMAGES

87. June 2, 2013, “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” – Tony Stewart (3): Stewart passes Juan Pablo Montoya in final Dover victory. Begins a streak of six straight wins for Chevrolet.
88. Sept. 29, 2013, “AAA 400” – Jimmie Johnson (8): Johnson sets track record for victories, passing Petty and Allison.
89. June 1, 2014, “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” – Jimmie Johnson (9): Takes lead for good on Lap 367, holds off Keselowski by less than 1 second.
90. Sept. 28, 2014, “AAA 400” – Jeff Gordon (5): Gordon wins last Monster Mile checkered flag in the first “knockout race” of the newly-formatted NASCAR playoffs.
91. May 31, 2015, “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” – Jimmie Johnson (10): Johnson tops Kevin Harvick in Dover’s second green-white-checkered finish.
92. Oct. 4, 2015, “AAA 400” – Kevin Harvick (1): Harvick leads to 355 laps to advance to next round of playoffs.
93. May 15, 2016, “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” – Matt Kenseth (3): Voted best race of 2016 in USA Today online poll. Kenseth survives 16-car frontstretch crash after late restart and holds off Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott at checkered flag.
94. Oct. 2, 2016, “Citizen Soldier 400” – Martin Truex Jr. (2): Truex leads 187 laps and tops Kyle Busch by more than 7.5 seconds.
95. June 4, 2017, “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” – Jimmie Johnson (11): Johnson tops Larson in an overtime finish. Only third Dover race to finish under caution.
96. Oct. 1, 2017, “Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil” – Kyle Busch (3): Busch passes Elliott on Lap 399 to win.
97. May 6, 2018, “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” – Kevin Harvick (2): Harvick leads 201 laps and wins by more than 7 seconds over Clint Bowyer.
98. Oct. 7, 2018, “Gander Outdoors 400” – Chase Elliott (1): First speedway win for Elliott, who becomes Dover’s youngest winner (22 years, 10 months, 8 days).
99. May 6, 2019, “Gander RV 400” – Martin Truex Jr. (3): Truex notches second Monday victory at Dover.
100. Oct. 6, 2019, “Drydene 400” – Kyle Larson (1): Larson paces field with an average speed of 135.734 mph (2:56.49), quickest in track history for a 400-lap event.