FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

This afternoon is NASCAR is at Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. Here is some news and notes since qualifying on Friday.

Denny Hamlin won the pole and will lead the field to green. Although Denny was the fastest in qualifying he wasn’t the fastest during practice on Saturday.  In the first practice he was sixth fastest and in final practice he was thirteenth fastest.

Denny needs to win a couple of races if he is to have any chance of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Starting from the pole will help. Denny said, “I think that to come here and try to get a good points day is irrelevant because if we don’t win then we’re really not accomplishing much.

Carl Edwards is trailing Jimmie Johnson in the points by almost a full race. Now is the time for him to step it up and put the pressure on. Carl was faster than Jimmie in the first practice but in final practice which was run in conditions closer to what they will be during the race he fell off greatly. Carl was twentieth and Jimmie was fourth.

As of this writing no drivers will be going to the back due to unapproved changes to their cars.

The weather at Dover Delaware is supposed to be warm with no threat of rain. The race is 400 laps and therefore 400 miles.

If you can’t get to Dover International Speedway the race will be broad cast on Fox at 12:30 PM Sunday June 2nd. It will be the last race of this season for Fox Sports.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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