JGR Race Report -- Dover 400

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Date: Sept. 24, 2006
Event: Dover 400 (Round 28 of 36)
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile oval)
Winner: Jeff Burton of Richard Childress Racing
JGR Finish: Denny Hamlin (9th - Running, completed 400 of 400 laps); J.J. Yeley (30th - Running, completed 395 of 400 laps); Tony Stewart (33rd - Accident, completed 303 of 400 laps)

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Ground Chevrolet, led the three-car Joe Gibbs Racing contingent at Dover (Del.) International Speedway by finishing ninth in Sunday's Dover 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. It was Hamlin's 15th top-10 finish of the season and the ninth time in the last 10 races he has finished in the top-10. J.J. Yeley, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet, finished five laps down in 30th after having to pit for a loose wheel on lap 175 and then spinning in turn four on lap 323. Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Six Flags/Home Depot Chevrolet, crashed on lap 12 in turn three and had to go to the garage for extensive repairs. He finished 33rd and completed only 303 laps. Hamlin continues to lead the trio of JGR drivers in the championship point standings, as he is the lone JGR representative in the Chase for the Championship. Hamlin dropped two spots to fourth in points, 18 markers behind new series leader Jeff Burton, who took over the point lead from Kevin Harvick - his Richard Childress Racing teammate - by winning the Dover 400. Stewart maintained his 11th place point standing and has a healthy 217-point lead over 12th place Greg Biffle. Yeley dropped two spots to 28th in points, 64 markers outside the top-25. Burton's victory was the 18th of his Nextel Cup career and his first since October 2001 at Phoenix International Raceway. Carl Edwards finished second, while Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Biffle secured the rest of the top-five. Martin Truex Jr., Bobby Labonte, Clint Bowyer, Hamlin and Matt Kenseth comprised the rest of the top-10. The next event on the Nextel Cup schedule - the third race of the 10-race Chase for the Championship - is the Oct. 1 Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. The race begins at 2:10 p.m. EDT with live, high-definition coverage provided by NBC.

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