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Despite Criticism, Passing Was Actually Way up at Dover From a Year Ago


DOVER, DE – MAY 06: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 SiriusXM Toyota, leads Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Small Business Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 6, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto and numerous others described Monday’s Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway as a parade. According to these drivers there was no ability to make passes, all you could do was follow the guy in front of you.

Sure, lead changes this time around decreased by two from the Spring Dover race a year ago, but quality passes throughout the field were actually up — significantly according to NASCAR’s loop data.

A quality pass is defined as a pass made under green flag conditions against a car that is inside the top-15. In last year’s spring race at Dover there were 356 quality passes performed during the 400-mile event.

Monday’s race had 662 quality passes throughout the day, which equates to nearly a 100-percent increase from last year’s race. Maybe the guys who were upset about the race, just didn’t like their cars. Passing, when you look at the hard stats, didn’t appear to be a problem at Dover — at least when compared to year’s past.


Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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