The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover, Delaware this week for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. The 1.0-mile, concrete oval track nicknamed the “Monster Mile” will host Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism. The race can be seen Sunday at 10 p.m. IST on DSPORT.
The AAA 400 Drive for Autism is a 400-mile (640 km) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held annually at Dover International Speedway.
The purpose of the race is to create awareness about the disability, raise funding, educate people about preventive measures, treatments, and cure for autism; and also to advocate the needs of the affected families.
NASCAR drivers and teams are used to the traditional asphalt track. But Dover International Speedway is one of only two completely concrete tracks; Bristol being the other. This material reacts differently to weather changes, temperature, and tire rubber making it a trick to master, but one race team has had a secret to success at Dover.
Dover International Speedway is a demanding 1-mile concrete track that challenges the best drivers. The high-banked corners produce a lot of speed and many of the drivers say their car feels like it is going to go airborne when they exit the corners onto the straightaway. It is a rhythm track that drivers either know how to drive or they just get in the way.
Jimmie Johnson boasts a track-record of 10 wins in addition to 21 top 10s and a 9.5 average finish. The seven-time champion also claims the series-best driver rating (118.3) and average running position (7.8) at the Monster Mile.
The stage length for NASCAR at Dover
The AAA 400 Drive for Autism, which is 400 laps and 400 miles, will be broken into three segments: Stage 1 ends on lap 120, Stage 2 ends on lap 240 and the final stage ends on lap 400.