MBNA 400

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2001

Where: Dover Downs International Speedway's 1-mile concrete oval with 24-degree banking in the turns and 1,076-foot straightaways in Dover, Del.

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Broadcast: TelevisionNBC-Ch. 26; RadioMotor Racing Network

2000 winner: Tony Stewart

Morris News Service pick: Tony Stewart

Others to watch: Jeff Gordon, Ricky Rudd, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace and Ward Burton

Notes: Baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. will be honored before the race. ... The race marks the first time the Winston Cup Series will compete since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11. The speedway is a couple miles away from Dover Air Force Base, which is one of the nation's top staging areas for the military. The base also serves as the clearinghouse for the victims of the attack at the Pentagon. Because the military has a greater presence in the area, hotel rooms are at a premium. ... Tire management is the key to surviving an afternoon of Dover's tall banking and concrete pavement. Tire wear is so severe it usually takes two sets of tires per tank of gas.

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