It was expected that Dover might be a really exciting race with a lot of open places still there for the next round of the Chase. Four drivers were to be eliminated after this race with only two out of the sixteen qualifiers sure of a place. However, there were very few incidents and 41 out of 43 cars finished the race.
Jeff Gordon drive very well, but having already qualified did not cause a great deal of excitement when he won the race, but it must have filled him and his team with confidence as they now go in to the second round. Kevin Harvick started from pole position and dominated the race but due to unfortunate bad luck still did not manage to win as a tyre problem meant that he could not hold the lead and ended up finishing in 13th position. The stand out driver was probably Kasey Kahne who managed to recover from being four laps down to just one lap down and qualified for the next round by two points.
The drivers that were eliminated were Kurt Busch, AJ Alleminger, Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle. This is probably not surprising considering their race history, but they will still get to race until the end of the season and may feel they have point to prove and try to win and get some points under their belts.
The new format seems to be working and the racing is still very exciting. Going into next weeks race as qualifiers for the next round of the Chase will be Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. This is the Contender round which will take place over the next three weeks. There will be races on 5th Oct at Kansas Speedway, 11th October at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 19th October at Talladega Superspeedway after which more drivers will be eliminated.