|Race 30 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series|
|Date||October 7, 2018|
|Location||Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware|
Permanent racing facility|
1 mi (1.6 km)
|Distance||404 laps, 404 mi (646.4 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||400 laps, 400 mi (640 km)|
|Average speed||122.404 miles per hour (196.990 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|No. 9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.|
|Nielsen Ratings||1.2/1.3 (Overnight)|
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace|
|Turn Announcers||Mike Bagley (Backstretch)|
The 2018 Gander Outdoors 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on October 7, 2018 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Contested over 404 laps—extended from 400 laps due to an overtime finish, on the one-mile (1.6 km) concrete speedway, it was the 30th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, fourth race of the Playoffs, and the first race of the Round of 12.
Dover International Speedway (formerly Dover Downs International Speedway) is a race track in Dover, Delaware, United States. Since opening in 1969, it has held at least two NASCAR races. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosted USAC and the Verizon IndyCar Series. The track features one layout, a 1 mile (1.6 km) concrete oval, with 24° banking in the turns and 9° banking on the straights. The speedway is owned and operated by Dover Motorsports.
The track, nicknamed "The Monster Mile", was built in 1969 by Melvin Joseph of Melvin L. Joseph Construction Company, Inc., with an asphalt surface, but was replaced with concrete in 1995. Six years later in 2001, the track's capacity moved to 135,000 seats, making the track have the largest capacity of sports venue in the mid-Atlantic. In 2002, the name changed to Dover International Speedway from Dover Downs International Speedway after Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment split, making Dover Motorsports. From 2007 to 2009, the speedway worked on an improvement project called "The Monster Makeover", which expanded facilities at the track and beautified the track. After the 2014 season, the track's capacity was reduced to 95,500 seats.
|1||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||21.892||164.444|
|2||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||22.025||163.451|
|3||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||22.037||163.362|
|Official first practice results|
Second practice session scheduled for Saturday was cancelled due to rain.
|1||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||22.640||159.011|
|2||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||22.880||157.343|
|3||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||22.916||157.095|
|Official final practice results|
Kyle Busch led the field to green, only to be passed by Kevin Harvick ten laps later. Harvick swept both stages. Harvick led until about 50 to go when he had a loose wheel. Aric Almirola inherited the lead from his mistake-cursed teammate. Almirola maintained the lead until a caution with ten to go, caused by a spinning SHR car of Clint Bowyer. Chase Elliott boldly opted not to pit, taking the lead. On the restart Elliott surfed ahead of Almirola, who would ultimately wreck with Brad Keselowski a half lap later, sending the race into overtime. At the restart, Elliott forged ahead of Denny Hamlin, a rival from Martinsville and Phoenix in 2017. Chase would go on to lock himself into the round of 8.
Stage 1 Laps: 120
|1||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||10|
|2||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||9|
|3||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||8|
|4||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||7|
|5||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||6|
|6||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||5|
|7||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||4|
|8||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||3|
|9||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||2|
|10||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||1|
|Official stage one results|
Stage 2 Laps: 120
|1||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||10|
|2||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||9|
|3||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||8|
|4||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||7|
|5||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||6|
|6||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||5|
|7||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||4|
|8||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||3|
|9||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||2|
|10||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||1|
|Official stage two results|
Final Stage Results
Stage 3 Laps: 160
|1||9||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||404||48|
|2||15||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||404||38|
|3||6||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||404||50|
|4||16||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||404||33|
|5||7||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||404||40|
|6||2||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||404||51|
|7||14||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||404||30|
|8||1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||404||41|
|9||21||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||404||28|
|10||19||19||Daniel Suárez||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||404||27|
|11||8||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||404||30|
|12||10||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||404||25|
|13||11||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||404||32|
|14||4||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||404||29|
|15||3||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||404||31|
|16||18||21||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||403||21|
|17||17||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||403||20|
|18||20||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||402||19|
|19||22||24||William Byron (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||402||18|
|20||28||6||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||402||17|
|21||25||95||Regan Smith||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||401||16|
|22||24||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||400||15|
|23||29||43||Darrell Wallace Jr. (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||399||14|
|24||26||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||399||13|
|25||23||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||399||12|
|26||27||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||399||11|
|27||31||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Go Fas Racing||Ford||397||10|
|28||12||88||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||396||9|
|29||30||13||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||396||8|
|30||33||72||Corey LaJoie||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||394||7|
|31||37||96||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota||394||6|
|32||35||23||J. J. Yeley (i)||BK Racing||Toyota||392||0|
|33||34||00||Landon Cassill (i)||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||390||0|
|34||36||51||B. J. McLeod (i)||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||389||0|
|35||5||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||388||18|
|36||13||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||387||1|
|37||32||15||Ross Chastain (i)||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||314||0|
|38||39||52||Harrison Rhodes||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||308||1|
|39||38||66||Timmy Hill (i)||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||35||0|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 8 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 5 for 31
- Red flags: 1 for 4 minutes and 59 seconds
- Time of race: 3 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds
- Average speed: 122.404 miles per hour (196.990 km/h)
NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, 2006 race winner Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and 2001 race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
|Backstretch: Mike Bagley||Alex Hayden|
Standings after the race
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