dover

Photography: Jarren Vink

Delaware’s Dover International Speedway is one of American car racing’s legendary tracks. With its steep curves rising up to 24 degrees on the turns, it’s among the highest-banked raceways anywhere in the world. Opened way back in 1969, “The Monster Mile” has been a cornerstone of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series since its birth, hosting two races each year. In September of 2014, the AAA 400 and the championship's best drivers made the annual trip to Dover for an elimination race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Nails were bitten and rubber got burned—it was a hell of a Sunday.

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The pit road, with car numbers.

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The dashboard of Jeff Gordon's Chevrolet SS, with detached steering wheel.

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Kasey Kahne

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Kyle Busch

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Joey Logano

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Jeff Gordon

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Though Kevin Harvick (#4) was the eventual winner of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, his contention at Dover ended early, due to a flat.

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Brad Keselowski

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Brad Keselowski's pit crew hard at work.

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Danica Patrick's pit crew, changing tires.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17) battling Joey Logano (#22)

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Jeff Gordon, focused. (Note his Instagram handle on the visor of the helmet.)

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Gordan (#24) celebrates his victory by burning out in front of the adoring Dover crowd.

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Brad Keselowski finished second.

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Jeff Gordon, focused. (Note his Instagram handle on the visor of his helmet)