Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch are among the drivers who will drop to the rear of the field for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race after their teams deployed backup cars at Dover International Speedway.
The teams opted to use their reserve cars after their primary entries were damaged in an early crash in Saturday’s 311-miler. Both drivers will have to gain ground from the back of the 40-car field in Sunday’s Drydene 311 (4 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the second Cup Series race in as many days on the 1-mile Delaware oval.
Busch’s No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was severely crumpled after heavy contact with the inside retaining wall. He was the race’s only crash-related retiree, exiting after completing just six of the 311 laps.
Busch’s misfortune came after contact with the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Erik Jones, who collected Bowman’s No. 88 Chevrolet in the stack-up at the exit of Turn 2. Bowman continued with significant right-front damage to a 21st-place result, two laps off the pace.
Jones trudged on to a 12th-place effort with damage to the rear of his No. 20 entry. The 24-year-old driver indicated on social media his JGR crew was going to attempt to repair the car, which would keep Jones in the ninth starting spot. Sunday’s starting lineup was determined by an inversion of the top 20 finishers, then performance metrics to establish positions 21-40.
The No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet of Garrett Smithley will also drop to the rear because of an engine change.