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Dover International Speedway

Drydene 311 Results

August 22nd, 2020

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Denny Hamlin

11 |

2

Running

311

115

60

7

2

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

3

Running

311

88

50

0

3

Kyle Busch

18 |

22

Running

311

3

41

0

4

Kevin Harvick

4 |

10

Running

311

0

42

0

5

Chase Elliott

9 |

1

Running

311

27

33

0

6

Clint Bowyer

14 |

4

Running

311

0

46

0

7

Jimmie Johnson

48 |

6

Running

311

0

37

0

8

Joey Logano

22 |

5

Running

311

0

37

0

9

Brad Keselowski

2 |

7

Running

311

9

42

0

10

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

19

Running

311

1

29

0

11

Cole Custer

41 |

21

Running

311

0

26

0

12

Erik Jones

20 |

13

Running

311

0

25

0

13

Tyler Reddick

8 |

16

Running

310

0

24

0

14

Ryan Blaney

12 |

20

Running

310

0

23

0

15

Austin Dillon

3 |

32

Running

310

49

31

0

16

Chris Buescher

17 |

12

Running

310

0

23

0

17

Aric Almirola

10 |

17

Running

309

0

21

0

18

Ty Dillon

13 |

25

Running

309

0

19

0

19

Ryan Newman

6 |

23

Running

309

0

18

0

20

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

14

Running

309

17

17

0

21

Alex Bowman

88 |

11

Running

309

0

16

0

22

Christopher Bell

95 |

18

Running

309

0

15

0

23

Matt Kenseth

42 |

26

Running

309

1

14

0

24

John H. Nemechek

38 |

31

Running

309

0

13

0

25

Ryan Preece

37 |

27

Running

309

0

12

0

26

Michael McDowell

34 |

15

Running

308

0

11

0

27

Bubba Wallace

43 |

24

Running

308

0

10

0

28

William Byron

24 |

8

Running

308

1

9

0

29

Corey Lajoie

32 |

29

Running

308

0

8

0

30

Daniel Suarez

96 |

28

Running

306

0

7

0

31

JJ Yeley

27 |

34

Running

302

0

0

0

32

Josh Bilicki

53 |

37

Running

299

0

0

0

33

Quin Houff

00 |

35

Running

298

0

4

0

34

Timmy Hill

66 |

33

Running

298

0

0

0

35

Joey Gase

51 |

38

Running

293

0

0

0

36

Brennan Poole

15 |

30

Rear End

286

0

1

0

37

Garrett Smithley

7 |

39

Battery

241

0

0

0

38

BJ McLeod

78 |

40

Handling

166

0

0

0

39

Reed Sorenson

77 |

36

Handling

83

0

1

0

40

Kurt Busch

1 |

9

Accident

6

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Denny Hamlin

    #1

    LEADER

    Denny Hamlin

    11|

  • #2 | 1.179

    Martin Truex Jr.

    #2

    1.179

    Martin Truex Jr.

    19|

  • #3 | 6.977

    Kyle Busch

    #3

    6.977

    Kyle Busch

    18|

Hamlin sidesteps Truex to win Cup opener at Dover; JGR lands 1-2-3 finish

Working traffic adroitly over the final run on Saturday, Denny Hamlin cruised to victory in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway after passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with eight laps left.

At a track he considers one of his worst, based on past performance, Hamlin made up for a poor restart on Lap 193 of 311, gradually running down Truex, who was stuck behind the lapped car of Aric Almirola during the closing run.

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“I‘ve been running down the leaders the past few weeks, but I haven‘t been able to get there,” said Hamlin, who won for the sixth time this season, tying Kevin Harvick for the NASCAR Cup Series lead. “We didn‘t control that restart there, and we just had to battle back.

“We had to go back and get it, and I was able to work the top line there a little bit to get some momentum. Our car was just a little bit better at moving around, different lines.”

The victory in the first leg of a Saturday/Sunday Cup doubleheader was Hamlin‘s first in 29 starts at the Monster Mile and the 43rd of his career, 19th most all-time and one win behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott.

“This Camry was really fast today,” Hamlin acknowledged. “It was unbelievable how good it was. The pit crew did an amazing job. … We just have unbelievable cars right now. It just seems like we‘re coming to the race track prepared.

“I‘m putting the work in, and we‘re getting results because of it. … I can‘t complain about anything right now. It just seems like we‘ve got things going. You know, I‘ve got faith. When it comes down to it on that last run, when (crew chief Chris Gabehart) says, ‘Go get it,‘ I just go get it.”

Hamlin won the first and second stages, but Truex took the lead off pit road on Lap 188 under caution for the second stage break. After a cycle of green-flag pit stops that started on Lap 252, Truex regained the top spot on Lap 280 and held it until Hamlin passed him on Lap 303.

The driver of the No. 19 Toyota caught Almirola during the closing 119-lap green-flag run but couldn‘t pass him. Truex grew frustrated as he chased Almirola‘s No. 10 Ford.

“I think if the 10 car just wasn‘t pinning it on the bottom in front of me, I‘d have been fine,” said Truex, who finished 1.179 seconds behind Hamlin and notched the runner-up result after running third in the previous five Cup races. “Every time I tried to move up and get some air on my car, he‘d just slide up in front of me like an idiot. He‘s the reason we lost the lead, but in the end, we weren‘t good enough.

“I thought the 11 (Hamlin) was better than us all day long. We got the lead there in the pits and were able to use clean air to our advantage. I was never happy with the car all day long. The balance was all over the place. It was firing off tight and getting really loose on long runs. At the end, there was nothing I could do. I was just out of control sideways.”

Kyle Busch ran third, as Joe Gibbs Racing swept the podium positions. Kevin Harvick was fourth and pole-sitter Chase Elliott fifth. Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed the top 10.

With a problem-free race at arguably his best track, Johnson, an 11-time Dover winner, vaulted past Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron into the final Playoff-eligible position. With the series returning to Dover for a 4 p.m. start on Sunday, Johnson has a three-point edge over Byron for the final provisional berth in the postseason.

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Byron fought an ill-handling car, fell of the lead lap midway through the second stage and finished 28th, dropping a net 28 points to his seven-time champion teammate.

The Cup Series’ next race, also called the Drydene 311, is scheduled Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) right back at Dover.

Notes: Post-race inspection yielded no major issues in the Cup Series garage. Two cars were found with one unsecured lug nut each — the No. 11 Toyota of race winner Hamlin and the No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon. … Dillon finished one lap down in 15th place in his return after a one-race absence because of a positive COVID-19 test. … Stenhouse’s top-10 finish was his first since a runner-up effort June 22 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Contributing: Staff reports