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Dover International Speedway

Drydene 311 Results

August 23rd, 2020

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Kevin Harvick

4 |

17

Running

311

223

60

7

2

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

19

Running

311

0

42

0

3

Jimmie Johnson

48 |

14

Running

311

3

39

0

4

William Byron

24 |

23

Running

311

0

46

0

5

Alex Bowman

88 |

21

Running

311

0

36

0

6

Joey Logano

22 |

13

Running

311

15

45

0

7

Aric Almirola

10 |

4

Running

311

22

37

0

8

Brad Keselowski

2 |

12

Running

311

0

36

0

9

Austin Dillon

3 |

6

Running

311

0

29

0

10

Cole Custer

41 |

10

Running

311

0

30

0

11

Kyle Busch

18 |

18

Running

311

0

26

0

12

Ryan Blaney

12 |

7

Running

311

37

40

0

13

Kurt Busch

1 |

28

Running

311

0

26

0

14

Chris Buescher

17 |

5

Running

311

0

23

0

15

Matt Kenseth

42 |

22

Running

311

0

22

0

16

Clint Bowyer

14 |

15

Running

311

0

21

0

17

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

1

Running

311

11

24

0

18

Tyler Reddick

8 |

8

Running

311

0

19

0

19

Denny Hamlin

11 |

20

Running

311

0

26

0

20

John H. Nemechek

38 |

27

Running

311

0

17

0

21

Bubba Wallace

43 |

26

Running

311

0

16

0

22

Erik Jones

20 |

9

Running

310

0

15

0

23

Corey Lajoie

32 |

30

Running

310

0

14

0

24

Ryan Newman

6 |

2

Running

310

0

13

0

25

Michael McDowell

34 |

25

Running

310

0

12

0

26

Ryan Preece

37 |

29

Running

310

0

11

0

27

Christopher Bell

95 |

24

Running

310

0

10

0

28

Daniel Suarez

96 |

31

Running

309

0

9

0

29

Ty Dillon

13 |

3

Running

309

0

8

0

30

Brennan Poole

15 |

34

Running

305

0

7

0

31

BJ McLeod

78 |

40

Running

303

0

0

0

32

Josh Bilicki

53 |

33

Running

302

0

0

0

33

Reed Sorenson

77 |

37

Running

302

0

4

0

34

Quin Houff

00 |

35

Running

302

0

3

0

35

Garrett Smithley

7 |

39

Running

296

0

0

0

36

Timmy Hill

66 |

36

Engine

252

0

0

0

37

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

11

Running

215

0

1

0

38

JJ Yeley

27 |

32

Handling

110

0

0

0

39

Chase Elliott

9 |

16

Accident

6

0

1

0

40

Joey Gase

51 |

38

Accident

4

0

0

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Kevin Harvick

    #1

    LEADER

    Kevin Harvick

    4|

  • #2 | 3.525

    Martin Truex Jr.

    #2

    3.525

    Martin Truex Jr.

    19|

  • #3 | 5.792

    Jimmie Johnson

    #3

    5.792

    Jimmie Johnson

    48|

Harvick hauls mail at Dover, clinches seventh Cup Series win of 2020

There was no drama in Kevin Harvick‘s victory in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway, an old-fashioned thrashing in the back end of a Saturday/Sunday NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader.

There was more than enough suspense, however, in the battle between Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and William Byron for the final position in the Cup Playoffs.

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After winning the first stage at the high-banked concrete Monster Mile, Harvick had already clinched the regular-season Cup championship and the 15-playoff-point bonus that goes with it, with next Saturday‘s race at Daytona International Speedway still to be run.

Harvick went on to sweep the second stage and the race, crossing the finish line 3.525 seconds ahead of runner-up Martin Truex Jr., who finished second in both legs of the doubleheader after running third in each of the previous five races.

The victory was Harvick‘s series-leading seventh of the season, his third at Dover and the 56th of his career, tying him with Kyle Busch for ninth all-time. The win was the 700th in the series for Ford.

“I love the grit of our race team,” said Harvick, who was disappointed with his fourth-place result in Saturday‘s opener at Dover, which he accomplished with a broken track bar. “I think that‘s what (team owners) Gene Haas and Tony Stewart have built at Stewart-Haas Racing, a team with a lot of grit.

“Sometimes we don’t have the fastest car, but we have guys willing to suck it up, and when we have a weak link that day, someone else will carry the team. I‘m really proud of that, and that‘s what it‘s all about. You‘re only as good as the people around you, and we have great people.”

Harvick once again took the upper hand in his battle with Denny Hamlin, who won his sixth race of the season on Saturday.

“With Denny winning yesterday, we needed to win today, and we need all the points we can get,” Harvick said. “I think, as you look at these Playoffs, you never know what to expect. But I know that, as we go week to week, we‘ll give it all we have, and I‘m just really proud.”

Johnson ran third after gambling on two tires and taking a short-lived lead off pit road under the seventh and final caution for Corey LaJoie‘s spin on Lap 289 of 311. The seven-time champion had rallied from a pit-road speeding penalty on Lap 102 that sent him to the rear of the field for a restart on Lap 107.

Johnson lost positions to Harvick and Truex during the final 17-lap run but managed to keep Byron behind him. Byron came home fourth, gained seven points on his veteran teammate — thanks to better results in the stages — and takes a four-point lead over Johnson into Saturday‘s regular-season finale at Daytona.

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“I‘m going to do my best to forget about it,” Johnson said of the race that will decide whether he can compete for a record eighth championship in his final full-time Cup season. “There really isn‘t any worrying I can do this week that will help me on a plate track.

“Studying, worrying — any of that — is not going to make a difference, so go down there, say a few prayers, say a prayer per lap and see how it plays out, I guess. We‘ll race hard, and if it‘s meant to be, it‘s meant to be.”

Alex Bowman ran fifth, giving Hendrick three of the top five positions. Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer completed the top 10.

Kyle Busch finished 11th, extending his winless streak to 25 races, the longest to start a season in his career. Busch, however, clinched a playoff berth on points, as did Almirola and Kurt Busch, who came home 13th.

Matt DiBenedetto finished 17th and fell into the danger zone where the Playoffs are concerned. DiBenedetto is five points ahead of Byron and nine in front of Johnson heading to the unpredictable cutoff race at Daytona. Those three drivers will vie for the final two berths in the postseason.

Clint Bowyer, on the other hand, all but locked up a Playoff spot with a 16th-place run that followed his sixth-place effort on Saturday. Bowyer takes a 53-point lead over Byron into the regular-season finale.

Chase Elliott was among the first drivers out, with his No. 9 Chevrolet sustaining front-end damage in a collision with Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota. Those two tangled behind contact in front of them when Joey Logano nudged Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 47 Chevrolet into the inside retaining wall. Elliott — Saturday’s pole-starter — finished 39th in the 40-car field, completing just six laps.

The race was stopped for 12 minutes, 19 seconds for track workers to repair a portion of the concrete surface during the Stage 1 intermission.

The Cup Series’ next race is its regular-season finale, Saturday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM) at Daytona International Speedway.

Note: There were no major issues in post-race inspection in the NASCAR Cup Series garage. Four cars were found with one unsecured lug nut — the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Erik Jones (finished 22nd), the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford driven by Matt DiBenedetto (finished 17th), the No. 22 Team Penske Ford driven by Joey Logano (finished sixth) and the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota driven by Christopher Bell (finished 27th).

Contributing: Staff reports