Martin Truex Jr. has an opportunity so as to add one more victory to his 2021 Cup Series marketing campaign at the Dover International Speedway on Sunday.
Truex, the one multi-race winner this season (at Phoenix, Martinsville and Darlington), is the clear favourite forward of the Drydene 400. The three-time winner at Dover is second within the Cup Series standings behind solely Denny Hamlin. He additionally has top-two finishes in every of his final 4 races at the Monster Mile. Add to that his dominant race in Darlington final week — he led 248 of 293 laps — and it is sensible that he is the betting favourite (7-2) at the 400-lap, 400-mile race.
Kyle Larson, who challenged Truex late within the Goodyear 400 and completed because the race’s runner-up, might be his prime challenger on Sunday; he has NASCAR’s highest common all-time end at Dover, at 7.4. Of course, there’s additionally Hamlin, who regardless of having no wins this season has an absurd 9 top-five finishes to present him the lead within the standings.
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4:09 p.m.: Caution 4 (Lap 240). And there’s Larson’s second stage win; he led all however one lap in Stage 2, which Hamlin led on pit row.
4 p.m.: Is that good? (Remember, Elliott began the race at the back of the lineup).
3:55 p.m.: Checking in now that we’re over midway by the 400-lap race and … yep, Larson continues to be within the lead.
3:36 p.m.: Caution 3 (Lap 171). Berry hit the wall, knocking him properly off tempo; due to the place he was on in relation to everybody else on the observe, he could not get inside into to pit row with out drawing the yellow flag.
3:28 p.m.: Briscoe’s again in pit row; seems to be like his automobile is off tempo as a result of harm he sustained in a crash simply earlier than the top of Stage 1.
3:22 p.m.: I’m not completely sure that is not Kyle Busch.
3:20 p.m.: Berry and James Davison, down 4 and 6 laps, respectively, have been each hit for dashing penalties in pit row.
3:09 p.m.: Larson was completely dominant in Stage 1, with an 11.3-second lead over Hamlin at the time the warning dropped. Here’s the highest 10 racers for the the stage:
Kyle Larson ended up profitable Stage 1 by 11.3 seconds after Harvick went from second to fifth on the final two laps and Chase Briscoe hit the wall.
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) May 16, 2021
3:07 p.m: Caution 2 (Lap 119). Looks like Chase Briscoe blew his tire out and hit the wall making an attempt to remain in entrance of Larson (and on the lead lap). That’s going to value him below warning. With that, Stage 1 is concluded below warning.
2:57 p.m.: Yeah, about Kyle Busch … these engine points aren’t going away. He’s two laps off the lead with 25 laps left within the stage.
2:51 p.m.: Meanwhile, Larson continues his run of dominance with a cushty lead 80 laps into the Drydene 400.
2:48 p.m.: Tough break for Corey LaJoie, who has to pit below inexperienced with a flat right-front tire. He’s three laps off the lead.
2:46 p.m.: Truex seems to have nostril harm, affecting his capability to show because it was hitting the observe. That drawback’s solely going to be exacerbated with climbing automobile temperatures.
2:36 p.m.: Another notice: Kyle Busch manages to keep away from getting lapped on warning, regardless of his engine points.
2:35 p.m.: Truex Jr. comes out of the warning in twelfth place after a lug nut fell out and interfered with a automobile jack, inflicting him a sluggish pit. Incredible.
2:31 p.m.: Larson gained a place on Byron to take the lead out of the competitors warning. Harvick stays at the No. 3 place popping out of the warning.
2:30 p.m.: Uh-oh.
2:29 p.m.: Caution 1 (Competition, Lap 35)
2:25 p.m.: Lots of motion at the highest of the lineup whereas Fox Sports 1 was on a industrial break; Truex Jr. fell from first to fourth behind William Byron (first), Larson (second) and Kevin Harvick (third). He’s roughly 5 seconds off the lead.
2:19 p.m.: Elliott has moved up 12 positions from 36, 11 laps into Stage 1.
2:15 p.m.: And there they go!
2:12 p.m.: Also of notice: Josh Berry will make his Cup Series debut within the 77 automobile as a last-minute alternative for Justin Haley (who cannot race on account of NASCAR’S COVID-19 protocols).
2:11 p.m.: Ryan Newman will be a part of Chase Elliott (two failed pre-race inspections) at the again of the lineup on account of unapproved changes:
UPDATE: The No. 6 automobile will begin at the rear of the sector in the present day on account of unapproved changes.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 16, 2021
2:02 p.m.: Some vital race notes at Dover:
On FS1: Cup engines simply fired right here at Dover. Competition warning Lap 35. Stages 120-120-160 (400 laps, 400 miles). 9 units tires. Fuel: 88-97 laps. To the rear: Elliott (2x tech failure), Berry (driver change-77). NWS: Temps 70s, 20% probability rain. @NASCARONFOX
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 16, 2021
2 p.m.: The engines are revved at Dover. Green flag incoming.
1:30 p.m.: Things are getting heated within the Fox studio over barbecue.
NASCAR lineup at Dover
Here is the whole beginning lineup for the Drydene 400 with out qualifying:
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|8||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|9||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|10||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|12||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|13||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|15||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|16||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|17||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|18||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|20||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|21||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|22||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|23||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|24||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|25||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|26||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|27||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|28||Josh Berry||77||Spire Motorsports|
|29||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|30||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|31||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|32||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|34||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|35||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|36||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Chase Elliott*||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
*Elliott, who would have began eighth within the lineup, will begin at the again for failing two pre-race inspections.