Sunday, May 16, 2021
Dover International Speedway
TV: FS1 - Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
Bowman leads Hendrick Motorsports sweep of top four positions at Dover: Say this about Alex Bowman, the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet has got his timing right. The Hendrick Motorsports driver took the lead off pit road following his final pit stop with 97 of 400 race laps remaining, held off the field on two more race restarts and earned his second victory of the year in Sunday’s Drydene 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The win punctuated a historic Hendrick Motorsports day at the famed one-mile track, with the team becoming the third organization in NASCAR Cup Series history to finish 1-2-3-4 in a single event; joining Peter DePaolo Racing (Dec. 30, 1956 at Titusville, April 7, 1957 at North Wilkesboro) and Roush Fenway Racing (Nov. 20, 2005 at Homestead-Miami). Bowman held off his teammate Kyle Larson by 2.017-seconds. Chase Elliott (third) and William Byron (fourth) finished just behind marking the first time in the organization’s 267-victory history it’s had a four-car sweep atop the scoreboard.[Read More](5-16-2021)
#48-Alex Bowman won the Drydene 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. The win is his 2nd win of the year, 1st win at Dover and 4th career win.
#5-Larson finished 2nd followed by #9-Elliott, #24-Byron, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #8-Reddick, #99-Suarez, and #41-Custer.
Larson dominated the race early on, winning both stages and leading 263 laps. However, Bowman’s crew gave him the lead under pit stops with 96 laps remaining and he never gave it back up.
Hendrick Motorsports becomes the third organization in NASCAR Cup Series history to finish first, second, third and fourth in a single event
Pole sitter #19-Truex, Jr. finished 19th.
There were 10 lead changes among 5 drivers and 7 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 120.05mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.
Race Fast Facts – Dover:
Alex Bowman won the 52nd Annual Drydene 400, his fourth victory in 202 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2021.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 11 races at Dover International Speedway.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 13 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2021.
Chase Elliott (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2021.
Anthony Alfredo (28th) was the highest finishing rookie.
This is Hendrick Motorsport’s 267th NASCAR Cup Series victory.
Hendrick Motorsports becomes the third organization in NASCAR Cup Series history to finish first, second, third and fourth in a single event; joining Peter DePaolo Racing (Dec. 30, 1956 at Titusville, April 7, 1957 at North Wilkesboro) and Roush Fenway Racing (Nov. 20, 2005 at Homestead-Miami).
Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Cup Series with 21 victories among seven drivers: Jimmie Johnson (11), Jeff Gordon (five), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one), Ricky Rudd (one), Chase Elliott (one) and Alex Bowman (one).
Cup Series Playoff Standings after Dover:
(race 13 of 26 in the regular season)
1) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [3 wins], 472
2) #48-Alex Bowman [2 wins], 332
2) #24-William Byron [1 win], 473
3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 442
4) #5-Kyle Larson [1 win], 440
5) #12-Ryan Blaney [1 win], 438
6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 404
7) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 383
8) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 336
10) #34-Michael McDowell [1 win], 290
11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 574 [point leader]
12) #9-Chase Elliott, 432
13) #4-Kevin Harvick, 427
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 341
15) #17-Chris Buescher, 309
16) #8-Tyler Reddick, 298
Currently outside the playoffs:
17) #21-Matt DiBenedetto, 281
18) #1-Kurt Busch, 268
19) #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 266
20) #6-Ryan Newman, 260
See the Driver Points Standings and Owners Point Standings.
Cars to the rear: #6-Newman (unapproved adjustments), #9-Elliott (multiple inspection failures, #77-Berry (driver change)
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Drydene 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway have been made.
Pole sitter #19-Truex, Jr. chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took the 9th stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart page.(5-12-2021)
#19-Martin Truex, Jr. will start on the pole for the Drydene 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.
#11-Hamlin will start the race second, followed by #24-Byron, #5-Larson, #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #12-Blaney, #9-Elliott, #22-Logano, and #17-Buescher.
The lineup was set by the qualifying metric, based on race finish, points position, and fastest race lap.
See the complete lineup on the Drydene 400 Starting Lineup page.(5-12-2021)
The Entry List for the Drydene 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Davison, #53-Smithley, #77-Josh Berry.
See the full entry list on the Drydene 400 Entry List page.
There will be no practice or qualifying for the Dover race.
Weekend on-track schedule
Saturday, May 15
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
5:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
6:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)
7:00 PM-9:00 PM NCS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Sunday, May 16
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
5:30 AM-1:30 PMC ROSS-OVER GATE OPEN
7:00 AM-1:00 PM NCS TEAM ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
7:00 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
1:40 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
1:45 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (DRIVERS STANDING BY CARS)
2:00 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 120/240/400 LAPS = 400 MILES)
6:00 PM Approx CROSS-OVER GATE OPEN
6:00 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT