The Monster Energy Cup Series kicks off round two of the playoffs with Miles the Monster at Dover International Speedway wit the Gander Outdoors 400.

A rain storm that moved through the area cancelled qualifying; as a result, the starting lineup has been set by car owner points. Since points determining the starting grid all 12 of the playoff drivers will be starting the race at the front of the field with points leader Kyle Busch sitting on the pole and bringing the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Gander Outdoors 400:
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon
Deny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Paul Menard
Daniel Suarez
Jamie McMurray
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr
William Byron
Chris Buescher
AJ Allmendinger
Regan Smith
David Ragan
Michael McDowell
Matt Kenseth
Bubba Wallace – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Ross Chastain
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
J.J. Yeley
BJ McLeod
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Timmy Hill
Harrison Rhodes

The number 43 car driven by Bubba Wallace failed pre-race inspection three time; as a result, Wallace will have to start the race from the back of the field and his car chief has been ejected from the race.

Jimmie Johnson has some apparent suspension issues with his car even before the race begins and will have to start the race in the garage making repairs.

Stages one and two of the race are 120 laps each and stage three will be 160 laps for a total of 400 laps around the one mile concrete track.

Several of the teams made wholesale changes to their cars after practice yesterday.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out for the lead with Kevin Harvick close behind.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano.

Lap four, Kyle Busch has a lead of just under half a second on Kevin Harvick with Brad Keselowski in third.

NBC broadcasters report that the 48 team is replacing the splitter on Jimmie Johnson’s car.

Lap eight, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 10, Jimmie Johnson finally makes it out to the track but is 10 laps down.

Reports are that Jimmie Johnson’s car issues were due to a lower ball joint failure.

Lap 16, Kyle Busch holds a narrow lead on Kevin Harvick as they encounter slower traffic. Kevin Harvick passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 17, Kevin Harvick leads with Kyle Busch in second, Brad Keselowski in third.

Driving an orange camouflage car, Busch has announced that they will contribute $1,000 for each lap Harvick leads up to a total of $25,000 for the National Forest Foundation.

Lap 27, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer.

Kevin Harvick has a lead of over two seconds on Brad Keselowski with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Third place driver Kyle Busch is reporting a loose condition.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly two seconds on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch in third.

After a dreary start to the weekend, the sun is making an appearance over Dover.

Lap 38, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brad Keselowski with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 48, Kevin Harvick is driving away with the race, he is now over four seconds in front of second place driver Brad Keselowski with 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 52, Kevin Harvick maintains a four second lead on Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

After starting at the back of the field, Bubba Wallace has moved up to 26th place.

Timmy Hill is off the track.

Lap 59, Kevin Harvick is driving it like he stole it he as a lead over seven seconds on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 61, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now eight seconds on Brad Keselowski with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 66, William Byron is the first driver who makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 70, Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road with a possible tire issue.

Lap 71, drivers begin making green flag pit stops for fresh tires and fuel.

Lap 73, Kevin Harvick has entered double digit lead time; he is over eleven seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski.

Several drivers are reporting tight conditions in their cars.

Kevin Harvick makes his green flag pit stop.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr has the lead after not yet making his pit stop. Regan Smith has also yet to make his pit stop.

Lap 85, now that all of the cars have made pit stops, Kevin Harvick retakes the lead seven seconds over Joey Logano.

Jimmie Johnson was charged with pitting outside of his pit box.

Lap 89, the top five are Kevin Harvvick, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Clint Bowyer. There are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 92, Kevin Harvick is on the bumper of playoff driver Alex Bowman, trying to put the driver in 17th place a lap down.

Lap 95, the gap between leader Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano is down of under five seconds with Kyle Busch in third.

Kevin Harvick gets around Alex Bowman to put him a lap down; leaving 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 107, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over five seconds on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch in third with 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 111, Kevin Harvick is dominating the race with a lead of nearly six seconds on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 115, Kevin Harvick’s lead is nearly six and a half seconds over Joey Logano with 14 cars on the lead lap.

The dash readout on Kyle Busch’s car is not showingthe position of his track bar.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Martin Truex Jr

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick coming out second and Kyle Busch in third.

Chase Elliott was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Kyle Busch’s team believes that some of the fabric from his tire got wound around the track bar and now it is not working at all.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 129, but it is Kevin Harvick that jumps out in front for the lead to continue his dominance at Dover.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 131, Kevin Harvick has already pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third.

Lap 140, Kevin Harvick has a second and a half lead on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third; Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Kyle Larson and Paul Menard make contact going into the corner but the the track stays green.

Lap 152, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a two second lead on Joey Logano; Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch round out the top five with 18 cars on the lead lap. Kyle Busch has dropped to sixth place.

Timmy Hill is the only driver out of the race.

Lap 161, Kevin Harvick continues his torrid pace on the race track; there are only 17 cars on the lead lap. Clint Bowyer has gotten around Joey Logano to take second place and is two and a half seconds behind leader Kevin Harvick.

Dealing with car issues, ninth place driver Kyle Busch reports that he does have use of the track bar but has no idea of its position because he has no readout on the digital dash.

Lap 175, there are only 15 cars on the lead lap.

As Kevin Harvick dominates the lead of the race, the remainder of the top five are making moves. Martin Truex Jr gets around Joey Logano to take over third place.

Lap 180, Kevin Harvick has a two second lead on Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 182, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now approaching two and a half seconds on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 184, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Lap 189, Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the race; Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 193, Kyle Busch is the leader as drivers continue making green flag pit stops.

When Kyle Busch makes his pit stop, Kevin Harvick retakes the lead of the race with Clint Bowyer in second over two seconds behind.

Lap 197, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 205, Kevin Harvick has a lead of less than two seconds on Clint Bowyer. Trying to stay on the lead lap, Alex Bowman ran the fastest lap.

After pit stops, Kyle Busch’s team reports that the track bar is not moving and believe that it is not working.

Lap 210, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over two seconds on Clint Bowyer; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap. Thirty eight of the 39 cars that started the track are still running.

Lap 215, Clint Bowyer has closed the gap on leader Kevin Harvick to just over a second.

Lap 218, Clint Bowyer has caught up to leader Kevin Harvick and is less than a second behind as Harvick battles to put drivers a lap down.

Lap 220, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 222, Kevin Harvick finally gets around Kyle Larson to put him a lap down.

Lap 225, Clint Bowyer has cut Kevin Harvick’s lead to under half a second.

Lap 230, Kevin Harvick put Alex Bowman a lap down to leave only 14 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 234, Aric Almirola passes Kurt Busch to take fifth place.

Lap 236, Kevin Harvick’s lead is just under a second on Clint Bowyer; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two to sweep the stages continuing his dominating run at Dover. Harvick also dominated the spring race at Dover.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Clint Bowyer close behind. Kyle Busch has a slow pit stop as his team attempts to repair the busted track bar.

Kyle Larson was caught speeding on pit road and will have to start at the back of the field.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 247 with Harvick getting out in front for the lead.

Kyle Busch once again has a working track bar.

Lap 250, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 254, Kevin Harvick has a one second lead on Aric Almirola with Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five. After making repairs to the track bar, Kyle Busch is in 13th place.

Lap 259, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second over Aric Almirola with 14 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 270, Kevin Harvick has led 234 laps so far today after leading 201 laps on his way to winning the spring race.

Lap 271, Kevin Harvick’s lead on Aric Almirola is a second and a half with Clint Bowyer in third.

Lap 276, Kevin Harvick has at lead of a second and a half on Aric Almirola; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 280, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Aric Almirola; there are 14 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 286, the top five are Kevin Harvick Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

Stewart-Haas team mates Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch are all playoff drivers and hold the top four spots on the track.

Lap 292, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead over Aric Almirola to two and a half seconds.

Lap 299, Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the race with Aric Almirola in second; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 302, Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road with a possible loose wheel.

Clint Bowyer finally gets around Aric Almirola for second place but Kevin Harvick is in the lead over four seconds out in front.

Lap 310, once again driving away with the race, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over five seconds on second place driver…and team mate Clint Bowyer.

Lap 313, Kevin Harvick has lead 274 laps so far as he dominates the race.

Lap 314 Ricky Stenhouse jr gets into the wall, but the track stays green as Stenhouse brings his car down pit road.

Lap 316, Aric Almirola gets back around Clint Bowyer to retake second place.

Lap 310 drivers begin making their final green flag pit stops.

Clint Bowyer has some damage to his car after making contact with another driver on the track. He is reporting a very tight condition in his car.

Lap 321, leader Kevin Harvick has to make a second trip down pit road for a loose wheel. A valve stem got knocked off of the wheel.

Kyle Busch was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Aric Almirola takes over the lead of the race; Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Almirola has a lead of over a second and a half on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 338, the caution flag comes out for debris on the track. There was an axle on the track that came out of Ross Chastain’s car.

Kevin Harvick is the “lucky dog”.

After taking only two tires, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr and Jimmie Johnson were caught speeding on pit road.

The axle on pit road hit Joey Logano’s car and caused a huge gash in his car.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 348 and gets into a battle with Aric Almirola for the lead with Almirola taking the lead.

Lap 353, Kurt Busch gets around Brad Keselowski for second place.

Lap 355, the top five are Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Chase Elliott.

Kevin Harvick is in ninth place with Kyle Busch in 14th.

Lap 158, Aric Almirola has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kurt Busch.

Lap 368, Aric Almirola has a second and a half lead on Kurt Busch; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 379, Aric Almirola has a lead of over a second and a half over Kurt Busch with Brad Keselowski in third.

Lap 381, Chase Elliott passes Brad Keselowski to take third.

Clint Bowyer limps down pit road with a flat tire. NBC broadcasters also report a possible track bar issue for Bowyer.

Lap 386, Kurt Busch has closed to under a second on leader Aric Almirola with Chase Elliott in third.

Lap 390, Kevin Harvick has moved into the top five after having pit road issues.

The caution flag comes out on lap 392 when Clint Bowyer gets into the wall hard and is out of the race. There are flames under the hood of Bowyer’s car.

Several teams chose to take only two tires; Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road but not all of the drivers came down for service.

Chase Elliott is in the lead with Brad Keselowski in second.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 395 from the outside lane and gets out in front for the lead.

The caution flag comes out for a crash after the restart involving Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski. Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr were also involved. NASCAR has red flagged the race to get the track cleaned up.

After a five minute red flag condition, NASCAR displays the caution flag and the card being rolling once again. Chase Elliott is in the lead.

In an overtime finish the drivers will make the first in a green/white/checker event.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the overtime green flag restart and gets out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second and Erik Jones in third.

Chase Elliott takes the white flag.

Earning his second career win, Chase Elliott tames Miles the Monster. Elliott has clinched his spot in the next round of the playoffs with the win.

In a Monster of a burnout, Chase Elliott shrouds his car in smoke to celebrate the win and in throwback fashion, he stands on the roof of the car.

The unofficial results of the Gander Outdoors 400:
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Jamie McMurray
William Byron
Matt Kenseth
Regan Smith
AJ Allmendinger
Bubba Wallace
David Ragan
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Matt DiBenedetto
Alex Bowman
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Jeffrey Earnhardt
JJ Yeley
Landin Cassill
BJ McLeod
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Ross Chastain
Harrison Rhodes
Timmy Hill

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