The NASCAR Cup Series kicks off the first race of their double header weekend with the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway.

Hoping to tame Miles the Monster, the field of 40 drivers will be led by Daytona road course winner Chase Elliott who has earned the pole under the new format.  Denny Hamlin will start alongside on the front row.

Earlier in the week, Corey LaJoie announced that he would not be returning to GoFas Racing next season.

And Austin Dillon returns to the track after getting the all clear from medical personnel after first getting a positive test for the Covid-19 virus and then testing negative twice.  Missing the Daytona road course race was the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career that Dillon has missed a race.  He will be starting today’s race in 32nd place.

With a monster of a race winning drought, seven time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson holds the record for being the winningest driver at Dover with eleven wins.  The giant Miles the Monster standing out in front of the track is holds a Jimmie Johnson number 48 car in his hand.  The monster is so huge that he can hold an acutal car in his hand.

The starting lineup for the Drydene 311:
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Erik Jones
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael McDowell
Tyler Reddick
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Cole Custer
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Preece
Daniel Suarez
Corey LaJoie
Brennan Poole
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Dillon
Timmy Hill
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Reed Sorenson
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod

Stage one of the race is 70 laps with stage two lasting 115 laps, and stage three is 126 laps in length for a total of 311 laps around the one mile track.  The drivers cannot complete stages two and three on a single fuel load and will have to make pit stop during the stages.  NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 25.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with broadcaster “The Bagman” waving the flag.  Chase Elliott jumps out in front for a big lead on Denny Hamlin and the rest of the field.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Martin Treux Jr, and Jimmie Johnson.

Only four laps into the race and Chase Elliott has already pulled out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin.

Lap five Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin with Clint Bowyer over two seconds back.

The first caution flag comes out on lap seven when Kurt Busch gets into the wall after some contact with Erik Jones.  Alex Bowman was also involved; both Jones and Bowman have significant damage to their cars.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 and again jumps out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second.

Lap 15, the top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 17, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin with Clint Bowyer in third over two seconds back.

Lap 20, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Clint Bowyer is in third nearly three seconds back. 

After his crash, Kurt Busch is out of the race and will have to start the race on Sunday from the back of the field in a backup car.

Lap 25, Chase Elliott has led every lap so far with a one second lead on Denny Hamlin.

NASCAR throws the yellow flag on lap 25 for the competition caution. 

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service with Joey Logano winning the race off of pit road after taking only two tires; Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola also took only two tires.

Kevin Harvick had to make a second trip down pit road for loose lug nuts.

After staying out on the track, Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 32 and gets out in front for the lead with Matt Kenseth in second.  Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

The top five are Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth, Chris Buescher, Ryan Newman, and Joey Logano.  Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott make contact on the track but they save the cars and the track stays green.

Chase Elliott reports a tire rub after making contact with Clint Bowyer.

La 39, Austin Dillon has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Matt Kenseth the Joey Logano in third; Denny Hamlin and Chris Buescher round out the top five. 

Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano make some contact but the track stays green.

Lap 44, Austin Dillon has increased his lead to three and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; third place driver Matt Kenseth is over four seconds back.

Lap 51, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Austin Dillon to just a second.  Moving up 13 spots, Brad Keselowski is not in third place.

After having to make two stops on pit road, Kevin Harvick is motoring through the field and has advanced 16 spots in the field.

Lap 58, the top five are Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer with 32 cars on the lead lap.

With four fresh tires, Denny Hamlin passes Austin Dillon lap 60 to take the lead.

Lap 61, Kevin Harvick has moved into the top 10.

Lap 63, Reed Sorenson gets slowed on the track with a smoking car.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Martin Truex Jr.

With a lead of over three seconds, Denny Hamlin wins stage one for his sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Aric Almirola

Drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road; followed by Martin Truex Jr.

Crew chief Chad Knaus made major whole sale changes to driver William Byron’s car on pit road.

With 31 cars on the lead lap, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 78 with Denny Hamlin getting out in front for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Clint Bowyer is in third.

Matt Kenseth was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 80, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon.

Lap 83, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer in third one second back.

Lap 88, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to over half a second o Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon round out the top five. 

Reed Sorenson is off the track; there are 31 cars on the lead lap with no driver just one lap down.

Lap 93, after dominating the first part of the race, Chase Elliott is mired back in the field in 24th place.

Lap 100, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 105, with 30 cars on the lead lap, Denny Hamlin  has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer is in third nearly three seconds back.

Several of the drivers are reporting loose conditions.

Quin Houff has a smoking car but gets on pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 114, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to two seconds on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer in third three and a half seconds back.

Even back in the field in 16th place, Chase Elliott is running some of the fastest laps in the race.

Lap 124, with 24 cars on the lead lap, Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 127, leader Denny Hamlin passes William Byron to put him one lap down.  Byron is in a battle with team mate Jimmie Johnson for the final spot in the playoffs.

Lap 133, Kevin Harvick reports that his car is pushing like a dump truck.

Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road for service.

Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly four seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer is some six seconds back in third place.

Lap 136, other drivers begin making their green flag pit stops.

Race leader Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Leader Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch makes his pit stop, giving the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to matt DiBenedetto.

With 35 laps remaining in stage two, Wood Brothers driver Matt DiBenedetto leads the race; he is one of four drivers who have yet to make their pit stops along with William Byron, Michael McDowell, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 155, Matt DeBenedetto has a lead of over four and a half seconds on William Byron with Denny Hamlin nearly seven seconds back.

There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 160, the top five are Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Michael McDowell.

Lap 161, Leader Matt DiBenedetto comes down pit road for his pit stop and gives the lead over to William Byron.

Lap 162, Denny Hamlin passes William Byron to take the lead.

Martin Truex Jr passes William Byron for second; putting Byron in third.

Aric Almirola makes a trip down pit road with a vibration.

Lap 170, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr; William Byron finally makes his pit stop; taking only two tires.

BJ McLeod reports a tire rub and vibration.

Ten laps remain in stage two; Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Five to go in stage two, Denny Hamlin has a second and a half lead on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road with Denny Hamlin in second; Kyle Busch comes out third.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Kyle Busch on the inside lane.  Martin Truex Jr gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 194, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Bradk Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 196, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski one second back in third.

Lap 200, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on team mate Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Battling Denny Hamlin for third, Brad Keselowski gets slideways in the corner but saves the car and holds on to his third place position.

Lap 206, Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski is two and a half seconds back in third.

Denny Hamlin gets around Brad Keselowski for third place on lap 208.

Lap 216, Joe Gibbs Racing has the top three spots with Martin Truex Jr in the lead; followed by Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 220, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Denny Hamlin over two second back in third.

Lap 225, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his half second lead on Kyle Busch with Denny Hamlin two seconds back in third.

Martin Truex Jr reports a very loose condition in his car.

Lap 229, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead on Kyle Busch to over half a second; Denny Hamlin continues to run two seconds behind in third place: Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 238, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch in second; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer battle Brad Keselowski for fourth place.

Lap 243, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott make contact as they battle for position.

Denny Hamlin gets around Kyle Busch for second.

There are 64 laps remaining in the race; the drivers still have to make a pit stop; the question is when to come down pit road.

Kyle Busch is reporting a very loose condition.

Lap 252, Kevin Harvick is the first driver to make his green flag pit stop; Chase Elliott also makes his pit stop.

Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on team mate Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Cole Custer round out the top five as more drivers come down pit road for service.

Lead Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski. 

Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon are the only cars still on the lead lap; they also need to make their pit stops.

Lap 261, Austin Dillon takes the lead when Brad Keselowski comes down pit road for his service.

Lap 264, the top five are Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick.  Dillon still needs to make his pit stop.

Kyle Busch is reporting some issues with his car.

Clint Bowyer is also reporting some issues with his car.

Once loose, some of the cars are getting tight and causing problems for the drivers.

With 35 laps remaining in the race, there are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Thirty to go, Martin Truex Jr passes Austin Dillon for the lead; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Austin Dillon finally makes his pit stop, he is also reporting a tight condition.

Martin Truex Jr is the leader with Denny Hamlin in second one second back; Kyle Busch is the third place driver nearly five seconds back; Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

William Byron makes his pit stop with 24 laps remaining in the race.

With 12 cars on the lead lap, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch over six seconds back in third.

With 18 laps remaining in the race, martin Truex Jr is mired in lapped traffic and allows Denny Hamlin to close to less than a second on the leader.

Fifteen to go, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race, but his less than a second in front of the leader.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin has caught leader Martin Truex Jr and passes Truex Jr on the inside lane to take the lead.

Martin Truex Jr has been the third place driver at the end of the past five races; he is looking to better that position for this race.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin leads the way with Martin Truex Jr in second and Kyle Busch in third.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

Taming The Monster for the first time, Denny Hamlin wins his sixth race of the season.

The unofficial results of the Drydene 311:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliot
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Aric Almirola
Ty Dillon
Ryan Newman
Matt DiBenedetto
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Matt Kenseth
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Preece
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
JJ Yeley
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase
Brennan Poole
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Kurt Busch

The drivers return on Sunday to do it all again.