On a warm sunny Sunday afternoon, the NASCAR Cup Series takes on Miles the Monster at Dover International Speedway with the Drydene 400.

This marks the halfway point of the regular season for the Cup Series and so far there has been only one multi race winner – Martin Treux Jr has three wins to his name.

After some issues getting through the pre-race inspection process, Chase Elliott will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Ryan Newman will also have to start the race from the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the car.

JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry is making his Cup Series debut as he sits in for Justin Haley who is out this weekend due to Covid protocols. Due to the driver change in the number 77 car, Berry will have to start the race from the back of the field. The part time driver won the race at Darlington last week and came in second to win the Dash-4-Cash prize in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.

After winning the race at Darlington Raceway for his third win of the season, Martin Truex Jr will sit on the pole and bring the field to green with points leader Denny Hamlin starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Drydene 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott – moved to the back of the field
Joey Logano
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Newman – moved to the back of the field
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Chase Briscoe
Matt DiBenedetto
Ross Chastain
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Preece
Corey LaJoie
Anthony Alfredo
Kurt Busch
Josh Berry – moved to the back of the field
Cole Custer
BJ McLeod
Aric Almirola
James Davison
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki


NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 35.

Stages one and two of the race are 120 laps each with stage three lasting 160 laps around the one mile concrete track. Drivers can run between 95 and 100 laps on a single fuel load.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the race before a full capacity crowd and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap four, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; William Byron, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap nine, Chase Elliott has already moved up to 24th place after having to start the race from the back of the field. Josh Berry is in 33rd.

Lap 13, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race after his dominating run at Darlington last week; William Byron, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 15, Kyle Larson gets around Martin Truex Jr for the lead.

Lap 16, William Byron takes the lead.

Lap 23, the top five are William Byron, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 24, William Byron has pulled out to a one second lead on Kyle Larson.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting some grip issues; saying that he doesn’t have the turning he needs.

Kyle Busch is reporting some engine issues on his number 18 car.

Lap 29, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on leader William Byron to under half a second; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Elliott has entered the top 20.

Kyle Busch has fallen out of the top 10 and is in 20th place

Lap 35, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Some drivers are reporting tight condition; while others are reporting loose issues. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road…barely over William Byron.

Tyler Reddick, Michael McDowell, and Corey LaJoie were all caught speeding on pit road.

Martin Truex Jr came out in 12th place after a lug nut got stuck in the jack.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restatt on lap 41 and gets out in front for the lead.

Michael McDowell is reporting some brake issues.

Kyle Busch reports that his engine issues are internal and they will run the car until it blows up.

Lap 43, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin.

William Byron is also reporting some brake issues.

Lap 48, Kyle Busch is the last car on the lead lap in 29th place.

Lap 49, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Chase Elliott is in the top 10 at tenth place.

Lap 54, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over a second on Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 62, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 67, there are 28 cars on the lead lap. Kyle Busch ahs gone one lap down.

Lap 68, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead on Kevin Harvick and is now nearly two second in front of the field.

Corey LaJoie brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.

Lap 73, Kyle Larson is now two seconds in front of Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, nad Denny Hamlin round out the top five..

With 44 laps remaining in stage one, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds.

Lap 80, with a lead of two and a half seconds, leader Kyle Larson continues to lap cars; there are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 84, Kyle Larson is running away from the field, he is now three and a half seconds in front of Kevin Harvick; William Byron is in third four seconds back;Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Despite engine issues, Kyle Busch holds on to 29th place, two laps down.

Chase Elliott, who is in seventh place after starting the race from the back of the field, is reporting brake issues. Several drivers are reporting brake issues during the race.

Lap 91, there are 22 cars on the lead lap with all 37 cars in the race.

Lap 94, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead and is now nearly four seconds in front of Kevin Harvick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five with Chase Elliott in sixth.

Twenty to go in stage one, Kyle Larson is nearly five seconds in front of Kevin Harvick with William Byron, Denny Hamlinm nad Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five. There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Driving it like he stole it, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over six seconds on Kevin Harvick with 16 laps remaining in stage one.

Lap 109, there are 19 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Larson over six seconds in front of the field.

Eight laps remain in stage one, the top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Ellliott.

Lap 114, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over seven seconds on Denny Hamlin. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

On the final lap of stage one, Chase Briscoe brings out the caution flag after getting into the wall with a flat tire.

Kyle Larson wins stage one under caution for his fifth stage win of the season. Larson and Denny Hamlin are tied for the most stage wins of the season with five.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr makes a second trip down pit road to repair some damage to the front of his car.

Kyle Busch is on pit road with the hood up as his crew works on the engine.

Josh Berry was caught speeding on pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 130 from the inside lane and holds on to the lead with Chase Elliott in second.

Lap 133, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlinm and Joey Logano with f19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 139, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Chase Elliott; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

The number 18 team reports that Kyle Busch’s car has been repaired. FOX Sports reporter Larry McReynolds reports that Busch is running times equal to the leaders. Busch is currently in 37th place, eight laps down.

Lap 149, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race, but Chase Elliott has closed the gap to under a second.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a vibration.

Chase Briscoe is on pit road getting his car worked on after some crash damage.

Lap 152, there are 18 cars on the lead lap.

All four of the Hendricks Motorsports cars are in the top 10 with Alex Bowman in tenth.

Ryan Blaney has a hole in the front of his car. The crew will make repairs on the next pit stop.

Lap 156, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a one second lead on Chase Elliott; Ryan Blaney is in third nearly seven seconds back with Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 167, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race but his lead is now under a second on Chase Elliott.

Josh Berry gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag.


Even though pit road is closed, Ryan Blaney comes down pit road for repairs to take full advantage of the caution. He will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Once pit road opens, the drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road; followed by Chase Elliott.

Ryan Blaney makes a second trip down pit road for the crew to continue working on the car.

Corey LaJoie was charged with having an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 177 and holds on to his lead.

Lap 178, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 184, Kyle Larson has a lead of just under a second on Chase Elliott; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 193, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race but is not running away from the field like he did earlier in the race; Chase Elliott is less than a second back.

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano make contact but save the cars and the track stays green.

Lap 200, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Chase Elliott with William Byron, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman rounding out the top five.

Lap 204, Hendrick Motorsports drivers are 1,2,3,4 with Kyle Larson leading the way.

Chase Briscoe has returned to the track 50 laps down.

Lap 210, Kyle Larson’s lead is down to just half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Alex Bowman, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Twenty-five laps remain in stage two; Kyle Larson leads the Hendrick Motorsports parade with Chase Elliott in second, Alex Bowman in third, and William Byron in fourth; Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

With 17 laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Larson has a lead of less than half a second in front of team mate Chase Elliott. There are 19 cars on the lead lap with no cars just one lap down.

Lap 229, Tyler Reddick reports a very loose car.

In twelfth place, pole sitter Martin Truex Jr reports numerous handling lissues with his car.

Kyle Larson wins stage two by a second for the stage sweep and becomes the winningest stage winner of the season so far.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Tyler Reddick

Drivers come down pit road for service Kyle Larson edging out team mate Alex Bowman to win the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and edges out Chase Elliott for the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Lap 250, the top five are Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch.

Brad Keselowski got loose but saved the car after nearly making contact with Kevin Harvick.

Lap 254, Kyle Larson is nearly a second in front of Hendrick Motorsports team mate Alex Bowman.

Lap 257, Kyle Larson is slowly increasing his lead on Alex Bowman; Larson is now over a second out in front.

Lap 259, Joey Logano has a hole in his front end. Logano is currently in 15th place.

Lap 270, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Alex Bowman;William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch round out the top five with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 274, Kyle Larson is now over three seconds in front of Alex Bowman with William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 283, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly three seconds on Alex Bowman; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. The Hendrick Motorsports cars have led the field for over 80 laps.

Lap 292, Kyle Larson has a lead of over three seconds on Alex Bowman; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Seven of the top 10 cars are Chevrolets.

Lap 299, Kyle Larson’s lead is now nearly four seconds on Alex Bowman.

Lap 300, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a four second lead on Alex Bowman; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Aric Almirola gets into the wall with a flat tire and brings out the caution flag on lap 302. Almirola’s car is in flames sitting up against the wall. He took a big hit in the car and is a little shaky getting out of the car.

The drivers are on the outside edge of the fuel load.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Alex Bowman winning the race off of pit road with Kyle Larson coming out in second.

Larry McReynolds reports that the number 48 team just had the fastest pit stop of 2021.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr was caught speeding on pit road.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Chase Elliott alongside in the inside. Kyle Larson comes in behind Bowman.

Lap 308, Alex Bowman gets out in front for the lead with Chse Elliott in second; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 310, Alex Bowman is in the lead with Kyle Larson in second; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick ,and William Byron round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski had to make a second trip down pit road due to a lug nut issue.

The caution flag comes out on lap 315 for a wreck involing Anthony Alfredo after contact from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brad Keselowski made contact with Brad Keselowski which sent Stenhouse into Alfredo.

After being two laps down, Ryan Preece finally gets back on the lead lap.

After just six laps of green flag racing, many drivers make another trip down pit road for fresh tires. Leaders stay out.

After being checked out at the infield care center, Aric Almirola reports that his body is sore but he is okay. He believes that there was a suspension issues that caused the wreck.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 320 and jumps out in front for the lead with Kyle Larson on his bumper; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and William Byron round out the top five.

The first eight cars stayed out on the track.

With 78 laps remaining in the race, Alex Bowman has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and William Byron round out the top five.?

To the south of the track, the skies are getting very dark.

Lap 325, the caution flag comes out for debris on the track – a brake hose.

Some drivers come down pit road for service but the top eight drivers stayed out on the track once again.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 331 with Kyle Larson alongside. Bowman jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick.

Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney make contact in a bump and run; the track stays green.

Lap 334, Alex Bowman has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Sixty laps remain in the race, Alex Bowman has a lead of less than half a second on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 345, leader Alex Bowman has encountered slower traffic. Team mate Kyle Larson is in second place less than half a second back.

Fifty to go! Alex Bowman continues to lead the race; Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 356, Alex Bowman has increased his lead on Kyle Larson to nearly a second; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Hendrick Motorsports currently occupies the top four spots; only three times in history has the top four positions be held by the same car owner.

With just 36 laps remaining in the race, drivers are battling for position all through the field.

Lap 365, Alex Bowman has increased his lead to voer a second on Kyle Larson.

BJ McLeod and Aric Almirola are out of the race.

There are just 30 laps remaining in the race, Alex Bowman has a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Hrvick round out the top five.

Twenty-five laps to go, Alex Bowman has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Larson.

On lap 376, Alex Bowman is leading career lap 1,000!

Second place driver Kyle Larson led 263 laps in the race today.

Lap 386, Alex Bowman has a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. Pole sitter Martin Truex Jr has just gone one lap down.

With 13 laps remaining in the race, Hendrick Motorsports drivers have lead all but 18 laps in the race – Martin Truex Jr led the first 16 and Denny Hamlin led two.

Eight laps to go, Alex Bowman has a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Larson.

Chase Briscoe, who is 63 laps down, takes his car down pit road.

Five to go and Hendrick Motorsports holds the top four spots.

Alex Bowman takes the white flag with a lead of nearly two seconds.

With a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top four, Alex Bowman earns his second win of the season to join Martin Truex Jr as the only drivers to win more than one race this season. This marks career win nunber 267 for owner Rick Hendrick.

This is just the fourth time in the history of NASCAR that the same team owner has swept the top four spots and its the first time that has happened for Hendric Motorsports!

After his burnout, Alex Bowman’s car has some flames.

New team drivers Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace finished the race on the lead lap and in the top 12.

The unofficial results of the Drydene 400:
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Suarez
Cole Custer
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Austin Dillon
Ross Chastain
Brad Keselowski
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Christopher Bell
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Kyle Busch
Anthony Alfredo
Quin Houff
Josh Berry
Cody Ware
Garret Smithley
James Davison
Josh Bilicki
Chase Briscoe
BJ McLeod
Aric Almirola