Martin Truex Jr. has a chance to add one more victory to his 2021 Cup campaign at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.
Truex, the only multiple-race winner this season (at Phoenix, Martinsville and Darlington), is the clear favorite ahead of the Drydene 400s. The three-time winner at Dover is second in the Cup standings, behind only Denny Hamlin. . He also has top two finishes in each of his last four Monster Mile races. Add to that his dominant run at Darlington last week – he led 248 of 293 laps – and it makes sense that he is the betting favorite (7-2) in the 400-lap, 400-mile race.
Kyle Larson, who challenged Truex at the end of the Goodyear 400 and finished runner-up in the race, is probably his main rival on Sunday; he has NASCAR’s all-time highest average at Dover, at 7.4. Of course, there’s also Hamlin, who despite being winless this season has nine absurd top-five finishes to give him the lead in the rankings.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights of the Drydene 400 at Dover International Raceway. Follow below.
NASCAR at Dover Live Updates, Drydene 400 Highlights
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2:25 pm: Lots of movement at the top of the lineup while Fox Sports 1 was on a commercial hiatus; Truex Jr. fell from first to fourth behind William Byron (first), Larson (second) and Kevin Harvick (third). It is about 5 seconds from the leader.
2:19 pm: Elliott has moved up 12 positions from 36, 11 laps to Stage 1.
2:15 pm: And there they go!
2:12 pm: Also noteworthy: Josh Berry will make his Cup Series debut in the 77 car as a last-minute replacement for Justin Haley (who is unable to race due to NASCAR’s COVID-19 protocols).
2:11 pm: Ryan Newman will join Chase Elliott (two failed pre-race inspections) at the back of the lineup due to unapproved adjustments:
UPDATE: The No. 6 car will start at the rear of the field today due to unapproved adjustments.
– NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 16, 2021
2:02 pm: Some important notes about the Dover race:
On FS1: The Cup’s engines just fired up here in Dover. Competition warning Lap 35. Stages 120-120-160 (400 laps, 400 miles). 9 sets of tires. Fuel: 88-97 laps. At the rear: Elliott (2x tech glitch), Berry (driver change-77). NWS: Temperatures 70s, 20% chance of rain. @NASCARONFOX
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 16, 2021
2 pm: Engines rev up in Dover. Incoming green flag.
1:30 in the afternoon: Things are heating up in Fox’s study during the barbecue.
NASCAR lineup at Dover
Here’s the full starting lineup for the unrated Drydene 400:
|Pos. Start||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|two||Denny Hamlin||eleven||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||Penske Team|
|8||Joey logano||22||Penske Team|
|9||Chris buescher||17||Roush Fenway racing|
|10||Christopher bell||twenty||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|eleven||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|12||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway racing|
|13||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Brad Keselowski||two||Penske Team|
|fifteen||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|sixteen||Chase briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|17||Matt DiBenedetto||twenty-one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|18||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|twenty||Michael McDowell||3. 4||Front row motorsports|
|twenty-one||Bubba wallace||2. 3||23XI Races|
|22||Erik jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|2. 3||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||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 motor sports|
|31||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|32||James davison||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|3. 4||what 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 started eighth in the lineup, will start at the back for failing two pre-race inspections.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.