Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones and Tyler Reddick are among the NASCAR drivers in need of a win at Dover on Saturday to alleviate the stress of being on the wrong side of the playoff bubble with three races to go.
The Drydene 311 is a golden opportunity for Johnson in particular. He has been prolific at this track, winning 11 races in central Delaware in his career. He has also been in a groove of late, finishing fourth last weekend at Daytona and among the top 12 in four straight outings.
There are two races at Dover this weekend — following the Drydene 311 on Saturday, there will be a separate Cup Series race at the same venue on Sunday.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Saturday’s NASCAR race at Dover. Follow below for complete results from the Drydene 311:
NASCAR at Dover live race updates, highlights from Drydene 311
5:43 p.m.: 10 more laps in Stage 2. Hamlin remains in first.
5:37 p.m.: NASCAR drivers are professional disaster avoiders. This was close.
5:30 p.m.: First misstep for Johnson today.
5:27 p.m.: Mid-stage pit stops are beginning.
5:17 p.m.: This has been Clint Bowyer’s best start in a while. He’s in third place, behind Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.
5:10 p.m.: Hamlin still leads. Johnson is in fifth, Erik Jones is in 15th and Christopher Bell is in 21st.
4:55 p.m.: Denny Hamlin wins Stage 1.
Denny Hamlin wins Stage 1, his sixth stage win of the season. Ties him for most in the series with Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott (Harvick has five).
Hamlin now has 31 playoff points. Harvick has the most with 35. Keselowski is third with 21.
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 22, 2020
Stage 1 Results – Cup Dover I
— Nick DeGroot (@ndegroot89) August 22, 2020
4:45 p.m.: Austin Dillon leads with 15 laps left in Stage 1.
4:29 p.m.: Chase Elliott has led the whole way so far.
4:26 p.m.: They’re back to green.
4:22 p.m.: This has to be one of Kurt Busch’s shortest races ever.
Jones and Bowman have damage.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 22, 2020
4:21 p.m.: Caution for Kurt Busch.
4:17 p.m.: Green flag!
4:11 p.m.: Engines are fired and we’re almost ready to go.
NASCAR race start time today
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 22
- Start time: 4 p.m. ET
- TV channel: NBC Sports Network
- Live stream: NBC Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The green flag for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover will wave shortly after 4 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.
Dover International Speedway does not have lights, so a weather delay would threaten to postpone or delay either race in the Saturday-Sunday doubleheader.
The good news regarding NASCAR’s chances of getting the Dover races in as scheduled is they both are relatively short — 311 laps around the one-mile speedy concrete oval.
NASCAR starting lineup at Dover
Below is the starting lineup for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Dover:
|1||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||Clint Bowyer||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|6||Jimmie Johnson||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|8||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|10||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|11||Alex Bowman||88||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|13||Erik Jones||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|14||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|15||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|16||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|17||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|18||Christopher Bell||95||Leavine Family Racing|
|19||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|20||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|21||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|22||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|23||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|24||Bubba Wallace||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|25||Ty Dillon||13||Germain Racing|
|26||Matt Kenseth||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|27||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|28||Daniel Suarez||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|29||Corey LaJoie||32||GoFas Racing|
|30||Brennan Poole||15||Premium Motorsports|
|31||John Hunter Nemechek||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|32||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|33||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|34||JJ Yeley||27||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||Reed Sorenson||77||Spire Motorsports|
|37||Josh Bilicki||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||Joey Gase||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|39||Garrett Smithley||7||Tommy Baldwin Racing|
|40||BJ McLeod||78||BJ McLeod Motorsports|