NASCAR at Dover live race updates, results, highlights from Saturday’s Drydene 311

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:

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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.

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.

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:

Pos. Driver Car No. Team
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