NASCAR Cup Series will host a doubleheader for both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series at Dover. As regular-season action comes to a close, NASCAR Cup series inches one step closer to the Playoffs battle. Yesterday, we witnessed a fantastic NASCAR Truck Series race, and now it’s finally time for some Cup series action.
First, the Xfinity Series race will start at 12.30 PM EST. Austin Cindric will lead the pact for the Monster Mile. Noah Gragson in his number 9 car will join Austin in the front row.
After that, the Cup Series ‘Drydene 311’ race at the Dover International Speedway will start at 4.00 PM EST. Additionally, the 311 lap race will run in three stages of 70, 115, 126 each and will cover a distance of 301 miles.
This week, NASCAR ditched the random draw system and opted for a performance-based metric to decide the starting lineup. And last week’s victor Chase Elliott will lead the pack. Additionally, many drivers including the 7-time Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson will try to take lead and grab some ‘Stage wins’ to ensure their Playoffs seat.
Last year, Kyle Larson was crowned as the victor at the Monster Mile. Larson was recently in the news after he formally requested NASCAR to reinstate him.
Subsequently, NASCAR legend Tony Stewart came forward to support Larson and asked NASCAR to rethink their ‘indefinite suspension’ of Larson.
The Daytona Cup Race winner, Chase Elliott, will start the race at P1, courtesy of the new performance-based system. He will join Denny Hamlin and will be followed by Martin Truex Jr and Clint Bowyer in the second row.
Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson will start the race in the third row. Johnson will look for a swift escape to the front and a strong finish. The ace driver is in his final season and will fight to keep his Cup Series Playoff hopes alive.
Points leader Kevin Harvick will start the race at P10. He had a tough race at Daytona and the result impacted his Dover qualification spot.
This gives Hamlin a great opportunity to take over Harvick as the points leader before the Playoffs battle starts in a few weeks.