Radio Chatter – What the NASCAR Drivers Said After Taking on Monster Mile at Dover

Published 05/21/2021, 12:16 PM EDT
Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) celebrates after winning the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports


Last weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers competed at the Dover International Speedway. Over there, the Hendrick Motorsports quartet dominated to finish first, second, third and fourth. However, there was plenty of drama that occurred during the race.

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Before the race began, Martin Truex Jr bantered with his crew chief about potential communication issues. Meanwhile the Hendrick Motorsports team were thrilled to see the fans and even owner, Rick Hendrick. When the race actually kicked off, William Byron was the man on the move. Meanwhile, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch, encountered some issues with no power.

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Meanwhile, Byron and Kyle Larson pitted together and the latter won the pit stop war. Later on, Byron reported that he had problems with his brakes. While all that was going on, Chase Briscoe got sideways and clattered the outside wall. Meanwhile Ryan Blaney reported problems with his lights. Finally, Kyle Larson stormed to the stage win.

How did the rest of the NASCAR race pan out?

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When stage two began, Larson picked up where he left off. However, Alex Bowman also began to report braking trouble, but was forced to tough it out. Meanwhile, Blaney ran into further trouble, forcing him to make a pit stop despite pit road being closed. Soon, everyone began to notice that the Hendrick quartet were becoming unstoppable. All that culminated with Larson winning stage two ahead of Chase Elliott, Bowman and Byron.

Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) crosses the finish line to win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

When stage 3 came by, Aric Almirola reported a suspected puncture. It later came back to bite him hard, when he slammed into the outside wall and the car caught fire. In the ensuing pit stop war, Alex Bowman grabbed the advantage and led the race. Meanwhile in the midfield, the #47 of Ricky Stenhouse punted the #38 of Anthony Alfredo into a spin and to the inside wall.

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Back at the front, Larson began to hunt down his teammate Bowman. However, the #48 car held firm to finally take his fourth career win. In addition to that, he also grabbed his second win of the 2021 season.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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