Martin Truex Jr. felt the same sense of frustration many NASCAR drivers have experienced late in races this season when Denny Hamlin sped past him at Dover on Saturday en route to a Drydene 311 win.
After leading for much of the final stage, Truex failed to put Hamlin away and settled for second place.
As Hamlin framed his aggressive approach to his team, “Gotta f—ing take it sometimes.”
Hamlin won Stage 1 and Stage 2 before claiming the race.
The third-to-last regular-season contest also provided playoff bubble drama. Kurt Busch, who entered the competition feeling safe, crashed in the first 10 laps and will now be under increased pressure. Jimmie Johnson, meanwhile, jumped into a postseason spot with a smooth seventh-place finish.
#NASCARPlayoffs bubble update ⬇️
15th: Matt DiBenedetto: +27
16th: Jimmie Johnson: +3
17th: William Byron: -3
18th: Erik Jones: -22
19. Tyler Reddick: -45
7-time moves in, Byron falls out.
— Davey Segal (@DaveyCenter) August 22, 2020
Sporting News tracked 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 top 20 finishers
|2||Martin Truex Jr.|
|10||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
Lead changes: 15
NASCAR at Dover live race updates, highlights from Drydene 311
6:48 p.m.: Hamlin wins it. Boy has he been great this year.
6:45 p.m.: 5 laps remaining.
6:44 p.m.: 2020 Denny Hamlin is a beast.
6:35 p.m.: And just after we mention Truex lurking behind Dillon, Truex makes a move and regains the lead.
6:33 p.m.: Austin Dillon has a hold of first now — the 10th driver to occupy the lead today — but Truex is on his tail.
6:19 p.m.: Right now it’s Truex-Busch-Hamlin at the top with 65 laps left.
6:05 p.m.: Kyle Busch is up to second with 100 laps remaining in the race.
5:58 p.m.: Truex takes the lead as Stage 3 goes to green.
5:49 p.m.: Hamlin wins Stage 2.
Stage 2 Results – Cup Dover I
— Nick DeGroot (@ndegroot89) August 22, 2020
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|