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

NASCAR at Dover live race updates, results, highlights from Saturday's Drydene 311 1

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.

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:

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NASCAR at Dover top 20 finishers

1Denny Hamlin
2Martin Truex Jr.
3Kyle Busch
4Kevin Harvick
5Chase Elliott
6Clint Bowyer
7Jimmie Johnson
8Joey Logano
9Brad Keselowski
10Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
11Cole Custer
12Erik Jones
13Tyler Reddick
14Ryan Blaney
15Austin Dillon
16Chris Buescher
17Aric Almirola
18Ty Dillon
19Ryan Newman
20Matt DiBenedetto

Lead changes: 15
Leaders: 10
Cautions: 4

NASCAR at Dover live race updates, highlights from Drydene 311

6:48 p.m.: Hamlin wins it. Boy has he been great this year.

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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.

5:43 p.m.: 10 more laps in Stage 2. Hamlin remains in first.

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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.

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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.DriverCar No.Team
1Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
3Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
4Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing
5Joey Logano22Team Penske
6Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports
7Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
8William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
9Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
10Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
11Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports
12Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
13Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing
14Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
15Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
16Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
17Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
18Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing
19Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
20Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
21Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
22Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
23Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
24Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports
25Ty Dillon13Germain Racing
26Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing
27Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
28Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing
29Corey LaJoie32GoFas Racing
30Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports
31John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports
32Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
33Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management
34JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing
35Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
36Reed Sorenson77Spire Motorsports
37Josh Bilicki53Rick Ware Racing
38Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing
39Garrett Smithley7Tommy Baldwin Racing
40BJ McLeod78BJ McLeod Motorsports
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