The NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway was delayed Sunday (5/1) due to rain. The Duramax Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne made it through 83 laps before being postponed to Monday (5/2).
When racing resumed Monday, it was obvious that the “Monster Mile” was going to do what it always does … be very tough on tires. There were 13 cautions during the race. Several were due to incidents that stemmed from worn tires.
Denny Hamlin managed to be the winner of stage one. Kyle Busch looked to be strong and likely the car to beat. However, Ryan Blaney was able to hold him off to win stage two. Kyle was dominating in the third stage of the race. However, a caution came out while he was in the pits that would ultimately take the chance for him to win away.
That caution caused him to have to take the wave around to get back on the lead lap. He would then have to re-start the race from the back of the field. He would spend the rest of the race trying to race through the field for a chance to win.
The caution helped Chase Elliott. It allowed him to be in position to take the lead with 53 laps remaining in the race. He held that position to join his other three Hendrick Motorsports Teammates as 2022 NASCAR Cup Series winners.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. claimed the runner-up finish with Ross Chastain in third. Christopher Bell took home fourth-place and Alex Bowman finished fifth. See the complete race results for the Duramax Drydene 400 here.
Chase Elliott began the Dover race as the leader in points and leaves with the lead in the standings. Ryan Blaney sits in second-place with William Byron in third. Kyle Busch holds fourth-place and Alex Bowman rounds out the top five. See the complete NASCAR Cup Series Point Standings here.
Next up for the NASCAR Cup Series drivers is the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway Sunday, May 8th.
By: Buck Stevens