Chase Elliott Wins at Dover for his First Victory of 2020

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DOVER, DE – RIS – Chase Elliot is a winner after 26 races without a win on an oval.  After taking the lead from Ross Chastain on a restart, Chase Elliott was able to drive away from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. over the final run and win the rain-delayed DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover to take his first victory of 2022 and the 14th of his Cup career on Monday. Elliott's win snapped a 26-race winless streak that had dated back to Road America last July, and it is also his first win on an oval since his Phoenix victory that won him the Cup Series championship in 2020. With Elliott entering the winner's circle, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers -- Elliott, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, and William Byron -- have now won this season.

“Let’s enjoy it,” Elliott told his team on the radio after the race.

Chastain, seeking to win his third race of the year and score back-to-back victories, placed third. Truex finished 12th. He and Martin Truex, Jr. got together on the final lap, but Chastain kept control of his car while Truex spun out.  Chastain finished a solid fourth.  After the Chastain-Truex spin, that allowed Christopher Bell to finish fourth and Alex Bowman to complete the top five.

 Kyle Busch led a race-high 103 laps, but misfortune struck when he pitted as the leader. Bowman, running second at the same time, also pitted with Busch. The caution came out for AJ Allmendinger’s car losing a wheel as Busch and Bowman were on pit road. That interrupted a green-flag pit cycle and several cars had yet to pit. Busch restarted 16th. Bowman restarted 17th. Busch went on to finish seventh.

Denny Hamlin won the first stage and Ryan Blaney the second stage.  Neither were a factor in the finish of the race.

The good news can be found at the Monster mile for some drivers.  Stenhouse’s runner-up finish was his best finish of the season. Chastain’s third-place finish was his series-high seventh top-five performance this year. .Christopher Bell placed fourth, giving him his first top-20 finish in four starts at Dover.  Pole-sitter Chris Buescher finished eighth for his best result this year since placing seventh at Atlanta. It’s also his first top 10 in 12 Dover starts.

For some drivers it was the day of the elusive wheel.  After winning stage 1, Denny Hamlin was first off pit road early on, but his left front wheel came off. That is expected to be a four-race suspension for the crew chief, tire changer and the crew member who put the wheel on. In the second stage, Hamlin was clipped by a spinning Cody Ware, damaging Hamlin’s car. Hamlin finished 21st. AJ Allmendinger had a right front wheel come off in the final stage. His crew chief and two pit crew members are expected to face a four-race suspension. Allmendinger was 33rd.

Notably, Hendrick Motorsports becomes the first team to have won with four different drivers in the first 11 races of a season.

Unofficial Results: 53rd Annual DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne - Monday, May 2, 2022,Dover Motor Speedway

Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 
4, Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 400, 2, 10, 3, 73, 5, 50, Running
2) 
15, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/The Frozen Farmer Chevrolet, 400, , 5, , , , 41, Running
3) 
7, Ross Chastain, No. 1 Pitbull Tour 2022 Chevrolet, 400, 4, 6, 4, 86, , 46, Running
4) 
17, Christopher Bell, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota, 400, 3, , , , , 41, Running
5) 
6, Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 400, , 3, 1, 2, , 40, Running
6) 
3, Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 400, 6, , 1, 19, , 36, Running
7) 
10, Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota, 400, 9, 2, 2, 103, , 41, Running
8) 
1, Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 400, 8, 9, 1, 18, , 34, Running
9) 
11, Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford, 400, , , , , , 28, Running
10) 
25, Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 400, , 7, , , , 31, Running
11) 
14, Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 400, , , 1, 19, , 26, Running
12) 
18, Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 400, 5, 4, 2, 5, , 38, Running
13) 
23, Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, 400, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 
8, Daniel Suarez, No. 99 CommScope Chevrolet, 400, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 
30, Cole Custer, No. 41 Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford, 400, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 
9, Bubba Wallace, No. 23 leidos Toyota, 399, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 
29, Michael McDowell, No. 34 Navage Nasal Care Ford, 399, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 
21, Corey LaJoie, No. 7 DuraMAX/Drydene Chevrolet, 399, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 
27, Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield/Weis Ford, 399, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 
20, Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 399, 10, , , , , 18, Running
21) 
2, Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 399, 1, , 2, 67, 1, 26, Running
22) 
33, William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 399, 7, , , , , 19, Running
23) 
24, Austin Dillon, No. 3 BREZTRI Chevrolet, 398, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 
35, Harrison Burton #, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 398, , 8, , , , 16, Running
25) 
13, Ryan Preece(i), No. 15 United Rentals Ford, 398, , , , , , 0, Running
26) 
5, Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Jack Links Ford, 397, , 1, 1, 8, 1, 21, Running
27) 
31, Ty Dillon, No. 42 Chevyliners.com Chevrolet, 396, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 
34, Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 The Pete Store Ford, 396, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 
22, Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 396, , , , , , 8, Running
30) 
26, Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Guaranteed Rate Chevrolet, 390, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 
16, Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 388, , , , , , 6, Running
32) 
36, Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet, 381, , , , , , 0, Running
33) 
19, AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Action Industries Chevrolet, 321, , , , , , 0, Brakes
34) 
28, Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 238, , , , , , 3, DVP
35) 
32, BJ McLeod, No. 78 Superior Logistics Services Ford, 167, , , , , , 2, Brakes
36) 
12, Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Freightliner Ford, 91, , , , , , 1, DVP
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 Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Time: 3 Hrs, 49 Mins, 39 Secs.
Race Length: 400 Laps: 400. Miles
Average Speed: 104.507 MPH
Margin of Victory: Under Caution
Stage 1 Top 10: 11, 9, 20, 1, 19, 5, 24, 17, 18, 6
Stage 2 Top 10: 12, 18, 48, 19, 47, 1, 43, 21, 17, 9

Race Comments: Chase Elliott has won the DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover Motor Speedway, his 14th career victory in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Prior to the start, the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reason(s) indicated: Nos. 77, 24 ? Back-up cars Nos. 21, 38, 45 ? Unapproved adjustments

Cautions: 13 for 75 laps; Laps: 42-45 (Competition Caution  [14]); 69-83 (Weather- rain [34]); 88-92 (#2, #12, #38 Incident Turn 3 [41]); 122-128 (Stage 1 Conclusion [42]); 157-163 (#5 Incident Frontstretch  [21]); 190-194 (#16, #45 Incident Backstretch  [5]); 197-200 (#22, #43 Incident Turn 1 [20]); 243-247 (#11, #51 Incident Frontstretch  [3]); 252-257 (Stage 2 Conclusion  [8]); 325-330 (Debris on backstretch [14]); 335-339 (#7, #99 Incident Turn 4 [41]); 343-347 (#8 Incident Backstretch [None]); 400-400 (#19 Spin Backstretch).

Lead Changes: 17 among 10 drivers; C. Buescher 1-18; D. Hamlin 19-73; K. Larson 74-92; C. Elliott 93-111; D. Hamlin 112-123; R. Chastain 124-159; M. Truex Jr. 160; R. Chastain 161-190; J. Haley 191-209; A. Bowman 210-211; K. Busch 212-244; R. Blaney 245-252; K. Busch 253-322; M. Truex Jr. 323-326; R. Chastain 327-340; C. Elliott 341; R. Chastain 342-347; C. Elliott 348-400.

Busch Light Pole Award:  Chris Buescher, #17 
Sunoco Rookie of the Race:  Harrison Burton, #21 

Unofficial Points Report: 53rd Annual DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne, Dover Motor Speedway
Rank, Driver, Car, Starts, GL, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
1) Chase Elliott, 9, 11, 0, 418, 0, 0, 1, 2, 7
2) Ryan Blaney, 12, 11, 0, 368, -50, 50, 0, 4, 4
3) William Byron, 24, 11, 0, 353, -65, 15, 2, 3, 13
4) Kyle Busch, 18, 11, 0, 353, -65, 0, 1, 0, 5
5) Alex Bowman, 48, 11, 0, 349, -69, 4, 1, 1, 6
6) Ross Chastain, 1, 11, 3, 338, -80, 11, 2, 1, 11
7) Martin Truex Jr., 19, 11, 1, 336, -82, 2, 0, 3, 3
8) Kyle Larson, 5, 11, -1, 335, -83, 1, 1, 1, 6
9) Joey Logano, 22, 11, -3, 316, -102, 19, 0, 0, 0
10) Christopher Bell, 20, 11, 4, 284, -134, 32, 0, 0, 0
11) Aric Almirola, 10, 11, -1, 283, -135, 1, 0, 0, 0
12) Kevin Harvick, 4, 11, -1, 280, -138, 3, 0, 0, 0
13) Chase Briscoe, 14, 11, -1, 270, -148, 10, 1, 1, 6
14) Erik Jones, 43, 11, 3, 262, -156, 8, 0, 0, 0
15) Austin Dillon, 3, 11, -2, 259, -159, 3, 0, 0, 0
16) Tyler Reddick, 8, 11, -1, 249, -169, 10, 0, 2, 2
17) Daniel Suarez, 99, 11, 2, 241, -177, 8, 0, 1, 1
18) Austin Cindric #, 2, 11, -2, 239, -179, 2, 1, 0, 5
19) Chris Buescher, 17, 11, 1, 230, -188, 9, 0, 0, 0
20) Kurt Busch, 45, 11, -2, 224, -194, 6, 0, 0, 0
21) Bubba Wallace, 23, 11, 0, 214, -204, 10, 0, 1, 1
22) Justin Haley, 31, 11, 0, 209, -209, 5, 0, 0, 0
23) Denny Hamlin, 11, 11, 1, 204, -214, 5, 1, 2, 7
24) Michael McDowell, 34, 11, -1, 201, -217, 3, 0, 0, 0
25) Cole Custer, 41, 11, 1, 189, -229, 12, 0, 0, 0
26) Ty Dillon, 42, 11, -1, 180, -238, 9, 0, 0, 0
27) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 47, 11, 4, 169, -249, 11, 0, 0, 0
28) Corey LaJoie, 7, 11, 0, 159, -259, 10, 0, 0, 0
29) Todd Gilliland #, 38, 11, -2, 151, -267, 8, 0, 0, 0
30) Brad Keselowski, 6, 11, -1, 150, -268, 1, 0, 0, -10
31) Harrison Burton #, 21, 11, -1, 146, -272, 4, 0, 0, 0
32) Cody Ware, 51, 11, 0, 91, -327, 55, 0, 0, 0
33) BJ McLeod, 78, 9, 0, 73, -345, 18, 0, 0, 0
34) David Ragan, , 3, 0, 61, -357, 12, 0, 0, 0
35) Garrett Smithley, , 3, 0, 28, -390, 33, 0, 0, 0
36) Greg Biffle, , 5, 0, 24, -394, 4, 0, 0, 0
37) Jacques Villeneuve, , 1, 0, 15, -403, 9, 0, 0, 0
38) Boris Said, , 1, 0, 11, -407, 4, 0, 0, 0
39) Joey Hand, , 1, 0, 2, -416, 9, 0, 0, 0
40) Daniel Hemric(i), , 4, 0, 0, -418, 2, 0, 0, 0
41) Landon Cassill(i), , 4, 0, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
42) Josh Bilicki(i), 77, 6, 0, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
43) AJ Allmendinger(i), 16, 5, 0, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
44) Noah Gragson(i), , 4, 0, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
45) Kaz Grala(i), , 2, 0, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
46) Jj Yeley(i), , 4, 0, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
47) Josh Williams(i), , 1, 0, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
48) Ryan Preece(i), 15, 1, 5, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
49) Loris Hezemans(i), , 1, -1, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
50) Justin Allgaier(i), , 1, -1, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
51) Andy Lally(i), , 1, -1, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0
52) Timmy Hill(i), , 0, -1, 0, -418, 0, 0, 0, 0

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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