2020 NASCAR Cup Series preview: Dover 1

For the second time in three weeks, and the third time in 2020, the NASCAR Cup Series will race a doubleheader as they head to the “Monster Mile” at Dover International Speedway. Saturday’s race is May’s Dover race postponed. After this weekend, the schedule will go back to how it was originally set. It will also be the first time ever in the modern playoff system that Dover will not host a playoff race.

Last year, Martin Truex Jr. finished first and second, respectively, in the two races at Dover. Kyle Larson, who has not raced in the Cup Series since he dropped a racial slur on a streaming event during the suspension of play, won the October race last year, securing a place in the Round of 8.

2003 Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth came out of retirement to fill in for the No. 42 car. He ranks 28th in the playoff standings with only one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes. Kenseth will start 26th.

As for Truex, he is on an impressive streak with five consecutive third-place finishes. However, he is only seventh in overall points with only one win and eight top-five finishes. His one win was in early June with his victory at Martinsville. He will start third Saturday afternoon.

Chase Elliott, who wrecked after eight laps in the last Dover race, is the pole starter. He comes into this race with a lot of momentum after winning last week’s Daytona road course event, picking up his second win in the Cup Series season.

Denny Hamlin will start second with an impressive run of three second-place finishes in the last four races.

Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano will start fourth and fifth respectively. Jimmie Johnson will start sixth after a fourth-place finish last week, picking up his third top-five finish of the season. Despite the strong finish, William Byron finished eighth, maintaining his lead over Johnson, which is now 25 points. Byron will start eighth.

Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick round out the top 10 in the starting order.

Coverage for the Drydene 311 will begin at 4:00 p.m. EST. The stages end on lap 70, lap 185 and the finish on lap 311. A competition caution will come out on lap 25. You can catch the race on NBC Sports Network and the Motor Racing Network.

Starting lineup:

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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/08/18/goodyear-fast-facts-dover-4/

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