Denny Hamlin beats Gibbs teammates at Dover for sixth win of 2020

Low-downforce returned for a doubleheader at Dover International Speedway. For the first race, Joe Gibbs Racing stole the show as their top-three drivers composed the top three finishers. Their top performer this year, Denny Hamlin, passed Martin Truex Jr. with nine laps left to pick up his sixth victory of the season.

Chase Elliott blazed out to an early lead with no resistance as the race began. On lap eight, Kurt Busch slammed into the wall, ending his day and bringing out the caution. Erik Jones and Alex Bowman suffered significant damage as well.

Elliott started out as the leader on the restart once again. He held the lead heading into the competition caution on lap 25. Hamlin and Clint Bowyer were second and third behind Elliott. During the competition caution, Austin Dillon and Matt Kenseth started out front. Elliott collided with Bowyer on the restart, causing damage to the left side of the No. 9 car.

With 11 laps in stage one, Hamlin surged past Dillon for the lead. He would hold the lead to win stage one, his sixth stage win of the season.

Hamlin began the second stage in the lead with Truex. hot on his trail. Hamlin pulled away for an easy lead. The biggest storyline throughout this race is the playoff battle between Jimmie Johnson and William Byron. Johnson finished eighth in stage one and in stage two, held sixth place as Byron fell a lap down to Hamlin.

Kevin Harvick decided to pit a lap early with 52 laps left in stage two. This caused leaders to make their mandatory green-flag pit stops with 50 laps left in the stage. Byron stayed out the longest during the green flag pit stops, only taking two tires. This caused him to finish the stage two laps down. Hamlin would hold off Truex to pick up his second stage win today, his seventh of 2020. Johnson finished the stage seventh.

Truex beat Hamlin off pit road with Kyle Busch right behind him, a top-three composed of Joe Gibbs Racing drivers.

On the restart, Truex took the lead over a surging Busch. Hamlin slipped back to fourth as Brad Keselowski passed him for third place until Hamlin retook the spot about 10 laps later. With 67 laps left, Hamlin passed Busch for second. Hamlin would pass Truex for the lead with nine laps to go. Hamlin held off Truex for his sixth victory of 2020.

Truex finished second after finishing third in the previous five races. Busch finished third, Harvick finished fourth and Elliott finished fifth a week after winning at the Daytona road course.

Johnson finished seventh, vaulting him three points above Byron, who finished 28, for the final playoff spot.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored his first top-10 finish since Talladega back in June.

The NASCAR Cup Series will finish their doubleheader at Dover with the Drydene 311 Sunday afternoon.

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