2020 NASCAR Cup Series preview: Dover 2

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a busy day in motorsports and a five-race weekend at Dover International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Everything about race number two will look similar to Saturday’s race. Stage lengths are still the same with them ending on lap 70, lap 185 and the finish at lap 311.

Denny Hamlin won the first race on Saturday, bringing his season total to six, which is most among the Cup field. However, with the top-20 finishing results from Saturday inverted for the starting lineup, Hamlin will have to work his way up through the middle of the pack.

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the podium as well on Saturday with Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch finishing second and third respectively. They will also being starting mid-pack alongside Hamlin.

Chase Elliott had one of the fastest cars throughout the day but got into some trouble as he made contact with Clint Bowyer toward the end of stage one on Saturday. He recovered to finish fifth and will start in front of the four drivers who beat him.

The playoff bubble is shrinking ever so slightly as Jimmie Johnson was able to get back on the positive side of the cutline with a solid run on Saturday. He is three points ahead of his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron, who struggled in the first race. Johnson will start 14th, while Byron will start 23rd.

Among those going to the rear of the field are Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman for backup cars as they were involved in an early accident Saturday with Erik Jones.

Coverage for Sunday’s Cup Series race begins at 4:00 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network. The Motor Racing Network will handle radio coverage.

Starting lineup:

Pit stall assignments:

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

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