Chase Elliott It is regarded as one of the top road course racers in the NASCAR Cup Seriesbut also has a pretty solid oval résumé with six wins on such tracks entering the DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover Motor Speedway, the site of his maiden oval triumph in 2018. However, he had not won on an oval since the final race of the 2020 season at Phoenix to claim the chanpionship. Over a year and thirty-nine oval starts later, he returned to Dover and finally snapped that drought as he led the final fifty-three laps of a rain-delayed event to win for the first time in 2022.
Stages #1 and 2
Kyle Larson inherited the top spot from a pitting Denny Hamlin shortly before the race was red flagged on Sunday and pushed to Monday following seventy-eight laps for rain. He continued to lead when it resumed twenty hours later on lap 84, only for another pause four circuits later when Austin Cindric and Todd Gilliland spun. A good restart by Elliott propelled him past his Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Larson.
Hamlin reclaimed the lead on lap 113 and eventually the stage win ahead of Elliott, Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, Martin Truex Jr.Larson , William Byronpole winner Chris Buescher, Kyle Buschand Brad Keselowski. However, the leader’s race collapsed between segments when his left-front tire came off as he was exiting pit road, which will result in a four-race suspension for crew chief Chris Gabehart and the crewmen who failed to tighten its lug nut.
With Hamlin penalised, Chastain assume the lead alongside Bell, only for the latter to suffer the same fate as his Joe Gibbs Racing ally Hamlin as he pitted for a loose wheel. Larson crashed on lap 156 for the first caution of Stage #2, followed by Kurt Busch hitting the wall thirty laps later and Joey Logano on the ensuing restart.
Brief periods of Justin Haley and Bowman leading ended upon Kyle Busch, who was celebrating his thirty-seventh birthday, taking the spot on lap 212. As the end of the stage approached, Tyler Reddick and Ty Dillon suffered downed tires that forced them to pit. With nine laps remaining, Cody Ware spun off turn four and Hamlin attempted to avoid him by ducking to the apron, but Ware’s car slid down the racing surface and contact occurred anyway.
Despite having older tires, Blaney led for the green flag and until the stage’s conclusion. Busch, Bowman, Truex, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Chastain, Eric Jones, Harrison BurtonBuescher, and Elliott rounded out the top ten.
Busch and Bowman led the field to the restart, and the former remained in front until a debris came out for AJ Allmendinger losing his right-front wheel lap 325. Hamlin’s day worsened when he was caught speeding on pit road during following stops.
Contact between Daniel Suárez and Corey LaJoie led to the former’s spin and a lap 335 caution. Suárez’s Trackhouse Racing Team partner Chastain led before another yellow flag for Reddick’s crash on lap 343, from which Elliott cleared Chastain for first on the ensuing green.
Truex spun on the final lap to end the race under caution and secure Elliott his fourteenth career victory and second at Dover.
“Had some good circumstances finally,” said Elliott. “Really appreciate Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) and our entire team for just sticking with it. We”e had some tough races over the last, I don’t know, four, five months. Just great to get NAPA back to Victory Lane, great to get Hendrick Motorsports back to Victory Lane.
“Just so proud. This one means a lot in a lot of different ways. Just appreciate all the effort. […] Like I told them after the race, those guys, they’ve been deserving of one for a while. Glad we could get across the line first. We’ll enjoy it for a few days and go to work next week.”
|1||4||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||Running|
|2||15th||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||400||Running|
|3||7||1||Ross Chastain||Trackhouse Racing Team||Chevrolet||400||Running|
|4||17||20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||400||Running|
|5||6||48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||Running|
|6||3||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||Running|
|7||10||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||400||Running|
|8||1||17||Chris Buescher||RFK Racing||Ford||400||Running|
|9||11||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||400||Running|
|10||25||43||Eric Jones||Petty GMS Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||Running|
|11||14||31||Justin Haley||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||400||Running|
|12||18||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||400||Running|
|13||23||14||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||400||Running|
|14||8||99||Daniel Suárez||Trackhouse Racing Team||Chevrolet||400||Running|
|15th||30||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||400||Running|
|16||9||23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing||Toyota||399||Running|
|17||29||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||399||Running|
|18||21||7||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||399||Running|
|19||27||10||Arik Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||399||Running|
|20||20||6||Brad Keselowski||RFK Racing||Ford||399||Running|
|21||2||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||399||Running|
|22||33||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||399||Running|
|23||24||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||398||Running|
|24||35||21||Harrison Burton||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||398||Running|
|25||13||15th||Ryan Prece*||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||398||Running|
|26||5||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||397||Running|
|27||31||42||Ty Dillon||Petty GMS Motorsports||Chevrolet||396||Running|
|28||34||38||Todd Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||396||Running|
|29||22||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||396||Running|
|30||26||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||390||Running|
|31||16||45||Kurt Busch||23XI Racing||Toyota||388||Running|
|32||36||77||Josh Bilicki*||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||381||Running|
|33||19||16||AJ Allmendinger*||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||321||Brakes|
|34||28||51||Cody Ware||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||238||DVP|
|35||32||78||BJ McLeod||Live Fast Motorsports||Ford||167||Brakes|
|36||12||2||Austin Cindric||Team Penske||Ford||91||DVP|
* – Ineligible for Cup points