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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway

Think you're seeing double? That's because you are. The NASCAR Cup Series wraps up its weekend doubleheader at Dover International Speedway with the exact same Drydene 311 race name it had on Saturday.

The starting lineup will be radically different, however, following a race won by Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin. Under the sport's doubleheader rules, the top 20 finishers will be inverted for Sunday's race. That means Hamlin will find himself 20th, forced to work through traffic while 20th-place finisher Matt DiBenedetto earns the pole.

From 21st on back, however, those placements will be subject to the same rules on setting starting spots for a typical NASCAR COVID-19 race. (There will be no practice or qualifying for tomorrow's event). The particulars surrounding how their positions are calculated are listed below.

50 percent of the metric will be their finishing position from the previous race.

35 percent of the metric will be their team’s position in the NASCAR Cup Series owner standings.

15 percent of the metric will be their fastest lap during the previous race.

Officials will then set the lineup based on those totals (the lower the number, the better the starting spot for each driver). The same 40 drivers and teams from Saturday's race will be entered for Sunday's version.

1. Matt DiBenedetto

2. Ryan Newman

3. Ty Dillon

4. Aric Almirola

5. Chris Buescher

6. Austin Dillon

7. Ryan Blaney

8. Tyler Reddick (R)

9. Erik Jones

10. Cole Custer (R)

11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

12. Brad Keselowski

13. Joey Logano

14. Jimmie Johnson

15. Clint Bowyer

16. Chase Elliott

17. Kevin Harvick

18. Kyle Busch

19. Martin Truex Jr.

20. Denny Hamlin

21. Alex Bowman

22. Matt Kenseth

23. William Byron

24. Christopher Bell (R)

25. Michael McDowell

26. Bubba Wallace

27. John Hunter Nemechek (R)

28. Kurt Busch

29. Ryan Preece

30. Corey Lajoie

31. Daniel Suarez

32. JJ Yeley (i)

33. Josh Bilicki (i)

34. Brennan Poole (R)

35. Quin Houff (R)

36. Timmy Hill (i)

37. Reed Sorenson

38. Joey Gase (i)

39. Garrett Smithley (i)

40. BJ McLeod (i)

(R) – Rookie

(i) – Ineligible to collect Cup Series points


  • Matt DiBenedetto (pole) will start up front for the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career.
  • Ryan Newman (2nd) has his best starting spot of the season.
  • Tyler Reddick (8th) is the highest-qualifying rookie.
  • Alex Bowman (21st) and Kurt Busch (28th) will start from the back of the field after switching to backup cars.
  • There is no defending winner of this race in the field. Last fall's winner Kyle Larson is not entered.


Race: Drydene 311

Track: Dover International Speedway (Dover, Del.)

Date: Sunday, Aug. 23

TV: NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET


Distance: 311 laps (311 miles)

Stage 1: 70 Laps

Stage 2: 115 Laps

Final Stage: 126 Laps


William Byron stops by the Frontstretch podcast to talk about life on the NASCAR Cup Series playoff bubble before hosts Mike Neff and Dustin Albino turn their attention to a busy weekend at Dover International Speedway.