NASCAR qualifying results from Dover International Speedway
Today, they’ll set the Dover International Speedway starting lineup. NASCAR Cup Series qualifying is up next on the 1-mile concrete oval in Dover, Delaware.
View the full 2019 Dover starting lineup below.
This is the first race in the Round of 12. Only 12 drivers remain eligible for the NASCAR Playoffs.
Martin Truex Jr failed pre-qualifying inspection twice ahead of this session. NASCAR has ejected a crew member as a result.
Related: Truex fails Dover inspection twice
Qualifying – Report
Group A is set by the bottom 20 qualifiers last week. Their order in this session is set at random.
The track record is under attack today. The new NASCAR rules package has added significant downforce on track a mile and under. The corner speeds are up 10-12 mph over last year.
Reed Sorenson was slowest in practice on Friday with a 24.379. He’s the first car on the track in this session with a 23.359. Nearly a full second quicker than yesterday.
Denny Hamlin is the first car to break the track record. He smashed it by a tenth and a half at 21.559 seconds.
Kurt Busch only ran one lap. Most are turning quick laps on their first, but not all.
Chase Elliott held the previous track record. That was set earlier this year.
Denny Hamlin is quickest in Group A with the Dover International Speedway track record!
Dover Qualifying Results – Group A: 1. Denny Hamlin (21.559); 2. Kurt Busch (21.767); 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr (21.975); 4. David Ragan (22.031); 5. Matt Tifft (22.113); 6. Ryan Newman (22.127); 7. Ty Dillon (22.132); 8. Bubba Wallace (22.137); 9. Austin Dillon (22.171); 10. Michael McDowell (22.228);
Group B will see the top 20 qualifiers from last week. Their order is also set at random.
This track changes rapidly as rubber gets laid down. Typically, it slows down as sessions go on. It could be a significant advantage to run in group A.
Kyle Busch is sideways into turn one on his first lap. He keeps it under him on lap two but he’s late to the throttle.
Kyle Larson has been quick all weekend. He’s in the green on his first lap but loses it off turn four. He can’t improve on lap 2, Larson is 2nd so far.
“I told Denny a few days ago that I was going to get the pole,” Kyle Larson tells NBC with a laugh.
Harvick shuts it down on his 2nd lap. He’s fourth on the board with just a few cars remaining.
Alex Bowman gets one lap in. He wiggles on the 2nd and shuts it down.
Denny Hamlin will start from the pole position at Dover International Speedway!
View the full 2019 Dover starting lineup for the Drydene 400 below.
Dover International Speedway
October 6, 2019
NASCAR Cup Series
Pos | Driver | Time
1. Denny Hamlin
2. Kyle Larson
3. Martin Truex Jr
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Chase Elliott
6. William Byron
7. Aric Almirola
8. Erik Jones
9. Kurt Busch
10. Ryan Blaney
11. Jimmie Johnson
12. Alex Bowman
13. Paul Menard
14. Joey Logano
15. Daniel Suarez
16. Brad Keselowski
17. Clint Bowyer
18. Kyle Busch
19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
20. Matt DiBenedetto
21. David Ragan
22. Chris Buescher
23. Matt Tifft
24. Ryan Newman
25. Ty Dillon
26. Bubba Wallace
27. Austin Dillon
28. Michael McDowell
29. Corey LaJoie
30. Landon Cassill
31. Daniel Hemric
32. Ryan Preece
33. BJ McLeod
34. Ross Chastain
35. JJ Yeley
36. Joe Nemechek
37. Garrett Smithley
38. Reed Sorenson