NASCAR viewer’s guide: Dover Motor Speedway


Ten races into the Cup season, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. are among the drivers who have yet to win this year.

Heading to Dover Motor Speedway for Sunday’s race (3 p.m. ET on FS1) might be what Elliott, Harvick or Truex need. All three have won at the 1-mile track recently.

Truex has three wins at this track, tied for his most Cup wins anywhere. Elliott has eight top-five finishes, including a win, in 11 Dover starts. Harvick, winless in his last 53 races, has three Dover victories. He’s placed sixth or better in the last seven races there.

Here are some of the key storylines this weekend at Dover:

Seeking old times 

Hendrick Motorsports dominated last year’s race, finishing 1-2-3-4 and leading 382 of the 400 laps. Alex Bowman won and was followed by teammates Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and William Byron. 

The race marked the third consecutive top-three finish for Larson at Dover. His average finish of seventh at Dover is the best at the track among drivers who have made two or more Cup starts there.

Bowman has finished in the top five in four of the last five Dover races.

Elliott is winless in his last 26 Cup races, but his seven top 10s through the first 10 races of the season are the most he’s had at this point in any year. He has placed in the top 10 in each of the last three races this season.

Byron has two wins this year. He and Ross Chastain are the only drivers to win multiple Cup races this season.

7s are wild

Could Sunday see the seventh consecutive different winner at Dover? The last six Dover winners have been Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott. This is the longest stretch of different winners at Dover since there were nine in a row from 2004-08.

Getting closer to celebrating?

Richard Childress Racing has yet to win this season but has three runner-up finishes, including in the last two races. Tyler Reddick was second on the dirt at Bristol. Austin Dillon was second at Talladega.

The six top fives by RCR this year already are more than the team’s total for last season, which was four.

Entry lists

Thirty-six cars are on this week’s Cup entry list, meaning none will miss Sunday’s race.

Ryan Preece is back in the No. 15 for Rick Ware Racing. AJ Allmendinger will run the No. 16 for Kaulig Racing. Josh Bilicki will drive the No. 77 for Spire Motorsports.

NASCAR Cup Series Entry List — Dover Motor Speedway

In the Xfinity Series, 39 cars are on the entry list. One car will fail to qualify.

ARCA points leader Rajah Caruth will make his second career Xfinity start, driving the No. 44 for Alpha Prime Racing. John Hunter Nemechek is back in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing. Chandler Smith, who is second in the Camping World Truck Series points, will make his second career Xfinity start, driving the No. 26 for Sam Hunt Racing.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Entry List — Dover Motor Speedway

This weekend’s schedule and forecast

(All times Eastern)

Friday, April 29

Forecast: Sunny, high of 61 degrees with wind gusts of 10-20 mph

  • 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. — ARCA East practice/qualifying
  • 3 – 3:30 p.m. — Xfinity practice (FS1)
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — Xfinity qualifying (single-vehicle, two laps, two rounds, FS1)
  • 5:30 p.m. — ARCA East race (125 laps/125 miles, Motor Racing Network, will air at 1 p.m. ET May 6 on USA)

Saturday, April 30

Forecast: Sunny, high of 64 degrees with wind gusts of 10-15 mph

  • 10:30 – 11:15 p.m. — Cup practice (FS1)
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup qualifying (Group A & B, single-vehicle, two laps, two rounds, MRN, FS1)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Xfinity race (200 laps/200 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, May 1

ForecastPartly cloudy, high of 65 degrees with a slight chance of rain

  • 3 p.m. — Cup race (400 laps/400 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)


COTA Truck race results: Zane Smith wins

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Reigning series champion Zane Smith won Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas for the second year in a row.

The victory is Smith’s second of this year.

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Kyle Busch finished second and was followed by Ty Majeski, Tyler Ankrum and Ross Chastain.

The key moment came when Parker Kligerman‘s truck came to a stop on the frontstretch at Lap 28. Smith, running second, made it to pit road before it was closed. Busch, who was leading, had already passed pit road entrance.

Smith gained the lead with the move, while Busch had to pit under the caution and restarted 16th. Smith was able to build a lead and beat Busch by 5.4 seconds.

Stage 1 winner: Christian Eckes

Stage 2 winner: Kyle Busch

Who had a good race: Ty Majeski’s third-place finish is his best of the season. … Tyler Ankrum’s fourth-place finish is his best of the year. … Corey Heim has finished sixth two races in a row. … Rookie Nick Sanchez finished seventh, giving him back-to-back top 10s.

Who had a bad race: Parker Kligerman was running third when electrical issues forced him to stop on track just after the end of the second stage. … After winning the first stage, Christian Eckes had mechanical issues and had to pit for repairs, costing him several laps.

Notable: Front Row Motorsports has won the Truck COTA race all three years. Todd Gilliland won the race in 2021 and Zane Smith has won it the past two years.

Next: The series races April 1 at Texas Motor Speedway (4:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

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COTA winner Zane Smith’s truck catches fire after he did his burnout on the frontstretch. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

COTA Cup starting lineup


Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, who has won two of the first five races of the season, will lead the Cup field to the green flag Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron will be joined on the front row of the starting lineup by Tyler Reddick, the only driver to win multiple races at road courses last year.

MORE: COTA Cup starting lineup

Austin Cindric starts third and is joined in the second row by Jordan Taylor, who is filling in for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick car.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

William Byron wins Cup pole at COTA


William Byron will start on the pole for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron won the pole with a lap of 93.882 mph around the 3.41-mile road course Saturday. He becomes the first Cup driver to win a pole at four different road courses: Charlotte Roval (2019), Road America (2021), Indianapolis road course (2021) and COTA (2023).

MORE: COTA Cup starting lineup

Byron will be joined on the front row by Tyler Reddick, who had posted the fastest lap in Friday’s practice and fastest lap in the opening round of qualifying Saturday. Reddick qualified at 93.783 mph.

Austin Cindric (93.459 mph) qualified third. Former IMSA champion Jordan Taylor, substituting for an injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports, qualified fourth with a lap of 93.174 mph. AJ Allmendinger (93.067) will start fifth.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

Ross Chastain, who won this event a year ago, qualified 12th. Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen qualified 22nd, former world champion Jenson Button qualified 24th, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson qualified 31st and IndyCar driver Conor Daly qualified 35th.

Sunday Cup race at Circuit of the Americas: Start time, TV info, weather


Is this Toyota’s weekend?

Chevrolet won the first four races of the season. Ford won last weekend with Joey Logano at Atlanta. Is it Toyota’s turn to win its first Cup race of the season? Or does Chevrolet return to dominance?

Chevrolet drivers have won 11 of the past 12 Cup races on road courses. The exception was Christopher Bell‘s win for Toyota at the Charlotte Roval in last year’s playoffs. Chevrolets have won the two previous Cup races at COTA: Chase Elliott in 2021 and Ross Chastain in 2022.

Details for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas

(All times Eastern)

START: Brendan Hunt, who plays Coach Beard in “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+, will give the command to start engines at 3:38 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:49 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m. … Drivers meeting at 2:45 p.m. … Driver introductions at 3:05 p.m. … Invocation will be given by Sage Steele, ESPN broadcaster, at 3:30 p.m. … Jaime Camil, actor from “Schmigadoon” on Apple TV+, will perform the national anthem at 3:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 68 laps (231.88 miles) on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 15. Stage 2 ends at Lap 30.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Pre-race coverage begins at 2 p.m. on FS1 and moves to Fox at 3 p.m. … Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and will also stream at; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground – Mostly cloudy with a high of 80 degrees and a 2% chance of rain at the start of the race.

STARTING LINEUP: COTA Cup starting lineup

LAST YEAR: Ross Chastain scored his first career Cup win in a physical battle with AJ Allmendinger on the final lap. Alex Bowman finished second. Christopher Bell placed third.


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