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Dover winners and losers

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WINNERS

Alex Bowman While he wasn’t the first across the finish line Monday at Dover International Speedway, Bowman followed his runner-up performance at Talladega with another second-place effort. That’s good momentum heading to Kansas Speedway.

Joe Gibbs Racing — Martin Truex Jr.’s victory was the organization’s fourth in the last five races and seventh in 11 races this season. JGR has not gone more than two races without a Cup victory. Oh, by the way, JGR won the Xfinity race at Dover with Christopher Bell.

Johnny SauterRevenge is sweet. He beat Brett Moffitt, the driver who replaced him at GMS Racing, to win Friday’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Dover.

Kyle Larson Finishing third and having a clean weekend was a big victory for this team, which has had all sorts of issues this year.

LOSERS

Drivers who led the most laps — It’s hard to list drivers who finished in the top five, but none of the drivers who led the most laps in the Cup, Xfinity and Truck races won at Dover. Brett Moffitt led 81 laps in the Truck race and finished second. Cole Custer led the first 155 laps of the Xfinity race and finished fourth. Chase Elliott led 145 laps in the Cup race and finished fifth.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Hit the wall early and finished 33rd in Monday’s Cup race. He has finished 16th or worse six consecutive races.

Trucks: Johnny Sauter holds off Brett Moffitt to win third straight at Dover

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In a classic battle, Johnny Sauter held off Brett Moffitt to win Friday’s JEGS 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway.

It was Sauter’s third straight win at the 1-mile, all-concrete oval, his 24th career Truck victory and his first win of 2019 since returning to ThorSport Racing after losing his former ride with GMS Racing in early January. Sauter was replaced by Moffitt at GMS. Both drivers won six races apiece last season, but Moffitt won the Truck Series championship.

“When you get kicked to the curb, you feel like you have a lot to prove,” Sauter told FoxSports 1. “I can’t thank (ThorSport owners) Duke and Rhonda Thorson enough.

“A couple months ago, I didn’t know if I would be racing. To get three in a row is extra special. … I was highly motivated. This is so special. It ranks right up there as one of the best wins of my career.”

Moffitt started from the pole, won Stage 1 and led a race-high 82 laps in the 200-lap event.

But Sauter, who started alongside Moffitt on the front row, powered to the lead – including winning Stage 2 – and methodically pulled away in the final 20 laps. Even a late caution with 10 laps – and the resulting restart with five laps to go – didn’t keep Sauter, who led a total of 43 laps in the race, from taking the checkered flag.

Sauter also closed in on points leader Grant Enfinger with the win. Sauter moved up from fourth to second place, and is just four points now behind Enfinger.

Third through 10th place were: Harrison Burton, Enfinger, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Austin Hill, Derek Kraus, Tyler Ankrum and Ross Chastain.

Click here for full race results.

Click here for updated point standings.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brett Moffitt (first stage win of season)

STAGE 2 WINNER: Johnny Sauter (second stage win of season)

WHAT’S NEXT: Digital Ally 250, Friday May 10, 8:30 p.m. ET, Kansas Speedway.

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Brett Moffitt takes pole for today’s Truck race at Dover

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Defending Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt captured the pole for today’s JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 161.413 mph.

It was Moffitt’s first pole of the season, but also his fifth top-five starting spot in the season’s first six races. 

Moffitt’s speed was 1.5 mph faster than Johnny Sauter (159.922 mph), who will also start on the front row. 

Qualifying third through fifth were Sheldon Creed (159.865 mph), Stewart Friesen (159.659 mph) and Matt Crafton (159.567 mph).

Sixth through 10th were Grant Enfinger (159.468 mph), Raphael Lessard (159.158), Brennan Poole (158.849), Harrison Burton (158.828) and Tyler Ankrum (158.807).

A total of 31 trucks qualified. A 32nd truck, driven by Ryan Sieg, did not record a qualifying time and will start from the back of the field for this afternoon’s race.

The JEGS 200 will take the green flag later this afternoon at 5 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Click here for qualifying results and row-by-row lineup.

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Truck Series practice report from Dover

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Johnny Sauter was fastest in the final of two Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice sessions Thursday at Dover International Speedway.

Sauter posted a top speed of 156.958 mph around the 1-mile track. Sauter has won the last two Truck Series races at Dover.

The top five was completed by Brett Moffitt (156.508 mph), Stewart Friesen (156.223), Harrison Burton (156.033) and Jesse Little (155.072).

Burton recorded the most laps in the session with 60.

Sheldon Creed had the best 10-lap average at 152.136 mph.

Click here for the practice report.

First practice

Raphael Lessard was fastest in the first practice session.

Lessard covered the 1-mile concrete oval at a speed of 154.999 mph.

Moffitt was second-fastest (154.540 mph), followed by Austin Hill (154.222), Sauter (154.222) and Todd Gilliland (153.984).

Sixth through 10th were Friesen (153.840 mph), Burton (153.427), Matt Crafton 9153.381), Ross Chastain (153.218) and Grant Enfinger (152.886).

The two practice sessions were the first on-track action for the Trucks since the Vankor 350 race on March 29 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Qualifying is Friday, followed by the JEGS 200 race.

Click here for the full first practice speed chart.

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Daniel Hemric to compete in Slinger Nationals

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Cup Series rookie Daniel Hemric will return to his racing roots to compete in the July 9 Slinger Nationals, Slinger Super Speedway announced Wednesday.

The Richard Childress Racing driver will make his debut in the super late model race, which is held on the 1/4-mile track in Slinger, Wisconsin. This year’s race is the 40th edition of the event.

Hemric is a former champion in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Blizzard Series and Southern Super Series.

“Slinger is one of the best short tracks in the country — a place I’ve wanted to race at for many years,” Hemric said in a press release. “The Nationals is one of the top events and has been won by some of the best drivers in racing.”

Hemric won’t be the only NASCAR driver competing in the race. He will join Wisconsin natives Matt Kenseth and Johnny Sauter in the field. Former Xfinity Series driver and Wisconsin native Ty Majeski is also entered.

Hemric will drive a super late model for Wimmer Motorsports.

“I’ve never raced late models in the state of Wisconsin, and I know they have a rich racing history there,” Hemric said. “I’m looking forward to going toe-to-toe with some of those guys at the Nationals this year.”

The race will be held the Tuesday between Cup races at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway.

The list of NASCAR drivers who have won the Slinger Nationals includes Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Dick Trickle (four wins), Kyle Busch and Kenseth, who has won the race seven times. He last won the event in 2016.

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