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Race Recap

Aug 24 - 2020
Read Time 4 Min

Hamlin, Love Add to Victory Totals

Denny Hamlin celebrates his sixth win of the season at Dover International Speedway on Saturday.Hamlin, Love Add to Victory Totals

Denny Hamlin earned his sixth victory of the season at Dover International Speedway on Saturday afternoon, while Jesse Love extended his points lead with a win in Colorado.

NASCAR | ARCA
Hamlin continued his successful season in the final NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader weekend of the year at Dover International Speedway – dominating Saturday’s event by winning both stages and leading 115 laps (of 311). He was joined in the top-three by Martin Truex Jr. (second) and Kyle Busch (third) giving Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first 1-2-3 sweep of the season.

“We just didn’t control that restart there and we just had to battle back,” said Hamlin. “We had to go back and get it. I was able to work the top line there a little bit to get the momentum. It looked like our car was just a little bit better at moving around to different lines. Proud of this whole FedEx Office team. This Camry was fast today. It was just unbelievable how good it was. The pit crew did an amazing job. Win 43, this is pretty awesome.”

Denny Hamlin
On Sunday, Martin Truex Jr. continued his run of top-three finishes with another runner-up result to race winner Kevin Harvick. Truex has moved up to fourth in the point standings with his streak of seven consecutive top-three finishes.
Martin Truex Jr.’s streak of top-three finishes is up to seven after two runner-up finishes at Dover this weekend.

“Second or third, it seems like every week here,” said Truex. “On one hand, it’s good obviously and you want to be running up front and having good finishes. On the other hand, we didn’t get any better than we were yesterday, it was actually a little bit worse. I was a little disappointed in that. These things are really, really tricky to figure out to get them right. We just had to battle hard all day long and it took us a long time to get up towards the front in our Bass Pro Shops Camry. We just battled hard with an ill-handling car all day long. Just tried to hang onto what we could and came out with a decent finish.”

Martin Truex Jr.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series also had a doubleheader at Dover. On Saturday, Rookie of the Year leader Harrison Burton drove to his 10th top-five finish of the season, while teammate Riley Herbst joined him in the top-10 in sixth place. On Sunday, Brandon Jones scored a fourth place finish, while Herbst again drove to a top-10 result in ninth. 
Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones battle for position in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover.

“All in all, we brought a really good Supra for the day,” said Jones. “Menards, Pelonis – everyone that helps out here is really amazing. We’ll take a fourth from yesterday, how that went, and go to Daytona.”

Brandon Jones
On Friday evening, Truck Series points leader Austin Hill led Toyota with an eighth-place finish at Dover. He was joined in the top-10 by Stewart Friesen (ninth) and rookie Derek Kraus (10th). The race was won by Zane Smith.
Austin Hill kept his Truck Series points lead with an eighth-place finish at Dover.
The Dover race weekend was kicked off by the ARCA Menards Series East on Friday afternoon. Mason Diaz drove to a career-best third-place finish. Max McLaughlin (fourth) and Drew Dollar (fifth) also earned top-five finishes.
The ARCA Menards Series West was in action at Colorado National Speedway on Saturday and 15-year-old rookie Jesse Love drove to his third win of the season, leading 144 of 153 laps after starting on the pole. Teammates Gio Scelzi (third) and Gracie Trotter (fourth) also scored top-five finishes.

USAC/POWRI
Toyota driver Buddy Kofoid charged from 22nd to first in winning Sunday's POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway. The win culminated a dominating weekend for Kofoid, who also won Friday's POWRi main event at Lincoln Speedway and finished second on Saturday during POWRi's three-race Illinois Speed Weekend. Overall, Toyota-powered drivers captured eight of the nine top-three podium finishes on the weekend.

What’s Next
NASCAR is headed back to Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff cutoff race. The NASCAR Xfinity Series takes on the high banks of Daytona on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, while the NASCAR Cup Series races on Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series head to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway near St. Louis. The ARCA Menards Series races on Saturday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m. ET on MAVTV. The Truck Series races under the arch in St. Louis on Sunday, August 30 at noon ET on FS1.