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Martin Truex Jr. Looks to Tame Dover, Starts on Cup Pole

Martin Truex Jr. will lead the way when the NASCAR Cup Series take on Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 16.

Truex earned the pole after dominating at Darlington Raceway last week.

Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin starts alongside Truex on the front row. Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Kyle Larson make up the second row, while Kevin Harvick rounds out the top five.

Kansas Speedway victor Kyle Busch begins sixth, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney starts seventh and Chase Elliott is eighth. Joey Logano and Chris Buescher complete the top 10 starters.

A performance metrics formula combining driver’s and car owner’s finishing position (weighted 25% each), fastest lap from previous race (15%) and team owner’s points ranking (35%) was used to set the lineup.

Cup Dover Lineup

The Drydene 400 airs on May 16 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1 and MRN radio.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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As posted by jayski, per simple arithmetic, within hours of last Sunday’s race.

It’s not a conspiracy, DoninAJax; it’s simple arithmetic.


“Simple arithmetic” explain the all star race to me, please.


A common tactic for those who know they can’t argue with facts presented – change the subject! LMBO!

The All-Star Race has always been a farce. I don’t give a crap how they run it.


You fled my question, again. I didn’t change the subject, your post wasn’t to me. I’ve asked you to explain the all star race using simple arithmetic at least 4 times in the last week, to no avail. But now I know it’s only because you don’t give a crap about the race. At least it’s not because you have no clue. Thanks


NA$CAR has to find a way to get Bubba on the pole at least once. I’m sure the brain trust can come up with a formula for that.


Agree. Bubba stays out on late caution, rain called race without a cloud in sight. Dega or Daytona spacer manipulation….. Somehow, someway, it will happen.

Tim S

I’m so over them putting Hamlin on front row each week. Go back to qualifying for Christ sake.

Big Lou

Wallace on the pole. You’ll kidding right. He can’t even finish in the top twenty to get a chance at it. He’ll need to win a race and if they don’t qualify he still may not be on pole. Wallace said for darlington that he’ll do a lot better than Kansas. If running 3-4 laps down is better I’d hate to see his worse. I guess the white previlege racers are showing the world how it’s done. Hard work from the lower divisions not big basketball owner money. You can’t Buy talent. Netflix will soon fined out what a waste. Jordon wise up and pick a winner from x-finitey series. Anybody to Aline his or her self to a terrorist group like black lives matter what’s that telling you. After all white lives matter just as much. All lives matter. Wallace what a pos.

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