The winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway put a historic car number back into Victory Lane.
Alex Bowman drove the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 to victory in the Drydene 400. Bowman’s predecessor in the car, Jimmie Johnson, won a track-record 11 Cup races at the Monster Mile.
Bowman’s 48 was not the best car Sunday; that honor belonged to the No. 5 of Bowman teammate Kyle Larson. But Bowman was in the lead for a late restart after a huge pit stop by his crew. Bowman capitalized on the track position and outran Larson to the checkered flag.
Below is more about Bowman’s win Sunday, plus the complete results of the race.
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Alex Bowman led a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top four spots in the Drydene 400. He beat runner-up Kyle Larson by 2.017 seconds in his second win of the season.
Bowman’s pit crew deserves much of the credit for the win. It turned in the single-fastest pit stop of the 2021 season (12.1776 seconds, according to NASCAR) during a late-race caution. That helped Bowman get the car back on the track just in front of Larson for the restart. Bowman cleared Larson on the restart and drove away for the win.
“It feels right to put the 48 back in Victory Lane here after how many races that this car has won here,” Bowman said in a postrace interview.
Larson won the first two stages and led 263 of the race’s 400 laps.
NASCAR results from Dover
Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson finished 1-2 in the Drydene 400. Hendrick Motorsports’ other two drivers, Chase Elliott and William Byron, finished third and fourth, respectively.
“I can guarantee you this is the most nervous I’ve ever been in a race,” team owner Rick Hendrick told FS1’s Regan Smith after the race. “Great day for the organization. And Alex, congratulations to him. This is a sign of the guys working together and bringing good stuff to the track.”
Hendrick Motorsports is the third organization in NASCAR Cup Series history to finish 1-2-3-4 in a single event, joining Peter DePaolo Racing (Dec. 30, 1956, at Titusville; April 7, 1957, at North Wilkesboro) and Roush Fenway Racing (Nov. 20, 2005, at Homestead-Miami).
Team Penske’s Joey Logano completed the top five.
NASCAR will go road racing next weekend at a new track for the series. The Circuit of the Americas, a course outside Austin, Texas, will host the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix on Sunday, May 23 (2:30 p.m. ET; FS1, TSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
|1||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|6||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|7||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|9||Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|10||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|11||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|12||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|13||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|14||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|15||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|16||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|17||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|18||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|19||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|21||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|22||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|23||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|24||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|25||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|26||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|28||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|29||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|30||Josh Berry||77||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|32||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|34||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|36||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|37||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.