Martin Truex Jr. won Monday’s rain delayed Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, mimicking his first-ever Cup Series win in 2007, which saw him take the checker at the Monster Mile after a storm pushed the race to Monday.
Chevrolet, meanwhile, failed to chalk up another win after entering victory lane at Talladega a couple of weeks back, but showed good speed after its difficult start to the season. Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman finished second in his No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, while Kyle Larson was third in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy after a difficult outing to Talladega.
Talladega winner Chase Elliott was looking strong in the race’s opening stages, leading the first 107 laps until a yellow came out, forcing a Lap 111 restart. Team Penske’s Joey Logano then got the jump on Elliott for the restart to take to win Stage 1, however Logano was then shuffled back through the field due to his pit strategy. Elliott continued to show his speed after the Stage 2 restart, battling Bowman, Truex and Kevin Harvick, but lost out after he was passed by Bowman on Lap 224 and then Truex shortly after, the latter of which went on to take the win in Stage 2.
The race victory was decided by a series of green flag pit stops with about 50 to go, which ended with Truex growing his lead to four seconds over Bowman before gapping the No. 88 Chevy driver even further over the final 44 laps. Bowman finished second after an extremely strong run (which tied his best-ever finish), while Larson was third, Harvick fourth and Elliott fifth.
The 2019 NASCAR Cup Series continues with the Digital Ally 400 from Kansas on Saturday, May 11th. Click here for full results from Dover.