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Chase Elliott Claims Busch Pole Award for 1st Cup Dover Race

NASCAR Cup Series teams take to Dover International Speedway this weekend for two days of racing, and Chase Elliott will lead the field to green in Saturday’s (Aug. 22) Drydene 311.

The lineup was made based on a formula using finishing position from last race (weighted 50%), ranking in team owner points (35%) and fastest lap from the last race (15%).

Elliott won the Busch Pole Award after winning last week’s race at the Daytona International Speedway road course.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. will lineup second and third. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer and Team Penske’s Joey Logano start fourth and fifth.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson begins sixth on Saturday, while Brad Keselowski will start alongside him. Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports cohort William Byron is eighth, Kurt Busch is ninth and Kevin Harvick completes the top 10 qualifiers.

Austin Dillon has not yet been cleared to race after testing positive for COVID-19, but if he does clear, he would start near the rear of the field.

Cup Starting Lineup for Saturday’s Drydene 311

The Drydene 311 will air Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23, at 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

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