NASCAR: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports dominate at Dover

May 17 (UPI) -- Alex Bowman led a pack of four Hendrick Motorsports drivers past the checkered flag to claim his second win of the season at the 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Fellow Hendrick Chevrolets driven by Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and William Byron finished second, third and fourth, respectively, Sunday in Dover, Del. Larson led for a race-high 263 laps. Bowman led for 98 laps.


Hendrick's Top 4 finish marked just the fourth time in NASCAR history that Cup Series teammates have claimed the first four placements of a race.

"It's pretty amazing," Bowman told reporters. "I feel like we've been off for a couple weeks, but we're still the same race team that won in Richmond.

"We've been probably a little down on ourselves. Just tried to get the guys back motivated after a rough week last week in Darlington. Our pit stops were incredible today."

"To run 1-2-3-4 for Hendrick, so cool," Bowman said. "I don't know when the last time that happened was, but it's been a long time. Really, really cool to see it."


Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Cup Series standings leader Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Suarez and Cole Custer rounded out the Top 10 finishers in the 13th race of the season. Bowman and Martin Truex Jr. are the only drivers with multiple wins this season.

Truex, Sunday's betting favorite, started first and finished 19th.

Truex led for the first 15 laps, but exchanged the lead with Byron at the start of the first stage. Larson then passed Byron and Truex and had the lead from laps 38 through 122 to win the first stage. Hamlin then cruised to the front and exchanged the lead with Larson, who also claimed the second stage.

Larson and Bowman swapped the lead in the third stage until Bowman cruised to the front and held off his teammate for the final 96 laps of the race.

Bowman beat Larson to the checkered flag by 2.017 seconds.

The Cup Series season continues with the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at 2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday at Circuit of the Americans in Austin, Texas.


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