Rain showers push Cup Series race at Dover to Monday

DOVER, DELAWARE - MAY 01: The NASCAR Track Drying Team works to dry the track during a rain delay in the NASCAR Cup Series DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne at Dover Motor Speedway on May 01, 2022 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Persistent rain has pushed Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway to a Monday finish.

The field had completed just 78 of the 400 scheduled laps in the DuraMAX Drydene 400 when afternoon rain pelted the 1-mile track. The race was red-flagged at lap 80 and cars were covered on pit road.

Track-drying efforts were hampered by continued showers, and NASCAR competition officials opted to postpone the remainder of the race. The event is set to resume Monday at noon ET, airing on FS1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Defending Cup Series champion Kyle Larson was scored as the leader in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Teammate Chase Elliott was second with Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney in third.

Stage 1 was scheduled to end at Lap 125 with Stage 2 set to conclude at Lap 250. The race would need to cross the halfway point to be considered official.

Denny Hamlin had led the most laps (55) before the stoppage, but his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was scored eighth after he made a pit stop just before the red flag. That handed the lead to Larson for five caution laps before the cars were stopped.

RFK Racing’s Chris Buescher led the opening 18 laps from the pole position. Buescher secured his first career Busch Light Pole Award in Saturday’s qualifying session.