The 2 NASCAR Cup Sequence races at Dover Worldwide Speedway within the 2019 season had been almost carbon copies of each other.
The spherical of 12 of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Sequence playoffs kicked off on Sunday afternoon at Dover Worldwide Speedway, and it was Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson who took the checkered flag to win the Drydene 400 and safe his first profession playoff victory and his first Cup Sequence victory in additional than two yeas.
It was Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. who gained the 400-lap race across the four-turn, 1.Zero-mile (1.609-kilometer) high-banked Monster Mile oval in Dover, Delaware in Might.
However apart from that, these two races had been virtually carbon copies of each other, which was considerably anticipated given how difficult it was to go 5 months in the past with the brand new guidelines bundle.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch even said that the bundle “sucked” after ending in 10th place within the race again in Might as a result of lack of passing.
Not a lot modified this time round.
However simply how related had been these two races?
The highest 4 finishers in each races had been the identical. Larson completed in third place in Might earlier than successful in October. Truex and Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman completed in second in third in October after successful and ending in second in Might. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick completed in fourth in each races.
Whereas the fifth place finishers weren’t the identical, each began from the pole place, with Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott doing so in Might and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin doing so in October. Each led extra laps than anyone else within the discipline and dominated stage one.
Each race winners dominated stage three, with Truex main 131 of 160 laps and Larson main 151 of 160 laps. Each winners solely emerged as true leaders in stage three, as Truex didn’t lead any laps previous to stage three whereas Larson led solely three.
The Might race featured a complete of 15 lead adjustments amongst 11 leaders. The October race featured a complete of 14 lead adjustments amongst 9 leaders.
The Might race featured a complete of 1,588 inexperienced flag passes for a median of four.three per inexperienced flag lap. The October race featured a complete of 1,607 inexperienced flag passes for a median of four.2 per inexperienced flag lap.
In a single sentence, clear air was king.
Neither race featured any wrecks. The Might race featured six warning flag durations: the 2 stage-ending warning flag durations, a contest warning and three for small incidents on the observe, however for nothing greater than a no-contact, low-speed spin or a slight brush of the wall. The October race featured three warning flag durations: a particles warning in stage one after which the 2 stage-ending warning flag durations.
Each races featured 34 drivers taking the checkered flag, and neither race featured a driver compelled to retire attributable to contact.
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So far as races on the identical tracks in a single NASCAR Cup Sequence season go, it will be onerous to prime this yr’s race on the Monster Mile so far as similarities go. Paint just a few vehicles a bit in a different way, and also you mainly have the identical race enjoying out twice.