Rain red-flags Cup Series race during Stage 1 at Dover

Torey Fox | NASCAR Digital Media

Rain has brought a halt to Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway.

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

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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 was scored eighth after making a pit stop with his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 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.

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