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How the Drydene 311 race order will be set Saturday at Dover

We go over the starting order and betting favorites for Saturday’s Drydene 311 at Dover.

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, races Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, during the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway on August 16, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The NASCAR Cup Series is headed to Dover International Speedway this weekend for a doubleheader of the Drydene 311. The first leg of the doubleheader is set to start on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, airing on NBC Sports Network. Here’s how the starting order will be decided for the race.

NASCAR has changed its system for determining the starting grid in the three national series (Cup, Xfinity, Gander Outdoors Truck) moving forward. Three performance metrics will be utilized, with each one weighted a little different. It breaks down as follows.

  • Finishing position from the previous race (weighted 50%)
  • Ranking in team owner points standings (35%)
  • Fastest lap from the previous race (15%)

This system will be used for the remaining regular season races and the playoffs.

Martin Truex Jr. is favored to win at +350 in his return to the oval. He placed third in last week’s road race at Daytona and is trailed by points leader Kevin Harvick (+400) on DraftKings Sportsbook. GoBowling 235 winner Chase Elliott claimed the pole in this race and rounds out the top three at +550. He has a real shot to win a second straight race in the series.

Here’s a look at the full starting lineup for Saturday’s Drydene 311.

2020 Drydene 311 Saturday starting lineup

Starting spot Driver Car #
Starting spot Driver Car #
1 Chase Elliott 9
2 Denny Hamlin 11
3 Martin Truex, Jr. 19
4 Clint Bowyer 14
5 Joey Logano 22
6 Jimmie Johnson 48
7 Brad Keselowski 2
8 William Byron 24
9 Kurt Busch 1
10 Kevin Harvick 4
11 Alex Bowman 88
12 Chris Buescher 17
13 Erik Jones 20
14 Matt DiBenedetto 21
15 Michael McDowell 34
16 Tyler Reddick 8
17 Aric Almirola 10
18 Christopher Bell 95
19 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 47
20 Ryan Blaney 12
21 Cole Custer 41
22 Kyle Busch 18
23 Ryan Newman 6
24 Bubba Wallace 43
25 Ty Dillon 13
26 Matt Kenseth 42
27 Ryan Preece 37
28 Daniel Suarez 96
29 Corey LaJoie 32
30 Brennan Poole 15
31 John Hunter Nemechek 38
32 Austin Dillon 3
33 Timmy Hill 66
34 J.J. Yeley 27
35 Quin Houff 0
36 Reed Sorenson 77
37 Josh Bilicki 53
38 Joey Gase 51
39 Garrett Smithley 7
40 B.J. McLeod 78