|NASCAR Cup Series|
|Venue||Dover International Speedway|
|Location||Dover, Delaware, United States|
|Distance||311 miles (500.506 km)|
|Most wins (driver)||Jimmie Johnson (5)|
|Most wins (team)||Hendrick Motorsports (10)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Chevrolet (21)|
|Length||1 mi (1.6 km)|
The Drydene 311 is the second of two NASCAR Cup Series stock car races held at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, the other one being the Gander RV 400. It is held on the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October. It is the fourth race in the Cup Series' NASCAR playoffs after the 2018 realignment. NBC has the rights to obtain the final 20 races of the season (14 of 20), including this race. Kyle Larson is the defending winner of the event.
In 2020, the race was removed from the playoffs. After initially being planned for the penultimate race of the regular season, the event became part of a doubleheader with the rescheduled spring race in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race length was also shortened to 311 miles for both events.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1971||October 17||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Plymouth||500||500 (804.672)||4:03:25||123.254||Report|
|1972||September 17||21||David Pearson||Wood Brothers Racing||Mercury||500||500 (804.672)||4:08:57||120.506||Report|
|1973||September 16||21||David Pearson||Wood Brothers Racing||Mercury||500||500 (804.672)||4:25:50||112.852||Report|
|1974||September 15||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Dodge||500||500 (804.672)||4:23:59||113.64||Report|
|1975||September 14||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Dodge||500||500 (804.672)||4:29:22||111.372||Report|
|1976||September 19||11||Cale Yarborough||Junior Johnson &
|1977||September 18||72||Benny Parsons||L.G. DeWitt||Chevrolet||500||500 (804.672)||4:21:32||114.708||Report|
|1978||September 17||15||Bobby Allison||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford||500||500 (804.672)||4:11:20||119.323||Report|
|1979||September 16||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Chevrolet||500||500 (804.672)||4:22:19||114.366||Report|
|1980||September 14||88||Darrell Waltrip||DiGard Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||500 (804.672)||4:18:34||116.024||Report|
|1981||September 20||21||Neil Bonnett||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||500||500 (804.672)||4:10:00||119.561||Report|
|1982||September 19||11||Darrell Waltrip||Junior Johnson &
|1983||September 18||22||Bobby Allison||DiGard Motorsports||Buick||500||500 (804.672)||4:18:45||116.077||Report|
|1984||September 16||33||Harry Gant||Mach 1 Racing||Chevrolet||500||500 (804.672)||4:28:12||111.856||Report|
|1985||September 15||33||Harry Gant||Mach 1 Racing||Chevrolet||500||500 (804.672)||4:08:52||120.538||Report|
|1986||September 14||15||Ricky Rudd||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford||500||500 (804.672)||4:22:24||114.329||Report|
|1987||September 20||15||Ricky Rudd||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford||500||500 (804.672)||4:00:34||124.706||Report|
|1988||September 18||9||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing||Ford||500||500 (804.672)||4:34:21||109.349||Report|
|1989||September 17||3||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||500 (804.672)||4:04:05||122.909||Report|
|1990||September 16||9||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing||Ford||500||500 (804.672)||3:58:00||125.945||Report|
|1991||September 15||33||Harry Gant||Leo Jackson Racing||Oldsmobile||500||500 (804.672)||4:32:17||110.179||Report|
|1992||September 20||5||Ricky Rudd||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||500 (804.672)||4:20:13||115.289||Report|
|1993||September 19||2||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Pontiac||500||500 (804.672)||4:59:00||100.334||Report|
|1994||September 18||2||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Ford||500||500 (804.672)||4:26:32||112.556||Report|
|1995||September 17||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||500 (804.672)||4:00:30||124.74||Report|
|1996||September 15||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||500 (804.672)||4:43:58||105.646||Report|
|1997||September 21||6||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||400||400 (643.737)||3:00:50||132.719||Report|
|1998||September 20||6||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||400||400 (643.737)||3:30:50||113.834||Report|
|1999||September 26||6||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||400||400 (643.737)||3:08:20||127.434||Report|
|2000||September 24||20||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Pontiac||400||400 (643.737)||3:28:21||115.191||Report|
|2001||September 23||8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||400||400 (643.737)||3:56:19||101.559||Report|
|2002||September 22||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||400 (643.737)||3:18:40||120.805||Report|
|2003||September 21||12||Ryan Newman||Penske Racing||Dodge||400||400 (643.737)||3:40:35||108.802||Report|
|2004||September 26||12||Ryan Newman||Penske Racing||Dodge||400||400 (643.737)||3:21:34||119.067||Report|
|2005||September 25||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||404*||404 (650.174)||3:30:41||115.054||Report|
|2006||September 24||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||400||400 (643.737)||3:34:21||111.966||Report|
|2007||September 23||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||400||400 (643.737)||3:55:39||101.846||Report|
|2008||September 21||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||400||400 (643.737)||3:30:13||114.168||Report|
|2009||September 27||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||400 (643.737)||3:22:11||118.704||Report|
|2010||September 26||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||400 (643.737)||3:02:27||131.543||Report|
|2011||October 2||22||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing||Dodge||400||400 (643.737)||3:30:59||119.413||Report|
|2012||September 30||2||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge*||400||400 (643.737)||3:11:53||125.076||Report|
|2013||September 29||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||400 (643.737)||3:03:20||130.909||Report|
|2014||September 28||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||400 (643.737)||3:03:51||130.541||Report|
|2015||October 4||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||400||400 (643.737)||3:20:13||119.87||Report|
|2016||October 2||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||400||400 (643.737)||3:03:15||130.969||Report|
|2017||October 1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||400||400 (643.737)||3:05:48||129.171||Report|
|2018||October 7||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||404*||404 (650.174)||3:18:02||122.404||Report|
|2019||October 6||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||400||400 (643.737)||2:56:49||135.734||Report|
|2020||August 23||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||311||311 (500.506)||2:48:07||110.994||Report|
- 1997: First year the race was shortened to 400 miles (643.738 km).
- 2005 and 2018: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish.
- 2012: Brad Keselowski's win marked the last win for Dodge.
- 2020: Race shortened to 500 kilometres (310.686 mi) due to schedule changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|5||Jimmie Johnson||2002, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013|
|4||Richard Petty||1971, 1974, 1975, 1979|
|3||Harry Gant||1984, 1985, 1991|
|Ricky Rudd||1986, 1987, 1992|
|Mark Martin||1997, 1998, 1999|
|Jeff Gordon||1995, 1996, 2014|
|2||David Pearson||1972, 1973|
|Darrell Waltrip||1980, 1982|
|Bobby Allison||1978, 1983|
|Bill Elliott||1988, 1990|
|Rusty Wallace||1993, 1994|
|Ryan Newman||2003, 2004|
|Kevin Harvick||2015, 2020|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|10||Hendrick Motorsports||1992, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2018|
|6||Penske Racing||1993, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012|
|5||Roush Fenway Racing||1997, 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008|
|4||Petty Enterprises||1971, 1974, 1975, 1979|
|3||Wood Brothers Racing||1972, 1973, 1981|
|Bud Moore Engineering||1978, 1986, 1987|
|2||Junior Johnson & Associates||1976, 1982|
|DiGard Motorsports||1980, 1983|
|Mach 1 Racing||1984, 1985|
|Melling Racing||1988, 1990|
|Richard Childress Racing||1989, 2006|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||2000, 2017|
|Stewart-Haas Racing||2015, 2020|
|# Wins||Manufacturer||Years Won|
|21||Chevrolet||1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019|
|13||Ford||1978, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2020|
|6||Dodge||1974, 1975, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012|
- 1971: Bobby Allison dominated the race until a lug bolt broke on a pit stop, putting Richard Petty into the lead in the final 100 laps en route to the win.
- 1975: Richard Petty put the entire field two laps down until at Lap 350 he ran over debris from a backmarker's blown engine that broke a tie rod. Petty spent eight laps in the pits getting a new tie rod and came out six laps down. While Lennie Pond blew his engine Petty erased all six laps, but needed a late yellow when Buddy Arrington stopped on the track with fifteen to go. Petty breezed to the win, leaving runner-up Dick Brooks angry at Arrington, who'd recently purchased a transporter from Petty Enterprises: "I guess Arrington needed that truck paid for."
- 1976: Cale Yarborough lost two laps on two separate occasions and made them up en route to the win.
- 1977: Benny Parsons dominated the race after Lap 250.
- 1978: Bobby Allison won after a recent visit to the Mayo Clinic for a checkup.
- 1979: Richard Petty, Donnie Allison, and Cale Yarborough battled over the final 30 laps; Petty edged Allison by a hood at the stripe.
- 1980: Darrell Waltrip took the win, his final for DiGard Racing.
- 1981: Neil Bonnett stormed to his second win in the 1981 season's last three races as hard-luck Harry Gant led 178 laps but blew his engine with 63 laps to go.
- 1983: Bobby Allison edged Geoff Bodine for the win, his sixth of the season en route to his only Winston Cup title.
- 1986: Ricky Rudd took his first Dover win as title contenders Dale Earnhardt and Tim Richmond crashed and raced each other with damaged race cars despite being multiple laps down.
- 1991: Multiple crashes put Harry Gant alone on the lead lap for his third straight win of September 1991.
- 1992: Ricky Rudd edged Bill Elliott as Alan Kulwicki crashed, putting him seemingly out of the season point chase.
- 1993: Tire failures and crashes, including a multi-car melee detonated when Rusty Wallace hammered another car into the path of the leaders, plagued the 1993 500 won by Wallace.
- 1995: In a race with only five yellows Jeff Gordon and Bobby Hamilton dominated en route to a 1-2 finish.
- 1996: Gordon and Dale Earnhardt battled amid an epidemic of crashes. Ernie Irvan crashed ahead of Derrike Cope and crew chief Larry McReynolds attacked Cope in the garage area. A three-car melee led to a near-brawl on the track between Jimmy Spencer and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Following this race NASCAR raised the sanction fee for a 500-mile race, forcing Dover to cut back to 400 miles.
- 1998: Mark Martin won while Matt Kenseth finished sixth in his first career start; Kenseth substituted for Bill Elliott, who missed the race for his father's funeral.
- 2000: Tony Stewart went on to win the season sweep at Dover. This race also marked the first career start for driver Kurt Busch who replaced driver Chad Little in the John Deere Ford.
- 2001: In the first NASCAR sanctioned Cup race following the September 11, 2001 attacks, (the previous race scheduled for New Hampshire Speedway was postponed until the end of the season) a silent lap 3, which was a season-long scheduled event in memory of Dale Earnhardt who had died in a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500, was changed to include the memory of the victims of the attacks. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race and celebrated by doing a Polish victory lap while holding an American flag in salute.
- 2006: Jeff Burton broke a 175 race winless streak passing Matt Kenseth with 8 laps to go. This was a very emotional win for Jeff.
- 2009: Joey Logano flipped 8 times in turn 3 after being tapped by Tony Stewart, though a couple cars ahead of Logano had braked going into the corner. Logano suffered no injuries from the wreck.
- 2013: Jimmie Johnson held off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to take his eighth win at Dover, breaking a tie with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most all-time wins at the track. For Johnson, it allowed him to redeem himself for the restart line violation (when he'd jumped Juan Pablo Montoya on a late restart with 20 laps to go) that had cost him a shot at winning the race in June.
- 2017: Chase Elliott dominated the final stage of the race and was on the way to his first career win until Kyle Busch passed him coming to the white flag. Kyle Busch won the race for his second consecutive win and fourth of the season.
- 2018: After Chase Elliott lost the race the year before in the closing laps, he found redemption by fending off Denny Hamlin in a green-white-checkered finish on older tires. It was Elliott's first win on an oval, since his first Cup win was on a road course.
- Gillispie, Zach (September 19, 2019). "Drydene to Sponsor Corey LaJoie at Dover". Frontstretch. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
- "Dover International Speedway Partners with "Apache Warrior" Film and Lucas Oil to Present the Oct. 1 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race". Lucas Oil. August 30, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
- "'Gander Outdoors 400' coming to Dover International Speedway". Dover Post. September 26, 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
- "Drydene to sponsor four Cup Series, Xfinity Series races at Dover on Aug. 22-23". Dover International Speedway. July 10, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
- "Dover to host NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader as part of unprecedented six races in three days on Aug. 21-23". Dover International Speedway. July 10, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
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