The third and final Saturday-Sunday doubleheader in the NASCAR Cup Series this season is in the books. And it's fitting that the two best teams in the series this season won the pair of races at Dover International Speedway over the weekend.
A day after Denny Hamlin tied Kevin Harvick's series-high six wins this season in the first Dover race, Harvick dominated Sunday's Drydene 311. The No. 4 team led 223 of the 311 laps en route to victory. Harvick, the Cup Series points leader, is back atop the board with seven wins this season.
Perhaps more noteworthy than Harvick's win was Jimmie Johnson's third-place finish. The No. 48 car went from sixth place to the lead thanks to a gutsy call to take two tires during a pit stop with fewer than 20 laps to go. Johnson was passed by Harvick and second-place finisher Martin Truex Jr., but he was able to hold off teammate William Byron — the two are battling for the 16th and final Cup Series playoff spot — for third.
Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday's NASCAR race at Dover. Below are the results.
NASCAR at Dover results
Johnson's third-place finish in front of Byron leaves him four points out of the 16th and final playoff spot heading into next week's regular-season finale at Daytona. Byron currently sits 16th in points, and Matt DiBenedetto is five points ahead of Byron in 15th.
Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch clinched playoff spots with their Dover finishes. Clint Bowyer is 57 points to the good in 14th place in the standings, but he has not yet clinched a postseason berth.
Below are the complete results from Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover:
|2.||Martin Truex Jr.|
|20.||John Hunter Nemechek|
|37.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
NASCAR at Dover highlights from the Drydene 311
7:16 p.m. ET: Talk about domination. Kevin Harvick wins Sunday's Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway, sweeping all three stages. Martin Truex Jr. finishes second (again), and Jimmie Johnson holds off teammate William Byron for third. Harvick led 223 of 311 laps.
7:14 p.m. ET: With five laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a three-plus second lead over Martin Truex Jr. with Jimmie Johnson in third and William Byron in fourth.
7:10 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with 17 laps to go. Kevin Harvick takes the lead from Jimmie Johnson in Turn 4.
7:06 p.m. ET: A bold gamble by Jimmie Johnson's team. The No. 48 takes only two tires and moves up to the lead ahead of Kevin Harvick. Everybody else takes four tires. The green flag will come out with 17 laps to go.
7:03 p.m. ET: Caution. This changes everything. Corey LaJoie hits the wall with 23 laps to go. Matt Kenseth gets the free pass to become the 16th car on the lead lap.
7 p.m. ET: With 25 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a comfortable lead over Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. All of the leaders are good on fuel.
6:34 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 222.
6:28 p.m. ET: Caution for a Quin Houff spin with 95 laps to go.
6:17 p.m. ET: Green flag. Stage 2 begins on Lap 193.
6:09 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick easily wins Stage 2, which gives him a sweep of the first two stages. Harvick has been dominant, and he officially clinches the regular-season championship and the 15 playoff points that come with it.
Harvick wins second stage. Harvick Logano Hamlin Truex Blaney Byron Bowman Custer Johnson Keselowski. #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 23, 2020
5:36 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 107.
5:32 p.m. ET: Jimmie Johnson is penalized for speeding on pit road.
5:28 p.m. ET: Caution. Corey LaJoie spins in Turn 2 with 85 laps to go in Stage 2.
5:19 p.m. ET: Green flag. Stage 2 begins on Lap 79.
5:01 p.m. ET: Red flag. NASCAR needs to repair a concrete patch near the start/finish line in the restart zone, where a hole has emerged.
4:56 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick wins Stage 1 on the strength of four fresh tires. He passes Ryan Blaney on the last lap of the stage.
Harvick wins opening stage at Dover. I believe that clinches the regular season championship for him. ... Harvick Blaney Byron Almirola Keselowski Logano DiBenedetto Johnson KuBusch ADillon— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 23, 2020
4:42 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 40. Ryan Blaney stayed out to take the lead.
4:34 p.m. ET: Caution for debris in Turns 3 and 4.
4:25 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 12.
4:18 p.m. ET: An early caution. Contact between Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sends Stenhouse spinning on the front stretch. Behind the spin, Kyle Busch checks up and is rear-ended by Chase Elliott. The No. 9 is knocked out of the race.
4:16 p.m. ET: Green flag. The second Drydene 311 in as many days is underway.
Miles the Monster is ready ... and so are we!— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 23, 2020
We're green at Dover! ( : NBCSN) pic.twitter.com/a6JX52xAY6
4:08 p.m. ET: Engines fired for the Drydene 311.