No. 5 NationsGuard Chevrolet Race Results: Dover 400
After starting fourth in Sunday’s Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway, Kyle Larson did not waste any time moving toward the front. By the end of lap one, the driver of the No. 5 NationsGuard Chevy was second, and was scored in the runner-up position when a caution waved at lap 35. A quick four-tire stop by the No. 5 crew allowed Larson to win the race off pit road – a spot he held for the next 80 green-flag laps to secure the stage one victory.
Another fast stop by the pit crew during the break allowed Larson to retain the lead, and he paced the field to start stage two. Again, the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE showed its speed by leading all but two laps in the 120-lap stage en route to crossing the finish line first.
The final run to the checkered flag started with Larson again out front. But with 99 laps to go in the 400-lap race, a caution flag waved that changed the complexion of the event for the 28-year-old. Larson again stopped for fuel and four new tires during the caution period. While the No. 5 crew turned another fast stop, the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team completed the fastest four-tire stop of the entire season to win the race off pit road. Although Larson remained close to Alex Bowman, the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet was able to hold off Larson for the final 97 laps to capture his second win of the season.
COMMENTS FROM KYLE LARSON
“I just felt like all of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers were pretty equal, so I thought whoever got out to the lead was going to be hard to beat. Their team (No. 48 Chevy) just did a really good job on that last pit stop and gained control of the race. I never really had a shot after that.
“It’s hard to be disappointed with a second-place result because I felt like I did everything I could. We led a lot of laps and won both stages, so it was good points for us but we would have liked to be one spot better at the end.
“But all in all, it was a good day for our NationsGuard Chevy and what a day for Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet. Thanks to everyone back at the shop and the engine shop. It’s pretty amazing because I don’t know the last time Mr. H (Rick Hendrick) had all four of his cars in the top-four, but that is a pretty special day.”