The first major moment of the race was when Jeffrey Earnhardt hit barrels entering pit road. His collision caused a red flag, which allowed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to earn stage points in Stage 1.
Drivers weren’t particularly pleased with Earnhardt as it led to a 15-minute red flag to clean things up.
Later, Erik Jones said Dover was the “worst racetrack for passing.”
Brad Keselowski won the first stage of the race, and his crew chief, Paul Wolfe, said the stage win was nice since he might need those points down the road.
Kyle Larson had some issues after winning Stage 2 as his engine was re-firing and he lost the lead.
Chase Elliott passed Martin Truex Jr. in Stage 3 to take the lead, and Truex wasn’t pleased.
“(Expletive) guy needs to get out of the way,” Truex said.
Elliott’s spotter, Eddie D’Hundt, noticed Kyle Busch charging past Truex and mentioned that he might be a threat to Elliott.
“Kyle’s been working the top,” D’Hundt said. “He may catch Truex. He’s pretty close to him now.”
Elliott later passed Danica Patrick, and Patrick was less than pleased with that development.
“What the (expletive),” Patrick said. “(Expletive)! I’m about to make this (expletive) the yellow!”
Patrick expressed concern for boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was attempting to advance into the Round of 12.
Busch eventually passed Elliott and won the race, and he was thrilled to pick up his second consecutive win. Elliott, on the other hand, was very disappointed he didn’t win.
“I’m so sorry guys,” Elliott told his team. “Dag Gummit.”
Elliott was just as disappointed as the four drivers who missed the cut in Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne.
The Round of 12 starts on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.