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Recap – 2018 Gander Outdoors 400

October 8, 2018


Race Date:           October 7, 2018

Event:                   Gander Outdoors 400 (Race 30 of 36)

Series:                  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location:              Dover International Speedway (1-Mile Concrete Oval)

Winner:                Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports


Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota (Started 15th, Finished 2nd, Running 404 of 404 laps)

Erik Jones, No. 20 Craftsman Toyota (Started 16th, Finished 4th, Running 404 of 404 laps)

Kyle Busch, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota (Started 1st, Finished 8th, Running 404 of 404 laps)

Daniel Suárez, No. 19 ARRIS Toyota (Started 19th, Finished 10th, Running 404 of 404 laps)


  • Today’s race was the first race in the second segment of the playoffs.
  • Eight teams will advance into the next round following the next two races at Talladega and Kansas.
  • Kyle Busch is currently second in the current MENCS point standings.
  • Erik Jones started the No. 20 Craftsman Toyota in 16th and raced his way into the top ten on the opening green flag run before finishing the opening stage in 13th. He restarted stage two in 10th and finished it in 11th. Jones was running 10th when a multicar wreck on lap 397 took several leaders out of the race and moved him up to fourth for the restart in NASCAR overtime. Jones went on to finish fourth.


Next Up: The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moves to Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday for the second race of the second round of the playoffs.  Live coverage of the race will start on Sunday, October 14 at 2 PM on NBCSN.