Kevin Harvick takes Dover victory

Harvick has hit back at Dover

Harvick has hit back at Dover

Kevin Harvick did what he needed to do at Dover; win and keep his NASCAR title defence alive.

Sitting 15th in points as the first round of the Sprint Cup playoffs rounded out at Dover, Harvick dominated the race leading 355 of the 400 laps and gaining automatic promotion to the next phase of the Chase.

Harvick was unstoppable. Despite starting on the eighth row, he got to the front quickly to take the lead by Lap 26.

It was his first victory at the Monster Mile in any NASCAR national series.

“Obviously we weren’t in a great position coming into today,” said Harvick, “But this is what it’s all about — these big-time moments. We’re better than we were last year just because of all the experiences we’ve had.”

Good news for Harvick but bad for six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who has been eliminated from championship contention along with Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer.

Johnson, a 10-time winner at Dover, saw his Chase end when his car’s differential fail.

McMurray’s fourth place finish was one place behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. who advanced because of a tiebreaker.

VIDEO: Race wrap

 

RESULTS: AAA 400 – Dover International Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 15 400 355 Running 48 5
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 13 400 19 Running 43 1
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 12 400 0 Running 41 0
4 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 11 400 0 Running 40 0
5 43 Aric Almirola Ford 18 400 0 Running 39 0
6 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 17 400 0 Running 38 0
7 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 1 400 26 Running 38 1
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 27 400 0 Running 36 0
9 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 19 400 0 Running 35 0
10 22 Joey Logano Ford 4 400 0 Running 34 0
11 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 9 400 0 Running 33 0
12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 10 400 0 Running 32 0
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 20 400 0 Running 31 0
14 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 16 400 0 Running 30 0
15 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 3 400 0 Running 29 0
16 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 8 400 0 Running 28 0
17 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 7 400 0 Running 27 0
18 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 2 400 0 Running 26 0
19 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 6 399 0 Running 25 0
20 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 26 398 0 Running 24 0
21 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 24 398 0 Running 23 0
22 55 David Ragan Toyota 28 398 0 Running 22 0
23 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 21 398 0 Running 21 0
24 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 22 397 0 Running 20 0
25 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 14 397 0 Running 19 0
26 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 25 396 0 Running 18 0
27 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30 395 0 Running 17 0
28 35 Cole Whitt Ford 31 394 0 Running 16 0
29 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 23 394 0 Running 15 0
30 38 David Gilliland Ford 32 394 0 Running 14 0
31 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 29 393 0 Running 13 0
32 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 35 393 0 Running 12 0
33 98 Reed Sorenson Ford 40 391 0 Running 11 0
34 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 37 391 0 Running 10 0
35 26 J.J. Yeley Toyota 42 390 0 Running 0 0
36 32 Josh Wise Ford 41 389 0 Running 8 0
37 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 387 0 Running 7 0
38 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 36 386 0 Running 6 0
39 62 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 43 380 0 Running 0 0
40 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 33 365 0 Engine 0 0
41 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 5 364 0 Running 3 0
42 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 34 346 0 Accident 2 0
43 23 Jeb Burton Toyota 39 186 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Matt Kenseth 3000 Leader 29 5 12 19 2
2 Joey Logano 3000 Leader 29 3 17 23 0
3 Denny Hamlin 3000 Leader 29 2 11 15 1
4 Carl Edwards 3000 Leader 29 2 5 11 2
5 Martin Truex Jr 3000 Leader 29 1 7 18 2
6 Kurt Busch 3000 Leader 26 2 9 15 0
7 Jeff Gordon 3000 Leader 29 0 3 14 1
8 Brad Keselowski 3000 Leader 29 1 6 19 1
9 Kyle Busch 3000 Leader 18 4 7 11 2
10 Ryan Newman 3000 Leader 29 0 5 14 1
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr 3000 Leader 29 2 13 18 1
12 Kevin Harvick 3000 Leader 29 3 19 23 1
13 Jamie McMurray 2098 -902 29 0 3 8 1
14 Jimmie Johnson 2086 -914 29 4 11 18 0
15 Paul Menard 2075 -925 29 0 2 4 1
16 Clint Bowyer 2048 -952 29 0 2 11 0
17 Kasey Kahne 770 -2230 29 0 2 8 2
18 Aric Almirola 767 -2233 29 0 3 4 2
19 Kyle Larson 718 -2282 28 0 1 9 4
20 Greg Biffle 706 -2294 29 0 3 4 0
21 Austin Dillon 647 -2353 29 0 1 4 2
22 Casey Mears 624 -2376 29 0 0 1 3
23 AJ Allmendinger 600 -2400 29 0 0 3 3
24 Danica Patrick 597 -2403 29 0 0 2 3
25 Tony Stewart 581 -2419 29 0 0 2 4
26 David Ragan 576 -2424 29 0 1 1 5
27 Sam Hornish Jr 570 -2430 29 0 0 3 2
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 561 -2439 29 0 1 2 2
29 Trevor Bayne 530 -2470 29 0 0 2 3
30 Justin Allgaier 482 -2518 29 0 0 1 4
31 Cole Whitt 446 -2554 29 0 0 0 2
32 David Gilliland 433 -2567 29 0 0 0 2
33 Brett Moffitt 352 -2648 25 0 0 1 1
34 Alex Bowman 352 -2648 28 0 0 0 4
35 Matt DiBenedetto 319 -2681 26 0 0 0 1
36 Michael Annett 309 -2691 29 0 0 0 3
37 Josh Wise 234 -2766 22 0 0 1 4
38 Jeb Burton 172 -2828 23 0 0 0 4
39 Michael McDowell 163 -2837 12 0 0 0 1
40 Alex Kennedy 99 -2901 11 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 59 -2941 7 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 39 -2961 3 0 0 0 1
43 Brian Vickers 32 -2968 2 0 0 0 0
44 Michael Waltrip 26 -2974 2 0 0 0 0
45 Ryan Preece 12 -2988 1 0 0 0 0
46 Mike Wallace 8 -2992 1 0 0 0 0
47 T.J. Bell 7 -2993 1 0 0 0 0
48 Eddie MacDonald 7 -2993 1 0 0 0 0
49 Will Kimmel III 6 -2994 1 0 0 0 0
50 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -2998 1 0 0 0 1
51 Ryan Blaney 0 -3000 11 0 1 1 3
52 Landon Cassill 0 -3000 29 0 0 0 5
53 Brian Scott 0 -3000 8 0 0 0 3
54 Ty Dillon 0 -3000 4 0 0 0 0
55 J.J. Yeley 0 -3000 27 0 0 0 4
56 Regan Smith 0 -3000 4 0 0 0 0
57 Chase Elliott 0 -3000 5 0 0 0 1
58 Matt Crafton 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
59 Johnny Sauter 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
60 Chris Buescher 0 -3000 6 0 0 0 0
61 Boris Said 0 -3000 2 0 0 0 0
62 Brendan Gaughan 0 -3000 8 0 0 0 2
63 Justin Marks 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
64 Mike Bliss 0 -3000 10 0 0 0 0
65 Travis Kvapil 0 -3000 3 0 0 0 0
66 Joe Nemechek 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
67 B J McLeod 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
68 Jeffrey Earnhardt 0 -3000 2 0 0 0 0
69 Timmy Hill 0 -3000 9 0 0 0 1
70 Joey Gase 0 -3000 2 0 0 0 1
71 Derek White 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
72 Jeff Green 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
73 Erik Jones 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
74 Tanner Berryhill 0 -3000 0 0 0 0 0

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