Harvick takes fourth win of season in Dover

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Monday 7th May, 2018 - 9:48am

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Kevin Harvick has taken a thorough victory in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover on a strong day for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Harvick won all three stages and lead just over half the 400 laps in the #4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to come home 7.450s ahead of team-mate Clint Bowyer (#14 Ford), while Daniel Suarez (#19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) was third.

With fastest qualifier Kyle Larson (#42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) sent to the rear of grid for failing pre-race inspection three times, Harvick took control at the start.

He lost the lead to Brad Keselowski (#2 Team Penske Ford) partway through but regained it in time for the end of Stage 1, when Keselowski began to run out of fuel.

Harvick again fell behind Keselowski midway through the second stage upon a restart after a Derrike Cope (#99 StarCom Racing Chevrolet) crash.

As he did before, Harvick reclaimed first position on-track and went on to beat Keselowski to the end of the stage by over three seconds.

Harvick also led off at the start of the final stage, though the order was shuffled somewhat when the driveshaft fell out of Kyle Busch’s #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and prompted a Caution on Lap 273.

A slightly off-sequence Ricky Stenhouse Jnr (#17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford) assumed the lead having not pitted, Keselowski moved into second having changed two tyres, and Bowyer sat third.

Bowyer passed Keselowski on Lap 285 then led for the first time when he got by Stenhouse Jnr on Lap 296.

He still led when a Caution and then a red flag came for rain, lasting 41 minutes, and was first off pit lane from Harvick and Martin Truex Jnr (#78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota) to take the restart on Lap 326.

Harvick wasn’t to be denied, however, making the decisive pass on Lap 338 and running away with proceedings thereafter to notch up a fourth win of 2018.

Suarez had been fourth at the final restart and soon passed Truex Jnr, while behind them Kurt Busch (#41 Ford) made it three SHR cars in the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 were Keselowski, Denny Hamlin (#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Ryan Blaney (#12 Team Penske Ford), and the first of the Chevrolets in Jimmie Johnson (#48 Hendrick Motorsports) and Larson.

Despite his first DNF of the season, Kyle Busch takes the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lead to Kansas Speedway for Round 12, the KC Masterpiece 400, on May 11-12 (local time).

Race highlights

Results: AAA 400 Drive for Autism, Dover International Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 400 201 Running
2 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 400 40 Running
3 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 400 0 Running
4 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 400 0 Running
5 41 Kurt Busch Ford 400 0 Running
6 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 400 108 Running
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 400 0 Running
8 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 400 0 Running
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 400 0 Running
10 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 400 0 Running
11 10 Aric Almirola Ford 400 0 Running
12 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 400 0 Running
13 22 Joey Logano Ford 400 1 Running
14 24 William Byron Chevrolet 399 0 Running
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 399 24 Running
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 399 0 Running
17 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 399 0 Running
18 20 Erik Jones Toyota 399 0 Running
19 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 398 0 Running
20 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 398 0 Running
21 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 397 0 Running
22 34 Michael McDowell Ford 397 0 Running
23 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 397 26 Running
24 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 396 0 Running
25 43 Darrell Wallace Jnr Chevrolet 396 0 Running
26 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 395 0 Running
27 38 David Ragan Ford 395 0 Running
28 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 393 0 Running
29 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 392 0 Running
30 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 386 0 Running
31 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 385 0 Running
32 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 382 0 Running
33 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 377 0 Running
34 21 Paul Menard Ford 354 0 Running
35 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 271 0 Driveshaft
36 51 Cody Ware Chevrolet 244 0 Crash
37 99 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 144 0 Crash
38 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 20 0 Engine

Standings Updated*

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Pl’off pts
1 Kyle Busch 466 11 3 17
2 Joey Logano 444 -22 11 1 7
3 Kevin Harvick 426 -40 11 4 19
4 Brad Keselowski 365 -101 11 0 4
5 Clint Bowyer 360 -106 11 1 5
6 Kurt Busch 358 -108 11 0 2
7 Ryan Blaney 346 -120 11 0 2
8 Denny Hamlin 344 -122 11 0 1
9 Martin Truex Jnr 340 -126 11 1 7
10 Kyle Larson 307 -159 11 0 0
11 Aric Almirola 304 -162 11 0 0
12 Jimmie Johnson 268 -198 11 0 0
13 Erik Jones 253 -213 11 0 0
14 Alex Bowman 252 -214 11 0 0
15 Chase Elliott 241 -225 11 0 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 239 -227 11 0 0
17 William Byron 225 -241 11 0 0
18 Austin Dillon 221 -245 11 1 5
19 Ryan Newman 218 -248 11 0 0
20 Daniel Suarez 214 -252 11 0 0
21 Paul Menard 209 -257 11 0 1
22 Darrell Wallace Jnr 193 -273 11 0 0
23 Jamie McMurray 188 -278 11 0 0
24 AJ Allmendinger 179 -287 11 0 0
25 Chris Buescher 173 -293 11 0 0
26 David Ragan 167 -299 11 0 0
27 Kasey Kahne 149 -317 11 0 0
28 Ty Dillon 147 -319 11 0 0
29 Trevor Bayne 145 -321 11 0 0
30 Michael McDowell 141 -325 11 0 0
31 Matt DiBenedetto 138 -328 11 0 0
32 Cole Whitt 78 -388 7 0 0
33 Gray Gaulding 76 -390 11 0 0
34 DJ Kennington 55 -411 5 0 0
35 Landon Cassill 43 -423 5 0 0
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 28 -438 5 0 0
37 Brendan Gaughan 24 -442 2 0 0
38 Harrison Rhodes 23 -443 5 0 0
39 Reed Sorenson 21 -445 6 0 0
40 Mark Thompson 15 -451 1 0 0
41 Corey LaJoie 15 -451 4 0 0
42 Danica Patrick 2 -464 1 0 0
43 Derrike Cope 1 -465 1 0 0
44 Justin Marks 0 -466 1 0 0
45 David Gilliland 0 -466 1 0 0
46 Ross Chastain 0 -466 10 0 0
47 Timothy Peters 0 -466 1 0 0
48 Cole Custer 0 -466 1 0 0
49 Joey Gase 0 -466 2 0 0
50 JJ Yeley 0 -466 1 0 0
51 Daniel Hemric 0 -466 1 0 0
52 Timmy Hill 0 -466 3 0 0
53 Chad Finchum 0 -466 1 0 0
54 Cody Ware 0 -466 1 0 0

Car #14 (Clint Bowyer), Car #19 (Daniel Suarez) each penalised 20pts for technical breach

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