Harvick Dominates Wet Day at Dover

Old guys apparently still rule as veteran Kevin Harvick made the rest of the field look silly en route to winning the AAA 400 presented by Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. The win was Harvick’s fourth on the season having previously won three straight at Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

The day started off similar to how it ended for Harvick; with no cars ahead of him. Pole sitter Kyle Larson had to start at the back of the field due to failing pre-race technical inspection too many times. Larson’s misfortune made Harvick the de facto pole sitter and he led the field to green.

Harvick proved to have a strong car right out of the gate and led the opening set of laps until Corey Lajoie blew a motor and brought the leaders into the pits for the first time. Alex Bowman (who also started at the rear) opted to stay out and proceeded to keep the lead until lap 48 when Brad Keselowski would go to the point in his Miller Lite Ford. A stage win would not be in the works for Keselowski though as Harvick retook the lead with 13 laps left in the opening 120 lap stage. Harvick would go on to win it.

In stage 2 it became clear Keselowski would be Harvick’s toughest adversary at Dover and the 2 got back around the 4 on pit road following a single car accident involving Derrick Cope on lap 153. The two cars fought lap after lap around the midpoint of the stage before Harvick took the lead back on lap 200. He would go one to win that stage as well.

Kyle Busch reported at the very beginning of the race he was experiencing a vibration in his drive shaft, ┬áhe claimed it wouldn’t last the entire race. He was right. With 130 laps to go the 18 slowed as smoked spit out the back end of the car. The drive shaft itself was shown laying on the track after the caution flew.

Harvick would get shuffled back in the pits as several drivers employed different strategies as rain approached. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn’t pit and surprisingly jumped out to a nice lead on the restart despite his worn tires. Harvick’s teammate Clint Bowyer eventually ran him down and led for the first time with 102 laps left.

Just 17 laps later with Bowyer out front the skies opened up and brought out the red flag. The shower was brief and 41 minutes later the red flag was lifted and racing resumed. Bowyer gave a valiant effort in trying to hold off Harvick but the 4 became the leader once again with 64 to go and would set sail for victory.

Results for the AAA 400 presented by Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway:

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Clint Bowyer
3. Daniel Suarez
4. Martin Truex Jr
5. Kurt Busch
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Ryan Blaney
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Kyle Larson
11. Aric Almirola
12. Chase Elliott
13. Joey Logano
14. William Byron
15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
16. Jamie McMurray
17. Kasey Kahne
18. Erik Jones
19. Trevor Bayne
20. Chris Buescher
21. AJ Allmendinger
22. Michael McDowell
23. Alex Bowman
24. Ty Dillon
25. Darrell Wallace Jr
26. Austin Dillon
27. David Ragan
28. Ross Chastain
29. Matt DiBenedetto
30. Gray Gaulding
31. Landon Cassill
32. Reed Sorenson
33. Ryan Newman
34. Paul Menard
35. Kyle Busch
36. Cody Ware
37. Derrike Cope
38. Corey Lajoie

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *