Kevin Harvick Dominates In Dover To Capture Fourth Victory Of 2018 Season


By: Camille Jones/TheFourthTurn.com

DOVER, Del. –  Kevin Harvick captured his fourth win of the season on Sunday as he held off his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Clint Bowyer in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway.

Harvick led 201 laps throughout the afternoon, and he also swept all of the stages in the race. It looked as if Bowyer was going to be the driver to beat in the closing laps of Sunday’s race, but the rain fell, and the race had a 41-minute red flag. Following the delay, Harvick retook the lead and led the final 63 laps. The driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing has now won four races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. He now has more win than any other driver so far this year.

“I felt like we had a really good car from the time we unloaded, and I think you could tell that from when we qualified,” Harvick said. “That’s usually not my strong point, qualifying up here, and to be able to qualify on the front row, we had three great practices and everything just kind of fell into place, and when they dropped the green flag, it was definitely still good.

“It was just one of those weekends where the car was spot‑on from the time we got here, and the guys are just doing a great job. Everybody is just so detail oriented right now, and I feel like we’re playoff racing on a weekly basis, and if you’re going to win a bunch of races, that’s what you have to do.” 

Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Clint Bowyer, drove his No. 14 Haas Automation Ford to the second finishing position on Sunday. He was in the lead when the rain came on lap 317, but he was unable to hold off Harvick following the restart and was forced to settle for the second-place finish. Bowyer led 40 laps on Sunday. The strong performance was Bowyer’s seventh top-10 finish of the season.

“Clearly, Kevin was up front was the car to beat most of the day,” Bowyer said. “It was our first shot at tires and taking off in clean air. It makes a big difference. When your back in dirty air mired in traffic like we were most of the day it’s tough. Hats off to everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing. These Ford Fusions are fun to drive. The Haas Automation Demo Day was fun to drive. We won with this paint scheme in Martinsville and thought we were going to win with it again today. We keep knocking of the door like today we’ll get another win.”

Daniel Suarez claimed the third-place finish in the race, his third top-10 in three races at the Monster Mile. Martin Truex, Jr. and Kurt Busch completed the top-five. Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson all finished in the top-10.

The race had eight cautions for a total of 48 laps under yellow.

Despite mechanical issues and a disappointing 35th-place finish, Kyle Busch leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings by 22 points over Joey Logano following Sunday’s event.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway next weekend for the KC Masterpiece 400 on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET. Live race coverage will be found on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN).

 

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