Fours Wild: Harvick Grabs Win Number Four of 2018 at Dover

Kevin Harvick won the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway after leading a race-high 201 laps and sweeping the stages. It’s Harvick’s fourth win of the season. Harvick was followed by teammate Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez, who tied his career best finish of third.

Before the green flag dropped, polesitter Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, and Alex Bowman all had to drop to the rear of the field due to inspection problems.

When the green flew for the first time, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. battled for a lap and a half, but Harvick prevailed. On lap four, Michael McDowell went for a spin after contact with Darrell Wallace Jr.

On the lap eight restart, Kevin Harvick beat Martin Truex Jr. and drove away from him quickly. About ten laps in, Kyle Busch, who was running fourth, reported a vibration in the drivetrain and a sour-sounding engine. A few laps later, Busch said it was getting worse. On lap 21, it was Corey LaJoie who had an engine go bad, bringing out the second caution of the day. Under the caution, Kyle Larson Alex Bowman and Landon Cassill stayed out, while Austin Dillon took no tires. The rest of the field pitted for four tires and fuel. Clint Bowyer, who was running ninth, had to come back down pit road because of an air gun issue.

On the lap 27 restart, Alex Bowman jumped past Larson as Cassill plummeted through the field. Around 50 laps in, Brad Keselowski finally got by Bowman for the lead. Truex and Harvick quickly followed Keselowski by Bowman. Just short of lap 100, Martin Truex Jr. came down for a flat right front tire. Truex had been battling for the lead with Brad Keselowski. Kyle Larson also pitted, since he hadn’t pitted all day. Larson was penalized for an uncontrolled tire. Alex Bowman pitted a handful of laps later.

On lap 108, Kevin Harvick got by Brad Keselowski for the lead. Keselowski was saving fuel to make it to the end of the stage. With about ten laps remaining in the stage, Paul Menard came down pit road for a loose wheel. Menard came back shortly after and headed to the garage. With two laps left in the stage, Ryan Newman came to pit road for a tire issue, while Erik Jones pitted after running out of fuel. Denny Hamlin also ran out of gas, but stayed on the track and managed to stay on the lead lap. On yellow-flag pit stops, Kurt Busch and William Byron were busted for uncontrolled tires, while Kevin Harvick maintained the lead. Martin Truex Jr. took the wave around under yellow, so he restarted 20th, as the final car on the lead lap.

On the lap 128 restart to begin stage two, Kevin Harvick beat out Brad Keselowski to take the lead. On lap 153, Ryan Newman headed behind the wall due to a broken wheel stud. On the same lap, the caution came out once again as Derrike Cope hit the outside wall, spun, and slammed the inside wall in turn four, bringing out caution number four. On pit stops, it was Keselowski who beat Harvick off pit road.

On lap 159, the race restarted, and Brad Keselowski cleared Kevin Harvick for the lead. On lap 200, Kevin Harvick got by Brad Keselowski after closely trailing him since the restart. The rest of the stage went clean and green and Harvick grabbed the stage win, his sixth of the season. Harvick maintained his lead on pit stops, still followed by Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch.

On lap 248, the green flag waved once again, and Kevin Harvick made easy work of second-place Brad Keselowski to keep the lead. On lap 253, Cody Ware brought out the caution as he slammed the wall after something broke in his car, ending his day.

On lap 259, the restart came once again, and Harvick got a big jump on Keselowski to keep the lead. With 130 laps remaining, Kyle Busch finally had a driveshaft break after complaining of a vibration all race long. This brought out the day’s seventh caution. Under the yellow, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray stayed out.

On the lap 281 restart, Stenhouse grabbed the lead as McMurray struggled and fell back. Clint Bowyer assumed second place, while Joey Logano moved into third. On lap 297, Bowyer was able to get by Stenhouse for the lead. On lap 316, the yellow came out once again, this time for rain. The race was red flagged on lap 320 for 39 minutes. On pit stops, Clint Bowyer kept the lead, followed by Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. Logano, though, was forced to come back for a loose wheel.

On the lap 325 restart, Bowyer cleared teammate Harvick, and Daniel Suarez followed them in third. With just under 70 laps left, Harvick got by Bowyer and drove away by several seconds over Bowyer. That was all she wrote as Harvick built up a seven-second lead over the last 70 laps and grabbed his fourth win of the season.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be back in action on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. eastern time.

Here are the full results from the AAA 400 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 (Drivetrain)
  36. Cody Ware (Accident)
  37. Derrike Cope (Accident)
  38. Corey LaJoie (Engine)

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