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)

Teammates Until the Green Flag Falls: Allgaier Beats Sadler in Wild Finish

Justin Allgaier won the OneMain Financial 200 after 104 of 200 laps and winning stage two. The race featured eight cautions and a very close finish.

Polesitter Brandon Jones grabbed the lead on the initial start, but the caution came out on lap two as Matt Tifft went for a spin. Tifft didn’t hit anything. On the lap nine restart, Jones again cleared Elliott Sadler for the lead. By the time the race hit lap 15, Tyler Reddick, who started from the rear of the field after inspection issues during qualifying, was inside the top ten. On lap 23, Elliott Sadler caught and passed Brandon Jones for the lead. On lap 31, the caution came out again when Josh Bilicki had a left rear tire go down and slammed the wall.

When the green flag came out again, there were ten laps remaining in stage two. Sadler maintained the lead despite a challenge by teammate Justin Allgaier, and captured the stage win. On pit stops, Tyler Reddick’s crew had a stellar stop, getting him off pit road first after finishing the stage in fifth. Brandon Jones, however, was busted for speeding on pit road after finishing the first stage third. Ty Majeski and Matt Tifft stayed out after pitting during the lap 31 caution.

The race went back green on lap 53, and Majeski had a transmission issue on the restart, losing fourth gear. He pitted, and was forced to head behind the wall as the team discovered an axle issue on top of the transmission problem. Because of Majeski’s issues, Matt Tifft assumed the lead. Tifft, however, was quickly overtaken by Tyler Reddick. With 12 laps left in stage two, Justin Allgaier took the lead from Reddick. The lap was very eventful, as Ryan Reed and Noah Gragson got together, sending Reed into the wall. The caution came out several seconds later as Kaz Grala blew a tire, spun, and backed into the wall, ending his day. Under caution, Elliott Sadler pitted from fourth place, giving up valuable stage points.

The race went back green with six laps left in stage two, and Justin Allgaier easily jumped away from teammate Tyler Reddick. Allgaier would grab the stage win easily. The field pitted, and Allgaier maintained his position out front. Christopher Bell, who was running inside the top five, was busted for an uncontrolled tire and sent to the rear of the field. Brandon Jones and Jeb Burton stayed out.

Jones grabbed the lead on the restart and got away from second-place Elliott Sadler. Sadler got by Jones, but with 90 laps to go, Justin Allgaier got by Sadler for the lead. With 72 laps to go, Austin Cindric got into the back of John Hunter Nemechek, sending Nemechek into the wall and bringing out the yellow. The two had had contact shortly before the incident as they went three-wide with Johnny Sauter. Under yellow, Noah Gragson had a disastrous pit stop after pitting outside his block.

The restart came with 66 to go and it was Allgaier that prevailed over second-place teammate Elliott Sadler. With 57 laps left, Alex Labbe went around after getting bumped by Ryan Reed. Labbe avoided contact, but his right front tire shredded, destroying the fender and hood.

The race restarted with 50 to go, and Justin Allgaier grabbed the lead, but this time it was Daniel Hemric who got second. With 31 laps to go, Ty Majeski got turned around by Ryan Sieg, collecting Dylan Lupton. This brought out the eight caution of the day, and ended Ty Majeski’s day.

On the restart with 27 to go, Justin Allgaier prevailed, and Elliott Sadler grabbed second back from Daniel Hemric. Throughout the closing laps, Allgaier and Sadler battled, and, in the final corner, they made contact, but Allgaier held Sadler off despite hitting the wall exiting turn four.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will be back on track on Saturday, May 26th, at 1 p.m. at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Alsco 300.

Here are the full results from the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway:

  1. Justin Allgaier
  2. Elliott Sadler
  3. Daniel Hemric
  4. Christopher Bell
  5. Tyler Reddick
  6. Johnny Sauter
  7. Noah Gragson
  8. Matt Tifft
  9. Austin Cindric
  10. Brandon Jones
  11. Ryan Truex
  12. Jeb Burton
  13. Cole Custer
  14. John Hunter Nemechek
  15. Michael Annett
  16. Ross Chastain
  17. Ryan Sieg
  18. Jeremy Clements
  19. Ryan Reed
  20. Joey Gase
  21. Alex Labbe
  22. Vinnie Miller
  23. BJ McLeod
  24. Dylan Lupton
  25. Chad Finchum
  26. David Starr
  27. Ray Black Jr.
  28. Brandon Brown
  29. Josh Bilicki
  30. Spencer Boyd
  31. Joe Nemechek
  32. Garrett Smithley (Suspension)
  33. Stephen Leicht (Vibration)
  34. Ty Majeski (Accident)
  35. Timmy Hill (Transmission)
  36. JJ Yeley (Vibration)
  37. Kaz Grala (Accident)
  38. Morgan Shepherd (Transmission)
  39. Carl Long (Brakes)
  40. Jeff Green (Vibration)

Almirola Quickest in Final Practice at Dover

Aric Almirola was fastest in final practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. Almirola ran a 22.745 second lap, a few hundredths faster than second-place Chase Elliott. Almirola’s teammates Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick also ran top five speeds.

All 38 drivers ran laps in the session, but it was Clint Bowyer who ran the most, at 65 laps. The 50-minute session featured no incidents.

The AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway will take place at 2 p.m. eastern time on Sunday.

Below are the full results from final practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway:

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

Brandon Jones Wins Pole at Dover

Brandon Jones won the pole for the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway with a lap time of 23.102 seconds. It’s his second career series pole. Austin Cindric led the first two rounds, but ended up seventh in the final round.

With three and a half minutes left in the first round, the red flag came out for debris. Austin Cindric was fastest in the first round at a 22.999 second lap. Nine cars were unable to make a lap due to inspection issues, including Tyler Reddick, John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Michael Annett, and Christopher Bell. Mike Harmon also did not make a lap and will miss the race.

In the second round, Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier tied for the fastest time, both running 23.183 second laps. Those who failed to make the final round included Ryan Sieg (13th), Dylan Lupton (14th), Kaz Grala (16th), and Jeremy Clements (19th).

In the final round, Brandon Jones grabbed the pole with a lap time of 23.102 seconds. Jones’ teammate Noah Gragson qualified second.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series OneMain Financial 200 will take place at 12 p.m. eastern time on Saturday.

Here is the full starting lineup for the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway:

  1. Brandon Jones
  2. Noah Gragson
  3. Matt Tifft
  4. Elliott Sadler
  5. Daniel Hemric
  6. Justin Allgaier
  7. Austin Cindric
  8. Ryan Truex
  9. Ty Majeski
  10. Jeb Burton
  11. Johnny Sauter
  12. Ryan Reed
  13. Ryan Sieg
  14. Dylan Lupton
  15. Alex Labbe
  16. Kaz Grala
  17. Brandon Brown
  18. Ross Chastain
  19. Jeremy Clements
  20. JJ Yeley
  21. Joey Gase
  22. Timmy Hill
  23. Garrett Smithley
  24. Jeff Green
  25. Vinnie Miller
  26. BJ McLeod
  27. Spencer Boyd
  28. Morgan Shepherd
  29. Ray Black Jr.
  30. Chad Finchum
  31. Josh Bilicki
  32. Carl Long
  33. Tyler Reddick
  34. Christopher Bell
  35. John Hunter Nemechek
  36. Cole Custer
  37. Michael Annett
  38. David Starr
  39. Joe Nemechek
  40. Stephen Leicht

‘Dega Winner Logano Leads Second Practice at Dover

Joey Logano was fastest in second practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. Logano ran 37 laps, his fastest being his second lap, a 22.858 second circulation. Second-fastest was Logano’s Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski, followed by Martin Truex Jr.

The 50-minute session featured no incidents. Kurt Busch ran the most laps, at 50, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr.’s 47 laps. All 38 teams entered ran laps in the session.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be back on track in final practice at 11 a.m. eastern time on Saturday. The AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway will take place at 2 p.m. eastern time on Sunday.

Here are the full results from second practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway:

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