Harvick wins 2nd stage at Dover

  • Harvick wins 2nd stage at Dover

Harvick wins 2nd stage at Dover

Bowyer was leading Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway when rain halted the race on Lap 319.

"I knew when he took off as good as he did", Bowyer said of Harvick, "and was rotating (in corners) as good as it did, I was in trouble".

Harvick reeled off three straight wins at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix earlier this season and now has the 60-pound Miles the Monster trophy to add to his collection.

But the rain soon dissipated and after a 40-minunte delay, the track was dried and the race returned to caution.

The only question for Harvick and his No. 4 Ford Fusion team was if a mechanical issue, Mother Nature or a bad pit stop would throw a wrench into things.

HARVICK TO THE POINT: Eighteen laps after the race was restarted from a rain delay, Harvick breezed past Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Bowyer to take the lead.

The win is Harvick's second at Dover, the other coming in the fall 2015 race here.

Daniel Suarez ended up third, Martin Truex Jr. was fourth and Kurt Busch rounded out the top-five. Rounding out the top-five were Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney.

Stewart-Haas Racing put three drivers in the top five for the first time. "It's fun racing your teammate". The Bakersfield, California native has never won more than five races in a single season.

"This is a huge confidence and a momentum builder for our No. 14 team, for our organization", he said. The ballyhooed youth movement that was supposed to usher in NASCAR's rebirth continues to fizzle.

It was one of most dominant Dover performances of Harvick's career.

Harvick, Truex and Bowyer - all winners this year - are over 35.

"I feel like I was putting a lot of pressure on myself earlier in the season, trying to put a lot of pressure on the team to get the results", he said. He won the race by 2.639 seconds over Kyle Busch in second. "It was pretty equal and fair for everyone, NASCAR did a good job of cleaning the track up and getting us back going". "We'll go on to next week".

Kyle Larson, who was supposed to start on the pole after running the best qualifying time Friday, had to start from the rear after his vehicle failed pre-race inspection three times. Larson had won his fifth career pole and was a heavy favorite on the strength of two runner-up finishes at the track. Pole victor Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman started from the rear. Larson and Bowman lost their auto chiefs, and both teams were docked 30 minutes of practice next week at Kansas Speedway.

Sunday's victory for Harick was the first for Ford since Matt Kenseth's victory seven years ago. Kenseth, a two-time Daytona 500 victor and former Cup champion, was hired by Roush Fenway Racing to split races with Bayne.

Kyle Busch, who had won three races in a row before running into trouble last weekend at Talladega, ran into more trouble at Dover.