Harvick earns 41st career victory at Dover
By Dominic Aragon
May 6, 2018
Kevin Harvick led the final 63 laps in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Sunday to earn his 41st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
Harvick assumed the lead on lap 337 after overtaking Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer at Dover International Speedway.
“It was great to see those fans stick around for the finish, but it’s fun racing your teammate,” Harvick said. “That says a lot about our company and one of your good friends as well.”
Harvick led 201 of the 400 laps, the most among the competition for the 47th time in his Cup Series career.
The win moves Harvick in sole possession of 18th on the all-time wins list in NASCAR’s top series. The next three drivers in range of Harvick are Bill Elliott (44), Kyle Busch (46) and Buck Baker (46).
Harvick now has four wins in 2018, leading the competition in the series.
For Bowyer, his second-place effort at Dover was his highest finish since his win at Martinsville Speedway. Bowyer led on three occasions for 40 laps.
“When your back in dirty air mired in traffic like we were most of the day it’s tough,” Bowyer said. “Hats off to everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing.
Daniel Suarez, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.
The next stop for the Cup Series is the KC Masterpiece 400 next Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
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