Author: Mike Hembree
Date: May 6, 2018
DOVER, Del. – Highlights of Sunday’s AAA 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway:
WINNER: Kevin Harvick took the lead from Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer with 63 laps remaining and breezed to a seven-second victory, his series-leading fourth of the year.
Harvick led 201 laps and had no challengers after sweeping around Bowyer, who had led the previous 15 laps.
"The opportunity that Gene (Haas) and Tony (Stewart) give all of us at Stewart-Haas makes this a lot of fun," said Bowyer, who won earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway. "It's fun to be running like this again, and competitive and up front in the limelight."
Although it took Harvick 30 races to win at Dover, he has won twice at the track since 2015.
“This track is really hard to maintain the balance on,” said Tony Stewart, Harvick’s car owner. “You know, at times it can get really frustrating. There’s really no drivers that back into a win here. It's guys that have a lot of experience and figure it out.
“Kevin is so good here. He knows what his balance needs to be in happy hour to be good in the race, and like I say, from the beginning of the race to the end of the race, the cars change so much here that you really have to kind of stay two steps ahead of it to be right at the end of the day.”
The victory Harvick's 41st overall in the Cup Series, 18th best on the all-time list.
Harvick and his team appear to be riding on rails.
“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,” Harvick said. “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.”
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