Kevin Harvick dominated the field Sunday at Dover International Speedway to win the AAA 400 Drive for Autism.
Harvick was masterful throughout, leading 201 total laps on Sunday. The Stewart-Haas Racing team member was at his best when it mattered most, taking late leads to sweep both Stages of the AAA 400 while leading the final 62 laps of the race to take the checkered flag.
The first caution of the day came early on lap four when Michael McDowell’s No. 34 was spun out around turn four allowing Harvick to emerge with the lead out of the caution on lap eight.
Another caution on lap 20 allowed Alex Bowman to take a brief lead before Brad Keselowski overtook him on lap 48. Keselowski would hold the lead, fending off an aggressive Martin Truex Jr. through lap 97 before Truex fell out of the top five pitting with a bad tire. Harvick would regain the lead 11 laps later, moving ahead of Keselowski.
Harvick held off Keselowski through lap 120 to win Stage 1, at the time, a series leading fifth stage win on the year. Harvick led 36 of the 120 Stage 1 laps to take the stage with Kyle Busch, Keselowski, Suarez and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.
After a caution 34 laps into Stage 2, Keselowski came out of the restart with the lead. Harvick trailed in second, while Jimmie Johnson fought his way into the top five taking over the third position.
Keselowski held the lead through the halfway mark of Stage 2, but Harvick remained close eventually taking the lead back on lap 200. Harvick would remain in the lead over the final 20 laps to win Stage 2 as well, his sixth stage win of the year. Keselowski took second, with Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer making up the top five.
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A caution on lap 271 led to another lead change on the restart, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. taking his first lead of the day off the green flag. Along with Stenhouse Jr. leading the pack, Jamie McMurray had jetted up to second as well with Bowyer, Joey Logano, Truex Jr. and Harvick in the top five mix.
McMurray’s stay in second would be brief as both Logano and Bowyer would pass for second and third respectively on lap 283. Bowyer would overtake Logano for second on lap 290 before taking the lead from Stenhouse on lap 296.
Leading the most laps of the race, Harvick once again creeped back up near the lead. First, he took fourth from Truex Jr. on lap 309, then passed Logano on lap 311 to take third place.
Four laps later a caution flag came out for rain and by lap 320 a red flag was out, delaying the race with just 80 laps to go.
After nearly a 45 minute delay, the race was back under a yellow flag on lap 321.
With the majority of the field pitting under the yellow, Bowyer came out with the lead on the green flag, followed by Harvick and a surging Daniel Suarez.
On lap 338, Harvick eventually passed Bowyer, taking his sixth lead of the day.
Harvick continued to pull away from the pack through lap 360, with Bowyer trailing nearly three seconds behind the lead in second while Suarez and Truex Jr. battled closely for third and Kurt Busch sat in fifth.
Down the stretch, Harvick would cruise unthreatened, taking the checkered flag. Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford took second, followed by Suarez, Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five at the Monster Mile.