The motive force who gained the again finish of the NASCAR Cup Sequence’ Saturday-Sunday doubleheader this previous weekend at Dover Worldwide Speedway made positive there was no drama within the nightcap.
There was greater than sufficient suspense, nonetheless, within the battle between teammates for the ultimate place within the Cup playoffs.
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Common-season champion Kevin Harvick swept the primary two phases and the race Sunday, crossing the end line three.525 seconds forward of runner-up Martin Truex Jr., who completed second in each legs of the Drydene 311 twinbill after working third in every of the earlier 5 races.
Under is extra about Harvick’s win, plus the entire outcomes from Sunday’s race at Dover.
Who gained the NASCAR race yesterday?
Harvick captured his series-leading seventh win of the season, his third at Dover and the 56th of his profession, tying him with Kyle Busch for ninth all time. The win was the 700th within the collection for Ford.
Harvick additionally regained the higher hand in his battle with Denny Hamlin, who earned his sixth win of the season in Saturday’s opener.
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“With Denny profitable yesterday, we would have liked to win at the moment, and we want all of the factors we are able to get,” Harvick mentioned.
Harvick clinched the regular-season championship — and the 15-playoff-point bonus that goes with it — after his Stage 1 win, with subsequent Saturday’s race at Daytona Worldwide Speedway nonetheless to be run.
NASCAR outcomes at Dover
Jimmie Johnson ran third after playing on two tires and taking a short-lived lead off pit highway beneath the seventh and remaining warning for Corey LaJoie’s spin on Lap 289 of 311. The seven-time champion had rallied from a pit highway dashing penalty on Lap 102 that despatched him to the rear of the sphere for a restart on Lap 107.
Johnson misplaced positions to Harvick and Truex throughout the remaining 17-lap run however managed to maintain his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron behind him. Byron got here house fourth, gained seven factors on his veteran teammate — thanks to raised leads to the phases — and took a four-point lead over Johnson for the 16th and remaining playoff spot into Saturday’s regular-season finale at Daytona.
Alex Bowman ran fifth, giving Hendrick three of the highest 5 positions. Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer accomplished the highest 10.
Under are the entire outcomes from Sunday’s Drydene 311 at Dover.
Martin Truex Jr.
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.