MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AAA Drive for Autism 400
Dover International Speedway – Dover, Delaware
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Team: No. 22 – Jimmy John’s Ford
Owner: Stewart-Haas Racing
Crew Chief: Rodney Childers
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “The first thing I’ve got to do is just thank everybody on my team -- everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Yates Engines, everybody from Ford for just continuing to put the effort that they put into these cars. Three cars in the top five says a lot about where we are as a company. It was great to see those fans stick around for the finish, but it’s fun racing your teammate. That says a lot about our company and one of your good friends as well.”
-- Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick won the 49th annual AAA Drive for Autism 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Dover International Speedway Sunday afternoon. For Harvick, it was his 41st win in 621 career MENCS starts and his series-high fourth this year.
With 25 races remaining on the season, Harvick is one win shy of equaling his career-best of five set in 2006 and 2014.
Sunday’s victory marked Harvick’s ninth top-10 finish and eighth in the top-5 in 11 MENCS races this year.
It was Harvick’s second victory in 35 career MENCS races at Dover International Speedway.
Clint Bowyer finished second while Daniel Suarez finished third. For Suarez, it equaled his best finish in 47 career MENCS races, a showing he first attained on August 6 of last year at Watkins Glen.
In addition to the race win, Harvick claimed both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Sunday’s race.
William Byron (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
With wins to their credit this year, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano have clinched spots in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In 17 career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kevin Harvick has finished in the top-10 15 times and the top-5 on nine occasions. This includes a victory in the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 when he claimed the first Cup title of his career in what was the first Championship 4 format.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Justin Allgaier won the 37th annual OneMain Financial 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race Saturday at Dover International Speedway. It was his sixth victory in 250 career NXS starts and his first win in 10 races this year.
With the win, Allgaier became one of four drivers who have secured positions in the NXS playoffs, as the champion will be decided in the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Elliott Sadler finished second while Daniel Hemric was third. It was Sadler’s 10th top-10 finish in as many NXS races this year.
With wins to their credit this season, rookie Tyler Reddick, Ryan Preece, Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier have clinched spots in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Johnny Sauter won the 19th annual JEGS 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Friday at Dover International Speedway. It was his 19th victory in 226 career NCWTS starts, and his second win in five races this year.
Matt Crafton finished second while Justin Haley was third.
With wins this year, NCWTS regulars Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt have secured spots in the NCWTS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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