With seven victories this season and two wins overall at Dover – including earlier this year – Kevin Harvick no doubt arrives at the challenging one-miler feeling optimistic. He has 16 top 10s in 35 starts at the track and has earned his victories in the last six races. He led 355 of 400 laps in winning this race in 2015 – the most dominant showing at Dover in more than a decade.
Three times the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has led at least 200 laps, including this spring when he led 201 laps en route to what was his fourth win of the year at that point.
Harvick starts the second round of the Playoffs trailing Kyle Busch by five points and leading third-place Martin Truex Jr. by 12-points. His ninth-place finish at Charlotte last weekend earned him a series-best 24th top-10 finish on the year – and with seven races remaining puts him well within reach of his career-high 28 top 10s set in his 2015 championship runner-up season.
“I think as you look at Dover, if you look at our history, when I was at RCR (Richard Childress Racing), it was probably one of our worst racetracks,’’ Harvick said. “It’s been one of our best since I came to SHR in 2014. For me, the thing I love about Dover is just the fact it’s hammer down and you’re up on top of the wheel for 400 laps there. … It’s fast.
“You can just be aggressive with the car and you have to get in there and wrestle that thing all day because it’s bumpy, slings you up out of the corners, dumps you down in the corners, and there’s just a lot going on. The car is bouncing around a lot and, with as rough as the cars have been just as the ride goes, we are in for a rough ride when we get to Dover this weekend. It’s one of my favorite racetracks to go and race on.”
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