Same as it ever was: Kevin Harvick wins at Dover for 4th victory of year

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Kevin Harvick swept both stages and cruised to his series-high fourth Cup victory of the season Sunday at Dover International Speedway. It marked the second time this season he’s won both stages and the race.

Harvick passed Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer for the lead with 63 laps left and went unchallenged.

SHR teammate Kurt Busch finished fifth, giving the team three of the top five cars for the first time. 

MORE: Race results 

MORE: Points report after Dover

Stewart-Haas Racing has won five of the first 11 races (Harvick four wins, Bowyer one). The organization won three races last year.

Daniel Suarez was third, tying his career-best result, and Martin Truex Jr. was fourth in a race delayed 41 minutes, 1 second by rain with 80 laps left.

Stage 1 winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 winner: Kevin Harvick

How Kevin Harvick won: He had the strongest car in earning his second career Dover victory. Harvick led a race-high 201 of 400 laps and won by 7.45 seconds.

Who had a good race: Stewart-Haas Racing. The team took three of the top five spots (Kevin Harvick won, Clint Bowyer second and Kurt Busch fifth) and Aric Almirola placed 11th. … Daniel Suarez’s third-place tied his career-best, matching his result last year at Watkins Glen. … Martin Truex Jr. has finished in the top four in each of the last Dover races. … Jimmie Johnson placed ninth for his fourth consecutive finish of 12th or better. 

Who had a bad race: Kyle Busch complained about a vibration in the first 12 laps and said then his car wouldn’t make it to the finish. He proved to be right when he went to the garage before Lap 275 with a drive shaft issue. … Pole-sitter Kyle Larson had to start at the rear after his car failed to pass inspection three times. He was penalized for an uncontrolled tire during a green-flag pit stop a quarter of the way through the 400-lap race. After the penalty, he was three laps down and fought his way back to get on the lead lap and place 10th in a car that likely would have been at the front much of the day without the issues.

Notable: The last time a driver won four of the first 11 races was Jimmie Johnson in 2007. Johnson went on to win 10 times that season.

Quote: “The 4 car (Harvick) was in a different league,’’ third-place finisher Daniel Suarez said.

Next: Series races at 8 p.m. ET on May 12 at Kansas Speedway.

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