Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Cup race at Dover International Speedway, capping off the weekend doubleheader in dominating fashion.
Harvick claimed his series-leading seventh win of the season, sweeping every stage of the race and leading 223 of 311 laps. That came after he started 17th due to an inversion of the top-20 finishers on Saturday.
Harvick claimed the lead for the last time on a restart with 17 laps to go, taking it from Johnson. Johnson had taken two tires under the caution in a gamble, improving his position by five spots.
After entering the race in the final playoff spot and a three-point advantage over Byron, Johnson leaves Dover four points behind Byron. Byron earned 13 stage points while Johnson claimed just five.
Of the six races the Cup Series has held as part of doubleheaders this season, Harvick won four of them.
Harvick also clinched the regular-season championship and the 15 playoff points that come with it.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Kevin Harvick won after passing Ryan Blaney coming to one lap to go in the stage.
STAGE 2 WINNER: Kevin Harvick
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Martin Truex Jr. earned his seventh-consecutive finish inside the top three … William Byron earned his first top-five finish of the season … Alex Bowman finished fifth after having to start from the rear in a backup car … Joey Logano finished sixth. He’s placed in the top 10 in the last six races, his longest top-10 streak since 2018.
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Chase Elliott was eliminated in a Lap 6 incident that saw him ram into the back of Kyle Busch as he slowed to avoid the spinning car of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the frontstretch … Quin Houff finished 34th after he spun exiting Turn 2 on Lap 215 … Saturday winner Denny Hamlin finished 19th after he had to pit for a loose wheel with 84 laps to go … Corey LaJoie placed 23rd after he caused two cautions, including the final one with 23 laps to go when he got into the Turn 3 wall.
NOTABLE: Harvick earned Ford its 700th Cup Series win … The race was red flagged after Stage 1 in order for repairs to be made to the track surface near the exit of Turn 4.
WHAT’S NEXT: Regular-season finale at Daytona, 7:30 p.m. ET Aug. 29 on NBC.