NASCAR Barometer: Harvick Sweeps Stages, Claims Dover Victory
NASCAR Barometer: Harvick Sweeps Stages, Claims Dover Victory

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Kevin Harvick passed teammate Clint Bowyer to add the AAA 400 Drive for Autism race win to his two stage victories in a clean sweep of Sunday's running at Dover International Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver showed his strength early and seemed to improve as the race went on. A brief rain delay threatened to give the win to Bowyer, but Harvick worked his way past again once the track was dry and racing resumed. The Stewart-Haas Racing cars were the class of the field with their one-two finish, while Kurt Busch added his name to the top-five as well.

Everyone's attention now turns toward Kansas Speedway and a return to the 1.5-mile ovals. The visit could be Toyota's chance to beat Ford at its own game. Martin Truex Jr. swept both races at the circuit last season, and Ford hasn't visited Victory Lane there since Joey Logano took the checkered flag in 2013.

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Kevin Harvick – Harvick saved fuel early Sunday, which gave him the legs he needed to get the stage win while others coasted to the segment finish. He then tracked down Brad Keselowski to retake the lead and ultimately sweep both opening stages. From the rain delay to the finish it was a battle between him and teammate Clint Bowyer as the pair dueled for the win. With the victory, he claimed his second grand slam by winning both opening stages as well as the race. Harvick has two Kansas victories and has only failed

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