By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Mobil 1 Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick was unbeatable on Sunday, as Miles the Monster couldn’t even stop him. Not only did the North Carolina native win the race, but he also won the first two stages of the race.
Harvick picked up his seventh win of the season in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.
The Stewart Haas Racing driver now leads the Cup Series with the most wins. He surpassed a tie with Denny Hamlin, who won Saturday’s Drydene event at Dover.
Harvick also won the regular season championship with the win.
“It’s something that we’ve never done before, so any time you can do something for the first time is definitely fun to accomplish, and I think in this instance, it definitely pays dividends in the playoff points,” Harvick said. “Look, that’s really what you want to accomplish in the regular season is to gain as many playoff points as you can. We’ve done that by winning races. We’ve done that by — we’ve done that in a number of different ways throughout the year of just trying to be consistent and make up days that things aren’t going good and make finishes out of them.
“It’s been a great 25 weeks, and hopefully we can have a good week in Daytona and see where it all falls after that.”
Martin Truex Jr. — who has three career wins at Dover — picked up his second straight second-place finish. He also was second during the first Drydene 311 on Saturday.
“I think we were second at Kentucky, too, like right there before that,” Truex Jr. said of his consistency of seven straight Top 3 finishes. “Definitely been good to run right out front, be running top 3. That’s where you need to be running to make your way through the playoffs. Obviously, I wish, we could have won a few more. Our bonus point situation is not the greatest, and that’s something that we’ve really been working hard on trying to get some more here lately.
“Just seems like we’re always just right there second or third. Overall it was good. It’s good momentum. It’s good to be consistent. We’ve just got to keep working to find a little bit more.”
Jimmie Johnson — who is expected to retire from full-time competition at the end of the season — finished third. This tied his best finish of the season, as he also finished third at the Food City Presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.