BUSCH: Dover: Kevin Harvick race notes

Harvick Crashes, Finishes 29th at Dover DOVER, Del. (June 6) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick dominated the first 130 laps of Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Dover International Speedway, but a crash with 54 laps remaining...

Harvick Crashes, Finishes 29th at Dover

DOVER, Del. (June 6) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick dominated the first 130 laps of Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Dover International Speedway, but a crash with 54 laps remaining took him out of contention for the win. Harvick finished 29th.

"Our car was really fast today," Harvick said. "This was the fastest Busch car that I have ever had at Dover. It's just a shame that we got caught in a wreck. The REESE'S Chevrolet was fast enough to win the race."

Qualifying was rained out, and the REESE'S Racing team merited the second starting spot since it is second in the owners standings.

Harvick, who started in front on the outside row, passed Carl Edwards on the first lap around Dover International Speedway and led 77 of the next 120 laps. Harvick would lead the field by as much as three seconds during parts of the race.

On lap 136 of 200, while in second place, Harvick brought the REESE'S Chevy down pit road for his fourth pit stop of the day. Harvick asked for some minor adjustments and four new tires due to tight conditions on the REESE'S Chevy. Harvick exited pit road in the third spot.

"Happy" Harvick's good day ended there. While running in the third spot on lap 146, Harvick was involved in a wreck with Kyle Busch. The REESE'S Chevy suffered extensive damage, but was able to maintain minimum speed and tally laps to gain valuable points. Despite leading the most laps, 86, and having one of the strongest cars in the field, Harvick finished 29th.

Despite the poor luck, Harvick still beat Carl Edwards (31st), so the REESE'S Racing team continues to cut the gap between it and Edwards' team in the Busch Series Owners' Points Standings. Sixty-eight points separate the top two teams.

Harvick's teammate, Clint Bowyer, finished 19th. Bowyer is fourth in the drivers standings, 140 points short of Edwards' series-leading total.

Martin Truex Jr. stole the lead from Harvick and held the lead for the win. Reed Sorenson, Jamie McMurray, Dale Jarrett and Jimmie Johnson finished second through fifth, respectively.

Brandon Miller returns to the driver's seat of the REESE'S Chevrolet Saturday, June 11, at Nashville Superspeedway. The FX television network will begin its coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Brandon Miller , Clint Bowyer , Reed Sorenson