Just like Pocono, Kevin Harvick swaps doubleheader victories with Denny Hamlin. The win Sunday afternoon gives Harvick his seventh of the 2020 season and 56th of his career. Harvick also clinched the 2020 regular season Cup Series championship.
The NASCAR Cup Series closed out a busy weekend at Dover International Speedway and a busy Sunday in motorsports.
Matt DiBenedetto would lead the field to green and would hold serve until lap five when a caution would come out after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun off of Joey Logano’s nose. Chase Elliott would run into the back of Kyle Busch and collect enough damage to end his day. Joey Gase and Garrett Smithley were also involved.
Pit strategy would come into play early as Ryan Blaney and William Byron stayed out to try to earn stage points. However, it would be Kevin Harvick storming his way to the front to win stage one. It was his sixth stage win of the year. Byron would collect vital stage points as he picked up eight to put him two points ahead of his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson on the playoff cutline.
A red flag would be displayed on lap 75 to fix a concrete patch in the restart zone.
Harvick would go on to win stage two to sweep the stages. Byron would finish ahead of Johnson in the stage once again after Johnson had a speeding penalty on pit road. It would extend his cutline lead to five.
Early in the final stage, Denny Hamlin had to pit due to a reported loose wheel and fell two laps down.
With 23 laps to go, Corey LaJoie would bring out a caution to bunch the field together for a late-race shootout.
Johnson would win the race off pit road after taking a two-tire pit stop. However, it would not be enough to hold off Harvick or Martin Truex Jr., but it still paid off as he finished third, in front of Byron, who finished fourth. This was Byron’s first top-five finish of 2020.
There is only a nine-point difference on the playoff cutline from 15th(DiBenedetto) to 17th(Johnson).
Alex Bowman scored his first top-10 finish since Kansas last month and earned his first top-five finish since NASCAR’s return at Darlington in May.
Austin Dillon and Cole Custer rounded out the top 10. It was Dillon’s seventh top-10 finish of the year, which is his most since 2016(13).
The Cup Series will close out the regular season and set the 16-driver playoff field next Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.