NSCS: Blown Tire Spoils Harvick’s Dominant Afternoon in Dover


DOVER, Del. — Entering Sunday’s AAA 400 at the Dover International Speedway, Kevin Harvick needing nothing more than to end the race in one piece and finish higher than 35th.

Nobody seemed to have told the Stewart-Haas Racing driver that, however.

Starting from the pole position and leading a total of 223 laps at that point, Kevin Harvick blew a left front tire while in the lead on lap 252. This opened the door for Brad Keselowski to take the lead with 140 laps to go.

Eerily similar to the spring race at Dover back in June, Harvick looked to be the driver in charge before a tire failure forced him to pit road, losing precious track position. During the pit stop shortly before the failure, the team missed a lugnut on the left front wheel — the same one that went flat.

After a pit stop to repair the minimal damage to the front splitter to the No.4 Chevrolet, Harvick has been unable to advance positions on track — but has been able to stay on the lead lap and in the top 20 when the leader hit less than 100 laps to go. Entering Dover, Harvick sat a firm 41 points up on 13th-place Denny Hamlin.

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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