NASCAR News – Winners, Losers and Impostors at Dover
Kevin Harvick was the winner at Dover on Sunday, in a race he HAD to win to advance to the next round of the championship - the Contender Round of the Chase.
Kyle Busch finished 2nd followed by Earnhardt, Jr.,McMurray, Almirola, Kahne, Kenseth, Stenhouse, Jr.,Larson, and Logano.
According to Jayski.com, here are the 12 drivers advancing to the Contender Round:
1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 3000
2) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 3000
3) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 win], 3000
4) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 3000
5) #78-Martin Truex, Jr. [1 win], 3000
6) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 3000
7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3000
8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 3000 points
9) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 3000
10) #31-Ryan Newman, 3000
11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 3000
12) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 3000
Dale Jr passed Jamie McMurray on the last restart to finish third. Junior and McMurray finished tied for the 12th spot, but the tie-breaker was who'd had the best finish during this round. Since these were the best finishes for both - Junior took the spot. Jimmie Johnson had the rear axle seal of the #48 blow out early in the race. He finished in 42nd place with not enough points to qualify for the next round.
But the best story happened Saturday after the Dover XFINITY race, won by Regan Smith. According to the Associated Press, after the race, Jason was supposed to be interviewed by the press, but a man, who was not identified, sat down at the Dover media center press conference table and answered questions from the press, before he was asked to leave. The man, wearing a yellow rain slicker, answered the first question about how Regan won the race.
"We made a few adjustments and that's what made the difference today.," the man said.
He then answered a question from a NASCAR reporter on the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers chasing Smith for the win.
"I was nervous, but the way we kept on driving, I thought we had a chance and we just hung on for the rest of the race," he said.
A NASCAR spokesman asked the man his name and why he was there.
"Jordan, I'm a big NASCAR fan and I'm glad to be here," he said.
He then left the media center.
The Sprint Cup Series moves to Charlotte on Saturday night for the Bank of America 500. TV coverage will be on NBC. Green flag is scheduled for 7:16PM
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