Published On: Sat, Oct 13th, 2018

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Harvick Back on Top in Points

Kevin Harvick reclaimed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points lead last weekend at Dover International Raceway with a valiant sixth-place finish and dominant 286 laps out front to take a five-point advantage over Kyle Busch heading into Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Kevin Harvick reclaimed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points lead last weekend at Dover International Raceway with a valiant sixth-place finish and dominant 286 laps out front to take a five-point advantage over Kyle Busch heading into Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

As good a season as Harvick has had in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford – seven wins and a series-best 25 top 10s – this is only the third time he’s topped the championship standings (also after ISM Raceway-1 and Indianapolis). And he’s never held the lead more than a week. 

Harvick hopes he can sustain this week. He and regular season champion Kyle Busch each have one previous win at Talladega – both of those coming a while ago. Harvick won in the spring of 2010 while driving for Richard Childress Racing. Busch won in 2008, also in the spring.

Harvick’s best finish in the fall Talladega race is runner-up back in 2004. He crashed out in the 2017 ‘Dega Playoff race, collected in a 16-car accident with 15 laps remaining.

He has five top-10 finishes in the last nine races at the track and led laps in seven of those. This three-race second round Playoff stage (at Dover, Del., Talladega and Kansas), however, looks favorable for the 2014 champion. He won at Dover and Kansas earlier this year and won the pole position at both Talladega and Kansas. After leading a race-best 286 laps at Dover last Sunday, he had a pit road issue late in the race and still rallied to finish sixth – best among the “Big 3” (also including Busch, who finished eighth and Martin Truex Jr., who finished 15th)

Source & Photo Credit: NASCAR

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