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Race 30 of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway

With no qualifying taking place due to rain, the starting order was finalized based on points standings.

Kyle Busch leads Kevin Harvick at the start of the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover.

Brad Keselowski runs in 3rd ahead of Kurt Busch followed by Joey Logano who rounds out the Top 5.

On Lap 16, Harvick gets around Ky. Busch on the inside towards Turn 3 & 4 for the race lead.

Not long later, Brad Keselowski pushed Ky. Busch down to 3rd.

Through the 2nd half of the opening installment, some drivers head to pit road while some stay out.

Over the course of Stage 1 & 2, Kevin Harvick swooped in with mini victories at Dover.

Martin Truex Jr. picked up four spots on pit road during the stage break as he’s 5th behind Kyle Busch.

Following an indifferent Stage 1, Erik Jones first broke into the Top 10 as he battles Denny Hamlin for 9th.

Martin Truex Jr. battles out in 3rd as he tries to close down both Stewart-Haas cars of Bowyer & Harvick.

Kyle Busch continues to struggle with the track bar having slipped from the Top 5 to 9th behind Hamlin.

Last two hours of racing

At the start of Stage 3, a large bunch of Stewart-Haas leads the line towards Lap 250:

  • Kevin Harvick, Lead
  • Aric Almirola, 2nd
  • Clint Bowyer, 3rd
  • Kurt Busch, 4th

But, the green-flag pit stop drama on Lap 320 saw Stewart-Haas domination split.

Bowyer suffers some body damage firsthand with another driver.

Not long later, Harvick had to pit twice to avoid a possible loose wheel.

Although, Almirola took the keys up front for a while.

There is no in-race hold up for most of today until it finally came out on Lap 338 for debris.

No one couldn’t challenge Almirola as he’s on the verge of steering his No.10 into victory lane.

Though, on Lap 396, Almirola’s chance of winning at Dover all went wrong.

Not only he spun off through the last restart off Clint Bowyer’s crash from Lap 381.

But Almirola bumped alongside Brad Keselowski which signaled a red flag.

Thanks to a fantastic late drive from Chase Elliott, he went onto to hold Denny Hamlin for the race win at Dover.

It’s the second time that C.Elliott won a Cup Series race in his career:

  • First on a road course back in August
  • First time on a short track or oval today


  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Erik Jones
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Austin Dillon
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  10. Daniel Suarez
  11. Ryan Blaney
  12. Kyle Larson
  13. Aric Almirola
  14. Brad Keselowski
  15. Martin Truex Jr.
  16. Paul Menard
  17. Ryan Newman
  18. Jamie McMurray
  19. William Byron
  20. Matt Kenseth
  21. Regan Smith
  22. AJ Allmendinger
  23. Bubba Wallace
  24. David Ragan
  25. Chris Buescher
  26. Michael McDowell
  27. Matt DiBenedetto
  28. Alex Bowman
  29. Ty Dillon
  30. Corey LaJoie
  31. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  32. JJ Yeley
  33. Landon Cassill
  34. BJ McLeod
  35. Clint Bowyer
  36. Jimmie Johnson
  37. Ross Chastain
  38. Harrison Rhodes
  39. Timmy Hill

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