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OBSERVATIONS: AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway

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After a crazy pair of races the past two days, you could say the rain tamed Miles as the Dover International Speedway did not live up to it’s usual destructive reputation on Sunday for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism.

Now despite being a lack of wrecks, the race did have some action with battles for position, including Kevin Harvick vs. Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski for the lead, and William Byron vs. Erik Jones for the lucky dog spot at the end of the second stage.

If anybody is friends with the monster, it’d be Harvick as he dominated the event for his fourth win of the year. If Kyle Busch‘s streak last night put any dent into a belief that the No. 4 Ford would be a championship favorite, this victory is to serve as notion that is not true. Don’t be surprised if the Stewart-Haas Racing driver goes on another terror, either, as he won at Kansas Speedway in 2016 and has completed the feat three times at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Speaking of Busch, he served as a good challenger, though, running in the top-five until a broken driveshaft took him out of contention. So don’t worry about the speed of the No. 18 Toyota as that is still there.

When the weekend began, it was believed that Chevrolet could be in victory lane, including a pole by Kyle Larson. However, issues in pre-race technical inspection with the splitter and a pit road penalty ruined his chances of victory. He managed to fight back to 10th, though, so nice job salvaging the day at least. The other Chevrolet joining him in the top-10 – Jimmie Johnson in ninth, where he ran most of the event if we’re being honest. 

Entering the season, it was believed the new car would benefit Chevrolet in getting them back up front. However, so far, they have struggled to find a handle on the new Camaro nose. While some weeks have seen progress, it’s a little daunting to think about their title chances right now. Sometimes it’s better to stick with what you know, as evidenced by other two manufactures. So much for Brad Keselowski thinking that Ford would be out to lunch this year, huh?

Shout-out to Daniel Suarez for scoring his best oval finish to date with a third. It seems the sophomore campaign is treating the Joe Gibbs Racing driver well, as he has one top-fives and four top-10’s in 11 races, compared to one top-five and 12 top-10’s in a whole season.

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.