DOVER, Del. — Kevin Harvick was flanked by his Stewart-Haas Racing team on the Victory Lane stage when a photographer yelled at the group, “What are you holding up?”

“Four!” they shouted in unison.

Harvick, team owner Tony Stewart and the rest flashed their fingers Four Horsemen-style and let out a “Wooo!” before they uncorked the champagne and sprayed anyone in their sights.

The checkered flag collection keeps growing at SHR, and Harvick is leading the way.

Harvick dominated a race interrupted by rain and drove to his Cup Series-high fourth victory of the season Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Harvick reeled off three straight wins at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix earlier this season and now has the 60-pound Miles the Monster trophy to add to his collection.

Harvick swept the first two stages Sunday and easily chased down teammate Clint Bowyer in the final stage after a 41-minute delay. Bowyer had asked for a rain dance when the race was stopped with 80 laps left.

Once it resumed, Harvick waltzed his way to victory. He led 201 of 400 laps and took the lead for good with 62 laps left.

“You knew he was going to be the one that you were going to have to beat for the win,” Bowyer said.

Harvick’s 41st career Cup victory gives him nine top-10 finishes and eight top-fives in 11 starts this season. He held four fingers out the window as he took a victory lap on the mile concrete track, where he won for the second time.

Bowyer was second, followed by Daniel Suarez, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch. SHR had three cars in the top five with Harvick, Bowyer and Busch.

“Three cars in the top five says a lot about where we are as a company,” Harvick said. “It’s fun racing your teammate.”

SHR has never won more than six races in a season in its 10-year history but already has five wins this year. Bowyer ended a six-year winless drought at Martinsville in March.

Here’s what else happened at Dover:

KYLE BUSCH OUT

Kyle Busch failed to finish a race for the first time this season because of a broken drive shaft on the No. 18 Toyota.

Busch, who had complained of a vibration for most of the race, was running third when the part finally broke and dumped oil across the track.

DOVER DATE

Dover had its earliest Cup date since the track opened in 1969.

“NASCAR and the networks, they have a pretty tough job of balancing everything out,” said the track president, Mike Tatoian. “If you look at the overall NASCAR schedule, it may be an improvement. But that means some tracks get the short end of the stick, some tracks get the benefit from it. From our perspective, if we had our choice, of course we’d go later.”

BACK IT UP

Pole sitter Kyle Larson was sent to the back of the field because his No. 42 Chevrolet failed prerace inspection three times. Larson had won his fifth career pole and was a heavy favorite on the strength of two runner-up finishes at the track.

Alex Bowman and Austin Dillon also were sent to the rear because of inspection issues. Larson and Bowman lost their car chiefs, and both teams were docked 30 minutes of practice next week at Kansas Speedway.


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