Kevin Harvick still strong, tops final Sprint Cup practice at Dover

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Pardon me for having a Captain Obvious moment, but Kevin Harvick is definitely looking like the one to beat for tomorrow’s Challenger Round finale at Dover International Speedway.

After leading the first Sprint Cup practice session and qualifying on the pole yesterday, Harvick has ended the lead-up to the AAA 400 by claiming top honors in final practice with a lap of 157.089 mph.

Brad Keselowski’s lap of 156.379 mph was good enough for P2 in the session. He was followed by Jeff Gordon in third at 155.952 mph, Denny Hamlin in fourth at 155.858 mph, and Aric Almirola in fifth at 155.380 mph.

Keselowski has maintained a stout pace through the practices, but noted that it’s been hard to keep up with how the Monster Mile has evolved over the weekend.

“The track just keeps changing drastically,” Keselowski told Fox Sports. “We see that in the pace – about a good half a second faster in this practice than we were the last practice.

“Usually, it’s the opposite here, so I think that’s kind of thrown everyone for a loop.”

Jamie McMurray was the lone non-Chase competitor in the Top 10 speeds for final practice, slotting in seventh (155.273) behind sixth-place Kasey Kahne and ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch in eighth, ninth, and 10th respectively.

The other Chasers fared like this: Carl Edwards in 11th, Kurt Busch in 14th, A.J. Allmendinger in 16th, Matt Kenseth in 17th, Joey Logano in 18th, Greg Biffle in 20th, and Ryan Newman in 23rd.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AT DOVER – Final Practice

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.