Harvick overcomes front end issue, back in front at halfway mark of Sprint Cup race in Dover

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Kevin Harvick is in the lead at the halfway point of Sunday’s AAA 400 Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

Harvick started from the pole and led the first 147 laps of the scheduled 400 laps.

At that point, Harvick yielded the lead to Keselowski, radioing in to his team and reporting a possible problem with the suspension in the front end of his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.

“We got a big problem,” Harvick said over his team radio. “The left front is slamming on the ground.”

However, after a caution following J.J. Yeley’s crash, Harvick beat Keselowski off pit road and regained the lead when the green flag fell on Lap 175.

Six-time and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who leads all drivers with nine wins at Dover – including this race last season as well as this year’s spring race – has consistently been in the top 10 through the race.

Here’s the running order of the top-10 at the halfway mark: Harvick (1st), Keselowski (2nd), Johnson (3rd), Matt Kenseth (4th) , Jeff Gordon (5th), Kyle Busch (6th), Denny Hamlin (7th), Kyle Larson (8th), Clint Bowyer (9th) and Joey Lgoano.

As for the four drivers that will potentially be eliminated from Chase advancement after today’s race, it’s not looking good for AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola at the midway point of the race.

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.