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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Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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