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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