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The 2018 Gander Outdoors 400 (Dover) was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on October 7, 2018 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Contested over 404 laps -- extended from 400 laps due to an overtime finish, on the one-mile (1.6 km) concrete speedway, it was the 30th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, fourth race of the Playoffs, and the first race of the Round of 12.
What looked like a Stewart-Haas Racing victory parade for much of Sunday afternoon ended in a wild overtime scramble, with Chase Elliott taking the checkered flag in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway.
On considerably older tires, Elliott pulled ahead and cleared runner-up Denny Hamlin through Turns 1 and 2 after a restart on Lap 403 and powered his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet across the finish line .265 second ahead of Hamlin’s Toyota.
With the victory — his second of the season and the second of his career — Elliott punched his ticket into the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, extricating himself from the bottom four in the postseason standings.
For a long stretch after a restart on Lap 248, the four Stewart-Haas drivers — Harvick, Almirola, Bowyer and Kurt Busch — ran 1-2-3-4. But Bowyer had to a pit with a flat tire on Lap 382, after racing side-by-side with Ryan Newman, Harvick had his issue on pit road, and Almirola lost his winning chances when Bowyer hit the wall late in the race.
Harvick leaves Dover with a five-point lead over Kyle Busch. After the Oct. 21 race at Kansas, the playoff field will be trimmed from 12 drivers to eight. Result List
Drivers standings after round
3/Martin Truex Jr./3069
12/Alex Bowman/3009 FanartBannerPotential Filenames
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