Elliott reverses fortunes in Dover for playoff victory

Elliott Wins at Dover, Locks Himself into Next Round of Playoffs

If something unusual happens to Kevin Harvick, it's more likely to happen at Dover International Speedway than anywhere else.

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Lap Leaders: K. Busch 1-15;K. Harvick 16-74;R. Stenhouse Jr. But Elliott says it's no time to let up.

And if you're feeling lucky, how about three-time Dover victor Matt Kenseth at 300-1?

After winning the race at Watkins Glen International in early August, the 22-year-old Dawsonville, Georgia native doubled his career win total by winning the 404-lap Gander Outdoors 400 at the four-turn, 1.0-mile (1.609-kilometer) Dover International Speedway oval in Dover, Delaware to open up the round of 12. Fans also could bet on myriad other professional sports after DE became the first of many states to legalize sports betting or consider it because of a Supreme Court ruling in May.

Because of a failed sports lottery experiment in 1976, DE was partially exempted from the 1992 federal ban on sports gambling that was recently struck down by the Supreme Court.

Johnson gave away the race before it really started. There are magazines that tout "Sports Betting: Vegas Style" in hotel rooms.

Ryan Blaney, who won last week's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, said he wouldn't tell his friends to bet on him to win Sunday's playoff race.

Elliott's win means he can breathe a bit easier as the series shifts to treacherous Talladega, where anything can happen on the superspeedway.

"We've had so many opportunities and been so close and had the auto to win and been in position and I don't know, it just seems to not come through", Almirola said. "I'll be watching the window that weekend".

"I think for '19 we'll have some rules that we'll put in place", NASCAR president Steve Phelps said Sunday after the drivers meeting for Sunday's Cup race. "They'll gravitate to NASCAR as most sponsors do because of the return on the investment they can get because of the visibility that it has". "Even if Denny would have passed us, which was certainly a possibility, it was still going to yield us more points than I think it would have had we pitted". "It's a cool little deal that they're allowing in that state". "I know better to not get too far ahead of myself and just the race".

Though NASCAR employees are prohibited from betting on races, the NASCAR rulebook doesn't explicitly outlaw betting by drivers or team members. Fans and bettors can place a few bucks on more than just the victor of the race.

"We were just lucky there and wound up dodging and weaving and being in the right place", he said. "What we're hoping for is, just the ability to broaden the field of wagering on sports to include NASCAR will somehow increase the interest in it".

With what was eventually diagnosed as a lower ball joint failure, Johnson took his vehicle to the garage for repairs and didn't reappear on the concrete until the Gander Outdoors 400 was 10 laps old.

Johnson, who holds the Dover record with 11 wins, was an early hit when he dropped off 12 kids' bikes at Martin Truex Jr's hauler as an apology of sorts for triggering a wreck last week at Charlotte that denied both drivers a shot at a win.

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