This article is part of our NASCAR Barometer series.Kevin Harvick may have dominated Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway, but it was Chase Elliott who took advantage of others' problems to come out on top in an overtime finish. The win was his second of the season and assures his spot among the final eight championship contenders to relieve him of the pressure other playoff contenders will feel heading to Talladega Superspeedway this week. Elliott led just 11 of the race's 404 laps, but the final one could have been the most important of his season so far.
Two races remain in the second round of playoffs, and drivers coming out of Dover with work to do include Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman. Both Bowyer and Almirola looked likely to exit Dover with their playoff hopes in good stead, but late problems dropped both into the danger zone ahead of Talladega.
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