#1 Kevin Harvick’s misfortune
Time to be honest with yourself again.
While Chase Elliott was indeed at the right place, at the right time and made the most of the opportunity, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was pure luck. Maybe this is better than the unluckiness that Elliott was subjected to before he finally broke through for his big win at Watkins Glen, but it doesn’t change the fact that it means nothing.
With that being said, if Kevin Harvick hadn’t gotten penalized for a loose lug nut and forced a lap down, he would have walked away with the win and a guaranteed spot in the final eight. As for Elliott, he would have probably finished in the top five and maybe put himself in a position to make the final eight, but not by virtue of winning.
In the end, everyone else’s misfortune was Chase Elliott’s fortune and that’s exactly why he won at Dover. Nothing more, nothing less.