Kevin Harvick takes dominant win at Atlanta


After 17 years, the Nearer lastly sealed the deal once more at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Kevin Harvick, who received the Xfinity Sequence race on Saturday, dominated the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, main 173 laps en path to his 38th-career NASCAR Cup win.

“Superior job guys,” Harvick stated. “What a race automotive. It took 17-years to do what I’m about to do.”

For Harvick, it was the primary time he received at 1.54-mile monitor since his emotional victory in 2001, three races after stepping up and into the No. three Chevrolet vacated by the late Dale Earnhardt. And it was properly well worth the wait.

“I am simply so happy with all people on our workforce,” stated an elated Harvick. “That was the primary win (March 2001) in my profession and to have the ability to pay tribute to Dale was fairly cool. I’ve waited a very long time to try this. We have had so many days the place I believed we may try this right here.

“For 5 years this automotive as been so quick at this explicit race monitor, and a number of different ones. I like racing right here and it is good to be again on this Victory Lane. Lastly – it took some time!”

Harvick stated he and his workforce loved taking part in the function as “the automotive to beat” on Sunday.

“It was nice getting on this race automotive and understanding all people knew they needed to beat our automotive. I am simply actually, actually pleased with the whole lot that we have carried out at Stewart-Haas Racing during the last 5 years. It is an incredible begin to get ourselves within the playoffs and do the whole lot that we have to do. We overcame a number of issues right this moment, had a late-race restart that we drove off and received the race with.

“There have been so many demons that appeared to be upon us right here for a very long time.”

Harvick proceeded to do a burnout on the frontstretch then took a victory lap in entrance of the grandstand and held up three fingers to the followers.

Keselowski trailed Harvick to the road by 2.69-seconds. Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott rounded 

Kurt Busch’s crew gave him the lead out of the pits on Lap 173. The No. 41 Monster Power Ford led the sphere to the beginning of Stage three on Lap 178 adopted by Logano, Keselowski, Harvick, Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Larson, Bowyer, Blaney and Suarez. Kyle Busch jumped to 3rd on the restart however dropped to fourth behind Logano and Keselowski. Alex Bowman had a problem with a proper rear tire and was pressured to pit. 

Harvick handed Kyle Busch for fourth on Lap 182 and took third from Logano on the following lap. Hamlin ran sixth adopted by Bowyer, Larson, Blaney and Elliott.

Busch led 44 circuits by Lap 190 and had a one-second lead over Keselowski with Harvick patiently driving in third. Kyle Busch ran fourth adopted by Hamlin, Logano, Bowyer, Larson, Blaney and Suarez. Truex, Elliott, Stenhouse, Jones, Almirola, Austin Dillon and Menard remained on the lead lap.

Keselowski catched Kurt Busch in Flip 2 on Lap 196 however can’t make the cross. Busch goes excessive by Flip four on Lap 199 and Keselowski cruised by on the underside. Harvick follows on the following circuit for second. Busch drops to 3rd adopted by Kyle Busch, Bowyer, Hamlin, Logano, Larson, Suarez, Truex, Blaney, Elliott, Stenhouse, Almirola and Jones.

Kyle Busch ran excessive by Turns three and four and handed his brother for third on Lap 208. Keselowski relinquished the lead on Lap 214. Kyle Busch held the purpose for one lap earlier than pitting and turned the lead over to Hamlin. 

Six vehicles remained on the lead lap by Lap 220—Hamlin, Logano, Harvick, Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch. Hamlin and Logano had been playing on climate. Harvick, Keselowski and the Buschs cycled again to the lead lap. Suarez returned to the lead lap in seventh on Lap 223. Bowyer and Larson moved up on the following lap. 

Hamlin and Logano lastly pit on Lap 226 and Harvick inherited the lead adopted by Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Suarez, Bowyer, Larson, Truex, Elliott and Blaney. Stenhouse, Almirola and Jones remained on the lead lap. Hamlin cycled out to 14th, one lap down. By Lap 230, Hamlin returned to the lead lap and Logano ran 15th, one lap down.

Harvick’s lead was 6.258-seconds with 90 laps remaining. Keselowski held onto second adopted by Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Bowyer, Suarez, Larson, Truex, Elliott and Hamlin. Blaney ran 11th, the final automotive on the lead lap. Bowyer handed Kurt Busch for fourth on Lap 237. Blaney was lapped three circuits later.

With 80 laps remaining, 18-seconds separated Harvick and third-place Kyle Busch. Keselowski remained in second. Bowyer handed Kyle Busch for third utilizing the excessive line in Turns three and four on  Lap 247. 

Keselowski pitted from second on Lap 252. Harvick got here on the following circuit turning the lead over to Hamlin. Logano ran second adopted by Harvick, Elliott, Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Bowyer, Larson, Busch and Suarez on Lap 260. 

Elliott pitted from fifth on Lap 265 as Harvick took the lead from Hamlin, who had but to pit. Keselowski handed Logano on Lap 267 for third. Kyle Busch ran fifth adopted by Bowyer, Larson, Kurt Busch, Suarez and Truex.

Harvick held a four-second lead over Hamlin with 55 laps remaining. Hamlin and Logano had but to pit. Logano held onto fourth behind Keselowski. Ten vehicles remained on the lead lap. Hamlin pitted on Lap 274, Logano adopted on the following circuit. 

WIth 50 laps remaining, Harvick’s benefit was 10-seconds over Keselowski with eight vehicles on the lead lap. Harvick lapped his teammate Kurt Busch on Lap 281. 

Larson pit from fifth with 40 laps remaining, Harvick, Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Suarez got here in for service on Lap 288. Hamlin took the lead however Harvick cycled out to second with recent tires. He handed Hamlin for the lead by on the backstretch on Lap 290 with 35 circuits remaining. Logano was third however Keselowski handed him on Lap 292. Elliott ran fifth adopted by Bowyer, Larson and Kyle Busch.

Trevor Bayne’s race went up in smoke on Lap 296 on the backstretch as his engine failed popping out of Flip 2. Bubba Wallace was blinded by the smoke and bumped into the again of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Harvick’s lead was three-seconds over Hamlin.

Harvick led the sphere to pit street on Lap 299 adopted by Hamlin, Keselowski, Logano, Bowyer, Elliott, Larson and Kyle Busch.  The No. four Stewart-Haas Racing pit crew allowed Harvick to retain the lead out of the pits. Keselowski was second adopted by Hamlin, Logano, Bowyer, Elliott, Larson, Truex, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch on the Lap 305 restart. 

Harvick maintained the purpose as the sphere went four-wide into Flip 1. With 20 laps remaining, Harvick led adopted by Keselowski, Bowyer, Hamlin, Truex, Larson, Elliott, Logano, Kyle Bush and Kurt Busch.

Harvick’s lead was 1.844-seconds over Keselowski with 10 laps to go. Bowyer ran third adopted by Hamlin, Truex, Logano, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Larson and Elliott.