FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Kevin Harvick went across the exterior of Martin Truex for the lead on the 324th of 334 laps, then stayed in entrance the remainder of the way in which to win the Cup Sequence race at Texas on Sunday and earn his championship shot in NASCAR’s finale.
Truex had led 107 laps and was nonetheless up entrance till his bobble on the backstretch that allowed Harvick to take the lead. However Truex, the factors chief who has received three of the eight playoff races, additionally locked into one of many 4 championship-contending spots at Homestead in two weeks.
Harvick and Kyle Busch clinched championship photographs with their wins throughout the third spherical of the playoffs. That leaves just one spot up for grabs subsequent week at Phoenix.
Harvick received his first Cup win on the 1 1/2-mile high-banked Texas Motor Speedway, the place he had received 5 Xfinity Sequence races and as soon as in a NASCAR Truck race.
“It has been a very long time coming,” Harvick stated. “Nice to verify that one off.”
After doing an extended burnout alongside the frontstretch within the No. four Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick went to Victory Lane, the place the Texas celebration was lacking the standard firing of six-shooters by the winner.
TMS officers bypassed the usage of the pistols after a person opened fireplace inside a church in a small neighborhood about 300 miles south of the observe close to San Antonio earlier Sunday. Authorities in South Texas stated the shooter killed greater than 20 folks and wounded a minimum of 10 others earlier than being killed or killing himself.
Denny Hamlin, one other of the playoff contenders, completed third, whereas Brad Keselowski was fifth and Ryan Blaney sixth. Chase Elliott completed eighth, and his teammate Jimmie Johnson handled a unfastened automotive all day and completed 27th.
Keselowski dropped from third to fourth in factors, 57 behind Truex. Hamlin is fifth within the standings, adopted by Ryan Blaney, Elliott and seventh-time Cup champion Johnson.
Harvick felt he had an excellent automotive all day, and at last had the possibility to get round Truex for the final time after he saved driving deep into the primary flip. Harvick led 5 occasions for 38 laps.
“I knew I wanted to do one thing totally different to be able to get previous Martin. I attempted to simply begin driving it in there and we saved going sooner and sooner,” Harvick stated. “I saved driving it in there and one lap I received shut sufficient to get the air off the again of his automotive. I truly received to the surface and was in a position to move him on the surface.”