Harvick Warrants His Shot At NASCAR Cup Title With Victory In Texas

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Harvick now has eight victories in 2018, and 45 in his career. "I thought if I could keep him from finishing the corner, I could drive back by him". "It all worked out".

Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the AAA Texas 500 and clinching a position in the NASCAR Championship 4.

After restarting on the inside on two late-race restarts, Harvick went up top for the overtime restart and secured his eighth win of the season.

Currently, the third and fourth spots in the playoff race belong to Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., with Truex holding a 25-point lead over Kurt Busch for fourth place.

The same is true for sixth-place Texas finisher Chase Elliott (39 points below the cut line).

Logano was third at Texas.

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"You never want to lose those types of days", said Harvick, who has finished in the top three in six of the last 10 races at TMS. Aric Almirola (eighth Sunday) and Clint Bowyer (26, after contact with Denny Hamlin's Toyota on Lap 1) are both in must-win situations.

Logano flew off-line on the restart as Harvick got a stellar jump to beat Blaney.

Harvick was on the inside again for the next restart, but Blaney was able to get by him for the lead. After Harvick regained the lead, he held it until a late caution forced a two-lap overtime session. Blaney was the only challenger he really had, and that only came on restarts. On the previous restart on Lap 311 of a scheduled 334, following caution for Matt DiBenedetto's hard crash into the inside wall on the backstretch, Harvick picked the inside lane, and Blaney cleared him off Turn 2. The last one, he took the top, like I knew he was going to go. "He motored around me".

The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19, driven by Daniel Suárez, and the JTG-Daugherty No. 37 driven by Chris Buescher have also changed engines and will start the AAA 500 from the back. He then recovered from a pass-through penalty and a loose tire, managing to fight his way back to a ninth place finish. "Happy about that for sure", he said.

"We've been working day after day to make speed", Harvick explained after the checkered flag. "The only difference is there's one less spot available". Now Almirola is upset with Logano after one of the late restarts in Texas.

"I'm really, really proud of everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for these cars we've had for five years now", Harvick said. "When Homestead comes around, if I'm not in, he'll know it".

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