Kevin Harvick fends off Blaney in overtime to win at Texas

NASCAR apologizes to No. 48 team for errant penalty			Image by Russell LaBounty  LAT

NASCAR apologizes to No. 48 team for errant penalty Image by Russell LaBounty LAT

Harvick led 177 of the 337 laps.

Kevin Harvick gave the checkered flag to a young fan he brought onto the track to take a selfie - one with the winning driver and vehicle that will have a shot at another NASCAR Cup championship.

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"I guess from our standpoint now, we got one in". Elliott was sixth, followed by Kurt Busch and Almirola, who had also gone to the rear at the start of the race for unapproved body modifications. He nearly won last week at Martinsville to ensure the chance for a championship repeat before Joey Logano's bump-and-run move on the last lap. The 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion showed his motivation that was sparked by last week's playoff finish where he and Logano clashed, forcing him to relinquish the lead and end up in third. As the leader, Harvick took the outside line for the third restart in the last 35 laps.

Harvick led 53 of the first 85 laps of the scheduled 334-lap race Sunday at the 1 ½-mile track.

With Harvick and Martinsville victor Joey Logano in the No. 22 Ford of Team Penske locked in, the series goes to Phoenix next week with only two spots up for grabs for the championship run at Homestead.

Kyle Busch was 17th and Bowyer 26th after starting on the front row but making contact with Denny Hamlin on the first lap.

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Harvick took the top line on the restart, and after Blaney pulled slightly ahead, Harvick rocketed past him and held on for the victory.

Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer are in must-win situations.

The first hiccup for Truex was starting the 334-lap race from the rear of the field due to an engine change following Saturday's final practice. Upon returning to the race, he had fallen to last, though he returned to pit road again for further repairs. I think we need a little more speed to run with the Fords - they're clearly really, really fast right now and if we're off just a little bit we can't run with them. Behind him were Blaney, Truex, Keselowski, Logano, Almirola, Jones, Kurt Busch, Suárez, and Elliott. However, Harvick fought back to reclaim the lead on lap 317, and with the blessing of clean air began to separate himself from the pack.

He passed inspection on the third try, and should have been able to start in his original qualifying spot. "So, whatever the tower says is the way it is", Johnson said.

Harvick was one of the few playoff contenders who was able to put his day together.

Kevin Harvick has also won the second stage at the NASCAR Cup race in Texas, the fourth time this season he's won both stages in a race. But considering the emotional roller coaster that Truex and the Furniture Row Racing team went through the ninth-place place overtime finish looked pretty, pretty good. However, a three-car incident involving Bubba Wallace, Chris Buescher, and Matt Dibenedetto caused headache for more than just the latter who suffered major damage late in the race.

Kevin Harvick takes a photo with a young fan after winning a NASCAR Cup auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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