Harvick Wins at Bristol in Round 1 Finale


Kevin Harvick won the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night for his ninth win of the season.

Harvick raced with Kyle Busch over the final 50 laps, and the two swapped the lead while getting around lapped traffic.

Busch was not able to get to Harvick’s back bumper in the closing laps, but Harvick said he almost gave away the victory while getting around the slower cars.

“To beat Kyle Busch at Bristol, I kind of put myself in a little bit of a ringer there,” Harvick said.  “I hit a lapped car and got a hole in my nose.”

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“We just kept fighting; we’ve got nothing else to lose.  We were here to try and win a race.”

Busch, who is still winless in 2020, said Harvick’s speed throughout the race was just too much to overcome.

“Just didn’t have enough there at the end,” Busch said.  “Guys did a great job and gave me a really good piece tonight to contend and at least be up there to be close.”

“Lapped cars were definitely a problem, but it’s part of racing.  [Harvick] obviously had the better car.”

Bristol was the final race in the first round of NASCAR’s Playoffs, and four drivers were eliminated from Playoff contention.  Following the race on Saturday night, Cole Custer, William Byron, Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto saw their championship hopes come to an end.

Unofficial results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Erik Jones
  4. Tyler Reddick
  5. Aric Almirola
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Chase Elliott
  8. Chris Buescher
  9. Ryan Preece
  10. Michael McDowell
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Austin Dillon
  13. Ryan Blaney
  14. Matt Kenseth
  15. Kurt Busch
  16. Alex Bowman
  17. Jimmie Johnson
  18. Ty Dillon
  19. Matt DiBenedetto
  20. John Hunter Nemechek
  21. Denny Hamlin
  22. Bubba Wallace
  23. Cole Custer
  24. Martin Truex Jr.
  25. Ryan Newman
  26. Daniel Suarez
  27. Gray Gaulding
  28. Christopher Bell
  29. Quin Houff
  30. JJ Yeley
  31. Joey Gase
  32. Garrett Smithley
  33. Corey LaJoie
  34. Brad Keselowski
  35. James Davison
  36. Reed Sorenson
  37. Timmy Hill
  38. William Byron
  39. Josh Bilicki
  40. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.