Harvick’s Dominance Continues with Kansas Victory


Kevin Harvick won the KC Masterpiece 400 from Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.

Harvick led 79 laps on his way to victory lane on Sunday to continue his dominant season.  The victory was Harvick’s fifth in just 12 races this season.

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Even after running up front for most of the race, Harvick said his car struggled with handling.

“Wasn’t really happy with it,” Harvick said.  “I think we can make it a lot better when we come back.”

Harvick restarted sixth on the final restart with 10 laps to go, but he was able to run down Martin Truex Jr. to take the lead with two laps to go.  Harvick said he knew he would have to change his racing line if he wanted a shot at Truex.

“I was tight on the bottom, so I just started driving it up top,” Harvick said.  “I was either going to drive it into the wall or win this race.”

Truex didn’t run up front throughout the day, but a strategy call by crew chief Cole Pearn got him to the lead late.  Truex said his team overachieved on a night when the car’s handling wasn’t very good.

“Good strategy call by Cole, just…a hell of an effort by our team,” Truex said.  “We definitely had to fight hard, we were awful to start the race.  We definitely over-achieved, so that’s always good.”

Unofficial results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Kyle Larson
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Paul Menard
  7. Erik Jones
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Aric Almirola
  10. Kyle Busch
  11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  12. Chase Elliott
  13. David Ragan
  14. Brad Keselowski
  15. Clint Bowyer
  16. AJ Allmendinger
  17. Austin Dillon
  18. Alex Bowman
  19. Jimmie Johnson
  20. Michael McDowell
  21. Kasey Kahne
  22. Matt DiBenedetto
  23. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  24. Corey LaJoie
  25. Landon Cassill
  26. Ross Chastain
  27. Reed Sorenson
  28. Daniel Suarez
  29. Gray Gaulding
  30. Ryan Newman
  31. Jamie McMurray
  32. Timmy Hill
  33. William Byron
  34. Chris Buescher
  35. BJ McLeod
  36. Matt Kenseth
  37. Ryan Blaney
  38. Ty Dillon