Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Kevin Harvick dominates Stage 2 at Texas

Kevin Harvick dominates Stage 2 at Texas

Of his 32 starts in the Lone Star State, his only two wins are the last two fall races, but those are among his 20 top-10 finishes there.

"We were a third place auto and that restart there where we finally were in position we fought all day from the back and started at the tail and worked diligently all day to get up to the front and finally got ourselves in position to at least have a shot and race with those guys", Almirola said of the final restart of the day. We finally knocked that barrier down (with a win in last year's Playoff race at TMS).

Kevin Harvick stayed ahead of Blaney and Logano when things went green for a clean sweep of the afternoon, gaining a heap of points while also securing his spot in the championship round at Miami-Homestead on November 18. Like I told you guys before the race, we don't race for points, we race for wins. Buescher's JTG-Daugherty organization is using a Hendrick Motorsports engine for the first time next season. Harvick, who started third, won the first stage and then followed it up with a win in the second stage.

Blaney held on to finish second.

"I thought if I could keep him from finishing the corner I could drive back by him", Harvick said. Today he has earned his way in and he is going to attempt to be triumphant in another race and see what can be done on the home ground. 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.

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"We've been working day after day to make speed", Harvick explained after the checkered flag.

Harvick left no doubt he was the vehicle to beat Sunday. He finished 17, the last driver on the lead lap. He also had a pass-through penalty during the race for driving through too many pit boxes, and was a lap down before getting that back one the first of the late cautions.

Erik jones ran fourth for the third time in the last five races.

It did happen for Harvick, who won't change plans for next weekend's race in Phoenix despite already being locked into the championship after his 45th career win.

However, Almirola now trails the Championship 4 cut line by 57 points, meaning that he must win the final race of the round of 8, the Can-Am 500, at ISM Raceway in order to advance to the Championship 4. Aric Almirola (eighth Sunday) and Clint Bowyer (26, after contact with Denny Hamlin's Toyota on Lap 1) are both in must-win situations.

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