Richmond, Virginia — 65 straight losses. 2 wins in a row.
Kevin Harvick could also be driving the last word U-turn.
Harvick took his second straight victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Sequence 400-lap race at Richmond Raceway, underlining the energy of Rodney Childers’ Ford staff because the Cup playoffs method. He completed 0.441 seconds forward of Christopher Bell.
After months of hypothesis that the 46-year-old veteran Harvick will miss the playoffs, now he appears like he will be a part of the seek for a second Cup championship.
Please name me Mr. August.
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“It is identical to I stated final week[after winning Michigan],” Harvick informed NBC Sports activities’ Marty Snyder. “The automobile has been working nicely each week. After the primary run, we have been in a position to enhance the dealing with of the automobile lots.”
That is the sixtieth Harvick’s Cup win of his profession, however his first in Richmond since 2013. He received the Michigan Worldwide Speedway final week and fell wanting a 65-race successful streak.
Harvick confirmed spectacular energy within the third stage of the race because the staff experimented with totally different pit methods. He held off each challenger, together with Chris Buescher and Bell, who chased Harvick within the closing levels in an try and take his first win of the yr.
Buescher completed third, adopted by Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney.
Two races, Watkins Glen, New York and Daytona Seaside, Florida, stay on the common season schedule. Blaney’s Sunday run stored him forward of Truex within the remaining playoff spot.
The race was usually calm within the first two levels. Ross Chastain led all the first stage (70 laps) and his ten laps thereafter. Logano took the lead within the second stage, main a complete of 139 laps over the 2 levels.
The beginning of the third stage was a multitude. Chastain made contact with Kyle Busch, sending each automobiles into the slide. Eric Jones and Truex’s automobile was broken within the scuffle.
Busch tapped the flip three wall early within the race however escaped with minimal harm.
Harvick handed Logano for the lead on lap 334 and went forward with 48 laps to go through the spherical of pit stops.
“Trying again during the last 9 or ten years at Stewart Haas and my expertise in RCR, I’ve been lucky sufficient to work with a variety of nice individuals who drive quick automobiles and stroll the street to victory. Harvick, who has 29 wins since turning 40, stated:
Stage 1 Winner: Ross Chastain
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano
Who had race: Kevin Harvick, who regarded like he was at risk a number of weeks in the past, now appears like a champion. He has received two of his final eight races and has six high 10 finishes. … Joey Logano led 222 laps earlier than fading on the ultimate stage. … Ryan Blaney remained forward of Martin Truex, Jr. for the ultimate playoff spot.
Who Had A Dangerous Race: Kyle Busch hit the wall and was knocked out a number of instances and was unable to problem on the entrance. He could not lead a lap. …“Tremendous Sub” Ty Gibbs lastly had a bitter day after his fourth consecutive week changing an injured Kurt Busch. After 180 laps, the automobile stopped because of engine bother and completed final.
Subsequent: The Cup Sequence will transfer to Watkins Glen Worldwide in New York on August twenty first for the ET Race (USA Community) at 3pm.