Harvick comes from behind for fifth win of season

May 14, 2018, 04:58
Harvick comes from behind for fifth win of season

Everyone else entered the night race looking for answers in some way or another. Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267 11.

From the beginning of the weekend, Larson said he was pleased with his car's speed - he posted the fastest 10-lap average in the weekend's sole practice session - and believes his Chevrolet team is finding its groove again.

One driver who was in quite the hurry early on was Kyle Larson.

Kyle Larson led a race-high 101 laps but was involved in a late-race accident with Ryan Blaney. If I go to the top, he's just going to catch me on the bottom.

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Harvick returned to his winning ways at Dover, when he started second and led 201 of the 400 laps en route to a dominant victory.

"There isn't a real bright shiny tool you can use and say, 'There it is!'" said Joey Logano, who finished third. He knows that everything can spin the other way in a hurry, and that it's time for him to make the most of his chance out front.

Until he wasn't, passing Harvick to take the lead with a move that impressed even a legendary former NASCAR champion. Still, Larson held on to collect the stage win, his first since Homestead at the very end of the 2017 season. "I should have stuck up there with him sooner and not given up the lead".

Paul Menard, Erik Jones, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Kyle Busch completed the top 10. Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 266 19.

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That wasn't the end of the drama. And after the next round of pit stops had cycled through, Larson was still up front, with Blaney second and Harvick third with 41 laps to go.

Blaney later accepted the blame for that incident, but it was only the precursor to a much wilder and scarier wreck. William Byron, Chevrolet, 252, Accident 34. In Turn 4 on Lap 253, William Byron got loose underneath Clint Bowyer's Ford and knocked Bowyer up the track.

After a trip to the infield care center, Byron confirmed he was okay but admitted it was the hardest hit he had taken as a driver.

Harvick started on the pole to open the race and set sail when the green flag dropped, dominating the first 30 laps before NASCAR threw a yellow flag for a competition caution because morning rains had made the track green, meaning the built-up rubber from previous racing activities on Friday had been washed away. The hometown hero Clint Bowyer returned to the race after the wreck and was the last auto on the lead lap of the KC Masterpiece 400.

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On four newer tires on a restart with nine of 267 laps remaining, Harvick rocketed past Truex with one lap to go to win Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.

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