Harvick Uses Late Pass To Win New Hampshire
Kevin Harvick will advance to the round of 12 in the Sprint Cup’s Chase playoffs after winning in New Hampshire on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)
Kevin Harvick, who found himself off the lead lap for a big chunk of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, passed Matt Kenseth for the lead after a restart with six laps to go and went on to get the victory.
The victory moves Harvick, who led just eight laps, and his Stewart-Haas Racing team into the second round of the Chase playoffs.
“Man, that worked out really good,” Harvick said in Victory Lane. “My car was pretty good on restarts. Once we got clean air there at the end, I knew I would be really good out front.”
Kenseth, who led 105 of 300 laps, finished second in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota while teammate Kyle Busch was third.
“The last restart was my fault,” Kenseth said. “I let Kevin lay back of me when we should have been side by side. I should have known better. He anticipated it just right and laid back and plus, I spun my tires so I got beat through (turns) 1 and 2 and it was over.”
Harvick joins Martin Truex Jr., who won the Chase opener last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, as having secured second-round berths.
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