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Harvick Claims Xfinity Win

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, March 22 2015

Kevin Harvick was a winner at Auto Club on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

Kevin Harvick won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. It was the California native’s second Xfinity win of the season, his first at Auto Club and the 46th of his career.

With two victories and two seconds in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year to go with two wins and a third in the Xfinity Series, Harvick has recorded seven podium finishes in seven starts in both series combined.

“I’m just a lucky guy to be piloting really fast cars,” Harvick said in Victory Lane. “We’ve just got to keep riding the wave.”

The victory came in the No. 88 Chevrolet of JR Motorsports and also came after he led 100 of the race’s 150 laps.

JR Motorsports car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., said, “Kevin’s an amazing driver. He’s really focused, and his work outside the car helps him inside the car and helps his team… It don’t last forever, so you’ve got to enjoy it while it’s happening.

“Sooner or later, what they know will be common knowledge, and somebody will be in search of the next advantage — and find it. But they’ve got it right now.”

Harvick finished 3.317 seconds ahead of runner-up Brendan Gaughan, who moved from eighth to second after the final restart of the race on Lap 122.

Polesitter Erik Jones ran third, followed by defending series champion Chase Elliott and Chris Buescher.

Ty Dillon finished 14th and retained the series lead by five points over Buescher, with Elliott 15 points back in third.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, March 22 2015
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