News After out-dueling Truex Jr., is there any stopping Harvick?

11:21  13 may  2018
11:21  13 may  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Kevin Harvick: “We’re better than Truex” on 1.5-mile tracks

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And after taking his fourth win last week at Dover, Harvick can expect that Busch will be ready to try and match the effort this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Last year Martin Truex Jr . swept both Kansas race victories en route to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Larson was the first out in the last two rounds of knockout qualifying and blistered the field in both, using an average lap speed of 158.103 mph to win Kevin Harvick came closest to catching Larson, with an average speed of 157.494 mph in the final session. Martin Truex Jr . was third (157.432 mph).

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- There appears to be no stopping Kevin Harvick.

Harvick passed defending race and Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. with one lap to go and won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup KC Masterpiece 400 on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.

The win was Harvick's fifth in 12 Cup races this season. It was his second consecutive win and third at Kansas Speedway, tying Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon for the most in track history.

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That came after a slow pit stop on Lap 251 dropped Harvick from first to fifth after an issue with the It’s one that simmers and then explodes, whether it is in their duel at Martinsville last year, their Kevin Harvick , Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . combined to lead 75.2 percent of the laps run on the West

And after taking his fourth win last week at Dover, Harvick can expect that Busch will be ready to try and Five drivers have two runner-up finishes at Kansas: Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr ., Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards. Former Mosinee Firefighter Speaks Out Thursday, May 10.

The last driver to win five of the first 12 races of a season was Gordon, who did it on his way to the Cup championship.

Harvick, the 2014 Cup champion, started from the pole and led 72 laps in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Ford during the first half of the race. But he had to bide his time during the second half until it came down to a one-on-one duel with Truex when the race resumed with 10 laps to go after a 13 minute, 13-second red flag delay.

Harvick, on four fresh tires, bolted from sixth place to the lead when he passed Truex’s No. 78 Toyota right before the white flag and won his 42nd career Cup race by 0.390 seconds.

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To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Major Martin: Truex Jr . off During one 16.6-second stop , Harvick fell from first to 12th and while he got to back to second, correctly said on the radio after that stop , "It's pretty much over at this point."

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 ”That was a wild last few laps,” said Harvick, 42, who has won 11 times since turning 40. “I knew once I got past him, it was over. I haven’t been that excited to win a race all year. When you win 'em like that, those are the moments that you live for right there. Making passes, coming from behind and winning on a day you think you might not have the fastest car.”

 Truex, who swept both Kansas races last season en route to the Cup championship, had no answer for Harvick, who lived up to his nickname, The Closer.

“I tried everything I could to hold off Kevin,” Truex said. “He got through traffic too quick, and he was too fast. I thought with five to go, we were going to be in good shape.  We were running some really fast lap times and actually pulling away, and then actually the switch flipped and I got tight and started shaking the right front tire, and I knew I was in trouble.  He started coming quick after that.”

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Kevin Harvick , Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . clinched the last three spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup finale after enduring a long day that ended with a rain-shortened race at Phoenix.

Until the Harvick-Truex duel, youngsters Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney appeared to be on the brink of their first wins of the season.  Larson led 101 laps and Blaney 54 before Harvick grabbed the lead on a restart with 24 laps to go.

 As Larson and Blaney charged for second, they collided in turn four, and Blaney’s Ford took the brunt of it and hit the wall and was out of the race. Larson, in the No. 42 Chevrolet, would come back and finish fourth behind Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford.

 “It was hard racing,” Blaney said. “I definitely take the blame on that one.  I was just trying to side draft hard and the car was kind of tight down the front stretch there. I got about spun out in one and two on the restart, getting sucked around.  We were making some spots back up and just trying to get back up to the front and tried too hard.  I hate I got the 42, but it was just hard racing.”

 That would be the second collision on a matter of five laps. With 15 laps to go, rookie William Byron triggered a multi-car crash as he slid into Clint Bowyer, caught fire and collected six other cars -- Matt Kenseth, Ty Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman  and Chris Buescher -- and sent several into the infield grass.

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Martin Truex Jr . is the leader after Stage 1 (Laps 1-80) of The 267-lap, 400.5 mile race began with Keselowski leading the first 19 laps before Truex beat him out of the pits following stops under On Lap 69, Kevin Harvick was running sixth when he appeared to have a right front tire blow out near

Kevin Harvick took advantage of a Martin Truex Jr . mistake with 10 laps to go, took the lead and Elliott improved a spot to third after Harvick got shuffled to fourth on the pass by Busch, his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate. “I tried to kind of break out of line and do a couple things there ,” Elliott said.

 The race was red-flagged as cars were towed off the track and debris was cleared.

  That set the stage for Harvick vs. Truex. And it didn’t disappoint.

Martin Truex Jr. looks to match Tony Stewart’s road course win streak from 2004-05 .
Tony Stewart was the last driver to win three consecutive road course races. That includes Stewart, Tim Richmond, Rusty Wallace and David Pearson.Another driver won three straight but then doubled it. Jeff Gordon holds the all-time mark with six consecutive road course victories.A victory in Sunday’s race would also tie Truex with Busch for four career wins on road courses, which leads active drivers.Going back to 2005, Truex is  trying do something else Stewart achieved that season.Win his second Cup title.

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