Atlanta NASCAR: Brad Keselowski wins as penalty costs Kevin Harvick

Brad Keselowski took victory in Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta as poleman Kevin Harvick missed out on a dominant victory due to a late penalty

Atlanta NASCAR: Brad Keselowski wins as penalty costs Kevin Harvick

Harvick led the majority of the race's 325 laps and looked set to take a clean sweep of all three points-paying stages of the race.

A late caution for Austin Dillon's powerless Richard Childress Chevrolet caused a flurry of activity in the pitlane, and Harvick threw away his victory hopes by becoming the eighth driver of the day to cop a penalty for speeding.

With 14 laps to go the caution set up a grandstand finish, and Kyle Larson led the restart ahead of Keselowski.

Larson looked capable of taking his second Cup victory but a high line with six laps to go gifted Penske man Keselowski a route to victory, and after making his move Keselowski finished just 0.565 seconds ahead of the Chip Ganassi racer.

Matt Kenseth was twice penalised for pitlane speeding infractions, but bounced back to finish an excellent third for Joe Gibbs Racing on a mixed afternoon for the team, with 16th-placed Kyle Busch the only other JGR runner on the lead lap.

It was also a race of resurgence for Kasey Kahne, who twice got the wave-around after falling off the lead lap but recovered to cross the line fourth.

Chase Elliott had challenged Harvick for the lead earlier in the race, but a poor final restart left him in fifth come the chequered flag.

Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch could only manage seventh, while Harvick fought through the pack as best he could after his penalty to wind up ninth.

RACE RESULTS - 325 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3h33m08.s
2 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.564s
3 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.465s
4 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1.938s
5 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2.222s
6 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2.400s
7 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3.818s
8 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 4.142s
9 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4.900s
10 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6.397s
11 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7.611s
12 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 8.426s
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 8.928s
14 Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9.211s
15 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 23.764s
16 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 24.109s
17 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.458s
18 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 1 Lap
19 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
20 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
21 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2 Laps
22 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 2 Laps
23 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 2 Laps
24 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
25 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3 Laps
26 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 3 Laps
27 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 4 Laps
28 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford 4 Laps
29 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 5 Laps
30 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5 Laps
31 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 5 Laps
32 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 6 Laps
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport / TMG Chevrolet 8 Laps
34 Corey LaJoie BK Racing Toyota 12 Laps
35 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 16 Laps
36 Derrike Cope Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 27 Laps
37 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota Engine
38 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Rear end
39 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet Steering

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Kevin Harvick 90
2 Kurt Busch 86
3 Brad Keselowski 84
4 Chase Elliott 82
5 Joey Logano 80
6 Kyle Larson 79
7 Martin Truex Jr. 67
8 Ryan Blaney 63
9 Kasey Kahne 63
10 Trevor Bayne 58
11 Jamie McMurray 49
12 Aric Almirola 47
13 Clint Bowyer 46
14 Paul Menard 44
15 Matt Kenseth 41
16 Cole Whitt 38
17 Matt DiBenedetto 37
18 Denny Hamlin 37
19 Ryan Newman 37
20 Landon Cassill 36
21 Danica Patrick 36
22 Austin Dillon 35
23 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 34
24 Kyle Busch 32
25 Ty Dillon 31
26 Michael McDowell 30
27 Michael Waltrip 29
28 Erik Jones 27
29 David Ragan 27
30 Daniel Suarez 25
31 Jimmie Johnson 24
32 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20
33 A.J. Allmendinger 15
34 Chris Buescher 15
34 Jeffrey Earnhardt 15
36 Reed Sorenson 6
37 Cody Ware 1
37 Gray Gaulding 1
37 Derrike Cope 1
37 D.J. Kennington 1


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