Las Vegas NASCAR: Kevin Harvick dominates second straight race

Stewart-Haas driver Kevin Harvick followed up his Atlanta NASCAR Cup Series win last week with a second consecutive victory at Las Vegas, sweeping all three stages in a dominant display

Las Vegas NASCAR: Kevin Harvick dominates second straight race

A trio of pitstop problems proved no obstacle for Harvick, who was unaffected by two wheelgun failures during his first two stops and quickly recovered three places lost after a slow pitstop at the end of the second stage.

Kyle Busch attempted a late challenge to Harvick's unassailable lead, the Joe Gibbs Toyota driver staying out longer than the other frontrunners in his penultimate stint.

His fresher tyres in the closing laps allowed him to scythe his way up to second place, though he had no answer for the pace of Harvick's Ford.

Third-placed Kyle Larson was Chevrolet's only representative in the top 10, taking advantage of a late tyre drop-off from polesitter Ryan Blaney.

Reigning champion Martin Truex Jr stole fourth place away from Blaney in the dying laps, but Blaney held onto a top five finish thanks to Penske team-mate Brad Keselowski's own tyre wear issues.

Keselowski was the first frontrunner to make his final stop, initially undercutting his rivals to take second. But his strategy backfired when the race stayed under green flag until the finish, leaving him to settle for sixth as those who had pitted later benefited from their newer tyres.

Penske's third driver Joey Logano took a gamble of his own with tyres following a caution caused by Jamie McMurray crashing at the exit of Turn 2 soon after the third stage began.

Taking right side tyres only, he went from being consistently at the front to fighting to stay in the top five, eventually finishing seventh.

Erik Jones, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 10, with Jones and Almirola electing to stay out during the McMurray-induced caution and instead stop a few laps later after the other major incident of the race.

Both Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch were running strongly inside the top 10, but restarting after the caution period caused by McMurray's crash, Busch's Stewart-Haas car became loose, sending him up the track into the path of Elliott and putting both into the Turn 4 wall and out of the race.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 2h49m31.s
2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 2.906s
3 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 13.304s
4 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 267 15.166s
5 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 267 16.715s
6 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 267 18.562s
7 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 267 20.582s
8 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 20.898s
9 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 267 26.848s
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 266 1 Lap
11 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 266 1 Lap
12 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 266 1 Lap
13 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 266 1 Lap
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 265 2 Laps
15 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 265 2 Laps
16 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 265 2 Laps
17 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 265 2 Laps
18 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 265 2 Laps
19 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 264 3 Laps
20 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 264 3 Laps
21 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 264 3 Laps
22 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford 264 3 Laps
23 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 264 3 Laps
24 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 264 3 Laps
25 Cole Custer Rick Ware Racing Ford 264 3 Laps
26 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 263 4 Laps
27 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 263 4 Laps
28 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 262 5 Laps
29 Ross Chastain Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 262 5 Laps
30 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 262 5 Laps
31 Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom Racing Chevrolet 255 12 Laps
32 Joey Gase Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 253 14 Laps
33 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 195 Engine
34 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 183 Accident
35 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 183 Accident
36 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 176 Accident
37 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 100 Engine

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Joey Logano 132
2 Ryan Blaney 131
3 Kevin Harvick 115
4 Martin Truex Jr. 115
5 Kyle Busch 104
6 Kyle Larson 104
7 Brad Keselowski 99
8 Denny Hamlin 97
9 Paul Menard 96
10 Austin Dillon 94
11 Clint Bowyer 93
12 Aric Almirola 93
13 Kurt Busch 77
14 Ryan Newman 75
15 Darrell Wallace Jr. 68
16 Chris Buescher 67
17 Alex Bowman 67
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 66
19 Erik Jones 64
20 Michael McDowell 53
21 Chase Elliott 52
22 Trevor Bayne 50
23 A.J. Allmendinger 43
24 William Byron 43
25 Jamie McMurray 42
26 David Ragan 39
27 Daniel Suarez 38
28 Kasey Kahne 37
29 Jimmie Johnson 36
30 Matt DiBenedetto 31
31 Ty Dillon 25
31 Jeffrey Earnhardt 25
33 Gray Gaulding 22
34 Cole Whitt 18
35 Mark Thompson 15
36 D.J. Kennington 13
37 Harrison Rhodes 4
38 Danica Patrick 2
39 Corey LaJoie 1


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