Title contender Harvick wins 1st stage at Texas

Martin Truex Jr

Martin Truex Jr

Harvick escalated past pole sitter Ryan Blaney in overtime Sunday succeeding the third resuming in the concluding 35 laps, to triumph the Texas fall race in a successive year in a row and haul one of the four championships professing spots for the season finale in two weeks. Harvick continued to lead the way on the restart on Lap 101.

Harvick also won both stages at the 1 1/2-mile Texas track, the fourth time this season he did that and went on to win the race.

Succeeding taking the inside on the first two restarts and concisely getting defeated in the lead after the second one, Harvick chose to commence from outside for the green-white-checkered end.

To get the victory, Harvick had to overcome a series of late-race restarts, the final one of which came in OT. "I thought if I could keep him from finishing the corner, I could drive back by him". "It all worked out". Martin Truex Jr. started at the back and ended up ninth and Kyle Busch finished 17th on a day when each of the three drivers was looking to secure a championship spot. Of his 32 starts in the Lone Star State, his only two wins are the last two fall races, but those are among his 20 top-10 finishes there. "This place has been really good to me".

Kevin Harvick stayed ahead of Blaney and Logano when things went green for a clean sweep of the afternoon, gaining a heap of points while also securing his spot in the championship round at Miami-Homestead on November 18. Harvick, who started third, won the first stage and then followed it up with a win in the second stage. Harvick was already starting to rebuild his lead - it had been almost 4 seconds before the caution - when another yellow flag came out.

Blaney got a shove from fifth-place finisher Kyle Larson on the final restart, but it wasn't enough. After Harvick regained the lead, he held it until a late caution forced a two-lap overtime session.

"That last restart I knew I needed to pick the top", Harvick said. "That was really the only shot we had to beat him, to be honest with you".

After Logano knocked him out of his first victory at a short track, Truex will try to get his first win at Texas, where he has 14 top-10 finishes and has led 595 laps - but never the last one. "He motored around me". He nearly won last week at Martinsville to ensure the chance for a championship repeat before Joey Logano's bump-and-run move on the last lap.

Truex was forced to start at the back of the field because of a late engine change.

A caution with 38 laps to go created an interesting kink in the pit strategy of many who debated whether or not to pit for tires and fuel, that being the looming question mark throughout Sunday's race.

With less than 60 laps remaining in the second stage, Harvick maintained a small lead over Logano with Kurt Busch running in third.

Also collecting stage points were Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, Kurt Busch, Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott.

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