Kevin Harvick used the “chrome horn” to move Kyle Busch out of way to take his sixth win of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Season. Harvick now leads all drivers in wins this year with Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., claiming five and four wins respectively.
On laps 293 and 294 of the scheduled 301 laps on Sunday, Kevin Harvick bumped Kyle Busch in an attempt to rattle the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers poise. However, after two failed attempts to gain the lead, Harvick used a more aggressive maneuver on lap 295. He bumped Busch out of the groove in center of turns one and two. This moved Busch up the track and allowed Harvick to claim the win.
“I didn’t know if I was going to get there at the end, and I felt like that was best opportunity, do what I had to do to win,” said Harvick. “I didn’t want to wreck him, but I didn’t want to waste a lot of time behind him. I knew I was running out of laps, and I didn’t know if I was going to get to him again. I felt like I needed to get him up out of the groove, so I got him up out of the groove.”
Busch didn’t share the same opinion of the move as Harvick did. “I was kind of backing up three, four, five corners in a row and he had the faster car,” Busch said. “Harvick was using me up for about six corners in a row. I’m not sure he had to do it, but he did. It’s fine. How you race is how you get raced, so it’s fine.”
Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola finished a season-best third after leading 42 laps. Almirola’s car proved to be one of the strongest in the field, but a left front tire issue on the teams pit stop with under 50 laps to go dropped him back in the field.
Stage 1 winner, Martin Truex Jr., would finish in the fourth position while Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott would come home in fifth. Ryan Newman, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson completed the top 10.
The next stop for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will be this coming weekend at the “tricky triangle” at Pocono International Raceway. The Gander Outdoors 400 will take place on Sunday, July 29th and broadcast live on NBCSN.
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