Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kevin Harvick advances to Playoff finale with authoritative win at Texas Featured

Kevin Harvick advances to Playoff finale with authoritative win at Texas Featured

Truex now ranks third of six drivers (25 points above the cutline) with two races left before the finale.

"We were a third place vehicle and that restart there where we finally were in position we fought all day from the back and started at the tail and worked diligently all day to get up to the front and finally got ourselves in position to at least have a shot and race with those guys", Almirola said of the final restart of the day.

UP NEXT: The last race in the third round of the playoffs, Sunday at Phoenix.

With Harvick and Martinsville victor Joey Logano in the No. 22 Ford of Team Penske locked in, the series goes to Phoenix next week with only two spots up for grabs for the championship run at Homestead.

This time, there was no late-race glitch to interrupt Kevin Harvick's domination of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Harvick, who started third, won the first stage and then followed it up with a win in the second stage. However, second place finishes are worth 35 points. Harvick said that he thought if he could prevent him from concluding the corner, he could drive back by him. Today he has earned his way in and he is going to attempt to be triumphant in another race and see what can be done on the home ground. We got by him one restart and I just couldn't hold him off. ...

Logano said they were still racing at the end in a tight turn.

"We've been working day after day to make speed", Harvick explained after the checkered flag.

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"You kind of knew you were beat getting into 1 when you're there, because you know the guy on the outside is going to pin you. When Homestead comes around if I am not in, he will know it".

Harvick was the only one of so-called Big Three to avoid trouble on Sunday. They are comfortably above the cut line for points, but Chase Elliott or any of Harvick's three SHR teammates - Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch - could advance with a win in Phoenix.

Of those only Logano was a factor as he led 54 laps. He then recovered from a pass-through penalty and a loose tire, managing to fight his way back to a ninth place finish.

Logano, the only driver locked into a championship shot at Miami in the season finale in two weeks, starts eighth.

Rounding out the top five were non-playoff drivers Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Bowyer was involved in first-lap rub with Denny Hamlin.

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