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Kevin Harvick unleashes dominant Las Vegas win

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Monday 9th March, 2015 - 10:43am

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Kevin Harvick has opened his 2015 NASCAR account with victory in Las Vegas

Kevin Harvick has opened his 2015 NASCAR account with victory in Las Vegas

Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick has scored a dominant win at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Harvick led 142 of the 267 laps in the Kobalt Tools 400 to win to go with his two second place finishes to start the season.

Despite starting in 18th, he worked his way to the front and proved the class of the field.

In a town where luck is everything, Harvick reported a vibration over the closing laps before taking the chequered flag, his celebration causing a left rear tyre to shred.

A great run from Martin Truex Jr. Saw him finish second just 1.6s behind.

Ryan Newman came home third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and AJ Allmendinger.

Harvick’s hot start to the season has every chance of being extended next weekend at one of his most successful tracks – Phoenix.

“It’s so cool to win here in Las Vegas, and to start this West Coast swing off this way is pretty awesome,” Harvick said.

“Just to be in front of all these fans I’ve raced in front of since about the mid-‘90s… it’s pretty special to win here.”

The victory vaulted Harvick into the lead in the series standings by nine points over Earnhardt, who has finished with a pairs of thirds and a fourth in the first three races of the season.

VIDEO: Harvick wins at Vegas

VIDEO: Harvick in Victory Lane

 

RESULTS: Kobalt Tools 400 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS  POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 18 267 142 Running 48 5
2 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 8 267 3 Running 43 1
3 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 7 267 14 Running 42 1
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 4 267 4 Running 41 1
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 19 267 0 Running 39 0
6 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 22 267 0 Running 38 0
7 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 11 267 9 Running 38 1
8 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 5 267 0 Running 36 0
9 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 6 267 1 Running 36 1
10 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 267 47 Running 35 1
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 10 267 0 Running 33 0
12 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 24 267 0 Running 32 0
13 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet 23 267 0 Running 0 0
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford 16 267 0 Running 30 0
15 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 28 266 0 Running 29 0
16 41 Regan Smith Chevrolet 34 266 0 Running 0 0
17 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 3 266 0 Running 27 0
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 1 266 0 Running 26 0
19 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 30 266 0 Running 0 0
20 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 25 265 0 Running 24 0
21 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 20 265 0 Running 23 0
22 18 David Ragan Toyota 13 265 0 Running 22 0
23 38 David Gilliland Ford 37 265 0 Running 21 0
24 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 29 265 0 Running 20 0
25 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 17 264 0 Running 19 0
26 43 Aric Almirola Ford 15 264 0 Running 18 0
27 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 21 264 0 Running 17 0
28 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 35 264 0 Running 16 0
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 31 264 0 Running 15 0
30 95 Michael McDowell Ford 32 264 0 Running 14 0
31 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 26 263 0 Running 13 0
32 35 Cole Whitt Ford 38 262 0 Running 12 0
33 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 12 262 0 Running 11 0
34 98 Josh Wise Ford 39 261 0 Running 10 0
35 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 42 261 0 Running 0 0
36 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota 40 260 0 Running 0 0
37 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 36 260 0 Running 7 0
38 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 43 258 0 Running 0 0
39 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 33 257 0 Running 5 0
40 26 Jeb Burton Toyota 41 254 0 Running 4 0
41 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 9 236 45 Running 4 1
42 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 14 227 2 Running 3 1
43 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 27 28 0 Engine 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 134 Leader 3 1 3 3 0
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr 125 -9 3 0 3 3 0
3 Joey Logano 123 -11 3 1 2 3 0
4 Martin Truex Jr 118 -16 3 0 1 3 0
5 AJ Allmendinger 100 -34 3 0 0 2 0
6 Kasey Kahne 92 -42 3 0 0 1 0
7 Jimmie Johnson 91 -43 3 1 2 2 0
8 Denny Hamlin 87 -47 3 0 2 2 0
9 Casey Mears 87 -47 3 0 0 1 0
10 Matt Kenseth 85 -49 3 0 1 2 0
11 Greg Biffle 84 -50 3 0 0 1 0
12 Ryan Newman 82 -52 3 0 1 2 0
13 Paul Menard 82 -52 3 0 0 0 0
14 Clint Bowyer 81 -53 3 0 0 1 0
15 Aric Almirola 80 -54 3 0 0 0 0
16 Brad Keselowski 77 -57 3 0 0 2 1
17 David Gilliland 77 -57 3 0 0 0 0
18 Sam Hornish Jr 75 -59 3 0 0 0 0
19 David Ragan 75 -59 3 0 0 0 0
20 Danica Patrick 68 -66 3 0 0 0 0
21 Kyle Larson 64 -70 3 0 0 1 1
22 Austin Dillon 59 -75 3 0 0 0 0
23 Carl Edwards 57 -77 3 0 0 0 0
24 Trevor Bayne 55 -79 3 0 0 0 0
25 Jamie McMurray 54 -80 3 0 0 0 1
26 Michael Annett 52 -82 3 0 0 0 0
27 Brett Moffitt 44 -90 2 0 0 1 0
28 Justin Allgaier 44 -90 3 0 0 0 1
29 Michael McDowell 44 -90 3 0 0 0 0
30 Jeff Gordon 42 -92 3 0 0 0 1
31 Cole Whitt 41 -93 3 0 0 0 1
32 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 38 -96 3 0 0 0 1
33 Brian Vickers 29 -105 1 0 0 0 0
34 Tony Stewart 27 -107 3 0 0 0 1
35 Alex Bowman 22 -112 2 0 0 0 1
36 Josh Wise 22 -112 2 0 0 0 0
37 Bobby Labonte 20 -114 1 0 0 0 0
38 Michael Waltrip 18 -116 1 0 0 0 0
39 Jeb Burton 13 -121 2 0 0 0 0
40 Reed Sorenson 12 -122 1 0 0 0 0
41 Mike Wallace 8 -126 1 0 0 0 0
42 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -132 1 0 0 0 1
43 Brian Scott 0 -134 1 0 0 0 0
44 Regan Smith 0 -134 3 0 0 0 0
45 Matt Crafton 0 -134 1 0 0 0 0
46 Ryan Blaney 0 -134 2 0 0 0 1
47 Johnny Sauter 0 -134 1 0 0 0 0
48 Brendan Gaughan 0 -134 2 0 0 0 0
49 Ty Dillon 0 -134 1 0 0 0 0
50 Mike Bliss 0 -134 1 0 0 0 0
51 Joe Nemechek 0 -134 1 0 0 0 0
52 J.J. Yeley 0 -134 3 0 0 0 0
53 Landon Cassill 0 -134 3 0 0 0 2
54 Matt DiBenedetto 0 -134 0 0 0 0 0
55 Justin Marks 0 -134 0 0 0 0 0
56 Travis Kvapil 0 -134 0 0 0 0 0

 

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