Harvick wins again after late carnage in Kansas

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Sunday 13th May, 2018 - 4:00pm

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The Kevin Harvick show continued with his fifth victory of 2018 in Round 12 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.

Harvick was only sixth when the KC Masterpiece 400 restarted for the final time with nine laps remaining after a fiery seven-car crash.

Martin Truex Jnr led the race at that point but was rounded up the by #4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford on the penultimate lap.

Harvick had fallen just short of winning Stage 1 when he was held out by Ryan Blaney (#12 Team Penske Ford) and also finished second in Stage 2, to Kyle Larson (#42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet).

He was prominent throughout the final stage before dropping a handful of positions with a four-tyre pit stop during the penultimate Caution with just over 15 laps remaining.

It wasn’t enough, however, to deny the 42-year-old a second straight win.

Truex Jnr got his second podium of the year in the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, while Joey Logano rounded out the top three.

Logano had led late on when he did not pit during the second-last Caution, caused when Blaney hit Larson and then the wall, but the #22 Team Penske Ford was passed by Truex Jnr on the next green lap.

Larson lost a left-rear tyre in that incident but still managed to finish fourth, from Denny Hamlin (#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota).

The rest of the top 10 was Paul Menard (#21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford), Erik Jones (#20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Kurt Busch (#41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), Aric Almirola (#10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), and points leader Kyle Busch (#18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota).

William Byron extricated himself from his wrecked #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after a heavy hit in the crash which caused the final Caution.

Byron got loose and tagged Clint Bowyer on his way to hitting the wall all but head-on, before landing on top of Ryan Newman’s #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Bowyer still managed to take the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to 15th at the chequered flag.

The All-Star weekend is next up at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18-19 (local time).

Replay: Byron triggers a seven-car crash

Replay: Final two laps and Harvick post-race interview

Results: KC Masterpiece 400, Kansas Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 267 79 Running
2 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 267 13 Running
3 22 Joey Logano Ford 267 6 Running
4 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 267 101 Running
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 267 0 Running
6 21 Paul Menard Ford 267 0 Running
7 20 Erik Jones Toyota 267 0 Running
8 41 Kurt Busch Ford 267 0 Running
9 10 Aric Almirola Ford 267 0 Running
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 267 0 Running
11 17 Ricky Stenhouse Ford 267 10 Running
12 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 267 0 Running
13 38 David Ragan Ford 267 0 Running
14 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 267 0 Running
15 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 267 0 Running
16 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 266 0 Running
17 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 266 4 Running
18 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 266 0 Running
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 265 0 Running
20 34 Michael McDowell Ford 265 0 Running
21 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 264 0 Running
22 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 263 0 Running
23 43 Darrell Wallace Jnr Chevrolet 262 0 Running
24 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 262 0 Running
25 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 260 0 Running
26 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 259 0 Running
27 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 259 0 Running
28 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 258 0 Running
29 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 257 0 Running
30 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 253 0 Crash
31 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 253 0 Crash
32 66 Timmy Hill Toyota 253 0 Running
33 24 William Byron Chevrolet 252 0 Crash
34 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 252 0 Crash
35 51 BJ McLeod Chevrolet 251 0 Running
36 6 Matt Kenseth Ford 250 0 Crash
37 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 247 54 Crash
38 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 247 0 Crash

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Pl’off pts
1 Kyle Busch 503 12 3 17
2 Joey Logano 491 -12 12 1 7
3 Kevin Harvick 484 -19 12 5 24
4 Brad Keselowski 396 -107 12 0 4
5 Kurt Busch 393 -110 12 0 2
6 Clint Bowyer 386 -117 12 1 5
7 Denny Hamlin 380 -123 12 0 1
8 Martin Truex Jnr 376 -127 12 1 7
9 Ryan Blaney 365 -138 12 0 3
10 Kyle Larson 356 -147 12 0 1
11 Aric Almirola 342 -161 12 0 0
12 Jimmie Johnson 286 -217 12 0 0
13 Erik Jones 285 -218 12 0 0
14 Alex Bowman 271 -232 12 0 0
15 Chase Elliott 266 -237 12 0 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 265 -238 12 0 0
17 Austin Dillon 241 -262 12 1 5
18 Paul Menard 240 -263 12 0 1
19 William Byron 229 -274 12 0 0
20 Ryan Newman 225 -278 12 0 0
21 Daniel Suarez 223 -280 12 0 0
22 Darrell Wallace Jnr 207 -296 12 0 0
23 AJ Allmendinger 200 -303 12 0 0
24 Jamie McMurray 194 -309 12 0 0
25 David Ragan 191 -312 12 0 0
26 Chris Buescher 176 -327 12 0 0
27 Kasey Kahne 165 -338 12 0 0
28 Michael McDowell 158 -345 12 0 0
29 Matt DiBenedetto 153 -350 12 0 0
30 Ty Dillon 148 -355 12 0 0
31 Trevor Bayne 145 -358 11 0 0
32 Gray Gaulding 84 -419 12 0 0
33 Cole Whitt 78 -425 7 0 0
34 Landon Cassill 55 -448 6 0 0
35 DJ Kennington 55 -448 5 0 0
36 Reed Sorenson 31 -472 7 0 0
37 Jeffrey Earnhardt 28 -475 5 0 0
38 Corey LaJoie 28 -475 5 0 0
39 Brendan Gaughan 24 -479 2 0 0
40 Harrison Rhodes 23 -480 5 0 0
41 Mark Thompson 15 -488 1 0 0
42 Danica Patrick 2 -501 1 0 0
43 Matt Kenseth 1 -502 1 0 0
44 Derrike Cope 1 -502 1 0 0
45 Justin Marks 0 -503 1 0 0
46 David Gilliland 0 -503 1 0 0
47 Ross Chastain 0 -503 11 0 0
48 Timothy Peters 0 -503 1 0 0
49 Cole Custer 0 -503 1 0 0
50 Joey Gase 0 -503 2 0 0
51 JJ Yeley 0 -503 1 0 0
52 Timmy Hill 0 -503 4 0 0
53 Daniel Hemric 0 -503 1 0 0
54 Chad Finchum 0 -503 1 0 0
55 BJ Mcleod 0 -503 1 0 0
56 Cody Ware 0 -503 1 0 0

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