Harvick wins in New Hampshire after bumping Busch

Daniel Herrero

Monday 23rd July, 2018 - 11:22am

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Kevin Harvick’s bump and run on Kyle Busch

Kevin Harvick has won the New Hampshire NASCAR Cup race after bumping Kyle Busch out of the way with seven laps remaining.

Harvick went on to win by 1.9s while Aric Almirola made for two Stewart-Haas Racing cars in the top three, behind the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Kyle Busch.

Car #18 had in fact jumped from third to first, ahead of Harvick and previous leader Almirola, when Clint Bowyer’s (#14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) hit with the wall prompted what would be the final Caution of the race on Lap 257.

The final run to the chequered flag on Lap 301 developed into something of a two-car battle for victory between Kyle Busch and Harvick.

A touch from Harvick through Turn 1/Turn 2 on Lap 295 moved Kyle Busch up the race track and proved decisive as the #4 Ford led for the rest of the race.

Almirola enjoyed two separate spells in the lead earlier in Stage 3 but a poor pit stop dropped him back onto the second row for the final restart.

He made a poor launch when the green flew again on Lap 262 and quickly dropped to sixth position but rebounded to finish a season-best third.

Martin Truex Jnr was among those to pass Almirola at the restart but couldn’t go with the other two members of this year’s ‘big three’ and ultimately finished fourth in the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.

The 2017 champion took at Stage 1 and led until Lap 132, during Stage 2, after which he ran in a prominent position but not in the lead again.

Chase Elliott, the Stage 2 winner, had a battle for fourth with Almirola inside the final 30 laps before finishing fifth in the #9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Ryan Newman (#31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) took sixth and Ryan Blaney (#12 Team Penske Ford) seventh.

Pole-sitter Kurt Busch led from the start of the final stage until the #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was passed by Almirola on Lap 212.

He dropped back to 12th in the final run to the finish before taking the chequered flag in eighth.

Joey Logano (#22 Team Penske Ford) and Jimmie Johnson (#48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) rounded out the top 10.

The race had begun three-and-a-half hours later than planned due to rain, and there was a Competition Caution to allow crews to assess tyre wear after 35 laps.

Despite reports of rain late in the piece, proceedings were otherwise unaffected.

Kyle Busch retains the series lead although Harvick’s win moves him ahead in terms of playoff points after the Foxwood Resorts Casino 301.

The series now heads to the ‘tricky triangle’ for Round 21, the Gander Outdoors 400, at Pocono Raceway on July 27-29 (local time).

Replay: Harvick passes Kyle Busch with a bump and run

Results: Foxwood Resorts Casino 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 301 12 Running
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 301 36 Running
3 10 Aric Almirola Ford 301 42 Running
4 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 301 83 Running
5 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 301 23 Running
6 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 301 0 Running
7 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 301 0 Running
8 41 Kurt Busch Ford 301 94 Running
9 22 Joey Logano Ford 301 0 Running
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 301 0 Running
11 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 301 0 Running
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 301 0 Running
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 301 0 Running
14 24 William Byron Chevrolet 301 0 Running
15 6 Matt Kenseth Ford 301 0 Running
16 20 Erik Jones Toyota 301 0 Running
17 21 Paul Menard Ford 301 0 Running
18 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 301 0 Running
19 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 301 0 Running
20 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 300 0 Running
21 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 300 0 Running
22 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 300 0 Running
23 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 300 0 Running
24 43 Bubba Wallace Chevrolet 299 0 Running
25 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 298 0 Running
26 34 Michael McDowell Ford 298 0 Running
27 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 298 0 Running
28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 298 0 Running
29 38 David Ragan Ford 298 0 Running
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 296 11 Running
31 99 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 294 0 Running
32 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 293 0 Running
33 23 Blake Jones Toyota 289 0 Running
34 51 BJ McLeod Chevrolet 267 0 Running
35 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 255 0 Crash
36 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 19 0 Crash
37 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 13 0 Crash

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Playoff pts
1 Kyle Busch 844   20 5 30
2 Kevin Harvick 791 -53 20 6 32
3 Martin Truex Jnr 740 -104 20 4 26
4 Joey Logano 679 -165 20 1 7
5 Kurt Busch 646 -198 20 0 2
6 Clint Bowyer 638 -206 20 2 10
7 Brad Keselowski 635 -209 20 0 4
8 Kyle Larson 606 -238 20 0 0
9 Ryan Blaney 584 -260 20 0 4
10 Denny Hamlin 583 -261 20 0 2
11 Aric Almirola 575 -269 20 0 1
12 Jimmie Johnson 522 -322 20 0 0
13 Chase Elliott 520 -324 20 0 1
14 Erik Jones 501 -343 20 1 5
15 Alex Bowman 453 -391 20 0 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 425 -419 20 0 2
17 Paul Menard 424 -420 20 0 1
18 Ryan Newman 379 -465 20 0 0
19 Austin Dillon 378 -466 20 1 5
20 Daniel Suarez 359 -485 20 0 0
21 William Byron 358 -486 20 0 0
22 Jamie McMurray 355 -489 20 0 0
23 Chris Buescher 324 -520 20 0 0
24 Bubba Wallace 315 -529 20 0 0
25 AJ Allmendinger 315 -529 20 0 1
26 Kasey Kahne 299 -545 20 0 0
27 David Ragan 290 -554 20 0 0
28 Michael McDowell 284 -560 20 0 0
29 Ty Dillon 266 -578 20 0 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 224 -620 20 0 0
31 Trevor Bayne 185 -659 14 0 0
32 Gray Gaulding 113 -731 17 0 0
33 Landon Cassill 94 -750 13 0 0
34 Matt Kenseth 89 -755 6 0 0
35 Cole Whitt 87 -757 9 0 0
36 DJ Kennington 82 -762 7 0 0
37 Corey LaJoie 74 -770 11 0 0
38 Jeffrey Earnhardt 61 -783 7 0 0
39 Brendan Gaughan 49 -795 3 0 0
40 Reed Sorenson 36 -808 8 0 0
41 Harrison Rhodes 23 -821 5 0 0
42 Mark Thompson 15 -829 1 0 0
43 Kyle Weatherman 10 -834 2 0 0
44 Chris Cook 6 -838 1 0 0
45 Tomy Drissi 5 -839 1 0 0
46 Blake Jones 4 -840 1 0 0
47 Derrike Cope 4 -840 2 0 0
48 Danica Patrick 2 -842 1 0 0
49 Cody Ware 1 -843 2 0 0
50 Justin Marks 0 -844 2 0 0
51 David Gilliland 0 -844 1 0 0
52 Ray Black Jnr 0 -844 1 0 0
53 Ross Chastain 0 -844 18 0 0
54 JJ Yeley 0 -844 5 0 0
55 Parker Kligerman 0 -844 2 0 0
56 Timothy Peters 0 -844 1 0 0
57 Cole Custer 0 -844 2 0 0
58 Joey Gase 0 -844 3 0 0
59 Timmy Hill 0 -844 8 0 0

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