Kevin Harvick dominated his way to his eighth win of the 2018 season winning both stages of the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The win marked his 45th career victory in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. Harvick also locked himself into the Championship four at Homestead.
It was a very adventurous race for all eight of the playoff drivers as many fought through difficulties on pit road and on the track. #12 Ryan Blaney captured the pole, and started out with the lead early in the race before #4 Kevin Harvick took command and didn’t look back as he led 177 laps of the races 337 laps. #22 Joey Logano didn’t help his chances at Homestead much as he and #10 Aric Almirola had a run in during the race that could impact how Almirola races Logano at Homestead.
Top 10 Finishers:
1st #4 Kevin Harvick
2nd #12 Ryan Blaney
3rd #22 Joey Logano
4th #20 Erik Jones
5th #42 Kyle Larson
6th #9 Chase Elliott
7th #41 Kurt Busch
8th #10 Aric Almirola
9th #78 Martin Truex Jr
10th #3 Austin Dillon
Other Notables: #2 Brad Keselowski P12, #88 Alex Bowman P14, #48 Jimmie Johnson P15, #24 William Byron P16, #18 Kyle Busch P17, #14 Clint Bowyer P26, #11 Denny Hamlin P30.
With only one race remaining until the Championship deciding race at Homestead, only two spots remain in the championship four as Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick have punched their tickets with wins at Martinsville and Texas. Kyle Busch and Martin Trueex Jr currently hold the final two spots, but with Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer hot on their tail the race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix could be very exciting.
Kyle Busch sits +25 above the cutline and Martin Truex Jr is only +25 above the cutline. Kurt Busch stands -25 below, and is closely followed by Chase Elliot who is -39 below the cutline. Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer are quite a ways out at -57 and -73 below the cutline respectively.
Keep an eye on all of the intense racing to advance to Homestead next Sunday as this race is going to be wild on the new configuration at ISM in Phoenix. For now, Kevin Harvick looks ready to claim his second NASCAR championship. Who can stop him?