Harvick recovers from 19th to win NASCAR Atlanta race

Kevin Harvick dominated a rain-delayed NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Stewart-Haas Racing, despite dropping to 19th early on after a troubled pitstop.

Harvick was a step ahead of his rivals on track throughout the race, taking a clear win in the first stage.

In the pitstop ahead of stage two, Harvick ran into wheelgun problems and had to make an additional stop that dropped him to 19th.

But within 36 laps he had made his way back through the field to retake the lead.

With the rain that had delayed the start looming again in the closing laps, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Penske driver Joey Logano opted to make one pitstop fewer than most in the hope of cycling to the front as others stopped and benefiting if the race was truncated early.

That brought them up to third and fourth behind Harvick and stage two winner Brad Keselowski when Trevor Bayne’s engine blew and brought out a late caution with 28 laps to go.

Harvick was able to stay in control after the restart and win ahead of Penske driver Keselowski, while Harvick’s team-mate Clint Bowyer completed a Ford 1-2-3 and SHR one-three with late progress to third.

Hamlin and Logano ended up fourth and sixth, sandwiching reigning champion Martin Truex Jr – who had come up from the tail of the field following multiple failures to clear NASCAR’s new technical inspection process ahead of qualifying on Friday.

Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon also had to start to the back after pre-race component changes, and had a quiet run to 14th.

Race result

1Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingFord325
2Brad KeselowskiTeam PenskeFord325
3Clint BowyerStewart-Haas RacingFord325
4Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyota325
5Martin Truex Jr.Furniture Row RacingToyota325
6Joey LoganoTeam PenskeFord325
7Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyota325
8Kurt BuschStewart-Haas RacingFord325
9Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet325
10Chase ElliottHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet325
11Erik JonesJoe Gibbs RacingToyota325
12Ryan BlaneyTeam PenskeFord325
13Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas RacingFord325
14Austin DillonRichard Childress RacingChevrolet324
15Daniel SuarezJoe Gibbs RacingToyota324
16Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway RacingFord324
17Paul MenardWood Brothers RacingFord324
18William ByronHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet323
19Jamie McMurrayChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet323
20Alex BowmanHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet322
21Kasey KahneLeavine Family RacingChevrolet322
22Ryan NewmanRichard Childress RacingChevrolet322
23David RaganFront Row MotorsportsFord321
24Michael McDowellFront Row MotorsportsFord321
25Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet321
26Ty DillonGermain RacingChevrolet321
27Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet321
28Cole WhittTriStar MotorsportsChevrolet320
29A.J. AllmendingerJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet320
30Ross ChastainPremium MotorsportsChevrolet319
31Matt DiBenedettoGo FAS RacingFord319
32Darrell Wallace Jr.Richard Petty MotorsportsChevrolet319
33Harrison RhodesRick Ware RacingChevrolet310
34Jeffrey EarnhardtStarCom RacingChevrolet305
35Trevor BayneRoush Fenway RacingFord292
36Gray GauldingBK RacingToyota99

Drivers’ standings

1Joey Logano89
2Ryan Blaney83
3Denny Hamlin77
4Kevin Harvick75
5Clint Bowyer74
6Austin Dillon70
7Martin Truex Jr.69
8Kurt Busch68
9Paul Menard66
10Aric Almirola66
11Kyle Busch61
12Brad Keselowski58
13Kyle Larson54
14Darrell Wallace Jr.52
15Michael McDowell52
16Ryan Newman49
17Alex Bowman46
18Chris Buescher45
19Chase Elliott44
20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.43
21Jamie McMurray41
22A.J. Allmendinger36
23Erik Jones35
24Trevor Bayne33
25William Byron33
26Daniel Suarez27
27David Ragan25
28Kasey Kahne19
29Jeffrey Earnhardt19
30Gray Gaulding18
31Matt DiBenedetto16
32Mark Thompson15
33D.J. Kennington13
34Ty Dillon12
35Jimmie Johnson11
36Brendan Gaughan9
37Cole Whitt9
38Harrison Rhodes4
39Danica Patrick2
40Corey LaJoie1
41Justin Marks0
42David Gilliland0
43Ross Chastain0

Harvick recovers from 19th to win NASCAR Atlanta race

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