Harvick earns his shot at NASCAR Cup title with win at Texas

Truex holds to his line on Logano			Image by Matthew Thacker  LAT

Logano is the only driver locked into the final four spots, clinching that after his bump-and-run on the final lap to beat Truex last week at Martinsville.

"He made it really hard on me today which was really unnecessary".

Kevin Harvick has also won the second stage at the NASCAR Cup race in Texas, the fourth time this season he's won both stages in a race.

The conditions in Texas led to a race that was more about strategy and position than pure speed or driver ability, a fact that frustrated some of the drivers.

Kevin Harvick stayed ahead of Blaney and Logano when things went green for a clean sweep of the afternoon, gaining a heap of points while also securing his spot in the championship round at Miami-Homestead on November 18.

Kyle Busch of JGR left TMS in third place and Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing fourth. They are comfortably above the cut line for points, but Chase Elliott or any of Harvick's three SHR teammates - Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch - could advance with a win in Phoenix. Logano ran third at Texas after leading 54 laps, second only to Harvick.

Logano was third at Texas. Harvick was already starting to rebuild his lead - it had been almost 4 seconds before the caution - when another yellow flag came out.

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Blaney had taken the lead after the second restart in that final stretch, but Harvick had gone back in front and was still in the lead when Joey Gase's spin brought out the eighth caution.

NASCAR says it erred in sending Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 vehicle to back of the field for the start of the race in Texas. Like I told you guys before the race, we don't race for points.

Harvick was on the inside again for the next restart, before Blaney was able to get by him on the outside and into the lead.

After Logano knocked him out of his first victory at a short track, Truex will try to get his first win at Texas, where he has 14 top-10 finishes and has led 595 laps - but never the last one. We're going to take the top and see what happens and obviously it worked out a little bit. "He motored around me".

Truex was forced to start at the back of the field because of a late engine change. "To start exactly where we were I think is a decent day".

Kyle Busch was 17th and Bowyer 26th after starting on the front row but making contact with Denny Hamlin on the first lap. He also dealt with a loose tire and had a pass-through penalty during the race for driving through too many pit boxes, and was a lap down before getting that back one the first of the late cautions. He was running 30th, and two laps behind the leader. "The only difference is there's one less spot available". "It's inevitable, and it's not a ideal scenario, it's not what we all wanted, but I think everybody on the team has done an incredible job of focusing in on the right things and continue to perform at a high level".

The only stress for Harvick was lane choice for the overtime.

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