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2018 NASCAR in New Hampshire Results, Table: Kevin Harvick wins sixth race of the season



Kevin Harvick has cleared Kyle Busch to win his sixth race of the series on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch finished with less than 10 minutes left, but Harvick put the number 18 on the track to take the lead in the final moments.

Harvick now has three victories in New Hampshire, joining him with active riders Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Bush, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman for the second-most of all time on the track. Jeff Burton holds the course record with four wins.

Team No. 4 earned five more playoff points with the win, ahead of Kyle Busch for the lead in the series. Harvick now has 32, followed by Busch at 30 and Martin Truex Jr. at 26.

Truex started off last week at the point he left off. He took the lead from pole starter Kurt Busch before he won level 1

– and white-checkered was Truex's sixth of the season and comes straight after he swept the levels last week.

Chase Elliott stopped Busch and Truex from winning Stage 2. It was his first green and white checkered flag of the season. At the start of Sunday Elliott was only four times in the top five. His stage win was only the third for Chevrolet this season.

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 results

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Aric Almirola
  4. Martin Truex Jr.
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Ryan Newman
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Jimmie Johnson
  11. Alex Bowman
  12. Kyle Larson
  13. Denny Hamlin
  14. William Byron
  15. Matt Kenseth
  16. Erik Jones
  17. Paul Menard
  18. Jamie McMurray
  19. Kasey Kahne
  20. Chris Buescher
  21. Austin Dillon
  22. Daniel Suarez
  23. Ty Dillon
  24. Bubba Wallace
  25. Ross Chastain
  26. Michael McDowell
  27. Corey LaJoie
  28. Matt DiBenedetto
  29. David Ragan
  30. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  31. Kyle Weatherman
  32. Brad Keselowski
  33. Blake Jones
  34. BJ McLeod
  35. Clint Bowyer
  36. AJ Allmendinger
  37. Landon Cassill

2018 NASCAR Cup Series regular season tables

POSITION

DRIVER

CAR #

POI NTS

BEHIND

WINS

1.

Kyle Busch

18

844

LEADER

5

2.

Kevin Harvick

4 [19659046] 791

-53

6

3.

Martin Truex Jr.

78

740

-104

4

4.

Joey Logano

22

679

-165

1

5.

Kurt Busch

41

646

-198

0

6.

Clint Bowyer

14

638

-206

2

7.

Kesel Larson

42

606

-238

0 19659051]. 9

Ryan Blaney

12

584

-260 [19659046] 0

10.

Denny Hamlin

11

583

-261

0

11.

Aric Almirola

10

575 [19659046] -269

0

12.

Jimmie Johnson [19659046] 48

522

-322

0

13.

Chase Elliott

9

520

-324

0

14. [19659046] Erik Jones

20

501

-343

1

15.

Alex Bowman

88

453

-391

0

16.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

17

425

-419

0

17.

Paul Menard

21

424

-420 [19659046] 0

18.

Ryan Newman

31

379

-465

0

19.

Austin Dillon

3

378 [19659046] -466

1

20.

Daniel Suarez

19

359

-485

0

Stage 1: Truex continues

The race was postponed at 13:00 ET after originally planned for 2 p. ET. This little change made little difference when the race finally started at 16.22. ET.

When the green flag flew, Kurt Busch led the field after qualifying on the pole position. With 14 laps to go, Landon Cassill hit the wall hard in Round 3, bringing the first warning of the day to light. Cassill was forced to bring his car into the garage with irreparable damage.

After a quick yellow bush led the field back to green. At kick-off, Denny Hamlin pulled back to second, but before he could take the lead, AJ Allmendinger cut a tire and hit hard against the wall to bring out yet another warning. Allmendinger was unable to repair his car, ending his day.

Kurt Busch led the restart again while his brother Kyle Busch Hamlin battled for second place. The number 41 continued before the scheduled race warning took place in Lap 35 so that the drivers could make adjustments after the delay.

Martin Truex Jr. won the race from the pit lane after taking only two tires The team that opted for a two-tire strategy last week won four and lost several positions. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stayed outside and started from the lead in front of Jimmie Johnson, who also decided not to pitch. Truex eventually took the lead from Stenhouse after about 10 laps under green. Not much later, NASCAR threw the fourth yellow of the day, this time for debris on the front bench.

This time it was Truex who took the lead at the restart and took off with Johnson in retrospect. As the number 78 began to build its leadership, Johnson's teammate Chase Elliott took second place.

Stage 1 results

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (10 points plus 1 playoff point)
  2. Chase Elliott (9 points) [19659008] Jimmie Johnson (8 points)
  3. Kurt Busch (7 points) [19659008] Ryan Blaney (6 points)
  4. Kyle Busch (5 points)
  5. Kevin Harvick (4 points)
  6. Clint Bowyer (19659008) 3 points)
  7. Joey Logano (2 points)
  8. Aric Almirola (1 point)

Stage 2: Elliott makes his move on Truex

Truex picked up four tires and hit Elliott between the legs of the pit road. Both started well, but it was No. 78 that took the lead early, while Ty Dillon was penalized for a rematch and served a drive-through penalty. Blaney also returned from the field after suffering damage from contact with Kyle Busch at the end of Phase 1 between stages.

Elliott continued to hold the second position and take the lead while Truex ran out in front. At 19, Elliott throttled the Truex and took the lead for the first time. Kurt Busch also followed in second place while Truex fell back to third place. Going with five, pole starter Kurt Busch began to breathe neck from the No. 9

. However, despite an enema with round traffic towards the end, Elliott could continue driving to claim his first city victory of the season.

Stage 2 results

  1. Chase Elliott (10 points plus 1 play point)
  2. Kurt Busch (9 points)
  3. Martin Truex Jr. (8 points)
  4. Kevin Harvick (7 points)
  5. Aric Almirola (6 points)
  6. Kyle Busch (5 points)
  7. Clint Bowyer (4 points)
  8. Jimmie Johnson (3 points)
  9. Ryan Blaney (2 points)
  10. Joey Logano (1 point )

Final Stage: Harvick pushes Busch to victory

Kurt Busch beat Elliott just short of the stages on Pit Road and restarted the lead while Aric Almirola stormed into the top five.

As Busch led, his team-mate Almirola finished second to Elliott, falling back to third. The order remained in place for a long time until Stewart-Haas Racing team-mate Harvick separated him from number 9 by number 9.

Shortly thereafter, Almirola Busch took the lead in ranked traffic. It was the first time in his career (18 starts in New Hampshire) that he led the race. He went on to overtake Brad Keselowski, who reported brake problems in the middle of the last leg.

Daniel Suarez got green flag pit stops with 80 laps to go. Six laps later, Almirola and the rest of the leader pit for their adjustments. Remarkably, Kurt Busch and Blaney fell into a tangle as they entered and left each other's boxes, which cost each of them about three seconds. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also hit the wall during the stops, but there was no caution.

Harvick took the lead after the stops, but Almirola recovered and regained the lead from his team-mate. Behind them were Kyle Busch, Elliott and Kurt Busch.

Almirola had a healthy lead over Harvick and Kyle Busch in less than 50 before Clint Bowyer hit the wall hard to bring out the seventh warning of the day. For number 10, his pit stop under yellow was not as fast as that of his competitors, as Busch won the race off the pit lane.

Kyle Busch held the lead and used the high line at the restart as Harvick and Truex Shadowing in his rear view. Busch held the lead as Harvick retreated and Truex fell back.

While it looked like Busch would go on to win, he was off in the final rounds that opened the door for Harvick. Commandant number 4, Rodney Childers, told Harvick to do what he needed to do to win, and that meant he had to clear Busch at less than ten. Harvick did so and drove on to take his sixth checkered flag of the season.

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