Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, claiming his second victory at the 1.54-mile track in three years.
It is Harvick’s second victory this season following his win at Darlington on May 17.
“We had a great pit stop (during the last caution), then we had a restart on the bottom and it got my car to take off,” Harvick told Fox. “I was able to get track position and then once I could get through those first 10 laps and my car was freed up enough to where I could get into rhythm and really started hitting my marks. By about Lap 25 I could start driving away.”
Harvick has led 1,212 laps at Atlanta over the last nine races at the track.
“I got beat by the Atlanta master. Not a bad day,” Kyle Busch said on his radio to his team after finishing second to Harvick.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Martin Truex Jr. earned his first stage win of the year.
STAGE 2 WINNER: Martin Truex Jr.
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kyle Busch earned his third runner-up finish of the season. He remain winless in the Cup Series so far this season .. Martin Truex Jr. earned his first top-five finish of the season … Ryan Blaney has finished in the top four in three of the last four races. Earned his first top-10 finish at Atlanta in his fifth start there … Kurt Busch placed sixth to earn his seventh top-10 finish in the last eight races. That was after he started from the rear and performed a pass-through penalty at the start of the race due to his car failing pre-race inspection three times.
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: William Byron finished 33rd after he had to pit on Lap 32 for a flat tire … Front Row Motorsports’ cars contributed to the only two cautions for incidents. John Hunter Nemechek spun in Turn 4 on Lap 95 and Michael McDowell spun in Turn 4 on Lap 202 … Clint Bowyer led 58 laps, but had to pit multiple times due to issues with his right-rear tire. He finished 20th.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Cup Series holds its first night race at Martinsville Speedway, 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on FS1