Harvick dominates Vegas for back-to-back wins

  • Harvick dominates Vegas for back-to-back wins

Harvick dominates Vegas for back-to-back wins

Harvick led 144 of the first 160 laps and comfortably won the first two stages. Kyle Larson was third followed by 2016 Vegas victor Martin Truex Jr. and Blaney. The 42-year-old veteran has led 144 of the 160 total laps in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

Kevin Harvick raced to his second straight NASCAR Cup win with a dominant performance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, earning his 100th career win across the three national series. The Las Vegas native won the Truck Series race from the pole on Friday night. "By the time we come back in September and you look at the downforce and things the vehicle makes at that time compared to the beginning of the year - if you look at what we raced here last year compared to what we will race today - is all progression [throughout] the year".

He's clearly the prohibitive early favorite for the title, though it's probably not fair to start jumping to conclusions a twelfth of the way through the season. Harvick hasn't finished outside the top six at Phoenix since the 2013 spring race. Harvick has won back-to-back races 4 previous times in his career.

The annual NASCAR Weekend sped into Las Vegas, bringing out hundreds of thousands of race vehicle fans. He passed Joey Logano on the race's final restart easily and had no challengers the rest of the way.

Busch and Elliott were running side by side in ninth and 10th place, respectively, after a caution flag reset the field. Kurt has yet to win a NASCAR race at his home track, but Rowdy has won several. With his two victories and three stage wins so far in 2018, Harvick's accumulated 13 points for the playoffs (and taken over the points lead).

"Absolutely it's more important just because of that [playoff] reason", said defending NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex Jr.

Harvick's win overshadowed some early pit stop drama too.

The Pennzoil 400, brought out folks from across the country like David Sheey, who says coming to this race was a year in the making. Leading a race-high 181 laps and recording 78 fastest laps for fantasy owners, it was clear to see that Harvick was back in a big way. If the trend continues, they're going to cost someone a race win soon. But his team wasn't the only one with pit gun problems either. But the guns have proved extremely unreliable so far. That will be ugly.