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

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

Harvick warrants his shot at NASCAR cup title with victory in Texas.

The race victor and second driver to automatically advance to Homestead was Kevin Harvick. He was able to pull away from Logano and Harvick on the final stage restart, soon being accompanied by Ryan Blaney as Penske drivers ran 1-2-3 on Lap 181. "Today we earned our way in, and we're going to race again next week and try to win another race and then see what we can do at Homestead".

Harvick now has eight victories in 2018, and 45 in his career. "I think as you've seen, the change to Ford, which everybody thought we were insane, I think the bottom line is we've got more resources and things we can keep within our own walls".

As a result, the only way by which Almirola's point total can possibly pass that of Truex Jr. - and even if this happens, it isn't guaranteed to do so - is if Almirola wins the race, at which point his point total will no longer matter for him anyway since he will have automatically clinched a berth in the Championship 4 because of the fact that wins automatically qualify drivers for the next round of the playoffs no matter which round is next. As the leader, Harvick took the outside line for the third restart in the last 35 laps.

Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage also said the repaved Texas asphalt needs more weathering to improve the racing, which had only one real nugget of interest on the track all day: Aric Almirola took exception to Joey Logano racing him hard in the final stage.

The Furniture Row Racing driver was in a similar situation last week as he failed postqualifying inspection in Martinsville and had to start at the rear, but Truex still came close to winning as he finished third behind Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. The last one, he took the top, like I knew he was going to go. They are above the cut line, but Clint Boywer, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch or Chase Elliott could advance with a win.

When asked at Texas if everything was cool with Truex, or if his head would be on a swivel looking around, Logano said only time would tell.

Logano flew off-line on the restart as Harvick got a stellar jump to beat Blaney.

"We got by him on one restart (with 33 laps to go), but I just couldn't hold him off", Blaney said. "He motored around me".

The first hiccup for Truex was starting the 334-lap race from the rear of the field due to an engine change following Saturday's final practice.

"I think he was a little frustrated and that is part of it".

"He just continues to make things harder on himself".

Truex Jr.is the driver who Almirola trails by 57 points, and Almirola has no way of passing his point total in the Can-Am 500 without winning the race.

"We were a third place auto and that restart there where we finally were in position we fought all day from the back and started at the tail and worked diligently all day to get up to the front and finally got ourselves in position to at least have a shot and race with those guys", Almirola said of the final restart of the day.

Just short of 100 laps into the race, Johnson got loose and wiggled in front of Byron that led to contact and a spin for the No. 24.

NASCAR admitted the error during Sunday's race but it was too late to remedy. Buescher's JTG-Daugherty organization is using a Hendrick Motorsports engine for the first time next season.



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