Martin Truex Jr. isn’t invincible in any case.
Kevin Harvick put a severe dent in Truex’s sense of invulnerability on Sunday afternoon, passing Truex with 9 laps left within the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and pulling away to win by 1.580 seconds.
In beating this 12 months’s unmatched grasp of the Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence’ 1.5-mile intermediate speedways, Harvick earned a spot within the Nov. 19 Championship four race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which Harvick received within the first title contested underneath an elimination format in 2014.
The driving force of the No. four Stewart-Haas Racing Ford received for the primary time at Texas, denying Truex the identical accomplishment and ending Truex’s streak of wins on intermediate tracks at 4. The victory was Harvick’s second of the season and the 37th of his profession.
“Rattling, it’s good to be in victory lane right here in Texas,” Harvick mentioned. “I knew I had a very good automobile. I knew I needed to do one thing completely different. I began driving a complete lot deeper in (flip) one, a complete lot deeper.
“I began doing that earlier within the race, however I used to be afraid I didn’t have the brakes to proceed to try this all day. So I waited till the tip and was capable of get on the surface of Martin (off flip two) and acquired him unfastened and brushed throughout the again of him and was capable of get by on the surface down there.”
As comfort, Truex clinched a berth at Homestead on factors, leaving Texas 57 factors forward of fifth-place finisher Brad Keselowski, who’s fourth within the standings with a 19-point edge over fifth-place Denny Hamlin (third on Sunday).
“Initially of the race, our automobile wasn’t excellent,” mentioned Truex, who led a race-high 107 laps to carry his season complete to 2,175. “Monitor place was an enormous a part of this race. We fought the automobile. We fought observe place. We acquired the lead, led some laps. Finally, on the finish, we weren’t nearly as good as we would have liked to be to win.”
Gallery: NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway, Sunday Nov. 5, 2017
“A little bit upset to return up quick, however to clinch a spot in Miami is unbelievable. Positively acquired the job accomplished right this moment and got here right here and did what we would have liked to do.”
With Kyle Busch having earned his spot within the championship race by profitable final Sunday at Martinsville, one berth stays because the sequence heads for the ultimate race within the Spherical of eight subsequent Sunday at Phoenix.
After Kyle Larson clobbered the surface wall in flip two on lap 282 and ended his race in a fireball in opposition to the fence to trigger the eighth and remaining warning of the occasion, Truex cleared then-race chief Hamlin off flip two throughout a lap 289 restart and pulled out to a half-second lead.
Harvick grabbed fourth from Kasey Kahne after the restart, handed Joey Logano for third on lap 300 and acquired previous Hamlin for second on Lap 307. Then it was a matter of monitoring down Truex.
On Lap 314 Harvick closed dramatically when Truex slowed behind a knot of lapped vehicles coming into Flip 1. Hounding Truex for the following 10 circuits, Harvick lastly made the move on lap 325 of 334.
“He acquired to my outdoors and was simply sooner on the finish,” Truex mentioned. “As soon as he acquired in entrance of us, he was simply gone. Nothing I may do. Simply a kind of offers the place he was faster. Obtained me in a nasty spot, took benefit, and he was gone.”
Veteran Matt Kenseth ran fourth, after saying this weekend he probably will step away from the game on the finish of the season, with no concrete job lined up for subsequent 12 months. Playoff driver Ryan Blaney ran sixth and heads to Phoenix sixth within the standings, three factors behind Hamlin.
Hendrick Motorsports drivers Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson are mired in seventh and eighth locations, respectively, nearly definitely needing a victory at Phoenix to advance to the Championship four. Elliott got here dwelling eighth at Texas. Johnson misplaced two laps early due to an unscheduled pit cease and completed 27th, three laps down, his hopes for a file eighth title struggling a telling blow.
The win was the second of the season for Harvick, his first at Texas, and the 38th of his profession.
Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence Race Outcomes AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Price, Texas
Sunday, November 5, 2017
1. (three) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 334.
2. (7) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 334.
three. (2) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 334.
four. (35) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 334.
5. (10) Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 334.
6. (eight) Ryan Blaney (P), Ford, 334.
7. (36) Joey Logano, Ford, 334.
eight. (34) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 334.
9. (1) Kurt Busch, Ford, 334.
10. (four) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 334.
11. (19) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 334.
12. (12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 334.
13. (15) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 334.
14. (6) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 334.
15. (18) Aric Almirola, Ford, 334.
16. (16) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 334.
17. (14) Danica Patrick, Ford, 333.
18. (13) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 333.
19. (5) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 333.
20. (25) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 333.
21. (23) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 333.
22. (26) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 333.
23. (21) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 332.
24. (27) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 332.
25. (28) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 332.
26. (22) Landon Cassill, Ford, 331.
27. (9) Jimmie Johnson (P), Chevrolet, 331.
28. (37) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 330.
29. (29) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 330.
30. (24) David Ragan, Ford, 329.
31. (38) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 325.
32. (30) * Joey Gase(i), Chevrolet, 322.
33. (32) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 322.
34. (31) * Ray Black II(i), Chevrolet, 305.
35. (17) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 304.
36. (20) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 303.
37. (11) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 282.
38. (33) * David Starr(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 237.
39. (39) Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, Engine, 227.
40. (40) * Grey Gaulding #, Toyota, Engine, 159.
Common Pace of Race Winner: 143.234 mph.
Time of Race: three Hrs, 29 Minutes, 52 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.580 Seconds.
Warning Flags: eight for 40 laps.
Lead Modifications: 27 amongst 13 drivers.
Lap Leaders: zero; D. Hamlin (P) 1-46; Okay. Larson 47-53; A. Dillon 54; C. Elliott (P) 55; M. McDowell 56-59; R. Newman 60; Okay. Larson 61-69; Okay. Harvick (P) 70-88; D. Hamlin (P) 89-91; Okay. Harvick (P) 92-97; Okay. Larson 98-143; M. Kenseth 144-154; D. Earnhardt Jr. 155-157; Okay. Kahne 158-160; Okay. Larson 161-172; Okay. Harvick (P) 173; M. Kenseth 174-184; M. Truex Jr. (P) 185-225; Okay. Harvick (P) 226-227; Okay. Busch (P) 228-234; J. Logano 235; M. Truex Jr. (P) 236-238; M. Kenseth 239-245; M. Truex Jr. (P) 246-271; D. Hamlin (P) 272-287; M. Truex Jr. (P) 288-324; Okay. Harvick (P) 325-334.
Leaders Abstract (Driver, Occasions Lead, Laps Led): M. Truex Jr. (P) four occasions for 107 laps; Okay. Larson four occasions for 74 laps; D. Hamlin (P) three occasions for 65 laps; Okay. Harvick (P) 5 occasions for 38 laps; M. Kenseth three occasions for 29 laps; Okay. Busch (P) 1 time for 7 laps; M. McDowell 1 time for four laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 1 time for three laps; Okay. Kahne 1 time for three laps; J. Logano 1 time for 1 lap; C. Elliott (P) 1 time for 1 lap; A. Dillon 1 time for 1 lap; R. Newman 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 Prime Ten: four,78,11,42,41,77,20,21,three,19
Stage #2 Prime Ten: 42,four,21,78,24,11,41,20,77,three
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