Kevin Harvick Goes Back-to-Back in 2018 with Las Vegas Win

Kevin Harvick Goes Back-to-Back in 2018 with Las Vegas Win

Each turn in Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series race should provide experience and data to the drivers hoping to dominate the postseason this fall.

"It's early, this is only race three - we aren't anxious yet", Busch said. "He was on rails, and lights out".

Harvick followed up his stellar performance last weekend in Atlanta with another lopsided victory in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. He led 209 of the 267 laps, won all three stages, and even held off a late charge from local product Kyle Busch to win in Vegas for the second time in four years. "Our bread and butter over the last five years really has been on the mile-and-half race tracks", Harvick said during the break. "My (team has) done their homework on a number of things".

The top 10 finishers in Las Vegas were Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Truex, Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Logano, Erik Jones, Paul Menard, and Aric Almirola.

"Winning 100 races is something that I never thought I would do, " Harvick said.

He won the first two stages and he already has mopped up 13 playoff points three races into the season.

Harvick also took a moment to savour a milestone. The win is Harvick's 100th in NASCAR's top three series. He didn't win at Las Vegas, Phoenix, or Fontana during the West Coast swing, but it is safe to say, when a driver wins while out West, that driver faces some pretty good odds of becoming a NASCAR Cup champ that year. You're talking 23 races between now and then for cars to evolve and setups to evolve and things like that.

Not many wins are more emphatic than Harvick's 100th.

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

DOING RECON: For the first time, NASCAR is returning to Vegas in the fall for a second race, which will also be the playoff opener.

And Sunday didn't start on a high note.

"We just didn't have it early on, just super, super loose, but Adam and the guys made some great adjustments to flip that and be on the tight side for the majority of the rest of the day", Busch told the media after the race.

Kurt Busch's career-long victory drought in his hometown continues. Busch and Elliott were both done for the day after a crash that necessitated a long caution for fluid cleanup. "This is big for Las Vegas".

ON THE POLE: Ryan Blaney earned his third career pole Friday, and his Team Penske Ford will start alongside Harvick on the front row.

"At the end of a year ago, and even in Atlanta, I was trying too hard", Johnson said.

Jimmie Johnson was sent to the back of the field for the start of Sunday's NASCAR race at Las Vegas because his auto needed four trips through inspection to be approved for participation. Johnson had to start at the back after his chief, Jesse Saunders, got the gate. The seven-time champion still rallied to finish 12th.

Josh Frankos, the tire-changer on Darrell Wallace Jr.'s Richard Petty Motorsports team, injured his hand while preparing for the Vegas race and was sent to a hospital on Sunday morning. Michael Hubert will tapped to replace Frankos on pit road. He won his second Truck Series race at his home-track this weekend for his 50th Camping World Truck Series win.

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