Harvick holds off Hamlin at New Hampshire

By DOUG ALDEN
Posted 7/22/19

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kevin Harvick used a late bump and run to win last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Repeating required another bump, but there was little time for a run before Harvick …

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Harvick holds off Hamlin at New Hampshire

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LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kevin Harvick used a late bump and run to win last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Repeating required another bump, but there was little time for a run before Harvick crossed the finish line 0.210 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin on Sunday.

"It turned into a wild finish," Harvick said after his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season.

Harvick gave Hamlin a late opening when he had trouble navigating a group of cars that were off the lead lap. After nearly catching him on the back stretch, Hamlin made another run through the final two turns but couldn't regain the lead.

"I just told him 'we were leaving on a tow truck or winning the race today,'" said Harvick, who hadn't won since Texas in November.

Driving a backup car after wrecking during a practice lap Friday, Hamlin led 113 laps, but couldn't catch Harvick after pitting on a caution after Kyle Larson blew a tire on the 265th lap.

"I just could not break that barrier," Hamlin said. "I could not get him to make that one little slip to give me the bottom."

The 43-year-old Harvick led the final 41 laps in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford for his second straight victory at the track. He has four victories at the mile oval to tie the record set by Jeff Burton.

Harvick won at New Hampshire last year after a late bump from behind knocked Kyle Busch off the lead. On Sunday, Harvick had a late bump again, but this time it was nudging Hamlin just enough to the side coming out of the final turn.

"I'm like, 'You're not getting under me again.' And he drove to the outside of me, and I waited until he got near me, and I just put a wheel on him," Harvick said.

Erik Jones was third, and Ryan Blaney fourth.

NASCAR paid tribute to crew chief Nick Harrison, who died overnight after Saturday's Xfinity Series race.

NASCAR announced Harrison's death during the drivers' meeting before the race Sunday and honored him with a moment of silence. No details were given.

The 37-year-old Harrison was the crew chief for Justin Haley, who finished in 13th Saturday. In Harrison's first season with Kaulig Racing, Haley had two top-five finishes and finished 12 times in the top 10.

"Not just a crew chief, but a friend to everyone who knew him," Haley wrote on Twitter. "I, and everyone at Kaulig Racing are devastated. He will be greatly missed."

Harrison was a veteran crew chief with all three NASCAR national series since 2006. His teams won five Xfinity Series races with drivers Austin Dillon, Paul Menard and Kurt Busch, who were all driving Sunday.

"We all lost a friend last night. We love you Nick Harrison. You were a leader, and a great friend to all," Kurt Busch posted on Twitter. "Nick really helped me rebuild my career when I was at a low point. RIP."

PLAYOFF POSITION: Joey Logano was ninth. He has a three-point lead over Kyle Busch in the point standings. Busch, who won the first stage Sunday after qualifying second, finished eighth.

FIELD FILLING: Following Harvick's victory, nine drivers have clinched playoff berths with six regular season races still to go.

UP NEXT: At Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon.


NASCAR Monster Engery

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Results

Sunday

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

London N.H.

Lap length: 1.058 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (14) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 301.

2. (23) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 301.

3. (4) Erik Jones, Toyota, 301.

4. (5) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 301.

5. (7) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 301.

6. (6) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 301.

7. (26) Ryan Newman, Ford, 301.

8. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 301.

9. (8) Joey Logano, Ford, 301.

10. (1) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 301.

11. (9) Aric Almirola, Ford, 301.

12. (22) William Byron, Chevrolet, 301.

13. (17) Paul Menard, Ford, 301.

14. (37) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 301.

15. (25) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 301.

16. (18) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 301.

17. (24) Michael McDowell, Ford, 301.

18. (3) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 301.

19. (13) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 300.

20. (16) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 300.

21. (28) Ryan Preece ‥, Chevrolet, 300.

22. (27) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 300.

23. (29) Corey LaJoie, Ford, 299.

24. (30) Matt Tifft ‥, Ford, 299.

25. (32) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 299.

26. (31) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 298.

27. (33) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 294.

28. (35) Andy Seuss, Ford, 291.

29. (12) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 290.

30. (10) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 288.

31. (34) Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 287.

32. (21) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 268.

33. (15) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 264.

34. (20) David Ragan, Ford, 261.

35. (36) Austin Theriault, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 185.

36. (11) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, Accident, 135.

37. (19) Daniel Hemric ‥, Chevrolet, Accident, 110.

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Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 104.062 mph.

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 3 Mins, 37 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.210 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 9 for 48 laps.

Lead Changes: 14 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Keselowski 0;K. Busch 1-36;B. Keselowski 37-47;E. Jones 48-50;K. Busch 51-77;E. Jones 78;K. Busch 79-110;B. Keselowski 111;K. Harvick 112-116;K. Busch 117-139;K. Harvick 140;A. Almirola 141-152;J. Logano 153;D. Hamlin 154-266;K. Harvick 267-301.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Kyle Busch 4 times for 118 laps; Denny Hamlin 1 time for 113 laps; Kevin Harvick 3 times for 41 laps; Aric Almirola 1 time for 12 laps; Brad Keselowski 2 times for 12 laps; Erik Jones 2 times for 4 laps; Joey Logano 1 time for 1 lap.

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