In a sport full of superstars, Kevin Harvick made winning last night's Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed The Children at Atlanta Motor Speedway look easy after storming to the lead on lap 37. In fact, once he passed pole-sitter Chase Elliott he remained there for the final 159 circuits.
"This thing was bad fast from the drop of the green flag," Harvick said in Victory Lane. "It's just one of those race tracks where I like the challenge of everything you get to do here."
Although it looked as though the JR Racing team was destined to finish 1-2, Elliott made a fatal mistake on the last pit stops of the night when he slid through his stall and dropped to 5th place.
"I made a mistake, absolutely unacceptable and you can't do that. It’s disappointing. I'm frustrated with myself because my guys deserved to finish second tonight and I didn't get the job done for them," stated Elliot, who is attempting to become the first rookie driver to win the Nationwide championship. At present, the 18-year old racer holds a 13-point lead over Regan Smith, with 10 more races to go before the end of the season.
Finishing ahead of Elliot in the race were Joey Logano a distant second to Harvick, with Kyle Larson 3rd, and Kyle Busch 4th. Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Regan Smith, Brian Scott, David Ragan, and Ty Dillon.
In the meantime, Kevin Harvick won pole for tonight’s Oral-B USA 500 after posting a lap time of 29.118 seconds and a speed of 190.398 mph in the final round of qualifying on Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is the 6th time he has achieved pole this year.
The Oral –B USA 500 marks the return of Tony Stewart, who sat out the last three events following the tragic accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr.at Canandaigua earlier this month. Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet team will start 12th.
Fans unable to attend the race in person can view it live on ESPN beginning at 7:30 pm, ET, as well as hear it on PRN radio affiliates and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.