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Kevin Harvick Dominates the Great Clips 300 With Decisive Win at Atlanta

Atlanta Motor Speedway is good to Kevin Harvick as he takes his third Nationwide Series win of the year in the Great Clips 300 to Benefit Feed the Children. He started the race in eighth place but quickly took over the lead from pole winner Chase Elliott on lap 37 and he was gone, leading an incredible 159 laps out of the 195 lap race.

He is now tied with Mark Martin for all-time Nationwide Series wins at Atlanta. Harvick gave JR Motorsports their eighth win of the year. There were only two minor cautions, both for debris but a light rain extended the second caution to a total of 13 laps. At the restart it was clear that Harvick was the man to beat.

“This thing was bad fast from the drop of the green flag,” Harvick said.  “This is just one of those race tracks where I like the challenge of everything you get to do here. Ernie (crew chief Ernie Cope) and I have found a great setup over the years back into the trucks (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), and it’s still working today.”

Joey Logano started fourth in his No. 22 and brought home second place, but by the time he got his car handling to where he could gain on Harvick, it was too late.

“I just ran out of time,” he said. “I wish there were five or seven more laps, and I could have got to him and tried to do something with him. We were catching him two or three tenths (of a second) a lap there at the end and having some fun with it, but it was too little, too late.”

Kyle Larson, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet started the race in second and finished in third place. Larson was running up in the high groove, but clearly the bottom was where you needed to be.

“Here at Atlanta for whatever reason; it’s a really wore out track but the bottom seems to be a little faster,” stated Larson. “I tried to learn to run the bottom but you have to have your left sides on the paint and it’s really narrow down there so it’s hard, but Kevin is really good at it for whatever reason.”

Kyle Busch brought his No. 54 car home in fourth place while the series points leader Chase Elliott came home in fifth place, retaining the points lead.

Regan Smith finished in sixth followed by Brian Scott in seventh place and David Ragan in eighth. Rounding out the top ten finishing order were Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler, in ninth and 10th respectively.

Your top five in the points standings are as follows:

1) Chase Elliott 874  2) Regan Smith -15  3) Ty Dillon -35  4) Elliott Sadler -48  5) Brian Scott- 54

The Nationwide Series’ next race will be the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Speedway on September 5th.

Complete Finishing Order:

Position Car No. Driver
1 5 Kevin Harvick
2 22 Joey Logano
3 42 Kyle Larson
4 54 Kyle Busch
5 9 Chase Elliott
6 7 Regan Smith
7 2 Brian Scott
8 98 David Ragan
9 3 Ty Dillon
10 11 Elliott Sadler
11 20 Matt Kenseth
12 6 Trevor Bayne
13 60 Chris Buescher
14 62 Brendan Gaughan
15 01 Landon Cassill
16 28 JJ Yeley
17 19 Mike Bliss
18 16 Ryan Reed
19 99 James Buescher
20 39 Ryan Sieg
21 31 Dylan Kwasniewsk
22 51 Jeremy Clements
23 17 Tanner Berryhill
24 14 Eric McClure
25 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt
26 40 Matt DiBenedetto
27 55 Jamie Dick
28 44 Blake Koch
29 87 Chris Cockrum
30 52 Joey Gase
31 70 Derrike Cope
32 25 John Wes Townley
33 43 Dakoda Armstrong
34 74 Mike Harmon
35 89 Morgan Shepherd
36 82 Kevin Swindell
37 23 Carlos Contreras
38 72 John Jackson
39 46 Carl Long
40 10 Jeff Green

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Michelle Lippold
Michelle Lippold
I've grown up watching racing of some sort from midgets to Stock Cars since I was a child. I run the FB page Everything NASCAR but really want to explore my love of writing and racing together. I love both things so I decided to try combining them.


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