Kevin Harvick advances to Playoff finale with authoritative win at Texas Featured

Kevin Harvick advances to Playoff finale with authoritative win at Texas Featured

"We were a third place vehicle and that restart there where we finally were in position we fought all day from the back and started at the tail and worked diligently all day to get up to the front and finally got ourselves in position to at least have a shot and race with those guys", Almirola said of the final restart of the day. His team made an engine change in the No. 78 Toyota after practice.

Joey Logano secured his spot in the Championship 4 last week with a controversial win at Martinsville. The drivers head to Phoenix this weekend. "Today we earned our way in and we're going to go and race again next week and try to win another race and see what we can do at Homestead".

Streaking away from pole victor Ryan Blaney during an overtime restart on Lap 336, Harvick won Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with the utmost of authority, sweeping the stages and leading a race-high 177 laps on the way to his series-best eighth victory of the season and a guaranteed spot in the November 18 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Bowyer was involved in first-lap rub with Denny Hamlin. Like I told you guys before the race, we don't race for points, we race for wins.

"We got a little bit of luck on our side after that to be able to get back on the lead lap".

Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, Harvick was again first off pit road and remained in the lead when Stage 2 went green on Lap 93. They are above the cut line, but Clint Boywer, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch or Chase Elliott could advance with a win. "Happy about that for sure", he said. "The only difference is there's one less spot available".

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Logano's differing pit strategy kept his rivals guessing late into the race.

After working himself back to the front of the field, Almirola said Logano "about wrecked" them both after coming down into his door in Turn 3.

"I'm really, really proud of everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for these cars we've had for five years now", Harvick said.

Jimmie Johnson was sent to the rear of the field after the No. 48 Chevrolet twice failed prerace inspection. He had qualified 23rd for his 600th start with Chad Knaus as his crew chief. "This is just one of a few calls that have been wrong due to that situation". We don't count our fingers and our toes trying to figure out how to make it in (to the Championship 4 race).

The only stress for Harvick was lane choice for the overtime.