Photo by: Matt Sullivan
Another driver hit a milestone during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Harvick parked it in victory lane for his 100th career victory across the national series, leading 214 of 267 laps for back-to-back wins this season.
Like Martin Truex Jr. did one year ago, Harvick won Stage 1 and Stage 2 before taking the checkered by almost three seconds to Kyle Busch.
“I think as you look back and you look at all the different wins and the wins that we have had here and at KHI and Richard Childress Racing and Junior Motorsports. All the different vehicles I have been fortunate to drive, and there have been a lot of good ones,” Harvick said. “I know how hard it is to get to Victory Lane and to know we have been there 100 times is something I almost can’t fathom.”
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver gained the series points standing lead after his dominance at the 1.5-mile track, taking over from Joey Logano by three points and Ryan Blaney, who sits third, by four.
Kyle Larson finished third, coming off his Xfinity win on Saturday, while Truex and Blaney rounded out the top-5.
Blaney’s teammates finished behind him, with Brad Keselowski finishing sixth and Logano earning seventh place. Logano led 25 laps in the second half of the race.
Erik Jones, Paul Menard, and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-10.
Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch finished 34th and 35th, respectively, after the No. 41 Ford got loose on Lap 183. Busch came up the track and into Elliott, who had nowhere else to go.
Jimmie Johnson came from behind to finish 12th after starting in the back due to failing inspection three times before the start of the race. Johnson went two laps down early in the race, but recovered for his first top-15 of the season.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series head to ISM Raceway on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Ryan Newman scored the victory over Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch in 2017. Can the RCR driver repeat?
Will Harvick win three straight or will someone else earn their first victory of the season? Find out March 11th at 3:30 p.m ET on FOX.