LOUDON, N.H.– Kevin Harvick utilized a late bump and run to win in 2015 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Repeating needed another bump, however there was little time for a run prior to Harvick crossed the goal 0.210 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin on Sunday.
“It turned into a wild finish,” Harvick stated after his very first NASCAR Cup Series success of the season.
Harvick offered Hamlin a late opening when he had problem browsing a group of vehicles that were off the lead lap. After almost capturing him on the back stretch, Hamlin made another gone through the last 2 turns however could not restore the lead.
“I just told him we were leaving on a tow truck or winning the race today,” stated Harvick, who had not won given that Texas in November.
Driving a backup automobile after trashing throughout a practice lap Friday, Hamlin led 113 laps however could not capture Harvick after pitting on a care after Kyle Larson blew a tire on the 265 th lap.
“I just could not break that barrier,” Hamlin stated. “I could not get him to make that one little slip to give me the bottom.”
The 43- year-old Harvick led the last 41 laps in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford for his 2nd straight success at the track. He has 4 success at the mile oval to connect the record set by Jeff Burton.
Harvick won at New Hampshire in 2015 after a late bump from behind knocked Kyle Busch off the lead. On Sunday, Harvick had a late bump once again, however this time it was pushing Hamlin simply enough to the side coming out of the last 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 stated.
Erik Jones was 3rd, and Ryan Blaney 4th.
NASCAR paid homage to team chief Nick Harrison, who passed away over night after Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.
NASCAR revealed Harrison’s death throughout the chauffeurs’ conference prior to the race Sunday and honored him with a minute of silence. No information were provided.
PLAYOFF POSITION: Joey Logano was ninth. He has a three-point lead over Kyle Busch in the point standings. Busch, who won the very first phase Sunday after certifying 2nd, completed eighth.
FIELD FILLING: Following Harvick’s success, 9 chauffeurs have actually clinched playoff berths with 6 regular-season races still to go.
UP NEXT: At Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.