KEVIN HARVICK SETS THE PACE TO WIN THE DAY AND THE PENNZOIL 400
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Greetings sports fans one and all and welcome once again to your Valley News Sports Beat. Sunday morning thunder rolled across the Las Vegas valley as the good old boys and their fast shiny toys ran for victory at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Pennzoil 400.
Only three races into the 2018 NASCAR and already driver Kevin Harvick is setting the pace in the mad dash for the 2018 Monster Energy Series Cup by winning his second straight race and his second at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag with an impressive 2.906-second lead well out in front of Las Vegas native Kyle Busch who finished second. Next came Kyle Larson who was more than 16 seconds short of the win. Crossing the finish line in ninth-place was Paul Menard who was also the last driver on the lead lap.
For, Kevin Harvick this is his 39th victory in the Monster Energy Series and the 100th win over all three of NASCAR’s national touring series combined. He’s now in a three-way tie with drivers Tim Flock and Matt Kenseth for 19th place on the overall victory list which moves Harvick into third place among all of the active drivers on the circuit.
Driving the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, Harvick took the Monster Energy Series lead by three points over second-place Joey Logano and by four points over third-place Ryan Blaney, who started from the pole on Sunday. Blaney would lead the race for only one lap. The very first one.
“As you look at the last two weeks and our 1.5-mile program in general, it has been really good since I started here at SHR,” said Harvick, “They put a lot of effort into everything we do from every standpoint to get these cars going like they are. It’s great to win on the West Coast for me.”
Leading the pack for a total of 214 of the 267 lap race, he set a record for the most lead laps ever run by a winner at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR series races. His fastest lap being clocked at just over .4 seconds faster than the quickest lap posted by any other driver.
Having won the first two stages of the race handily, Harvick picked up two Playoff points and now the real race is on towards the final victory lap at the end of the season when one driver will stand alone as Champion and hoist the Monster Energy Series-NASCAR Cup.
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