Kevin Harvick Wins at Kansas

Harvick passes Truex with 1 lap to go to win at Kansas Speedway

But on Lap 79 of 80 in Stage 1, Harvick had caught back up and challenged Blaney for the Stage 1 win. Kevin Harvick surged past Martin Truex Jr. with one lap to go to win at Kansas Speedway, his fifth win in what has turned out to be a dominant start to the season.

Harvick had run near the front all night, but needed a little magic after a restart with nine laps to go saw him in sixth, with Truex, who had won the last two races at Kansas, doing everything he could to hold Harvick off as the laps wound down.

Harvick finished second, with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Larson rounding out the top five, respectively.

NASCAR's top division will return to action on Saturday, as they race the All-Star Open at Charlotte. Like three or four to go, my vehicle just got real tight and chattered the right-front off of Turn 4. The hometown hero Clint Bowyer returned to the race after the wreck and was the last auto on the lead lap of the KC Masterpiece 400.

"Definitely (from the damage) because I didn't have it until after Blaney and I got together, so I'm glad to see that we have a lot of damage back there", Larson said.

Larson had no trouble staying out front to the end of Stage 2, his first stage win since last season's finale at Homestead, with Harvick second, Blaney third and Kyle Busch and Logano rounding out the top five.

The final restart was set up by a dramatic wreck that began when William Byron lost control in Turn 4 on Lap 253.

Truex led the series with eight wins last season and ran up a huge lead in playoff points during the regular season. We just haven't been as consistent as past year in finding it. But Harvick's No. 4 auto swept past Logano and Hamlin on the outside to put Truex in his sights, then closed down the lead before overtaking the reigning series champion with a lap to go. Local favorites Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray were among a half-dozen cars involved.

"Yeah, that one hurt really bad", Byron said. "We took two tires and just couldn't get it turned on the bottom". I think, overall, we were trying to kind of push some things there and it just didn't work out. But the No. 4 auto swept past Logano and Hamlin on the outside to put Truex in his sights, then Harvick closed on the lead until finally overtaking the reigning series champion with a lap to go.

After his week started on a high with the birth of his daughter, Larson was on his way to capping it with a win. That left team owner Chip Ganassi kicking a pit cart in frustration.

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