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Harvick sweeps stages in Charlotte Monster Energy Series playoff race

first_img5. Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing6 9. Ryan BlaneyWood Brothers Racing2 Stage 2 resultsKevin Harvick lost his main competition when Kyle Busch smacked the wall with his No. 18 Toyota on Lap 135 in Sunday’s Bank of America 500. Then, Harvick drove away in his No. 4 Ford with the Stage 2 win, his second of the day.Harvick and Busch battled from the beginning of Stage 2 when the two overtook Jamie McMurray shortly after the restart. Busch took the lead on Laps 98-116, then Harvick led Lap 117 before Busch regained the advantage for the next three laps.But 14 laps after Harvick regained the lead on Lap 121, Busch got loose between Turns 3 and 4 and took a hard hit to his right-rear quarter panel. The No. 18 was put on the five-minute clock as the crew worked on repairs. Busch returned to the track in 31st place and struggled with handling for the rest of the stage.Meanwhile, Harvick drove away to his fifth stage win of the season with a comfortable lead over second-place Chase Elliott. 6. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing5 8. Kurt BuschStewart-Haas Racing3 Stage 1 resultsKevin Harvick moved past Chase Elliott shortly after a restart en route to winning Stage 1. The stage win gave Harvick 10 race points plus a playoff point in the Round of 12 opener in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.Pole-winner Denny Hamlin led 40 laps in the opening stage, which was more than Harvick, who led 39 laps, but Harvick was often right on Hamlin’s bumper in the early going. After a wreck involving Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer about midway through the stage, Harvick had his chance to pounce and did so during the ensuing restart.Kyle Larson overcame a pit-road error when he missed his stall to rebound and finish fourth in the stage.Jimmie Johnson, who started 25th and has won eight times at Charlotte, moved up to 10th place in the first stage. 1. Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing10 8. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports3 6. Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing5 10. Jamie McMurrayChip Ganassi Racing1 7. Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing4 2. Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports9 2. Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports9center_img FinishDriverTeamRace points FinishDriverTeamRace points 5. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing6 3. Jamie McMurrayChip Ganassi Racing8 9. Daniel SuarezJoe Gibbs Racing2 4. Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing7 1. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing10 7. Matt KensethJoe Gibbs Racing4 4. Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing7 3. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing8 10. Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports1last_img

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