LAS VEGAS- Kevin Harvick has been the bridesmaid in the first two races of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. On Sunday, he was tried of being the bridesmaid as he wanted the day to be his day.
Harvick, dominated today’s Kobalt 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway en route to his 29th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“It’s so cool to win here in Las Vegas, and to start this West Coast swing off this way is pretty awesome,” Harvick said in Victory Lane. “Just to be in front of all these fans I’ve raced in front of since about the mid-‘90s… it’s pretty special to win here.”
The California native had to overcome an uncharastically bad qualifying run as he started today’s race at the 1.5-mile track 18th. But, like last weekend where he had to start even further back, he drove through the field pretty quickly. Once he got out front, he never looked back as his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was Freaky Fast.
Harvick, led a race-high 142 of the 267 laps en route to his sixth straight top two finish dating back to last season.
The ending though, left the defending Sprint Cup champion nervous as his car went away during the final stretch to the checkered flag.
“It wasn’t right,” Harvick said. “Luckily we were able to hang-on to it and had a good enough lead to where we could pace ourselves and be able to keep the lead, I guess.
“It got to be a handful there at the end. For whatever reason we got really, really loose the last run. Tires started vibrating and we were just kind of hanging on. Glad the race is over at that particular point for our own good.”
Harvick, now has the points lead heading to Phoenix next weekend as his finishes this year are second, second and first. He leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. by nine points heading to the one-mile track.
Martin Truex Jr. came away with yet another top 10 this afternoon as he brought his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet home second. It was Truex’s third top 10 in as many races to start the season as he already has half the top 10 finishes this year as he had all of 2014.
Ryan Newman used a great pit call in the final stretch run to come away third while Earnhardt and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
The only one that even had anything for Harvick today was Jimmie Johnson but last week’s winner developed tire issues as he cut a tire twice and got into the wall. He would finish a disappointing 41st on Sunday.
Eric Smith is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report covering Racing. He’s covered both IndyCar and NASCAR action since 2009 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by both the IndyCar Series and all three divisions of NASCAR racing.
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