The result marked Harvick’s second victory at Bristol, with his first win at the 0.533-mile track coming back in 2005. Slotting in behind the Stewart-Haas Racing driver in second was Roush Fenway’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr., followed by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin in third.
Harvick led the majority of the closing 200 laps Sunday, but it was JGR’s Kyle Busch that laid claim to the most laps led. Busch led a total of 256 circuits, however he was put out of contention after a suspension failure caused him to spin in Turn 2 on Lap 358 of 500. As his No. 18 Toyota sat on the track he was hit by Justin Allgaier, whose car then ricocheted up the track and collected Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr as well.
The Busch family’s bad luck continued shortly after, with Kurt Busch spinning his no. 41 Chevrolet on Lap 372 and collecting Team Penske’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. The 11 car wreck forced Busch to retire from the race, along with Matt Kenseth and rookie Ryan Blaney.
Other strong Chevy finishers apart from Harvick included Austin Dillon in 4th, Jimmie Johnson in seventh, Jamie McMurray in eighth and AJ Allmendinger in ninth. Jeff Gordon finished a strong 11th in the No. 88 Chevrolet he is currently driving for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.