Kevin Harvick has advanced to the second round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase after winning Sunday’s Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The Stewart-Haas and Team Chevy driver, who finished 20th last week and was nearly knocked out of the Chase, caught a break when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Reed Sorenson wrecked on Lap 291 of 300 and brought out the yellow.
With six laps to go, Harvick lined up on the grid on the inside of Matt Kenseth and easily pulled away from the Joe Gibbs Racing driver when the green came out. Kenseth was unable to hang with Harvick over the closing laps, with the 40-year old winning by a .442 second margin.
“Man, that worked out really good,” said Harvick told NASCAR.com post-race. “The car was pretty good on the restarts. Once we got clean air there at the end, it wound up being really good up front. I’m just really proud of our team. They did a great job.”
Behind Harvick and Kenseth in third was Kyle Busch, while Brad Keselowski and last week’s race winner Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five. The four Chase driver’s outside of the top 12 cutoff now include left Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart and Chris Buescher, all of whom will need a strong finish at dover to keep their hopes alive.