Harvick Trounces NNS Field At Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. – Kevin Harvick left no doubt as to who was the man to beat on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, dominating the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Great Clips 300 on his way to victory.
Harvick led the last 159 laps and held off Joey Logano to score his second consecutive NNS win at Atlanta and the third of his career at AMS. It’s also his third win of the season and his third with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports operation.
JRM has a series-best eight wins this year, the highest single-season total in the nine-year-old team’s history.
“This thing was bad fast from the drop of the green flag,” Harvick said of his No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro.
He wasn’t lying. The Bakersfield, Calif. native took the lead from points leader and JRM teammate Chase Elliott on lap 37 and never looked back.
“(Harvick) pretty well had us covered,” said Elliott, a Dawsonville, Ga. native who won the pole in his first NNS start at his home track.
The race set a Nationwide Series record for fewest lead changes (one) in a race on a 1.5-mile track.
Logano finished second for Team Penske, followed by Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Elliott. Regan Smith was sixth with Brian Scott seventh and David Ragan eighth. Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top 10.
Harvick’s 159 laps led make him the Nationwide Series’ all-time leader in laps led at Atlanta with 667.
“This is one of those racetracks where I like the challenge of everything you get to do here,” Harvick said.