Kevin Harvick dominates Atlanta for second win of 2020

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Kevin Harvick led 151 of the 325 scheduled laps to win the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series closed out the weekend at Atlanta with a 500-mile race Sunday afternoon. During pre-race, NASCAR made a powerful statement to the injustices going on in the country and held a moment of silence on the track with the cars stopped on the frontstretch.

Hometown driver Chase Elliott led the field to green to start the race and would lead all laps until the competition caution. Following the competition caution, Joey Logano would take the lead. During this time, William Byron would hit the wall in turn three and come to pit road for an extended amount of time. He would fall six laps down.

Kevin Harvick would eventually take the lead from Logano and would pace the field until green flag stops. He would cycle back to the lead, but would be passed by Martin Truex Jr. with around 20 laps left in the stage. Defending Atlanta winner Brad Keselowski would be among a handful of drivers who were caught speeding on pit road. A caution stemming from a spin by John Hunter Nemechek would force a late restart, but Truex would hold on to win the first stage.

Truex and Clint Bowyer would share the lead throughout stage two, but Bowyer choose a pit strategy that would push him to a run of 50-plus laps on a single set of tires. He would slide to a ninth-place finish in the stage while Truex went on to win stage two as well. Problems would occur on pit road for Bubba Wallace. Wallace had been running in the top 15 throughout the first 150 laps, but would be force to pit a second time during a green flag cycle due to a loose wheel.

In the final stage, it would be Harvick dominating the field for the final 100 laps to cruise to his second victory of the 2020 season.

The Joe Gibbs Racing teammates in Kyle Busch and Truex would finish second and third respectively. Ryan Blaney rebounded from a last-place finish at Bristol to finish fourth. Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

After starting the race one lap down for serving a pass-through penalty, Kurt Busch battled back to a sixth-place finish. Hendrick teammates in Jimmie Johnson and Elliott finished seventh and eighth respectively. Penske teammates Keselowski and Joey Logano rounded out the top 10.

Bowyer was running in the top 10 for most of the day, but with around 15 laps to go, he was having a tire go down and came down pit road. He finished 20th.

The Cup Series will hold a night race for the first time at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday.

Race results: https://www.jayski.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/06/07/2020-10cup-results.pdf

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