2018-05-14 / Sports

Late pass does it for Harvick

BY DAVE SKRETTA
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan.

Nobody has been able to keep pace with Kevin Harvick this season.

Not even the reigning series champion on a track where he swept both races last season.

Harvick surged past Martin Truex Jr. with one lap to go Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, winning for the fifth time in what has turned out to be a record-setting start to the year. His total matches a career high for Harvick, who still has 24 chances to win a few more Monster Energy Cup Series races.

Nobody had ever won five of the first 12 races in NASCAR’s top series.

Harvick made the final pass as he crossed the start-finish line to take the white flag, while Truex chased him the final lap to finish second — a strong showing after his two wins at Kansas last year.

Joey Logano finished third, and Kyle Larson rallied from a late tangle with Ryan Blaney to finish fourth. Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five for Joe Gibbs Racing.

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