King Kevin: Harvick wins record fifth victory at Atlanta
By Matt Courson
February 24, 2018
HAMPTON, Ga.— Kevin Harvick led for 141 circuits Saturday en route to his fifth career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Rinnai 250.
The driver from Bakersfield, California has now won three out of the last five XFINITY Series events at the speedway.
“It’s just been a really good place for me obviously getting my first Cup win here and being able to run good cars throughout the years and the racetrack has stayed very similar to what it’s been for a number of years,” Harvick said post-race.
“I think as you look at the techniques and the things that I do in the car and they give me what I want in the car as far as the feel and it just applies here.”
According to FOX Sports, Harvick tied Tony Stewart for most victories at a single track with four different teams.
Joey Logano finished second followed by rookie Christopher Bell. John Hunter Nemechek finished fourth in his XFINITY Series debut and the No. 1 driven by Elliott Sadler finished in the fifth position.
The lone caution for a crash came out early in the race on lap 12. Rookie John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Elliott Sadler and turned down the track into the No. 00 driven by Cole Custer.
Custer was unable to avoid the spinning Nemechek and slammed into the outside wall along the frontstretch and spun down the track.
“I was just kind of biding my time there trying to save my tires and I don't even know exactly what happened. I just got hit going down the straightaway and got wrecked from there.
“It kind of sucks because I thought we had a pretty good car. I just don't really know what else to do.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series leaves the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway and heads to its sister track in Las Vegas next Saturday (4:00 p.m EST)
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