Harvick, Truex advance to Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami
By Matt Courson
November 5, 2017
FORT WORTH—Kevin Harvick will compete for a second championship after claiming victory in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.
With 10 laps remaining, Kevin Harvick reeled in and passed the driver of the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops machine.
Harvick joins Kyle Busch as the only drivers to win in all three series at the Texas Motor Speedway.
“This feels so good,” Harvick said. “We have been qualifying well here and racing well ever since I have been at Stewart-Haas Racing and just never got it to work out to go to Victory Lane. Today we had to earn it.
“To be able to pass the 78 car for the win is something that is huge for our confidence and team knowing we need to go to another 1.5 mile at Homestead to race for the championship.”
Martin Truex Jr., the second-place finisher, also clinched a spot in the Championship 4 after having a 77-point lead leaving the Lone Star State.
“It’s a dream come true after last year’s disappointment, coming into this year with that as our focus and working so hard all year long,” Truex said. “Just the fight in this team, we never quit and we never give up. To win seven races, it’s been an amazing season.
“When you get two seconds in a row and you’re disappointed, it says something about your team and your confidence in them.
PHOENIX CLINCHING SCENARIO
Only one spot remains in the Championship round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Kevin Harvick have all secured spots at the South Florida racetrack.
The drivers on the outside looking in are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson.
With only one spot left, stage points may play a role in advancing to the championship round.
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