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Kevin Harvick Dominates In Atlanta For 45th Career NASCAR XFINITY Series Win

Kevin Harvick Dominates In Atlanta For 45th Career NASCAR XFINITY Series Win

by February 28, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

HAMPTON, Ga. – Kevin Harvick led 101 laps en route to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Harvick now has an impressive 45 wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and Saturday’s win was his fourth at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“This has been a great racetrack for us through the history of the times we’ve been here, but the part that makes me the most excited is just seeing the pit crew accel – seeing all of the new guys on the race team that are coming to Victory Lane that have been to Victory Lane a lot of times before,” Harvick said.

Joey Logano who had been the fastest car all weekend long came up short and finished second. He has finished within the top-five in all five NASCAR XFINITY Series starts he has at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“We qualified up front and led a lot early,” Logano said. “We lost a little bit on our first pit stop to the 88 (Kevin Harvick) and then he was leading for a while, but we made some adjustments on our car and was able to pass him there towards the end of the race to retake the lead before the last pit stop. We came down pit road and lost a spot and then you’re starting on the outside. The outside here has no grip up there. I actually was able to get a decent restart and be able to still be door to door with Kevin and I thought, ‘We’re OK here. I’ve got a shot.’ If I can be door to door with him I’ve got a shot, but then the 9 (Chase Elliott) just gave him a shove and shoved him way up in front of me and that was kind of the end of that. I was trying different lanes and trying anything I could do to catch up to him.

“I started to make some ground, but then I had this huge vibration and at that point you’re just trying to not have to pit again to fix it. We just came up a little bit short. It seems like I finish second in this race all the time. I want to win it really bad. I want to win at this race track and I’m gonna keep trying to run this XFINITY race until I get it.”

Ty Dillon had an impressive third place finish on Saturday. Dillon Started 17th and fought his way up through the field. However, he just couldn’t catch up to the two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in front of him.

“Obviously racing against the guy who just won the Daytona 500 and the two guys who were battling for the championship – they obviously know what they’re doing,” Dillon said. “When you see them in front of you, you get hungry, and you want to get up there and battle with those guys. Hopefully down the road when I gain more experience, I’ll be able to compete a little better in that situation, but I’m proud of our run.”

Rounding out the top-five was Chris Buescher in fourth and defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, Chase Elliott in fifth. Paul Menard finished sixth, followed by Brian Scott, Matt Kenseth, Regan Smith and Kyle Larson.

The Hisense 250 only saw three cautions, and none were for multi-car accidents. On Lap 9, the first caution came out when Jeffrey Earnhardt spun in Turn 4. It wasn’t until Lap 87 when the caution was thrown once again, this time for debris. There was a caution on Lap 135 for fluid on the backstretch, as well.

Chris Buescher is tied with Ty Dillon in the point standings.

“This has been a great way to start our season,” Buescher said. “I’m so proud of these 60 guys. We’ve got a lot more to prove this year, but it’s been a really good start. Daytona was much better than last year and we’ve made pretty big progress on Atlanta. I’m looking forward to our west coast swing and hopefully we can get a couple spot improvement.”

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday March 7 for the Boyd Gaming 300. Coverage for the race will air live on FOX Sports 1 and the Performance Racing Network (PRN)at 4 p.m. ET.

Hisense 250 Results:
1.) #88 Kevin Harvick
2.) #22 Joey Logano
3.) #3 Ty Dillon
4.) #60 Chris Buescher
5.) #9 Chase Elliott
6.) #33 Paul Menard
7.) #2 Brian Scott
8.) #20 Matt Kenseth
9.) #7 Regan Smith
10.) #42 Kyle Larson
11.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
12.) #62 Brendan Gaughan
13.) #54 Erik Jones
14.) #18 Daniel Suarez
15.) #98 Sam Hornish Jr.
16.) #16 Ryan Reed
17.) #01 Landon Cassill
18.) #1 Elliott Sadler
19.) #28 JJ Yeley
20.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong
21.) #51 Jeremy Clements
22.) #8 Blake Koch
23.) #39 Ryan Sieg
24.) #4 Ross Chastain
25.) #19 Mike Bliss
26.) #44 David Starr
27.) #25 John Wes Townley
28.) #24 Eric McClure
29.) #15 Chris Cockrum
30.) #52 Joey Gase
31.) #13 Cody Ware
32.) #55 Jeffrey Earnhardt
33.) #90 Jimmy Weller
34.) #0 Harrison Rhodes
35.) #14 Cale Conley
36.) #70 Derrike Cope
37.) #74 Mike Harmon
38.) #97 Josh Reaume
39.) #40 Carl Long
40.) #89 Morgan Shepherd

NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Point Standings:
1.) #60 Chris Buescher
2.) #3 Ty Dillon
3.) #16 Ryan Reed -8
4.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. -17
5.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong -26
6.) #44 David Starr -27
7.) #2 Brian Scott -27
8.) #9 Chase Elliott -28
9.) #4 Ross Chastain -28
10.) #51 Jeremy Clements -30

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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