Kevin Harvick said Friday there is no such thing as driving too many laps around Auto Club Speedway.
The track is distinctive with the seams and cracks that result from no recent repaving. Harvick was happy to do double-duty this weekend and he made the most of it by winning the Drive4Clots.com 300 in the Xfinity series.
This was Harvick’s second victory in Xfinity this season and he dominated nearly the entire race, leading 100 of a possible 150 laps.
Brendan Gaughan finished second, followed by Erik Jones, Chase Elliott and Chris Buescher.
Harvick had a strong restart coming out of the last caution. So long as the rest of the race stayed green-flag, there was no chance of him being caught. He had more than a three-second lead over Gaughan at the finish, which was reflective of the last 40 laps of the race.
Three who mattered
Kevin Harvick: Between Xfinity and Sprint Cup, Harvick is having about as dominant a start to his season as is imaginable.
Brendan Gaughan: Was more ticked off he didn’t get another restart to chase down Harvick than he was proud to finish second.
Denny Hamlin: He was penalized in the last 40 laps for speeding down pit road during a green-flag pit stop.
▪ Buescher’s Ford was sent to the back of the field when his crew lost control of a tire during an early pit stop. He was eighth when the caution came out.
▪ Track conditions were good enough Saturday that there was occasional four-wide racing.
▪ Austin Dillon had some rotten luck the first third of the race when his engine powered down. He managed to get back to pit row and eventually to the garage for repairs.
They said it
“He is an amazing racecar driver. We’re just now realizing how incredible he is.” – team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Harvick’s skill.
Three tweets from Saturday’s race:
O’ReillyAuto Parts 300
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth.
When: Friday, April 10, 8:30 p.m.
Radio: Performance Racing Network.