Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Kevin Harvick opens chase for 3rd straight NASCAR Cup win

Kevin Harvick opens chase for 3rd straight NASCAR Cup win

Harvick's victory last Sunday in Las Vegas was marred by penalties that were fueled by social media photos of his buckled rear windshield. Like I said, it would have been nice to get the pole and get that done. I didn't think we were going to be the second-best auto today but we actually had a shot to out-race 'em and beat 'em, but it just didn't work out. "We were fifth here in the fall and that was about all we can do".

"We had a good game plan coming here and I had to adjust my driving a little bit and the guys made adjustments to the auto and it all played into our hands". We didn't stomp them, but we won. "We will have a good vehicle come Sunday and hopefully, be in Victory Lane where it really matters". "Just really proud of everybody on this 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Toyota and definitely a good starting spot". It put a fire in our belly.

Also the victor two weeks ago in Atlanta, he's trying to become the first driver to win three straight since Joey Logano in 2015.

Harvick took the lead with 22 laps left when Ryan Newman finally made his last stop on the sunny day after morning rain.

Sunday's result was Elliott best since Cup's last visit to the 1-mile track in November when he finished second to Matt Kenseth.

Harvick broke a tie with Busch with 14 NASCAR national-series victories at the track.

Chase Elliott became the first Hendrick driver to earn a top five in 2018 as he finished third in the TicketGuardian 500.

Harvick was extra-motivated following the NASCAR penalties from Las Vegas.

"Actions speak a whole lot louder than all the words I can say this week, tweets that you can send out".

NASCAR said Wednesday that inspectors at its research and development center in North Carolina found the Ford violated a rule requiring rear window support braces holding the glass rigid, and another requiring the right rocker panel extension to be aluminum. He was docked 20 regular points and the team lost 20 owners' points. The company is working hard to discover the subtleties of the new Camaro ZL1 race auto while dealing with a new organizational model that has all four crew chiefs in the same building.

Harvick regained the points lead Sunday, moving 12 ahead of Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch won the first 75-lap stage, and brother Kurt Busch took the second in a one-lap shootout after a caution period.

Sebastien Bourdais wept as he crossed the finish line Sunday for his second consecutive victory at St. Petersburg.

Harvick began the streak at Atlanta after crashing and finishing 31st in the season-opening Daytona 500. "I don't know if we had brake fans or not because we didn't have any other fans, everything inside the auto quit". We had a good pit stop there to give us the lead and just felt I needed a little bit more forward drive there to put the power down in front of (Harvick). Is he going to come back? I mean, there's the pit road stuff, the green-flag stops, the length of the races and then just learning Darrian and my guys to know what to do. It's been pretty hard for myself.

"I didn't get the best restart in the world", Wickens said.

INDYCAR: In a new vehicle and on a slick racing surface, rookie Robert Wickens snatched the pole away from Will Power for Sunday's season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. He turned a fast lap of 134.544 miles per hour.

Rossi tried to dive inside of Wickens entering the first turn when the two cars made contact and Wickens spun off the course.

Bourdais, meanwhile, slid by both cars from third for the victory.

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