Late Race Speeding Penalty Costs Kevin Harvick Race Win

Hampton, GA – Kevin Harvick can thank the new stage points in NASCAR, because without them, he’d be toast. Harvick, has 47 stage points which has him in the points lead heading into Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend. But, he should have a race win to his total too.

Harvick, was the class of the field in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon from the Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading a race-high 293 of the 325 laps from the 1.54-mile Georgia track. It was the fourth straight time he’s led the most laps at Atlanta, none of which though, he’s actually won the race.

In 2016, Harvick led 131 laps in Atlanta but failed to win in the end. In 2015, he led 116 more. In 2014, he led 195 circuits. None of which he went to victory lane.

Add 293 more to that total.

I don’t know what Harvick did, but he just can’t seem to win at Atlanta. He won his first career Cup race here in 2001, the first since Dale Earnhardt’s death at Daytona, but he’s yet to win since.

Today, he had nine pit stops, seven of which he exited first, but two of the last three cost him. He won the first two stages of the race easily and was collecting bonus point after bonus point.

Now, he’s going to go back home and regroup on what might have been. This was his race to lose as he even exited pit road on the final stop with 15 to go in the lead. Instead, he was speeding on pit entry which forced him to the tail end of the line.

He’d finish a disappointing ninth.

Just goes to show that you can’t ever lose focus.

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