Harvick Makes Late Race Pass To Win Wild KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas

It shouldn’t come to a shock at all that Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. finished 1-2 in Saturday night’s KC Masterpiece 400 at the Kansas Speedway. After all, both have by far been the top two drivers on 1.5-mile tracks over the last few years. But, the big story is how they got there.

Harvick passed Truex for the lead coming to the white flag and never looked back en route to his 42nd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. It was his 14th on a 1.5-mile track and third overall in Kansas. It was also his fifth win in the first 12 races of the season too. 

Harvick, heads to Charlotte with four straight top five finishes and nine in 2018. He also now has eight top 10 finish in his last 10 Kansas starts.

So, don’t be surprised that the pole sitter led 79 out of the 267 laps in his No. 4 Ford in Saturday’s triumph.

Also you can’t be surprised that Truex Jr. earned a runner-up in his No. 78 Toyota. It was the sixth time that Harvick and Truex finished 1-2. Truex, swept both Kansas races last season and has seven top five finishes now in 2018.

Truex, passed Joey Logano on the Lap 252 restart and pulled away. He, Logano and five others didn’t pit under that caution. Harvick, who was leading at the time, did. He’d restart eighth. Logano and Truex would restart 1-2.

Truex, quickly got by but there would be a crazy caution flag fly one lap later for a fiery seven car melee in Turn 4. William Byron was inside of Clint Bowyer and he got loose while underneath him. He’d take a hard turn and make heavy impact with the outside SAFER barrier. Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet would get airborne and land on top of Ryan Newman’s front hood. Byron, would call it the heaviest hit of his young career.

Everyone would walk away, but Matt Kenseth was one of the victims in the crash.

It was the third caution in a 16 lap span as the first 230 laps saw only three yellows, all for stage breaks and the Lap 30 competition caution.

Ryan Blaney who led 54 laps and Kyle Larson who led a race-high 101 laps were involved in a crash Lap 247 accident when Blaney tried to side draft Larson but got into him and cut down a tire as a result. Both would have damage. Larson continued on, Blaney didn’t.

Those cautions helped Truex, but with four fresh Goodyear tires, Harvick quickly clawed back and it only took him nine laps to get to the lead.

Logano brought his No. 22 Ford home third for his 10th top 10 in 12 starts this season. It’s also his seventh top five finish in the last 10 Kansas races.

Larson finished fourth while Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five in his No. 11 Toyota.

Overall, Toyota didn’t start off with a good night. It took 255 laps before they’d lead and that comes after not leading a single lap last weekend in Dover. Chevrolet’s only laps led were the 101 by Larson and four by Austin Dillon. The Fords led the rest.

Speaking of Ford’s, Stewart-Haas Racing had three cars in the top 10 again, as to go along with Harvick’s win, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola came home eighth and ninth respectively.

The series has the All-Star race next weekend before the next points paying race being on May 27 for the Coca-Cola 600.

KC Masterpiece 400

  1.  4 Harvick
  2. 78 Truex Jr.
  3. 22 Logano
  4. 42 Larson
  5. 11 Hamlin
  6. 21 Menard
  7. 20 Jones
  8. 41 KuBusch
  9. 10 Almirola
  10. 18 KyBusch
  11. 17 Stenhouse Jr.
  12.  9 Elliott
  13. 38 Ragan
  14.  2 Keselowski
  15. 14 Bowyer
  16. 47 Allmendinger -1
  17.  3 A Dillon -1
  18. 88 Bowman -1
  19. 48 Johnson -2
  20. 34 McDowell -2
  21. 95 Kahne -3
  22. 32 DiBenedetto -4
  23. 43 Wallace Jr. R -5
  24. 72 LaJoie -5
  25. 00 Cassill -7
  26. 15 Chastain -8
  27. 55 Sorenson -8
  28. 19 Suarez -9
  29. 23 Gaulding -10
  30. 31 Newman OUT
  31.  1 McMurray OUT
  32. 66 Hill OUT
  33. 24 Byron R OUT
  34. 37 Buescher OUT
  35. 51 McLeod OUT
  36.  6 Kenseth OUT
  37. 12 Blaney OUT
  38. 13 T Dillon OUT

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