Tha Sports Junkies 101

Kevin Harvick Scores Second-Straight Win in Las Vegas

Photo by NASCARMedia


After dominating last week’s race in Atlanta, Kevin Harvick came to Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the pre-race favorite. It took him only 1 lap to get to the lead, and he hardly looked back. In the end, Harvick would lead over 200 laps in winning his second-straight race.

The Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway started with Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney on the pole. Blaney would lead the opening lap, but Harvick charged around him on the outside on lap 2 to take the lead.

Harvick’s performance was strikingly similar to Martin Truex Jr.’s Las Vegas race a year ago, as he would win both of the race’s opening stages. By the end of the day, Harvick would lead 214 of 267 laps, the most ever by a Las Vegas winner.

Signs of Things to Come?

Aside from Harvick, several drivers in need of success had solid performances. Jimmie Johnson, currently in the longest winless streak of his career, finished 12th after starting in the rear. Johnson’s day was not free of troubles though, as he was lapped on lap 33, and had a spin on lap 176. However, a lucky dog received on lap 184 would salvage the day for team 48.

The points leader heading into Las Vegas, Joey Logano, who missed the Playoffs in 2017, was a strong contender all day, finishing 7th.

On lap 177, the caution was brought out for Jamie McMurray making heavy contact with the turn 2 wall, as he cut a tire. Following this, another caution came out on lap 184 for Kurt Busch spinning off of turn 4 and collecting Chase Elliott.

The top 10 finishers in Las Vegas were Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Truex, Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Logano, Erik Jones, Paul Menard, and Aric Almirola.

The significance of this win for Harvick

Across all 3 NASCAR national touring series, Kevin Harvick now has 100 wins. He joins a very elite list of drivers with triple-digit wins. They include Richard Petty, Kyle Busch, and David Pearson. This also marks Harvick’s 39th win in the Cup Series, 15th win with Stewart-Haas Racing, and second-straight win in 2018. Harvick has won back-to-back races 4 previous times in his career.

The next stop for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Statistically, Phoenix is the best racetrack for Kevin Harvick, as he has 8 wins there. His most recent Phoenix win came in 2016. Don’t miss a minute of racing action from Phoenix! The Ticket Guardian 500 will be live from ISM Raceway on Sunday, March 11 at 3:30 PM EST. Coverage will be live on Fox, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.