Kevin Harvick wins at Las Vegas, punches another ticket to NASCAR Chase

B_nBcjzVAAAFMTGWhen the 2014 defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion, Kevin Harvick, took control of Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), it was obvious he was the one to beat, as he was – to take his sponsor Jimmy John’s slogan – “freaky fast” all the way to victory lane.

Harvick, who led the most laps – 142 out of 267, received his first series victory of the 2015 season, his 29th series career victory, his first series victory at LVMS and joins Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson on the list for the “chase for the Sprint Cup championship.”

It was a great finish for second-place finisher Martin Truex Jr. (his third consecutive  top-10), and he was followed by Ryan Newman finishing third,  Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Denny Hamlin fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were AJ Allmendinger bringing home sixth, Brad Keselowski seventh, Kyle Larson eighth, Matt Kenseth ninth and Joey Logano claiming tenth.

After having to go to a back up car due to an accident on the final lap of “Happy Hour” (final) practice -resulting in having to start today’s race from the rear – pole-sitter Jeff Gordon finished a lap down in 18th.

With his victory today, Kevin Harvick leaves Vegas with a 9-point lead over Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 143.677 MPH
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 47 Mins, 15 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.640 Seconds
Lead Changes: 18 among 9 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 28 laps

Next Up: The CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 15th, with an approximate starting time of 3:50 pm (ET), and television coverage will be provided by FOX beginning with their 3:00 pm (ET) pre-race program.




Kobalt 400 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick 267 Running 142 48 5
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 267 Running 3 43 1
3 31 Ryan Newman 267 Running 14 42 1
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 267 Running 4 41 1
5 11 Denny Hamlin 267 Running 0 39 0
6 47 AJ Allmendinger 267 Running 0 38 0
7 2 Brad Keselowski 267 Running 9 38 1
8 42 Kyle Larson 267 Running 0 36 0
9 20 Matt Kenseth 267 Running 1 36 1
10 22 Joey Logano 267 Running 47 35 1
11 1 Jamie McMurray 267 Running 0 33 0
12 27 Paul Menard 267 Running 0 32 0
13 33 Brian Scott (i) 267 Running 0 0 0
14 16 Greg Biffle 267 Running 0 30 0
15 55 Brian Vickers 266 Running 0 29 0
16 41 Regan Smith (i) 266 Running 0 0 0
17 5 Kasey Kahne 266 Running 0 27 0
18 24 Jeff Gordon 266 Running 0 26 0
19 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 266 Running 0 0 0
20 3 Austin Dillon 265 Running 0 24 0
21 15 Clint Bowyer 265 Running 0 23 0
22 18 David Ragan 265 Running 0 22 0
23 38 David Gilliland 265 Running 0 21 0
24 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 265 Running 0 20 0
25 13 Casey Mears 264 Running 0 19 0
26 43 Aric Almirola 264 Running 0 18 0
27 10 Danica Patrick 264 Running 0 17 0
28 6 Trevor Bayne 264 Running 0 16 0
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 264 Running 0 15 0
30 95 Michael McDowell 264 Running 0 14 0
31 51 Justin Allgaier 263 Running 0 13 0
32 35 Cole Whitt 262 Running 0 12 0
33 14 Tony Stewart 262 Running 0 11 0
34 98 Josh Wise 261 Running 0 10 0
35 40 Landon Cassill (i) 261 Running 0 0 0
36 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 260 Running 0 0 0
37 34 Brett Moffitt 260 Running 0 7 0
38 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 258 Running 0 0 0
39 46 Michael Annett 257 Running 0 5 0
40 26 Jeb Burton # 254 Running 0 4 0
41 48 Jimmie Johnson 236 Running 45 4 1
42 19 Carl Edwards 227 Running 2 3 1
43 7 Alex Bowman 28 Engine 0 1 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings After Daytona
After Race 3 of the 2015 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 4 Kevin Harvick 134 Leader 3 1 3 3 0
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 125 -9 3 0 3 3 0
3 22 Joey Logano 123 -11 3 1 2 3 0
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. 118 -16 3 0 1 3 0
5 47 AJ Allmendinger 100 -34 3 0 0 2 0
6 5 Kasey Kahne 92 -42 3 0 0 1 0
7 48 Jimmie Johnson 91 -43 3 1 2 2 0
8 11 Denny Hamlin 87 -47 3 0 2 2 0
9 13 Casey Mears 87 -47 3 0 0 1 0
10 20 Matt Kenseth 85 -49 3 0 1 2 0
11 16 Greg Biffle 84 -50 3 0 0 1 0
12 31 Ryan Newman 82 -52 3 0 1 2 0
13 27 Paul Menard 82 -52 3 0 0 0 0
14 15 Clint Bowyer 81 -53 3 0 0 1 0
15 43 Aric Almirola 80 -54 3 0 0 0 0
16 2 Brad Keselowski 77 -57 3 0 0 2 1
17 38 David Gilliland 77 -57 3 0 0 0 0
18 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 75 -59 3 0 0 0 0
19 18 David Ragan 75 -59 3 0 0 0 0
20 10 Danica Patrick 68 -66 3 0 0 0 0
21 42 Kyle Larson 64 -70 3 0 0 1 1
22 3 Austin Dillon 59 -75 3 0 0 0 0
23 19 Carl Edwards 57 -77 3 0 0 0 0
24 6 Trevor Bayne 55 -79 3 0 0 0 0
25 1 Jamie McMurray 54 -80 3 0 0 0 1
26 46 Michael Annett 52 -82 3 0 0 0 0
27 34 Brett Moffitt 44 -90 2 0 0 1 0
28 51 Justin Allgaier 44 -90 3 0 0 0 1
29 95 Michael McDowell 44 -90 3 0 0 0 0
30 24 Jeff Gordon 42 -92 3 0 0 0 1
31 35 Cole Whitt 41 -93 3 0 0 0 1
32 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 38 -96 3 0 0 0 1
33 55 Brian Vickers 29 -105 1 0 0 0 0
34 14 Tony Stewart 27 -107 3 0 0 0 1
35 7 Alex Bowman 22 -112 2 0 0 0 1
36 98 Josh Wise 22 -112 2 0 0 0 0
37 32 Bobby Labonte 20 -114 1 0 0 0 0
38 55 Michael Waltrip 18 -116 1 0 0 0 0
39 26 Jeb Burton # 13 -121 2 0 0 0 0
40 44 Reed Sorenson 12 -122 1 0 0 0 0
41 66 Mike Wallace 8 -126 1 0 0 0 0
42 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -132 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie Untitledchase

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing 
After Race 3 of the 2015 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Points Behind Attempts
1 Tony Stewart 4 134 Leader 3
2 Rick Hendrick 88 125 -9 3
3 Walter Czarnecki 22 123 -11 3
4 Barney Visser 78 118 -16 3
5 Tad Geschickter 47 100 -34 3
6 Linda Hendrick 5 92 -42 3
7 Jeff Gordon 48 91 -43 3
8 JD Gibbs 11 87 -47 3
9 Bob Germain 13 87 -47 3
10 Joe Gibbs 20 85 -49 3
11 Michael Waltrip 55 84 -50 3
12 Jack Roush 16 84 -50 3
13 Gene Haas 41 83 -51 3
14 Richard Childress 31 82 -52 3
15 Richard Childress 27 82 -52 3
16 Rob Kauffman 15 81 -53 3
17 Richard Petty 43 80 -54 3
18 Roger Penske 2 77 -57 3
19 Brad Jenkins 38 77 -57 3
20 Richard Petty 9 75 -59 3
21 Joe Gibbs 18 74 -60 3
22 Tony Stewart 10 68 -66 3
23 Chip Ganassi 42 64 -70 3
24 Joe Falk 33 62 -72 3
25 Richard Childress 3 59 -75 3
26 J D Gibbs 19 57 -77 3
27 John Henry 6 55 -79 3
28 Felix Sabates 1 54 -80 3
29 Jerry Freeze 34 46 -88 3
30 Harry Scott 51 44 -90 3
31 Bob Leavine 95 44 -90 3
32 Rick Hendrick 24 42 -92 3
33 Bob Jenkins 35 41 -93 3
34 John Henry 17 38 -96 3
35 Harry Scott 46 37 -97 3
36 Archie St Hilaire 32 34 -100 3
37 Glen Wood 21 30 -104 2
38 Margaret Haas 14 27 -107 3
39 Ron Devine 83 25 -109 3
40 Ron Devine 23 23 -111 3
41 Tommy Baldwin 7 22 -112 3
42 Jay Robinson 62 22 -112 3
43 Mike Curb 98 22 -112 3
44 Anthony Marlowe 26 13 -121 3
45 John Cohen 44 12 -122 2
46 Michael Hillman 40 11 -123 3
47 Jay Robinson 66 8 -126 3
48 Curtis Key 30 2 -132 2
49 Robby Benton 129 0 -134 3

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 3 of the 2015 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Points Behind Wins
1 Chevrolet 137 Leader 2
2 Ford 126 -11 1
3 Toyota 120 -17 0

 

 

 

 

 

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