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Kevin Harvick put the pedal to the metal and ran out front for the majority of Sunday's Brickyard 400, claiming his second win in the race and gaining vital momentum ahead of the 10-race run to the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series championship. The win was Harvick's third of the season and second in the last five races. Harvick's surge into the playoffs could mean concern for Joe Gibbs Racing as their season-long dominance seems to be drawing level with other contenders. We have it all to play for this week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the top 16 championship contenders seek to get off on a positive note, perhaps with a win, in the first round of eliminations.
Joey Logano, who finished as the runner up Sunday in Indy, is the defending winner from the Las Vegas spring race. At that time, Penske Racing had a nice advantage over the rest of the field, but the times have changed since then. Sunday was Logano's first top-five finish since Chicago, and now all other 15 championship contenders will be reset in points and look to get out of the blocks quickly out West on Sunday.
Kevin Harvick – Harvick had speed on his side throughout Sunday's Brickyard 400 and used it to wrest away the momentum from the rest of the playoff field as he went on to win the final regular season race. Harvick drove a nearly perfect race as others around him suffered issues.