Kevin Harvick wins at Pocono for first time in Cup career

External News Wire | 06/28/20

Author: Associtated Press

Date: June 27, 2020

LONG POND, Pa. -- Kevin Harvick hit pause on that victory swirl of scorched rubber and billows of smoke at Pocono Raceway. Sure, he needed to save the engine for a repeat run in the same Ford and a shot at a weekend sweep in a Cup Series twin bill. He stood on his car alone in victory lane in front of another race with barren grandstands, with the only noise at the track a few cheers from his Stewart-Haas Racing crew.

It isn't much of a blowout if there's no one at the party.

"I'm not doing any more celebrations with nobody out there to celebrate with," Harvick said. "Until the fans come back, I'm not doing a burnout, I'm not standing on the car, I'm not doing any of that stuff. It doesn't feel right not having my team in victory lane."

Harvick snapped an 0-for-38 drought at Pocono, taking the checkered flag Saturday at one of two tracks where victory had eluded him.

Harvick won the first of two NASCAR Cup races in front of no fans this weekend at Pocono and will start 20th on Sunday, with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers.

The 44-year-old California driver has won at every active track except Kentucky Speedway (nine tries), and the 2014 series champion has three wins overall for SHR this season. He has three career wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, though he has lost two races on the Roval configuration.

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