Kevin Harvick wins emotional Atlanta NASCAR Cup Series race

External News Wire | 06/08/20

Author: Associated Press

Date: June 7, 2020

Kevin Harvick turned in another dominating run at Atlanta Motor Speedway, cruising to victory over Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Cup race Sunday.

Competing again in front of empty grandstands, Harvick won for the second time since NASCAR returned from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, adding to his emotional victory at Darlington in the first race back.

Harvick came into the day having led 1,138 laps on the 1.54-mile Atlanta trioval, far more than any other driver in the 40-car field.

This one was more of the same. Harvick now has three victories in Atlanta, following up his triumphs in 2001 and 2018.

“It's one of my favorite tracks, for sure,” Harvick said. “I love to win here.”

On a reverse victory lap, Harvick held three fingers outside his car, a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt.

Harvick was the driver who replaced Earnhardt after the seven-time champion was killed in a crash at Daytona in 2001. A few weeks later, Harvick captured his first Cup victory in Atlanta.

He now has 51 wins — breaking a tie with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson for the 12th spot on the career list.

“To be able to celebrate how much Dale Earnhardt meant to me at a track where I got my first win because he wasn't in the car was pretty special,” Harvick said.

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