Kevin Harvick won for the first time at Texas, ending Martin Truex’s streak of wins on intermediate tracks. The win was Harvick’s second of the season and his 37th career win.
Harvick passed Truex with nine laps left in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and pulled away to win by 1.580 seconds.
Truex and Busch have set the standard during the 2017 playoffs, winning at every track except for Talladega, but Harvick continually loomed. He finished third at Chicagoland to open the ‘second season’ and third again at Charlotte, He was eighth at Kansas and fifth at Martinsville.
“Damn, it’s good to be in Victory Lane here in Texas,” Harvick said. “I knew I had a really good car. I knew I had to do something different. I started driving a whole lot deeper in Turn 1. I started doing that earlier in the race, but I was afraid I didn’t have the brakes to continue to do that all day. So I waited until the end and was able to get on the outside of Martin off Turn 2 and got him loose and brushed across the back of him and was able to get by on the outside down there.”
2nd place went to Martin Truex Jr., in 3rd place was Denny Hamlin, 4th place was secured by Matt Kenseth, and 5th place went to Brad Keselowski.