Happy Harvick breaks winless drought at NH

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Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, celebrates in victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after scoring his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season on Sunday.

NASCAR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) took on New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH, this past weekend.

It was an intense battle between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin on the final lap of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at New Hampshire. Coming off the final turn, the No. 4 of Harvick made contact with the No. 11 of Hamlin, which slowed Hamlin’s machine and catapulted Harvick to victory, breaking a 21-race winless streak and giving Harvick his first win of the season.

It was Harvick’s second straight at the Magic Mile and fourth overall.

Hamlin crossed the line 2nd, .210 seconds behind.

Erik Jones took home 3rd, with Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto (second top five of the season) completing the top 5.

The rest of the top 10 included Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and pole winner Brad Keselowski.

Harvick, along with Hamlin, Truex, Kyle Busch, Logano, Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott have clinched spots in the MENCS Playoffs with wins this season.

MENCS will compete at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. (CDT). NBCSN will televise the event. MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

Christopher Bell, who led 186 of 200 laps, waxed the field in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) event Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire. It was Bell’s second triumph at the 1.058-mile track (second start), claiming his fifth victory of the season.

Runner-up and pole-sitter Cole Custer crossed the line 4.068 seconds behind.

Justin Allgaier followed in 3rd, with Tyler Reddick in 4th, and Cup Series regular Paul Menard in 5th.

With wins this season, Bell, Custer, Reddick, and Michael Annett have secured spots in the NXS Playoffs.

NXS will be at Iowa Speedway, Saturday, July 27 at 4 p.m. (CDT). NBCSN will televise the race, while MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will return to action at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 27 at noon (CDT). FOX will televise the event. MRN and Sirius XM will provide radio coverage.

NASCAR action returns to Talladega Superspeedway, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, for its doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend, October 11-13. The Sugarlands Shine 250 for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will kick off the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 12. The weekend’s anchor event, the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13. For tickets, or more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223)