Harvick punches ticket to Championship 4

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Pole winner Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff event at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, securing his spot in the Championship 4 season finale.

NASCAR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) took on Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX, last weekend.

Pole sitter Kevin Harvick overcame a pit road penalty and drove to victory in the second race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, punching his ticket to the Championship 4 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (November 17). Harvick, who headed a 1-2-3 finish for Stewart-Haas Racing, led a race-high 119 laps of the 334-lap event.

The win marked his third straight victory at the 1.5-mile track in the fall event and fourth of the season.

Aric Almirola finished 2nd, 1.594 seconds behind his teammate, while Daniel Suárez, Joey Logano, and Alex Bowman rounded out the top 5.

The rest of the top 10 included Martin Truex Jr., who has also clinched a spot in the Championship 4 with his win at Martinsville, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones.

As they stand, Kyle Busch sits 3rd in the point standings (+22), with Logano in 4th (+20). Below the cutoff line are Denny Hamlin (-20), Blaney (-23), Kyle Larson (-23), and Chase Elliott (-78). Elliott is in a must-win situation headed into ISM Raceway, an elimination race, after placing 32nd at Texas when he slid into the outside wall on lap 9 and returned to the race seven laps down.

MENCS heads to ISM Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. (CST) for the final race in the Round of 8. NBC will televise the event. MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

A short-lived brake problem was no match for Christopher Bell in Saturday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff event at Texas. Bell dominated the race, leading 101 of 200 laps and winning all three stages. The win, his eighth of the year and first at Texas, guarantees him a spot in the Championship 4 finale.

Ross Chastain crossed the line second, 5.561 seconds behind. Austin Cindric took home 3rd, followed by Brandon Jones and John Hunter Nemechek.

With one race remaining in the Round of 8, Bell is the only driver who has clinched a spot in the championship finale. Cole Custer is 2nd in the point standings (+52), while Tyler Reddick is 3rd (+36) and Justin Allgaier 4th (+18). Sitting below the cutoff line are Chase Briscoe (-18), Michael Annett (-28), Cindric (-31), and Noah Gragson (-47), who is in a must-win situation going into ISM Raceway.

NXS will also be at ISM Raceway, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. (CST). NBC will televise the race, while MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will also be in action at ISM Raceway on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. (CST). FOX Sports 1 will televise the event, while MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

Talladega Superspeedway will kick off its 2020 season on April 24-26 with a tripleheader featuring the GEICO 500 (Monster Energy Cup Series), the MoneyLion 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series), and General Tire 200 (ARCA Menards Series). For additional information call 855-518-RACE (7223) or log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

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