Truex Jr. Overcomes Multiple Setbacks to Finish 9th in Texas

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Harvick warrants his shot at NASCAR cup title with victory in Texas.

Streaking away from pole victor Ryan Blaney during an overtime restart on Lap 336, Harvick won Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with the utmost of authority, sweeping the stages and leading a race-high 177 laps on the way to his series-best eighth victory of the season and a guaranteed spot in the November 18 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Harvick also won both stages at the 1 1/2-mile Texas track, the fourth time this season he did that and went on to win the race. Today he has earned his way in and he is going to attempt to be triumphant in another race and see what can be done on the home ground.

Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the AAA Texas 500 and clinching a position in the NASCAR Championship 4. "I've said my peace, told him what I thought and I'm here at Texas trying to win".

After Logano knocked him out of his first victory at a short track, Truex will try to get his first win at Texas, where he has 14 top-10 finishes and has led 595 laps — but never the last one. You would lap the same guys and they would run - they don't understand how hard it is to drive 20 miles per hour faster than them on their left side getting in the corner. He nearly won last week at Martinsville to ensure the chance for a championship repeat before Joey Logano's bump-and-run move on the last lap.

"That's the rule. I know people don't necessarily like all the rules, but that's the rule", O'Donnell said. However, a three-car incident involving Bubba Wallace, Chris Buescher, and Matt Dibenedetto caused headache for more than just the latter who suffered major damage late in the race. Truex Jr.is the driver who is now on the bubble right above the Championship 4 cut line, as he trails Busch by three points.

Blaney had taken the lead after the second restart in that final stretch, but Harvick had gone back in front and was still in the lead when Joey Gase's spin brought out the eighth caution.

Truex has a 25-point cushion on the current playoff cutoff going into the second race of the three-race third (semifinal) round of the Cup playoffs, ESPN notes.

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Logano flew off-line on the restart as Harvick got a stellar jump to beat Blaney. It's been either, we're in position to win, we've run up front all day, or something really stupid happens, or insane happens, like here in Texas. We got by him one restart and I just couldn't hold him off. ...

Other Notables: #2 Brad Keselowski P12, #88 Alex Bowman P14, #48 Jimmie Johnson P15, #24 William Byron P16, #18 Kyle Busch P17, #14 Clint Bowyer P26, #11 Denny Hamlin P30. "He motored around me". He finished 17, the last driver on the lead lap.

Truex had to start at the rear of the field because of an engine change.

Neither Truex nor Kyle Busch had a great race on Sunday, though they salvaged reasonable results to stay well above the playoff cut line.

Following the four-tire stop, Truex reported a vibration and 19 laps later his right-rear wheel got so loose that he was called back into the pits by crew chief Cole Pearn while the race was running under green-flag conditions. "To start exactly where we were I think is a decent day".

"He just continues to make things harder on himself".

"If that is the way he wants to race me when he is already locked into Homestead and we are out here fighting for our lives, that is fine", Almirola said. Harvick won there for the ninth time earlier this season.

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