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NASCAR at Richmond 2022 Results: Kevin Harvick Wins 2nd Straight Race

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIAugust 14, 2022

AP Photo/Steve Helber

Kevin Harvick has now won back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series races after taking down the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday.

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RETWEET to congratulate <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinHarvick?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KevinHarvick</a> for WINNING at <a href="https://twitter.com/RichmondRaceway?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RichmondRaceway</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a> <a href="https://t.co/6EEUOddSiC">pic.twitter.com/6EEUOddSiC</a>

Harvick went 46 races without a win before earning the victory at the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway last week.

The victory marks Harvick's 60th Cup Series win all-time. Christopher Bell, Chris Buescher, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.

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Back-to-back for Happy Harvick.<br><br>Retweet to congratulate <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinHarvick?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KevinHarvick</a> on winning the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Federated400?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Federated400</a> at <a href="https://twitter.com/RichmondRaceway?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RichmondRaceway</a>. <a href="https://t.co/nYyQesK2sy">pic.twitter.com/nYyQesK2sy</a>

Fifteen drivers had points-earning victories leading into Sunday with three regular-season races remaining. Therefore, that group held down 15 of the 16 playoff spots.

Ryan Blaney had the most points of the non-winners and therefore held on to the 16th and final playoff spot. Martin Truex Jr. sat just 19 points behind Blaney in 17th.

The Blaney-Truex battle was at the forefront of the storylines heading into Richmond. However, there remained the possibility of another driver winning this race and taking that spot away from Blaney. Truex ended up seventh, while Blaney finished 10th.

Pre-race, the national anthem was sung by Specialist Maya Rodriguez of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Band amid the military flyover.

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πŸŽΆπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈβœˆοΈ We never get tired of this. <a href="https://t.co/eEbOSC104J">pic.twitter.com/eEbOSC104J</a>

Kyle Larson started out in front after winning the pole for Richmond.


Stage 1

Ross Chastain dominated Stage 1 by leading all 70 laps.

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Chasing Chastain.<a href="https://twitter.com/RossChastain?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RossChastain</a> takes Stage 1 and doesn’t look back.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Federated400?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Federated400</a> | πŸ’»<a href="https://t.co/r61CT6jvrS">https://t.co/r61CT6jvrS</a> <a href="https://t.co/VgX3jmTsBo">pic.twitter.com/VgX3jmTsBo</a>

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Ross Chastain leads all 70 laps of Stage 1 at Richmond.<br><br>2. Hamlin<br>3. Larson<br>4. Keselowski<br>5. Byron<br>6. Blaney (gained points on Truex)<br>7. Logano<br>8. Bowman<br>9. Custer<br>10. Truex (now 27 points behind Blaney as they run)

There wasn't too much action in this stage. Tyler Reddick spun out on Lap 3, which led to a caution, but he was able to continue the race.

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CAUTION 🟑<a href="https://twitter.com/TylerReddick?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TylerReddick</a> does a half-spin in Turns 3 &amp; 4, but does not sustain any damage.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FederatedAutoParts400?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FederatedAutoParts400</a> <a href="https://t.co/PcioPWTc8M">pic.twitter.com/PcioPWTc8M</a>

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"Too close to him, just snapped his left-rear," Tyler Reddick said about his Lap 3 spin. He started 26th. <br><br>"No matter what lane I was in, I was in dirty air so I think the car is good," he added. <br><br>First caution. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a>

The stage win marked Chastain's fifth of the season, but he ended up 18th on the day.


Stage 2

Stage 2 was a bit more eventful.

For starters, Joey Logano took the lead 11 laps in.

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Move <a href="https://twitter.com/joeylogano?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@joeylogano</a> to the lead at <a href="https://twitter.com/RichmondRaceway?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RichmondRaceway</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a> <a href="https://t.co/BNlkq1qT22">pic.twitter.com/BNlkq1qT22</a>

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also made contact with Truex while trying to get on pit road.

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CONTACT! <br><br>Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets into Martin Truex Jr. trying to get onto pit road. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a><br><br>πŸ“Ί : <a href="https://twitter.com/USA_Network?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USA_Network</a> <a href="https://t.co/d0HSs4IKoZ">pic.twitter.com/d0HSs4IKoZ</a>

It marked a rough stretch for Truex:

PRN @PRNlive

Martin Truex Jr. is having a bad time. He's very unhappy with his car on this run and he just got tagged by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who missed pit road.

Thankfully, the contact wasn't too bad:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Stenhouse missed pit road, came back in, then just got a speeding penalty. That strategy call is completely out the window now.

Ultimately, Logano won the stage.

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How you doin’?<a href="https://twitter.com/joeylogano?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@joeylogano</a> dominates Stage 2.<br><br>πŸ“@RichmondRaceaway | πŸ’» <a href="https://t.co/r61CT6jvrS">https://t.co/r61CT6jvrS</a> <a href="https://t.co/YLf4vsqzuj">pic.twitter.com/YLf4vsqzuj</a>

Logano ended up finishing sixth overall.


Stage 3

Chastain ran into Kyle Busch at the beginning of Stage 3, and both drivers spun out. Erik Jones and Truex also got involved.

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The Nos. 18 and 1 spin at the start of the Final Stage. <a href="https://t.co/gNPXAVPRGq">pic.twitter.com/gNPXAVPRGq</a>

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Ross Chastain into Kyle Busch = CRASH.<br><br>Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. are also involved. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a><br><br>πŸ“Ί : <a href="https://twitter.com/USA_Network?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USA_Network</a> <a href="https://t.co/iIc36j7Lix">pic.twitter.com/iIc36j7Lix</a>

Truex wasn't pleased with Chastain:

Dustin Albino @DustinAlbino

Caution is out for Ross Chastain getting into Kyle Busch and turning them both around. <br><br>"Fucking 1 car, man" Martin Truex Jr. says.<br><br>Truex, Erik Jones and a few others received damage.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a>

Chris Gabehart, the crew chief for Denny Hamlin, also offered his two cents:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Denny Hamlin crew chief Chris Gabehart, in his best announcer voice: "The latest caution is brought to you by Ross Chastain."

In the end, it was Harvick who took the lead late from Logano.

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Happy gets his run. <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinHarvick?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KevinHarvick</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/RichmondRaceway?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RichmondRaceway</a> <a href="https://t.co/D90iXJjPJs">pic.twitter.com/D90iXJjPJs</a>

Buescher was on Harvick's tail, but some traffic got in the way of him taking first.

Kelly Crandall @KellyCrandall

Chris Buescher having issues trying to get around Bubba Wallace and now Harvick has also gotten around Daniel Suarez. So, two cars in between them now

In the end, Harvick held off Bell to become the first back-to-back winner of the season.


What's Next?

The NASCAR Cup Series features two more races before the playoffs. Watkins Glen, New York, will host the next event on Sunday before the regular season wraps up in Daytona Beach, Florida, with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Aug. 27.

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