Kevin Harvick wins at Charlotte!
The night race at Charlotte was similar to the races at Charlotte we’ve seen in the past; lots of green flag racing and drivers competing at speeds close to 200 miles per hour.
Gordon led several laps and he too eventually lost the lead, as Kevin Harvick made his way to the front of the race.
And while several Chase drivers were able to get to the front early in the race, others had to fight their way from the back of the field. Matt Kenseth for example, was forced to the end of the field for unapproved adjustments according to NASCAR.
Kenseth was one of the biggest movers of the night. At one point he had moved up 21 positions since the start of the race.
Other Chase drivers ran into trouble at Charlotte, as Dale Jr. who was running up front, broke a shifter and had to take a pit road penalty to see if his pit crew could fix it.
Kevin Harvick continued to lead at Charlotte as the race reached the halfway point.
The race stayed green for a majority of the night, with only a few cautions coming out.
Kyle Busch was able to make it back to the front, but Kyle Larson was using the high line at Charlotte to outrun drivers in front of him.
Larson would move up to second and pass Busch around Lap 265.
A caution a couple of laps later put Larson back to seventh and Brad Keselowski out in front.
Keselowski though, ran into trouble when he tried to block the 20 of Matt Kenseth and caused the 20 car to get into his back bumper.
Denny Hamlin took advantage of the little scuffle and passed them both but didn’t have much time to enjoy first place as Kevin Harvick emerged around lap 40 to take the lead back.
Harvick continued to lead and even a late race caution couldn’t slow down the 4 car.
And while Harvick was celebrating in Victory Lane, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth were fighting with Brad Keselowski after the race. Teams had to be physically separated.
Now with Talladega being the last hope to desperate drivers next week should make for one of the craziest races of the season!