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NASCAR Xfinity series: Harvick makes it 3 in a row at Atlanta

Kevin Harvick won the race off pit road and the race itself.

Harvick came out first on the final round of pit stops and held off Joey Logano on the final restart with 23 laps remaining to win Saturday’s Hisense 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The win is Harvick’s 45th in the series, fourth career win at Atlanta and third in a row at the track.

Ty Dillon finished third, Chris Buescher was fourth and reigning series champion Chase Elliott was fifth.

Turning point

On a restart on Lap 140 of 163 after a caution, Harvick jumped to a quick lead on Logano and wasted no time putting considerable distance between himself and the rest of the field.

Three who mattered

Kevin Harvick: He continues to rack up Xfinity Series wins with JR Motorsports, which had all three of its drivers finish ninth or higher Saturday.

Joey Logano: He appeared to have the only car that could contend with Harvick but was slowed late in the race by a loose wheel.

Brad Keselowski: Keselowski worked as a TV analyst in the Fox Sports 1 TV booth and made an impressive debut (other than getting the series sponsor name wrong on occasion).

Observations

<bullet> Cup series drivers once again did well Saturday but Xfinity Series regulars still made up three of the top five and seven of the top 10 finishing positions.

<bullet> Xfinity Series teams seem to have some difficulty getting accustomed to NASCAR’s electronic pit road enforcement system. Several teams were penalized for having pit crew members over the wall too soon and having too many men over the wall.

<bullet> Dillon and Buescher head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend tied with the series points lead.

They said it

“I want to thank all those fans today because it’s been really cold this weekend, and it was great to see them out there.” – Kevin Harvick, race winner.

Next race

Boyd Gaming 300

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.

When: 4 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

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