MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
KC Masterpiece 400
Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Team: No. 4 – Busch Light Ford
Owner: Stewart-Haas Racing
Crew Chief: Rodney Childers
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “Well, I think this weekend shows really how good the race team is. Everything didn’t go exactly smooth and everybody just kept a good demeanor about things and kept calm and kept working through things. The same thing tonight. Everybody just kept working through trying to make the car better and we were able to wind up in Victory Lane. Those are the days that you just grind it out.”
-- Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick won the 8th annual KC Masterpiece 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Kansas Speedway Saturday night. For Harvick, it was his 42nd win in 622 career MENCS starts and his series-high fifth this year, including his second straight after winning at Dover last week.
With Saturday’s win, Harvick equaled his career-best for victories in a season (5), a figure he also attained in 2006 and 2014.
Saturday’s victory marked Harvick’s 10th top-10 finish and ninth in the top-5 in 12 MENCS races this year.
It was Harvick’s third victory in 25 career MENCS races at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick is the first driver to record as many as five wins within the first 12 MENCS races of a season since Jeff Gordon in 1997.
Martin Truex Jr. finished second while Joey Logano finished third. For Truex it was his seventh top-10 showing in 12 races this year while it marked Logano’s 10th top-10 finish.
Ryan Blaney won Stage 1 of Saturday’s race while Kyle Larson took Stage 2.
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace (23rd) was the highest finishing rookie.
With wins to their credit this year, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano have clinched spots in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In 17 career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kevin Harvick has finished in the top-10 15 times and the top-5 on nine occasions. This includes a victory in the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 when he claimed the first Cup title of his career in what was the first Championship 4 format.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
The NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) was off this weekend and will return to action on May 26 with the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
With wins to their credit this season, rookie Tyler Reddick, Ryan Preece, Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier have clinched spots in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Noah Gragson won the 18th annual 37 Kind Days 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Friday at Kansas Speedway. It was his second victory in 31 career NCWTS starts, and his first since October 20 of last year at Martinsville.
In the process, Gragson earned a spot in the 8-driver 2018 NCWTS playoff field, as the champion will be decided on Friday, November 16 in the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kyle Busch finished second while Stewart Friesen was third.
With wins this year, NCWTS regulars Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt and Noah Gragson have secured spots in the NCWTS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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