Kevin Harvick wins All-Star Race in overtime finish
CONCORD, North Carolina -- Kevin Harvick prevailed in an overtime finish to claim his second win in the Monster Energy All-Star Race.
Harvick was able to pull away in the two-lap shootout to beat Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott.
He won all but one of the race’s four stages.
Harvick’s first All-Star win came 11 years ago to the day in 2007.
The victory in the exhibition race joins the five points wins the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has already accumulated this season.
“A special thanks to the Roush Yates Engine department, they put in a lot of effort, they love restrictor-plate racing and we won!” Harvick told Fox Sports 1. “Our car was super fast, I could accelerate well. If I could just get to Turn 2 even I felt like we were going to accelerate passed them on the backstretch. I was not very good on the bottom. I would push and slide, but in a straight line this thing was a rocket.”
The overtime finish was setup by an incident involving Joey Logano and Kyle Larson. Coming to two laps to go in the scheduled distance, Logano ran out of room exiting Turn 4, bounced off the wall and into Larson. The contact sent Larson spinning through the infield grass. Without any major damage, Larson finished seventh.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Kevin Harvick
STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Busch
STAGE 3 WINNER: Kevin Harvick
STAGE 4 WINNER: Kevin Harvick
WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Kasey Kahne managed to finish 10th on the lead lap after getting into the front stretch wall on Lap 6 of the third stage and ultimately going three laps down ... Chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez each finished in the top 10 after advancing from the Monster Open. Suarez won Stage 2 and Elliott won the fan vote. AJ Allmendinger, who won the final Open stage, placed eighth after making contact with the wall in Stage 2.
WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. were eliminated by an eight-car crash in the first overtime restart attempt in Stage 3. Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr were able to continue … Alex Bowman finished last after spinning on his own and hitting the wall out of Turn 2 with two laps left in the third stage ... Stenhouse and Kenseth started on the front row but quickly fell back. They never contended after the opening laps and finished 11th and 14th respectively.
NOTABLE: Kevin Harvick is the seventh driver to win the All-Star Race more than once ... Harvick joins Jimmie Johnson as only the second driver to win the All-Star Race more than once in the last 20 All-Star races.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “He fenced me, then I bounced off the wall, then there he was. After he fenced me, I bounced off. He happened to be there. Probably shouldn’t have fenced me.” - Joey Logano on his accident with Kyle Larson.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Coca-Cola 600 at 6 p.m. ET on May 27 on Fox.