Kevin Harvick still looking for breakthrough win at Texas Motor Speedway

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While Jimmie Johnson has had a stranglehold on Chase races at Texas Motor Speedway since 2012, it has been a different story for Kevin Harvick.

Harvick enters the AAA Texas 500 as the only Chase driver without a victory at Texas. Johnson, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin have multiple wins at Texas, while Kurt Busch and Joey Logano have been to victory lane once.

Texas is also one of four tracks Harvick does not have a Sprint Cup Series victory. However, he has finished second at Texas twice, and both of those finishes were to Johnson in fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015.

In fact, the connection between Johnson and Harvick goes a bit further:

  • Harvick has finished second to Johnson in five of Johnson’s last eight wins at 1.5-mile tracks
  • Since moving to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, Harvick has earned 23 runner-up finishes, with eight of those being to Johnson (35 percent)
  • In their careers, Johnson and Harvick have finished 1-2 on 14 occasions, but Harvick was the winner only two of those 14 times and both wins came when he was driving for Richard Childress Racing

Johnson goes into this weekend having already locked his spot into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway after winning at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick finished 20th and sits sixth on the Chase grid. He is 16 points out of a transfer spot with Texas and Phoenix International Raceway ahead.

But not all is lost for Harvick at Texas.

While winless in the Sprint Cup Series, Harvick does have 15 top-10 finishes in 27 starts at Texas. He also has six top-five finishes with 116 laps led and 111 of those laps have come in his last five starts.

Harvick’s numbers in the Xfinity and Truck Series are even better. Harvick has won five Xfinity races at Texas in 18 starts, as well as one Truck race in four starts.

As for Harvick’s most recent run at Texas, he finished 10th in the spring Sprint Cup race.

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Kyle Larson fastest in final practice for Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson topped the final practice session for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 with a speed at 186.400 mph.

The Cup points leader, Larson will start 39th in the race because his No. 42 Chevrolet didn’t clear inspection in time to qualify.

Ryan Blaney (185.861), Matt Kenseth (185.046), Kurt Busch (184.856) and Erik Jones (184.818) rounded out the top five.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh fastest at 184.433 mph. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 20th fastest at 182.648 mph.

Jimmie Johnson recorded the most laps in the session with 47.

Jamie McMurray had the best 10-lap average at 180.914 mph.

The session was stopped for a caution once after Brad Keselowski spun exiting Turn 4.

Click here for the full practice report.

Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed at 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five was completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Busch recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

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Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams were held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race because it failed inspection three times.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes after neither qualified Thuraday because their cars didn’t clear inspection in time.