Kevin Harvick wins at New Hampshire to advance in the Chase

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Kevin Harvick took advantage of a restart with six laps to go in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to earn his third win of the season.

Harvick quickly disposed of Matt Kenseth, who had been dominant in the second half of the race, to lead the final five laps. The win, Harvick’s second at New Hampshire, comes in his 100th start with Stewart-Haas Racing, the organization he joined prior to the 2014 season. Harvick won his first championship that same year.

Sunday’s victory automatically advances Harvick and the No. 4 team to the round of 12 in the Chase.

“Man, that worked out really good,” Harvick told NBCSN in victory lane. “My car was pretty good on the restarts, and once we got clean air there at the end, it wound up being really good out front. Just really proud of our team, they did a great job. On we go.”

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Kenseth finished second after leading 105 of 300 laps. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was in position for his third straight win at New Hampshire as he fended off repeated challenges from Martin Truex Jr. throughout the final 50 laps. However, Truex, who led a race-high 141 laps, fell from second to seventh on the second to last restart, which opened the door for Harvick.

“We talk about that stuff all the time,” Harvick said of the restarts. “I think for me it was just a smooth restart; I just didn’t want to spin the tires. I don’t know what happened to (Kenseth) or if I just timed it right, but worked out good when we got to Turn 1.”

Kyle Busch finished third, Brad Keselowski fourth, and Kurt Busch fifth.

HOW HARVICK WON: Harvick beat Matt Kenseth into Turn 1 on the race’s final restart with six laps to go.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Brad Keselowski finished fourth after spending much of the event outside the top 10 … Pole-sitter Carl Edwards rebounded from a commitment line violation to finish seventh … Kasey Kahne was the best of the non-Chase drivers with a ninth-place finish, his fourth consecutive top-10 finish.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Austin Dillon finished 16th in his backup car … Jamie McMurray finished 19th … Tony Stewart finished one lap down in 23rd-place … Chris Buescher finished two laps down in 30th-place.

NOTABLE: Sunday was Kevin Harvick’s 10th career Chase win, which includes at least one win in the last five seasons. The victory was the third at New Hampshire for Stewart-Haas Racing.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Last restart’s my fault. The one before that I thought I did right and (NASCAR radioed) down that they thought I slowed up before I restarted or something, so the last one I let Kevin lay back on me which we’re supposed to be side-by-side, and I should have known better. I should have just went really late in the zone and waited until he had to get up to my nose because he anticipated it just right and laid back and plus I spun the tire, so I got beat through (Turns) 1 and 2 and then it was over.” — Matt Kenseth

WHAT’S NEXT: The Delaware 400 is the final race in the round of 16 at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Saturday NASCAR schedule at Talladega Superspeedway

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Both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series will race Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Cup cars will start the day’s action by qualifying for Sunday’s playoff race, followed by the Truck playoff race and then the Xfinity playoff race.

Talladega Superspeedway (Cup, Xfinity and Truck)

Weekend weather

Saturday: Sunny. High of 78.

Saturday, Oct. 1

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup Series
  • 9:30 a.m. — Truck Series
  • 1 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon — Cup Series qualifying (NBC Sports app, Motor Racing Network, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Truck Series race (94 laps, 250 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 4 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (113 laps, 300 miles; USA Network, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega Xfinity starting lineup: Austin Hill wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Austin Hill will lead the field to the green flag Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway after scoring his first career Xfinity Series pole.

Hill won the pole Friday with a lap of 182.036 mph. He will be joined on the front row by fellow playoff contender Ty Gibbs (181.981 mph).

MORE: Talladega Xfinity starting lineup

Playoff drivers will start in seven of the top eight spots. The exception is Sheldon Creed, who will start third after a lap of 181.870 mph. Hill and Creed give Richard Childress Racing the first and third starting spots.

Justin Allgaier (181.529) qualified fourth and Brandon Jones (181.305) completed the top five. Noah Gragson, who has won four races in a row, starts sixth after a lap of 181.134 mph and is followed by playoff drivers Josh Berry (181.052) and AJ Allmendinger (180.932).

The Xfinity Series race is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Saturday on USA Network.

Talladega Truck starting lineup: John Hunter Nemechek wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — John Hunter Nemechek will start on the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race.

Nemechek earned the pole with a lap of 178.767 mph.

Nemechek is one of four playoff drivers starting in the top six: Chandler Smith (second, 177.732 mph), Zane Smith (fourth, 177.061) and Ty Majeski (sixth, 176.744). Majeski clinched a spot in next month’s championship race at Phoenix with his Bristol win.

MORE: Talladega Truck starting lineup

Also qualifying in the top five were Carson Hocevar (177.068) in third and Matt Crafton (176.960) in fifth.

Failing to qualify are Tim Viens, Spencer Boyd, Jason White and Natalie Decker.

Saturday Talladega Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather

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The second race of the opening round of the Xfinity playoffs takes drivers to Talladega Superspeedway.

Noah Gragson secured his spot in the next round by winning last weekend at Texas. Ryan Sieg holds the final transfer spot. Riley Herbst is the first driver below the cutline, one point behind Sieg. Also below the cutline are reigning series champion Daniel Hemric (-8 points), Brandon Jones (-12) and Jeremy Clements (-28).

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Talladega Superspeedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:09 p.m. … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:21 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 1 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m. … The invocation will be given at 4 p.m. … The Brookwood High School choir will perform the anthem at 4:02 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 113 laps (300.58 miles) on the 2.66-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 25. Stage 2 ends at Lap 50.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 4 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. and also will stream at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

STREAMING: NBCsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Sunny with a high of 78 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Noah Gragson won and was followed by Jeffrey Earnhardt and AJ Allmendinger.