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Kevin Harvick used tire strategy to gain track position for the final restart of Sunday's Foxwoods Casino Resort 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which he used to seize his first victory of 2019. The final laps were not easy on Harvick as he had to hold off an aggressive Denny Hamlin, who led the most laps in the race and dominated most of the afternoon. Contact between the pair made for an exciting and tense final lap, but Harvick came out on top to end his winless streak that stretched all the way back to November of last season.
This week, the series heads back to Pocono Raceway where Kyle Busch has won the past two races. Harvick has never won at the track, but with the monkey off his back it will be exciting to see what he is able to accomplish. Six races remain before the playoffs begin. While Harvick's win doesn't change the picture much, the battle is heating up around the cutoff line. Jimmie Johnson's troubles Sunday dropped him behind the line and Clint Bowyer is clinging to a slim advantage in 16th position.
Kevin Harvick – Harvick used tire strategy to gain track position for the final restart of Sunday's race in New Hampshire, which ultimately put him in position to hold off Denny Hamlin in the final laps to claim his long-awaited first win of 2019. The team ran well throughout much of the season but consistently found ways to