TEXAS

THREE THINGS WE LEARNED

The Progress-Index - - NASCAR THIS WEEK - — God­win Kelly, god­win.kelly@ news-jrnl.com

1. Har­vick calls it

Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing 10th-place fin­ish at Martinsville, Kevin Har­vick said he would turn things around at Texas. He kept his prom­ise. He led 177 of 337 laps and sur­vived three late restarts and over­time to win and get his golden ticket to the Cham­pi­onship Round.

2. Busch League day

Kyle Busch had a rot­ten day at Texas. He fin­ished 17th. “We had a fast car,” crew chief Adam Stevens said. “You speed on pit road, you go to the back and you have a loose wheel un­der green, then lose a cou­ple laps.” The only good news is that Busch re­mains up in points.

3. Un­usual five

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, the driv­ers still alive in the NASCAR play­offs hog top-five po­si­tions out of des­per­a­tion. Three of the top five driv­ers at Texas were not cham­pi­onship-el­i­gi­ble. Ryan Blaney, who started on pole, led the charge of the less for­tu­nate with a sec­ond-place show­ing.

[AP/LARRY PAPKE]

Kevin Har­vick cel­e­brates on top of his race car af­ter win­ning Texas.

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