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Harvick sweeps stages in Charlotte Monster Energy Series playoff race

Stage 2 results

Kevin Harvick lost his main competition when Kyle Busch smacked the wall with his No. 18 Toyota on Lap 135 in Sunday’s Bank of America 500. Then, Harvick drove away in his No. 4 Ford with the Stage 2 win, his second of the day.

Harvick and Busch battled from the beginning of Stage 2 when the two overtook Jamie McMurray shortly after the restart. Busch took the lead on Laps 98-116, then Harvick led Lap 117 before Busch regained the advantage for the next three laps.

But 14 laps after Harvick regained the lead on Lap 121, Busch got loose between Turns 3 and 4 and took a hard hit to his right-rear quarter panel. The No. 18 was put on the five-minute clock as the crew worked on repairs. Busch returned to the track in 31st place and struggled with handling for the rest of the stage.

Meanwhile, Harvick drove away to his fifth stage win of the season with a comfortable lead over second-place Chase Elliott.

Finish Driver Team Race points
1.  Kevin Harvick  Stewart-Haas Racing 10
2.  Chase Elliott  Hendrick Motorsports 9
3.  Matt Kenseth  Joe Gibbs Racing 8
4.  Martin Truex Jr.  Furniture Row Racing 7
5.  Kurt Busch  Stewart-Haas Racing 6
6.  Denny Hamlin  Joe Gibbs Racing 5
7.  Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing 4
8.  Jimmie Johnson  Hendrick Motorsports 3
9.  Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing 2
10.  Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing 1

Stage 1 results

Kevin Harvick moved past Chase Elliott shortly after a restart en route to winning Stage 1. The stage win gave Harvick 10 race points plus a playoff point in the Round of 12 opener in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

Pole-winner Denny Hamlin led 40 laps in the opening stage, which was more than Harvick, who led 39 laps, but Harvick was often right on Hamlin’s bumper in the early going. After a wreck involving Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer about midway through the stage, Harvick had his chance to pounce and did so during the ensuing restart.

Kyle Larson overcame a pit-road error when he missed his stall to rebound and finish fourth in the stage.

Jimmie Johnson, who started 25th and has won eight times at Charlotte, moved up to 10th place in the first stage.

Finish Driver Team Race points
1.  Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 10
2.  Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 9
3.  Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing 8
4.  Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing 7
5.  Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 6
6.  Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 5
7.  Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing 4
8.  Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing 3
9.  Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing 2
10.  Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 1