By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kevin Harvick is enjoying this restarted NASCAR season. In fact, all four of his wins have come since the restart of the season on May 17th.
Harvick won the 2020 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The California native — who now resides in North Carolina — has won the Brickyard 400 the past two seasons.
In addition, he now has three wins at the Brickyard. Besides winning in 2019 and 2020, Harvick also won the 2003 Brickyard 400 on August 3, 2003.
“I can tell you [on Sunday] I was as excited as I’ve been of any of the races that we’ve won,” Harvick said. “Look, for me, I think you guys have all heard me talk about this, this is like living out your childhood dream, being able to race and win here. I know how many times we’ve had fast cars here, come out the other end. Now to have won it back-to-back, three times, is something that’s a little bit surreal. I kind of have to just laugh about it, think back to all of those times that you told somebody you were going to go win the Indy 500, race INDYCARS, whatever the case may be. Now you’re in a stockcar, 20 years into your career, still going strong.
“It’s a great place to come to. It’s a great place to race, something that I look forward to every year.”
With this win, the former champion now has 53 NASCAR Cup Series wins. He has four wins in the last 12 starts.
The four win total ties the amount that he had during the entire 2019 season through 36 races.
Matt Kenseth finished second. This was Kenseth’s first Top 5 finish since he won the 2017 Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017, before stepping away from racing.
Aric Almirola finished third. This was his fifth Top 5 finish this season, including his third third-place finish on the season.
Harvick led a race-high 68 laps. Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Joey Logano, Kenseth, and Austin Dillon led multiple laps, while Ross Chastain and Garrett Smithley led one lap each.
Several drivers were not able to finish the race. This included Alex Bowman, Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ryan Newman, Brennan Poole, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier, Martin Truex Jr., Corey LaJoie, and Ryan Preece.
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