Kevin Harvick dominated Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Rinnai 250 for his fifth series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Harvick swept the afternoon’s second race of the season winning all three stages in the 163-lap event. He started from the pole and never looked back at the drop of the green flag behind the wheel of the Biagi DenBeste Racing Ford Mustang.
It was his 47th career Xfinity Series win and 98th NASCAR national top tier victory. He led four times for 141 laps. Harvick was 4.183-seconds ahead at the finish.
“It’s just been a really good place for me, obviously getting my first Cup win here and being able to run good cars throughout the years,” Harvick said. “The race track has stayed very similar to what’s it been for a number of years. I think if you look at the techniques and things that I do in the car and they give me what I want in the car as far as the field, it applies here.”
Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.
Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Kyle Benjamin, Ryan Truex and Ryan reed completed the first 10 finishers.
It was a rough day for series regular Cole Custer, who was involved in an accident early and credited with a 39th place finish.
“It looks like the 42 (Nemechek) got out of shape and then the 1 (Sadler) had a run and he didn’t hit the brakes hard enough and he hit the 42 and the 42 hit me,” Custer explained of the lap 11 incident. “We just got collected in something and there’s not much we could do. We had a pretty good car and was just kind of riding at that point, but, I don’t know. We’ll go on to the next one.”
Sadler leads the point standings by four over Tyler Reddick.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series now heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next Saturday afternoon.