With Elliott a lap down however nonetheless upset over contact with Harvick earlier within the race, he repeatedly blocked Harvick – the race chief – from getting round him which allowed Larson to shut in for a move for the lead.
Larson lastly obtained round Harvick with three of 500 laps remaining, and after a nudge from Harvick from behind, Larson pulled away to take the win on the Night time Race at Bristol Motor Speedway by zero.227 seconds over Harvick.
The win would have ended Harvick’s 35-race winless streak relationship again to this race one yr in the past.
After the race, Harvick and Elliott ended up parked subsequent to one another on pit highway. An incensed Harvick, along with his helmet on, walked over to confront Elliott, who had already exited his automobile.
The 2 engaged in a heated confrontation that included some shoving earlier than they have been separated. The 2 drivers have been seen minutes later in a heated dialogue within the storage however determined to take their challenge inside Elliott’s workforce hauler reasonably than play it out in entrance of the gathering media.
Larson, who had already locked up a spot within the Spherical of 12 of the Cup Sequence playoffs, added some playoff factors with the victory, his sixth of the season and most of any driver.
“That was an superior race. It was so cool to have the ability to race there for the win. Clearly Harvick and Chase obtained collectively. Chase was upset. Form of held him up,” Larson mentioned.
“It obtained Harvick having to maneuver round and use his tyres up off the underside.
Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro
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“I began to get some dive-ins working off of (Flip) 2, obtained a giant run, determined to drag the set off, slide him, squeeze him just a little bit. Then he had me jacked up down the frontstretch. It was wild.
“However had my palms full.”
Larson secured the Stage 2 victory, though Harvick assumed the lead after the Hendrick Motorsports driver elected to pit following the tip of the second interval.
However Larson later reclaimed the lead by passing Harvick on monitor, and remained in entrance throughout the warning introduced out by a spinning Quin Houff – one thing the StarCom driver did as soon as once more following the restart.
Though Larson batted each restarts away, together with one other because the chasing Denny Hamlin hit the wall at Flip 2 after drifting excessive, Elliott and Harvick quickly handed to duel for the lead.
Harvick lastly was capable of get round Elliott for the lead on Lap 465 whereas utilizing lapped site visitors to his benefit, however he and Elliott made contact and Elliott was compelled to pit shortly afterwards for a flat tyre.
The lapped Elliott then slowed Harvick down, permitting Larson to reclaim the lead and safe victory.
William Byron completed third within the race, Ryan Blaney was fourth and Alex Bowman rounded out the top-five.
Following the race, 4 drivers have been eradicated from additional playoff rivalry – Michael McDowell, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch and Tyler Reddick.
Becoming a member of Larson and Harvick within the Spherical of 12 – which opened subsequent weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Blaney, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Elliott, Bowman, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch and Byron.
NASCAR Bristol race outcomes – 500 laps