Harvick passes Truex Jr. late to win

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kevin Harvick passed Martin Truex Jr. with one lap to go to win Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway, his fifth win in what has turned out to be a dominant start to the season.

Harvick qualified on the pole and ran near the front all night, escaping all the trouble caused by a couple of late-race cautions. He was fifth after a restart with 10 laps to go, but rode four fresh tires to second place, then swung past Truex at the start-finish line to take the lead.

Truex finished second after winning both races at Kansas last year. Joey Logano was third, Kyle Larson rallied from a late crash to finish fourth and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Larson completed his charge to the front early in the second stage at Kansas Speedway, and held off Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney to its conclusion. Larson started at the back of the field after changing tires following qualifying. But his No. 42 Chevrolet has been on rails all night, Larson capable of driving it in any line.

It was Larson’s first stage win since Homestead last November. Kyle Busch was fifth and Joey Logano rounded out the top five, while Truex Jr. was into the top 10 after sweeping both races at Kansas last season.