FORT WORTH, Tex. – For Kevin Harvick, Texas is the new Phoenix.
Overcoming a pit road penalty for a tire placed in his pit box too early, Harvick took control of the AAA Texas 500 as the sun set on Texas Motor Speedway and won his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at the 1.5-mile track in Cowtown.
Only two more races of the Round of 8 are left to run before the final four drivers do battle for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship crown. On Sunday afternoon, Martinsville Speedway was the first race of this round. Several drivers held a lot of promise heading into Sunday’s race with many drivers believing that Martinsville Speedway is the track to win and punch their ticket to the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway.
Clint Bowyer had to restrain himself from his typically aggressive approach to driving in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and it paid off on Sunday with a berth in the Round of 12 of the series Playoffs.