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Kevin Harvick won Sunday's rain-delayed Foxwoods Casino 301 to grab his sixth win of the season and third at New Hampshire International Speedway. His team gave him the best car on long runs in the field, and circumstances allowed him to close down Kyle Busch in the final laps. Slight contact between the pair allowed Harvick through to regain his spot atop of the series standings. It appeared that the Toyotas of Busch and Martin Truex Jr. had closed the gap to Harvick's dominance in recent weeks, but the Stewart-Haas Racing team had things firmly in hand. With Kurt Busch on pole, Harvick's win, and Aric Almirola's strong run, it appears as though the SHR Fords have another gear to grab as the playoffs approach.
This week the series returns to Pocono Raceway where Truex won earlier this season. All three of the top contenders led laps that afternoon, and are likely to again be the favorites this week. The coming weeks are shaping up to be a battle of titans as the race to the playoffs continues.
Kevin Harvick – Harvick had the car to beat on long runs Sunday in New Hampshire. The race truly came his direction as the final stage played out. He battled with teammate Almirola and championship rival Kyle Busch in the final 100 laps, and ultimately made the move on Busch that made him the first driver to reach six wins in 2018. The win was his first since Kansas, and it