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Harvick started 17th at the track he calls one of his least favorites. Despite this, he fought his way forward near the end and came home fourth; a championship caliber performance.
Martin Truex, Jr.
Truex has had a good few weeks, but Sunday ended all that. He tangled with another driver early and crashed hard. He was alright, but finished the day 42nd.
Logano didn’t have the speed to win, but was able to run inside the top 10 much of the day. A late race charge toward the front earned him a fifth place finish.
Johnson was the class of the field much of the day, leading a race-high 45 of the 110 laps.
A late race decision not to pit cost him the race, however, and he could only manage to hold on for sixth.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt had fun on Sunday. He didn’t lead a lap, but admitted that with wins already this season he doesn’t worry about points, just more wins. Earnhardt finished seventh.
Keselowski had a day he’d rather forget. After starting 10th, he never had the speed or handling for the 11-turn road course. Keselowski came home 19th.
McMurray ran inside the top five for a time and looked strong, but he faded late and settled for an 11th place finish.
Kahne was never a factor for the win. He did manage to keep his nose clean and made a late run to finish eighth.
Kenseth started third and looked strong in the early going, but a loose wheel forced him in early in the race and he never really recovered. Kenseth finished 21st.
Busch led the second most laps on the day, 43, and looked in position to score the win late. He passed several cars in the closing laps, but fell just short finishing second behind his little brother Kyle.
Gordon desperately wanted to win in his final race at the course he considers his home track. It wasn’t to be, as he fought an ill-handling racecar all afternoon and played the wrong pit strategy at the end, falling from third to finish 16th.
Menard started 32nd and tried all day to race his way inside the top 10; he came up short, finishing 13th.
Hamlin started 15th, struggled all day and could only manage to hold on and finish 18th.
Newman started 16th, kept his nose clean and avoided trouble, settling for ninth at the end of the day.
Almirola started 25th but never had the speed to move forward. He came home 14th.
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