Harvick Sweeps Stages, Dominates XFINITY Race at Atlanta

Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, sweeping all three stages. It’s Harvick’s fifth XFINITY Series win at Atlanta, and his seventh NASCAR win at the Georgia track. Harvick now has 47 career XFINITY Series wins, and approaches Mark Martin’s 49 series wins. Martin is second in all-time XFINITY Series wins to Kyle Busch’s 90.

Joey Logano jumped by polesitter Christopher Bell early, but Bell was able to get back by him after a couple of laps. John Hunter Nemechek made a spectacular save early on after being tipped sideways by Kevin Harvick.

Shortly after, Nemechek got bumped by a charging Elliott Sadler, sending Nemechek into Cole Custer, who slammed the outside wall. The wreck would end Custer’s race, but Sadler and Nemechek would continue.

On the ensuing restart, Kevin Harvick blew by both Logano and Bell from third place in a three-wide move to take the lead away.

With seven laps left in stage one, John Hunter Nemechek pitting because of a tire problem. Michael Annett had a tire go down one lap later, bringing out the caution with five to go in the stage. Everyone pitted except Joey Logano, Ty Dillon, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and a handful of backmarkers. On the one-lap shootout, Harvick, who had pitted on the caution, blew back by Logano to win stage one.

Kevin Harvick got out to a quick lead in stage two. Christopher Bell made it back up to the second spot. Partway through the second stage, Brandon Jones had a right front tire go down in turn three. Jones dove to the bottom in a reckless move to get to pit road, sending several cars scrambling to avoid him. Somehow, everyone made it through cleanly.

Kevin Harvick won stage two by a long way over second-place Christopher Bell.

At the beginning of the final stage, Harvick easily took off to the lead once again, with Logano now trailing him, as Bell fell to third. With only 25 laps to go, Tyler Reddick, who had been running sixth, had a right rear tire come apart. That tore the fender off, and sent back to a finishing position of 19th. WIth only six laps to go, Christopher Bell scraped the wall trying to hold on to second place over Joey Logano. Logano passed Bell, but Bell was able to hold onto third spot.

Here are the full results for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Christopher Bell
  4. John Hunter Nemechek
  5. Elliott Sadler
  6. Justin Allgaier
  7. Austin Cindric
  8. Kyle Benjamin
  9. Ryan Truex
  10. Ryan Reed
  11. Daniel Hemric
  12. Matt Tifft
  13. Ty Dillon
  14. Spencer Gallagher
  15. Chase Briscoe
  16. Ross Chastain
  17. Brandon Jones
  18. Alex Labbe
  19. Tyler Reddick
  20. Michael Annett
  21. Dylan Lupton
  22. Ryan Sieg
  23. Kaz Grala
  24. Josh Williams
  25. Garrett Smithley
  26. Joey Gase
  27. Jeremy Clements
  28. David Starr
  29. Spencer Boyd
  30. BJ McLeod
  31. Vinnie Miller
  32. Stephen Leicht
  33. Tommy Joe Martins
  34. Timmy Hill
  35. Chad Finchum
  36. Matt Mills
  37. JJ Yeley
  38. Morgan Shepherd
  39. Cole Custer
  40. Jeff Green

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