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Kevin Harvick wins QuikTrip 500 for second victory this season

The #4 Busch Light had it pretty easy from a pit from a bit more than 50 to go, and clean air the rest of the way to coast to victory

The #4 Busch Light For The Farmers Ford, driven by Kevin Harvick, sits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 07, 2020 in Hampton, Georgia. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

In what looked like an easy Sunday drive for the final stage of the race, Kevin Harvick won the Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway today.

Harvick exited the pits on Lap 268 with the lead, ahead of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski. Joey Logano stayed out for a few more laps trying to catch a caution, but when he came in on Lap 271 and ceded the lead to Harvick, it looked like if Harvick could not hit a wall or any grass he’d be the winner.

In a tribute to Alan Kulwicki, Harvick did a “Polish victory lap” after his win, with three fingers held up outside his window in tribute to Dale Earnhardt, just as he did after his win in 2001 at the same track.

Teammates Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. had a huge battle for second place, but Busch crossed the line first. Jimmie Johnson getting to seventh place means he’ll be in the draw for a top 12 starting spot next week at The Paperclip at Martinsville.

Here is the final finishing order for the QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

QuikTrip 500 Finishing Order

Finish Driver Car Manufacturer Started
Finish Driver Car Manufacturer Started
1 Kevin Harvick 4 Ford 9
2 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 4
3 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Toyota 11
4 Ryan Blaney 12 Ford 7
5 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 10
6 Kurt Busch 1 Chevrolet 12
7 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 15
8 Chase Elliott 9 Chevrolet 1
9 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 6
10 Joey Logano 22 Ford 3
11 Austin Dillon 3 Chevrolet 16
12 Alex Bowman 88 Chevrolet 8
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 Chevrolet 22
14 Ryan Newman 6 Ford 17
15 Matt Kenseth 42 Chevrolet 19
16 Tyler Reddick 8 Chevrolet 24
17 Aric Almirola 10 Ford 2
18 Christopher Bell 95 Toyota 27
19 Cole Custer 41 Ford 31
20 Clint Bowyer 14 Ford 5
21 Bubba Wallace 43 Chevrolet 23
22 Chris Buescher 17 Ford 13
23 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Ford 18
24 Michael McDowell 34 Ford 36
25 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Ford 21
26 Ryan Preece 37 Chevrolet 29
27 Corey LaJoie 32 Ford 25
28 Erik Jones 20 Toyota 14
29 Ty Dillon 13 Chevrolet 28
30 Brennan Poole 15 Chevrolet 33
31 Daniel Suarez 96 Toyota 37
32 Quin Houff 0 Chevrolet 35
33 William Byron 24 Chevrolet 20
34 Josh Bilicki 27 Ford 32
35 Garrett Smithley 53 Chevrolet 34
36 J.J. Yeley 77 Chevrolet 30
37 Reed Sorenson 7 Chevrolet 40
38 Joey Gase 51 Ford 26
39 Timmy Hill 66 Toyota 38
40 B.J. McLeod 78 Ford 39