Kevin Harvick is unstoppable.
After winning the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver refuses to back down at all costs. He asserted this fact with a win Sunday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Harvick started 18th but quickly worked his way into contention. Once he grabbed the lead, nobody could pry it from his grip. Even if they did, it wasn’t going to be for long. The only issue came in the final laps; the driver radioed in that he felt a bad vibration. It wasn’t enough to throw the No. 4 team off their game.
He led 142 out of 267 laps on the way to his victory, a win that secures him a spot in the 2015 edition of the Chase. He is now the third different winner this season, joining Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson. It’s easy to see that Harvick is passionately seeking his next NSCS championship.
Unfortunately for Martin Truex Jr., that vibration didn’t develop into more. The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet finished eighth and sixth at Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta, respectively. That team keeps getting better and better. After ending 2014 on a high note, everyone can feel the win coming for Truex. It’s only a matter of when.
A.J Allmendinger is on a similar streak. Although he ended up 20th in the Daytona 500, the JTG Daugherty Racing car claimed seventh at Atlanta and then sixth at Las Vegas. With two single-car operations making their presence known, it’s time for NASCAR and its fans to definitely take notice.
The majority of the Las Vegas race was mundane, yet there are always stories –like the valiant Harvick and the inspiring runs by Truex and Allmendinger—that give the event the life that it needs.