Harvick finishes strong for fifth win of season

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Kevin Harvick passed Martin Truex Jr. with one lap to go to win Saturday night's race at Kansas Speedway, his fifth win in what has turned out to be a dominant start to the season. Truex won both races at Kansas last season on his way to the series title.

BC-CAR-NASCAR-Kansas, 1st Ld-Writethru, 563 Harvick passes Truex with 1 to go to win at Kansas SpeedwayAP Photo KSCR102, KSCR104, KSCR106Eds: Updates with race result. But things really shook up a few laps later, when Harvick passed Larson on the restart to assume control, and Larson's No. 42 vehicle began bumping with Blaney down the front stretch. Larson was the only Chevy driver in the top 10, as seven Ford drivers filled the spots and two drivers, Denny Hamlin in seventh and Kyle Busch in eighth - in Toyotas. And after the next round of pit stops had cycled through, Larson was still up front, with Blaney second and Harvick third with 41 laps to go. Still, Larson held on to collect the stage win, his first since Homestead at the very end of the 2017 season. On lap 237, the answer finally switched from yes to no, with Daniel Suarez blowing a tire and going into the wall and running into Alex Bowman. "Like three or four laps to go, my vehicle just got real tight, and I chattered the right front off of Turn 4, and I was like, 'Oh boy, that's not good'".

The final restart was set up by a dramatic wreck that began when William Byron lost control in Turn 4 on Lap 253.

"That one hurt really bad, but I'm fine", Byron said. I think, overall, we were trying to kind of push some things there and it just didn't work out. But Harvick's No. 4 auto swept past Logano and Hamlin on the outside to put Truex in his sights, then Harvick closed on the lead until finally overtaking the reigning series champion with a lap to go.

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Larson's letdown: After his week started on a high with the birth of his daughter, Larson was on his way to capping it with a win. Larson had to start from the rear last week at Dover after his vehicle failed inspection three times.

Larson needed to have his rear fender fixed, too, and a mix-up with the tire changer in the pits forced him to pit again.

"We just had a really good auto tonight; our Clover Chevrolet was fast", said Larson. Paul Menard, Ford, 267 7.

(17) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 267. Jimmie Johnson was 19th. Matt Kenseth makes his season debut for Roush-Fenway Racing, replacing Trevor Bayne in the No. 6 Ford.

Kenseth's return: Matt Kenseth had a forgettable return to the Cup Series.

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