Atlanta Motor Speedway was buzzing last weekend for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. In the 2500th start of the NASCAR Cup Series, strategy played the biggest role for drivers but there was one that stood out among the rest.

And that’s Kevin Harvick (4).

The 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion took the field to green leading the race straight through to the end of Stage 1, winning 10 bonus points and an extra playoff point.

STAGE 1

  1. Kevin Harvick (4)
  2. Brad Keselowski (2)
  3. Chase Elliott (24)
  4. Martin Truex Jr. (78)
  5. Joey Logano (22)
  6. Ryan Newman (31)
  7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17)
  8. Denny Hamlin (11)
  9. Kyle Larson (42)
  10. Jimmie Johnson (48)

Harvick also won the race off pit road and led his competitors back to green and into Stage 2.

On lap 132 Jimmie Johnson (48), who has won the last two Atlanta races, was busted for speeding on pit road and goes a lap down. He finished the day in 19th place.

End of Stage 2, again its Kevin Harvick (4) who wins the extra points.

STAGE 2

  1. Kevin Harvick (4)
  2. Chase Elliott (24)
  3. Ryan Newman (31)
  4. Martin Truex Jr. (78)
  5. Kyle Larson (42)
  6. Austin Dillon (3)
  7. Brad Keselowski (2)
  8. Erik Jones (77)
  9. Clint Bowyer (14)
  10. Trevor Bayne (6)

Lap 213, Chase Elliott (24) was the next driver to catch the speeding bug. Elliott went to pit road in second but after serving the penalty he dropped to 12th.

Then on lap 264, its Brad Keselowski (2) who beat Harvick off pit road and was set to bring the field back to green.

But in a turn of events, Keselowski gives up the No.1 position to return to pit road for a lose wheel. So its Harvick who leads on the restart.

Jumping to lap 309, its Austin Dillon (3) who brings out the caution after he loses power and can’t make it back to pit road.

Kevin Harvick pits as the leader but in another twist, NASCAR officials catch the No. 4 car for speeding on pit road. This caused him to lose the lead and eventually the race.

Kyle Larson(42) was the one to lead drivers to the green on the final restart, but wasn’t able to hold onto the No. 1 position for long.

With six laps to go, Brad Keselowski jumps to the front of the pack and holds on to the lead to win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Kevin Harvick led 292 of 325 laps at the 1.54 mile track and came in 9th place.

Kyle Larson came in 2nd, .564 seconds behind Keselowski. Matt Kenseth (20) and Kasey Kahne (5) came in 3rd and 4th.

Atlanta-born Chase Elliott ran up front for majority of the race and came close to winning at his home track. But a tire spin on the final restart cost him and he finished 5th.

During post-race inspections, the 47 of AJ Allmendinger, who finished 26th, was found with three unsecured lug nuts. According to the NASCAR rule book, the L1 infraction could cost him $65,000, and deduct 35 championship points. It could also suspend his crew chief Randall Burnett for three races.

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