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Kevin Harvick Claims Third Consecutive Cup Victory By Taking Checkered Flag In The Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway

Kevin Harvick is at his best when he's mad, so much so that former crew chief Gil Martin used to try to rile him up during races. After technical violations marred his victory last week in Las Vegas, Harvick was the fastest in practice Saturday and steadily worked his way to the front after starting 10th.

"I look at making the final round as an accomplishment for me", Harvick said. There's nothing better to be a part of than something like that. "Parking that thing in victory lane is the most powerful thing, most powerful message you can send, and says the most about our organization and our team".

"I made it very clear to pat my window and thank it for doing its job", he said.

Harvick, whose team were hit with an L1 penalty on Wednesday after his Las Vegas-winning vehicle was found with two violations stemming from a rear-window malfunction, took the lead away from Ryan Newman on lap 291 (of 312) and was able to hold off Kyle Busch for his ninth career victory at Phoenix.

"We got up to eighth and then had some pit strategy kind of work against us and fell back into the teens again, and it's just so stinking hard to pass", Johnson said. "But we've won races on pit road, too".

But Elliott was passed by race victor Kevin Harvick well before leader Ryan Newman pitted with 23 laps to go.

"I can't wait to win another race and jump up and down in Victory Lane on the back of my vehicle", Harvick said Friday.

Kyle Busch won the first 75-lap stage, and brother Kurt Busch took the second in a one-lap shootout after a caution period.

Jimmie Johnson ended up 17th after topping the first round.

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Upon climbing out of the auto on the frontstretch after the checkered flag, the 2014 series champion patted and then pointed at the rear window, a not-so-subtle reference to the penalty his team was given after last weekend's race for a failed window brace.

Truex won the race off pit road, and Brad Keselowski moved up significantly after taking just two tires. He was docked 20 regular points and the team lost 20 owners points.

"How many appeals have you seen overturned?" he explained. The first stage of the race was dominated by Kyle Larson, who led 54 laps. And with the victory, the No. 4 was headed back to the R&D facility. The win in the IndyCar season opener was the 37th career victory for the Frenchman, who ranks sixth on IndyCar's all-time list, and was a milestone in his recovery from serious pelvic injuries suffered in a fiery crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kevin Harvick is the first driver to record their 3rd-straight win since 2015.

Chase Elliott became the first Hendrick driver to earn a top five in 2018 as he finished third in the TicketGuardian 500. He has one Xfinity win and four Truck victories at the track.

Chase Elliott was third, followed by Denny Hamlin and pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. "I felt like him and Kyle (Busch) had just a little bit on us". And to take that away from those guys just really pissed me off last week.

"It was a frustrating day", Bowman said. "My helmet blower quit, everything quit".

Wickens was a star in touring cars in Germany but defected to IndyCar this year at the coaxing of good friend James Hinchcliffe.

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