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"Jimmie Johnson hasn't won a race this year, and isn't king of the mountain", Harvick said of the seven-time series champion.

Kevin Harvick had a dominating day at the Texas Motor Speedway Sunday and won the Triple-A Texas 500.

Harvick blew past Ryan Blaney on the overtime restart and secured his spot in the championship by defending his title in the race.

The victory was Harvick's first since MI in August, and it broke a streak of bad luck during which the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford led laps but failed to find Victory Lane, thanks to mechanical issues or pit road mistakes. "I think as you've seen, the change to Ford, which everybody thought we were insane, I think the bottom line is we've got more resources and things we can keep within our own walls". Kyle Busch and Martin Trueex Jr now hold the final two spots, but with Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer hot on their tail the race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix could be very exciting.

After the first of the late restarts, Harvick was on the inside and was able to keep Blaney from clearing him on the backstretch. Blaney was the only challenger he really had, and that only came on restarts.

Truex, who was close to clinching a title spot before that bump-and-run by Logano on the final lap to win at Martinsville last week, finished ninth after at Texas. We're going to take the top and see what happens and obviously it worked out a little bit. "He is still going to go to Homestead and race for a championship, it is just not smart". He sits 25 points ahead of Kurt Busch, the first driver below the cut-off.

Blaney had taken the lead after the second restart in that final stretch, but Harvick had gone back in front and was still in the lead when Joey Gase's spin brought out the eighth caution.

Blaney got a shove from fifth-place finisher Kyle Larson on the final restart, but it wasn't enough.

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Carson had 40 yards on eight carries before going to the bench. "We love the spirit that he stood for", Carroll said. It was his first game back since a strained quad sidelined him in Week 5.

"I'm telling you, God is testing us".

When asked at Texas if everything was cool with Truex, or if his head would be on a swivel looking around, Logano said only time would tell. "On the short run, they (Fords) were really fast, but on the long run I thought we were as good as anybody, but just never got to show it. Track position was so hard to get". "He motored around me".

The conditions in Texas led to a race that was more about strategy and position than pure speed or driver ability, a fact that frustrated some of the drivers.

Truex drops from his 13th starting start because his team made an engine change Saturday.

Following the four-tire stop, Truex reported a vibration and 19 laps later his right-rear wheel got so loose that he was called back into the pits by crew chief Cole Pearn while the race was running under green-flag conditions. Aric Almirola (eighth Sunday) and Clint Bowyer (26, after contact with Denny Hamlin's Toyota on Lap 1) are both in must-win situations. "To start exactly where we were I think is a decent day".

"He just continues to make things harder on himself", Almirola said.

"We were a third place vehicle and that restart there where we finally were in position we fought all day from the back and started at the tail and worked diligently all day to get up to the front and finally got ourselves in position to at least have a shot and race with those guys", Almirola said of the final restart of the day. Tune in to NBC on Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET for the live broadcast of the race from ISM Raceway to find out.

The only stress for Harvick was lane choice for the overtime.


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