Kevin Harvick continues hot streak
Harvick was followed by Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman closing out the top three. Newman, much like Harvick, has been very consistent this season, finishing the last two races in third position and now advancing to 8th in the points standings in line for a playoff spot. Don’t worry, we know that the season is just four races over.
The race was lead for the most part by Kevin Harvick, who did not nail his restarts, but was progressively faster on long runs. However, the long green flag runs were not seen very often. Ten caution flags flew during Sundays race, five of them in the last 100 laps. This kept the race interesting, but in the end, Harvick drove off for the W.
Going back to the points standings, we have seen some rather big surprises in the race for the Chase. Filling the 3, 4, and 5 spots are Martin Truex Jr, Kasey Kahne, and AJ Allmendinger. Those three drivers combined for one win in 2014, Allmendinger’s upset victory at Watkin’s Glen.
|NSCS Points Standings|
|As of Daytona|
|1||Kevin Harvick (2)||182||0|
|2||Joey Logano (1)||160||22|
|3||Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1)||126||56|
|4||Martin Truex Jr.||155||27|
|Playoff Cut Line|
Of those, Martin Truex might be the most impressive. The single car team based out of Colorado has finished in the top ten every race this season, a feat that only series leaders Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano have accomplished this season. Truex averages a P20 finish at Auto Club Speedway, but has grabbed three top tens in his career there.
|Upcoming NSCS Events|
|Mar. 22||Auto Club 400||Auto Club Speedway|
|Mar. 29||STP 500||Martinsville Speedway|
|Mar. 15||Duck Commander 500||Texas Motor Speedway|
|Mar. 22||Food City 500||Bristol Motor Speedway|