The series will move to Phoenix next weekend where the two remaining berths in the championship field will be decided.
"He made it really hard on me today which was really unnecessary". Truex is among seven playoff contenders, including all four Stewart-Haas Racing drivers starting in the top seven, who would claim a championship-contending spot with a win Sunday.
Kevin Harvick has also won the second stage at the NASCAR Cup race in Texas, the fourth time this season he's won both stages in a race. Kevin Harvick handed over the checkered flag to young fan he called on to the track to pose for a selfies, one with the triumphant driver and vehicle that will have a shot at another NASCAR Cup championship.
Kevin Harvick stayed ahead of Blaney and Logano when things went green for a clean sweep of the afternoon, gaining a heap of points while also securing his spot in the championship round at Miami-Homestead on November 18.
Texas was not good to teammate Clint Bowyer. Elliott was sixth, followed by Kurt Busch and Almirola, who had also gone to the rear at the start of the race for unapproved body modifications. Logano finished third a week after securing his playoff spot. Harvick was already starting to rebuild his lead - it had been almost 4 seconds before the caution - when another yellow flag came out. Choosing to take the higher lane, he pulled away from Blaney and was never seriously challenged for first place.
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Harvick was on the inside again for the next restart, but Blaney was able to get by him for the lead. The last one, he took the top, like I knew he was going to go.
"We got by him on one restart (with 33 laps to go), but I just couldn't hold him off", Blaney said. It's been either, we're in position to win, we've run up front all day, or something really stupid happens, or insane happens, like here in Texas. "He motored around me".
The defending series champion posted the 13th fastest time in time trials on Friday and was third-fastest in final practice on Saturday, but an engine change after that session will mean another race in which Truex will have to overcome a lack of initial track position. "To start exactly where we were I think is a decent day". He then recovered from a pass-through penalty and a loose tire, managing to fight his way back to a ninth place finish. "The only difference is there's one less spot available".
"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.
The win put Harvick back in the winner's circle for the first time since August, when he won at Michigan Motor Speedway.