Harvick Wins At Pocono Saturday

LONG POND, Pa. — Kevin Harvick snapped an 0-for-38 drought at Pocono Raceway, taking the checkered flag Saturday on one of three tracks where victory had eluded him.

Harvick won the first of two NASCAR Cup races in front of no fans this weekend at Pocono and will start 20th on Sunday, with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers.

The 44-year-old California driver has won at every active track except Kentucky Speedway (nine tries) and the Roval, a mixture of the oval track and the infield road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While winless in two races on the Roval, Harvick has won on the oval at Charlotte.

Harvick, the 2014 series champion, has three wins overall for Stewart-Haas Racing this season.

Harvick held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin for his 52nd career Cup victory. He had 12 top-5 finishes in his other 38 starts at Pocono.

He held off on the celebratory burnout — Harvick needs the same car for Sunday’s race.

“That’s great to finally check Pocono off the list,” Harvick said.

Ryan Preece finished 20th and will start on the pole Sunday.