Keselowski steals Atlanta win after Harvick caught speeding

Harvick looked to have the race win on lock, he even won the first two 85 lap stages, but a pit lane speeding penalty during the final round of pit stops relegated the Stewart-Haas Racing driver to the back of the field.

In addition, the Son of NASCAR legend- Awesome Bill Elliott, Chase broke the leaderboard in Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 188.015 miles per hour in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

As he literally sped down pit road following his final pit stop at Atlanta, Kevin Harvick's fate was foretold by the quarter panels of his NASCAR Ford. Keselowski went on to win his first race of the season while claiming the second victory for Ford Performance in 2017. His bid to become the first driver to win the Atlanta race three years in a row ended with a disappointing 19th-place finish. The late-race penalty - during a caution period caused by Thursday Thunder alumni Austin Dillon - dropped Harvick out of the top 10.

The resurfacing of the track in the Atlanta suburbs - which was last repaved in 1997 - was announced in January.

"... I have to go find Marcus Smith and [track president] Ed Clark and beg them not to repave it", Keselowski said, laughing.

NASCAR revised its penalty structure for lug nut-related violations last fall after several crew chiefs were suspended for having missing or non-secure lug nuts during post-race inspection. Larson is looking to make a name for himself early in the season with a big win. I still expect at least three drivers will make the NASCAR playoffs, but a misfire for all four teams has to be concerning for the guys in the garage in Huntersville. I thought I was being conservative.

Matt Kenseth: After failing to score in either of the mid-race stages, the driver of the No. 20 DeWalt Flexvolt Toyota climbed into third.

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"I think the way it is now is better than the alternative", said Cup driver Chase Elliott. Larson and Kyle Busch are very similar, the less control they have on a auto the better these guys get.

"I really hate it for everybody on this Jimmy Johns Ford", Harvick disappointingly exclaimed on FOX after the race.

"We rebounded from that [penalty]", Elliott said in the media center. "I think it's the steepest 1.5-mile we run on". Something for me to try to improve on coming back.

(Busch) "You gotta have a top team".

"We had just a little bit of a hiccup that cost us the second spot unfortunately", Elliott said. Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 saw nine lead changes among five drivers.

He sits first in the standings through two races with 90 points, ahead of SHR teammate Kurt Busch (86 points, second place). Keselowski's win catapults him to third, just six points back from the lead.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the next race on the Cup schedule.

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