Harvick dealt with a loose car and fell back in the field in the early going, but he patiently made his way to the front in the late stages.
Harvick notched his 15th career Sprint Cup win. His first victory at this wide two-mile track came in his 18th start here.
He’s got a new sponsor and a great shot at the Sprint Cup. NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick stops by the Newy Scruggs Show
Just 38 points separate leader Johnson from third-place Harvick, making it the closest margin among the top-three drivers with three races to go since NASCAR began its playoff format for its top-tier series in 2004. Hamlin is 14 points in back of Johnson.
Now that Talladega is in the rear-view mirror, the top-three drivers in the Chase – Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick can all breathe a sigh of relief after leaving the “wild card” race unscathed.