Truex trying to keep focus on title shot after Logano bump

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Harvick leads the field as dusk falls on Texas Motor Speedway.

"We've been working day after day to make speed", said Harvick, who won for the second time at Texas and the 45 time in his career, 17 most all-time. Harvick continued to lead the way on the restart on Lap 101. Harvick led 177 of the 337 laps. Harvick said that he thought if he could prevent him from concluding the corner, he could drive back by him. "It all worked out". 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 auto that will have a shot at another NASCAR Cup championship. Of his 32 starts in the Lone Star State, his only two wins are the last two fall races, but those are among his 20 top-10 finishes there. "I also think it is short track racing", Logano said.

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.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was frustrated with what he felt was an unnecessary battle with Logano, who has already clinched a spot in the Championship 4 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway after his win last week at Martinsville Speedway.

Kyle Busch, a seven-time victor this year, and defending Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. are among the other six title contenders.

Clint Bowyer, a title contender who started on the front row with Blaney, made contact with Denny Hamlin after sliding up on the track in the first turn on the first lap. Harvick was already starting to rebuild his lead - it had been almost 4 seconds before the caution - when another yellow flag came out.

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Harvick was on the inside again for the next restart, before Blaney was able to get by him on the outside and into the lead. After Harvick regained the lead, he held it until a late caution forced a two-lap overtime session.

NASCAR says it erred in sending Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 auto to back of the field for the start of the race in Texas. 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.

"I will just make it really hard on him", he said. I figured when he took the top, it was going to take a really good push and position into 1 to have a prayer at it. "He motored around me". Logano ran third at Texas after leading 54 laps, second only to Harvick.

Truex qualified 13th for Sunday's race at Texas, but will start at the back of the field after making an engine change. He also had a pass-through penalty during the race for driving through too many pit boxes, and was a lap down before getting that back one the first of the late cautions.

With less than 60 laps remaining in the second stage, Harvick maintained a small lead over Logano with Kurt Busch running in third.

Below the cutline after Texas are Kurt Busch (-25 point from fourth), Chase Elliott (-39), Aric Almirola (-57) and Bowyer (-73).

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