KEVIN HARVICK PULLS OFF A HAT TRICK IN VEGAS

RELATED: Race results | Stage 1 results | Stage 2 results

Kevin Harvick rode a dominating performance to his second straight victory and second in his career at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he took the checkered flag in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube.

Harvick led 214 of 267 laps on the 1.5-mile track in Vegas, also winning each of the first two stages, en route to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

The triumph marked Harvick’s 100th win in NASCAR’s top three series — 39 in Monster Energy Series, 47 in Xfinity Series and 14 in Camping World Truck Series.

MORE: All-time list of NASCAR national series wins

Including last week’s decisive victory in Atlanta, Harvick has led 395 of 592 laps in the last two races.

Kyle Busch finished second in the 400.5-mile race in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.

Harvick won Stage 1 after leading 68 of the first 80 laps. He took the lead from pole-sitter Blaney on Lap 2, and aside from 11 laps where Michael McDowell held the lead after Harvick pitted, he distanced himself from the field.

In Stage 2, Harvick led all but four of the 80 laps, only surrendering the lead during a mid-stage exchange of pit stops, which allowed Kyle Busch to lead for the first time.

In all, Harvick led 144 of the first 160 laps through two stages.

Two front-runners saw an early end to the day when Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford got loose on Lap 182, sliding into Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Neither driver was able to continue.

WATCH: Busch crashes into Elliott

“I was running the low groove and it just stepped out on me,” Busch told FOX.

Jimmie Johnson started at a disadvantage when his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet failed pre-race inspection three times. He was forced to start from the rear, and his car chief was ejected. The same fate also befell Ross Chastain and the No. 15 Chevrolet, which also failed inspection three times.

Johnson finished 12th.

Story credited to NASCAR.com

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