Aug 29, 2014; Hampton, GA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick smiles after winning the pole for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Harvick dominates, wins Nationwide race at Atlanta

Kevin Harvick dominated the Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Children 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway en route to the Joey Logano was second, and Kyle Larson finished third.

“It was just a really boring race for me,” Larson said. “The No. 5 (Harvick) was in a league of his own, and the No. 22 (Logano) was in his own league.”

Harvick took the lead from pole sitter and JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott on lap 37 and led the remaining 159 laps that made up the race. Elliott and Harvick were the only two race leaders.

“Just really proud of the race cars we put on the track this year,” Harvick said. “This car was just a real bad to the bones Chevy.”

Harvick pulled away after taking the lead and pulled away again after each of the two yellow flags that waved in the race. At one point in the second half of the race, Harvick led by more than seven-and-a-half seconds. Harvick’s blistering pace and the small number of cautions resulted in only nine cars finishing on the lead lap. Throughout much of the second half of the race, only 10 cars were scored on the lead lap.

With Harvick head and shoulders above the competition, Elliott and Logano were relegated to a battled for second throughout most of the race. Logano was second after a green flag cycle of pit stops completed around lap 57. Elliott got back up to second on a restart that followed a lap 73 caution, but Logano was able to move back into the runner-up spot after Elliott failed in his attempt to take the lead from Harvick soon after the restart. Elliott and Logano then swapped the second position back and fourth before Elliott was finally able to assume control of the positon. Logano retook second, though, on the second restart of the race that followed a lap 121 caution for sprinkling rain and maintained the position the rest of the way.

“Just needed to be a little tighter earlier in the race,” Logano said. “Just had to much time to make up at the end of the race.”

Kyle Busch finished fourth. A subpar pit stop late in the race relegated Elliott to a fifth-place finish.

“Just messed up — complete driver error,” Elliott said. “Unacceptable on my part.”

Finishing sixth through 10th were Regan Smith, Brian Scott, David Ragan, Ty Dillon and Elliott Sasdler.

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