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Kevin Harvick Becomes This Season’s First Two-Time Winner

Kevin Harvick in Victory Lane after winning the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway (Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick became the first two-time Cup winner this season by passing Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on the next to last lap in the second green, white, checkered event to win the Bojangles Southern 500 Saturday night at Darlington Speedway.  It all but assures him of a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship this fall as long he finished within the Top 30 in points.

Harvick finished next to last the week before at Texas, but earned the pole at Darlington and led 238 of the 374 laps.  He’s the first pole sitter to win at Darlington since Dale Jarrett in 1997.  It’s the third victory of the season and second in a row for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Earnhardt finished second for his fifth Top-5 finish in eight races this season.  Jimmie Johnson came in third with Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle completing the Top 5.

At 511 miles it was the longest Southern 500 in history.

Jeff Gordon finished seventh and holds on to the points lead, one point up on Matt Kenseth.

After taking next weekend off, Sprint Cup drivers return Saturday, April 26th at Richmond International Speedway.

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