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NASCAR Kevin Harvick Steals Southern 500 After Rivals Collide At Darlington

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Kevin Harvick benefited from Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott pushing each other into the wall late in Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington.

The incident propelled Harvick to first place and a win in NASCAR’s playoff opener.

Truex and Elliott had been dueling for the lead for most of the final stage with Harvick more than four seconds behind them.

But when Truex got into Elliott, apparently because he mistakenly believed he had his rival cleared around the bend, Harvick swooped in to capitalize.

Elliott finished 20th, while Truex dropped to 22nd after getting a flat tire from their collision. Austin Dillion shook off a slow start to finish second. Joey Logano crossed the finish line third.

Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Darlington. Follow below for complete results from the Cook Out Southern 500.

Darlington finishing order for playoff drivers

Pos. Driver
1 Kevin Harvick
2 Austin Dillon
3 Joey Logano
5 William Byron
6 Alex Bowman
7 Kyle Busch
8 Kurt Busch
9 Aric Almirola
10 Clint Bowyer
11 Brad Keselowski
12 Cole Custer
13 Denny Hamlin
20 Chase Elliott
21 Matt DiBenedetto
22 Martin Truex Jr.
24 Ryan Blaney

Lead changes: 18
Leaders: 6
Cautions: 7

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