Kevin Harvick drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Latest: Harvick wins 2nd stage at Chicagoland

July 01, 2018 - 4:30 pm

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

Kevin Harvick has won the second stage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Harvick went all the way up against the wall to pass Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch near the end of the last lap of the stage. Harvick is going for his sixth win of the season.

Kyle Larson was third, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney. Larson is trying for the weekend sweep after winning the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.

Busch is looking for his first win of the season in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. His brother Kyle has won four times.

Aric Almirola won the first stage and was in the lead before he had to pit on Lap 143 for a loose wheel.


2:25 p.m.

Aric Almirola has won the first stage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Almirola began the day in the No. 6 position. It was his first stage win in the series.

Kyle Larson was second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick.

Truex is going for his third straight win on the 1.5-mile oval in the Chicago suburbs. He had to start at the back of the field after his car failed inspection following qualifying.


1:05 p.m.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is set for his first NASCAR Cup Series broadcast, and Junior Nation is ready.

A steady stream of fans stopped at the NBC Sports set before the race at Chicagoland Speedway. One man yelled "Go get 'em Dale!" as Earnhardt fulfilled his TV duties.

Earnhardt, a two-time Daytona 500 champion, retired at the end of last season and won his 15th straight most popular driver award.


11:05 a.m.

Extreme heat is a concern again as NASCAR closes out its annual weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

Rain could become a factor, too.

There are scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday afternoon. Paul Menard is set to start from the pole, and Martin Truex Jr. is going for his third consecutive victory at Chicagoland Speedway.

Temperatures were in the 90s for the Xfinity race on Saturday, and it reached well into triple digits inside the cars. Drivers put bags of ice in their suits and splashed cold water on their faces during pit stops.


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