NASCAR Cup Richmond: Harvick holds off Bell for second straight win

Harvick went back into the lead after a late-race round of green-flag pitstops, but worked hard in the final four laps to catch Christopher Bell, who was on 12-lap fresher tyres.

Bell passed but there was no way out to Harwick, which meant the Stewart-Haas driver won by 0.441 seconds at the checkered flag in Richmond.

The Richmond win was also the 60th victory of his career and the 46-year-old is now one of only 10 drivers to have won at least 60 Cup races in his career.

When asked about Bell's approach in the final laps, Harvick said: "I knew he was coming, but I forgot to shift straight to the front last time.

"I made a mistake that a couple misses while doing the same thing. I wasn't moving back and I was moving forward. There was a lot going on, and some mistakes, let's get too close."

With two straight wins just before the start of the playoffs, Harvick was asked about the importance of pace in the title-deciding round.

Richmond polesitter Kyle Larsson opted not to pit under a late caution period triggered by a spin by Bell on lap 251.

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