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Harvick holds off Hamlin for first win of season
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After a 21-race winless streak dating since Nov. 2018, Kevin Harvick picked up his first win of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series July 21 with a successful title defense in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Opting not to pit under the final yellow flag of the race on lap 264 of a scheduled 301, Harvick took over the lead on the restart and aggressively defended his front-row view for the final 34 laps to claim the “Magic Mile” for the second year in a row. Overall, the win marked the fourth checkered flag for Harvick at the 1.058-mile oval track, moving him into a tie with Jeff Burton for the most all-time. “I was really questionable about how that was going to go, and the thing took right off,” Harvick said. “We’ve run well enough a few times this year to win, and we’ve just made mistakes, and to finally battle and get over that hump is a great day for everybody at Stewart‑Haas Racing, everybody on the No. 4 car.”