Driver scores third straight series win at 1.54-mile track RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings HAMPTON, Ga.—If you had to pick one driver to knock Joey Logano off his pedestal at Atlanta Motor Speedway, you couldn't make a better choice than Kevin Harvick . Holding off Logano after a restart on Lap 140 of 163, Harvick won Saturday's Hisense 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, ending a success streak that saw Logano beat Harvick for the win in the Daytona 500 and edge Harvick for the Coors Light Pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX) at AMS. The victory was Harvick's third straight at Atlanta and fourth overall. He won for the 45th time in the XFINITY Series, third most all-time. It was also the first victory for Dave Elenz as a crew chief. After Logano developed a left rear wheel vibration during the final run, Harvick pulled away and crossed the finish line 1.208 seconds ahead of Logano, who finished second at Atlanta for the second straight season. Ty Dillon came home third, followed by Chris Buescher and defending series champion Chase Elliott, who pushed Harvick ahead of Logano on the Lap 140 restart. "I knew I needed to take off," Harvick said of the final run. "I thought his car was a little bit better as we got to about lap 20 (of a fuel run). He started reeling us in from that point on. "All in all, these guys on this Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet did a great job today. Awesome pit stops all day long, and we were able to make up some ground on that last pit stop (under caution on Lap 136)." Logano had to cope with the outside lane on the final restart, after Harvick chose the inside as the prerogative of the leader. "We got beat off pit road, but we had a decent restart from the outside lane—the outside is so tough—I thought if I could get door-to-door with him and get him loose underneath me, but the 9 (Elliott) was able to push him out ahead. "At that point, I was just trying to move around, different lanes, trying to find something for some speed. I was starting to catch him, and then I just had this huge vibration. At that point, I was just trying to survive and hoping the left rear didn't pass me." Logano started from the pole and dominated the race until the first round of green-flag pit stops. Bringing the No. 22 Ford to pit road as the lead on Lap 50, Logano had issues on the right front and spent a couple of extra seconds in his stall. Logano's issues played into the hands of Harvick , who had entered pit road three laps earlier running five seconds behind Logano. But Harvick's three-lap advantage on new tires, coupled with Logano's snafu on pit road, put the No. 88 Chevrolet out front when the round of pit stops cycled through. Harvick maintained the top spot, with Logano in pursuit roughly one second behind, until NASCAR called the second caution of the race, for debris in Turn 3 on Lap 86, just in time for the nine cars on the lead lap to come to pit road for four new tires and fuel. Harvick surged ahead from the top lane after the subsequently restart on Lap 91 and quickly rebuilt his one-second lead over Logano. Logano, however, soon began chipping away at Harvick's lead, first by hundredths of a second, later by tenths. On Lap 126, Logano drove high into Turn 1, gained momentum and pulled up near Harvick's bumper as the cars completed the circuit. Harvick took the high line into the first corner on Lap 127, but Logano steered to the inside and made the pass for the lead off Turn 2. But fluid on the backstretch slowed the field for the third time on lap 134, and Harvick beat Logano off pit road and retook the lead after yellow-flag stops on Lap 136. "That pit stop is what won this race," Harvick said. "Joey probably had a better car the second half of the run. It really played out for us there at the end, as we were able to have that short run and take off." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kevin Harvick leads 101 laps to earn his fourth NXS win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano battle up front all day for the win at Atlanta Motor Speedway while a pit road penalty proves costly for Brian Scott.
Kevin Harvick celebrates getting his third win in a row at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Kevin Harvick loses his engine in the final practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He will have to start in the back of the field in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
Kevin Harvick talks about being excited to get his crew into Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick sits down with The F-Post to recount his version of the events from the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
No. 4 will go from front row to back of the field for Sunday's race
Kevin Harvick does burnouts in downtown Atlanta.
2014 champ, Team Penske rival get heated on pit road Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joey Logano said he thought he was doing Kevin Harvick a favor. Kevin Harvick said Logano should think again. “I told him I didn’t appreciate it,” Harvick said after the two drivers had a less than convivial conversation on pit road following Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. A late-race push from Logano’s No. 22 Ford sent Harvick , the defending Sprint Cup Series champion, briefly into the wall and cost both a shot at a victory in the season-opening non-points event. The two exchanged a bit of sheet metal as they made their way to pit road, then exchanged words afterward. “That is Kevin just being an instigator just like everywhere else,” the Team Penske driver said. “It’s a new year and the same stuff. “I was just trying to help, really. We had a run and (I) just kept pushing. Apparently his car was tight. I was doing the same thing with the 78 (of runner-up Martin Truex Jr.) all night and it was working.” Logano, sixth in the rundown for the 25-car field, said he understood Harvick ’s frustration (the Stewart-Haas Racing driver finished 11th), but also said he "was trying to help out, trying to get to the front and trying to win this thing. “No points or anything like that, you know; you go for the win. Second place, third place, fourth place doesn’t man anything.” Harvick called it “just really dumb driving there at the end." “Yeah, you’ve got to be aggressive,” he said, “but you’ve still got to use your head. You can’t just detach it and lay it on the floorboard.” Joe Gibbs Racing's Matt Kenseth won the event, avoiding the multicar accidents that resulted in only 12 cars running at the finish. Logano failed to lead a lap, but appeared to have a strong ride; Harvick led one lap and was within striking distance for much of the race as well. Truex confirmed that Logano had been helpful, and fast, during the 75-lap race. “His car was really strong, he pushed me a lot,” Truex said of Logano. “He’s the only person I’ve seen that could get on somebody’s bumper and actually push them forward. Last year with this package it seemed like when you’d get on somebody’s bumper you’d just slow each other down. “He was able to get on my bumper at times and push me past people, which is kind of unheard of with this package.” Regardless of the speed in his car, Harvick said Logano still needs to use his head. “He thinks he was helping, but you can’t just drive somebody straight into the corner into the fence,” he said. “He kind of did the same thing to me at Talladega and I told him … ‘the karma train’s coming after you,’ and it bit him right in the ass.” Logano, along with Harvick , were two of the four drivers in the Championship 4 Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2014. Harvick won the season-ending event at Homestead to clinch the title; Logano finished 16th after a pit road issue and wound up fourth in the final standings. “Like I told him last year, that kind of stuff catches up with you and it caught up with him last year,” Harvick said. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule