Harvick was among the fastest in the final qualifying session, and hung around the front all day while other Chase contenders faltered. He was still at the front when
"These races are hard to win and these guys are so good at the details," said Harvick, the 2014 season champion, "and when you put their backs against the wall they're even better. I'm so proud of them."
Indeed, Harvick found his back against the wall after electrical trouble at Charlotte left him 38th on the day, eight points out of the eighth and final spot in the round of eight.
“They usually when it comes to this situation find a little more speed in their cars,” said
Johnson finished fourth, followed by fellow Chase drivers
Other drivers competing for the championship dealt with trouble all afternoon.
The biggest losers on the day were
Keselowski began wiggling with 78 laps remaining, and Hamlin came up behind him and a tap sent the No. 2 car shooting down the track. He slammed into the grassy turf and tore up the front of his car, and wound up 38th and is now seven points out of the eighth spot in the Chase.