Harvick cherishes Atlanta win, looks to help off the track

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Kevin Harvick (4) gets ready before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HAMPTON, Ga. – HAMPTON, Ga.After another dominant performance at one of his favorite tracks, Kevin Harvick relished the past and looked ahead to the future.

He wasn't entirely focused on what he can do behind the wheel.

Harvick cruised to victory Sunday over Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading the final 55 laps on a day that began with the series acknowledging the social unrest in the country.

Before taking the green flag, the 40 cars stopped in front of the towering, empty grandstands on the front stretch to listen to a message from NASCAR president Steve Phelps and observe a 30-second moment of silence in the wake of George Floyd's death while in police custody.

Harvick also joined other drivers in making a video that promised to push for much-needed changes in the fractured nation.

“Something has to change. When you look at what happened in Minneapolis, it's just disgraceful to everyone," he said. “It's just unbelievable to sit and watch these things happen. It's really confusing. It makes you confused and mad. Now we know what we need to do and where to start.”

Harvick won for the second time since NASCAR returned from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, adding to his emotional victory at Darlington in the first race back.

Harvick came into the day having led 1,138 laps on the 1.54-mile Atlanta trioval, far more than any other driver in the 40-car field.