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Kevin Harvick hadn’t had an ideal start to the 2017 postseason, but he started Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a Stage 1 victory.

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Jamie McMurray, who is currently 12th in the points, earned some much needed points in Stage 1.

There are three races in the Round of 12, and four drivers will be eliminated after those three races. A win automatically qualifies a playoff driver for the next round, and the rest of the field will be determined by points. So, McMurray’s points from Stage 1 could be very beneficial in determining whether he can advance to another round.

Former champion wins his fourth stage of the year Robert Laberge/Getty Images
Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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