LONG POND, Pa. - Kevin Harvick hit pause on that victory swirl of scorched rubber and billows of smoke at Pocono Raceway.
Sure, Harvick needed to save the engine for a repeat run in the same Ford and a shot at a weekend sweep in a Cup Series twin bill. He stood on his car alone again in victory lane in front of another race with barren grandstands with the only noise at the track being a few cheers from his Stewart-Haas Racing crew.
"I'm not doing any more celebrations with nobody out there to celebrate with," Harvick said. "Until the fans come back, I'm not doing a burnout, I'm not standing on the car, I'm not doing any of that stuff.
"It doesn't feel right not having my team in victory lane."
Harvick ended an 0-for-38 drought at Pocono by taking the checkered flag Saturday.
He won the first of two NASCAR Cup races this weekend at Pocono and will start 20th on Sunday with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from Saturday.
The 44-year-old California driver has won at every active track except Kentucky Speedway (nine tries). And the 2014 series champion has three wins overall this season.
Harvick held off hard-charging Denny Hamlin, whose efforts were hampered by a late vibration, for his 52nd Cup victory. He had 12 top-five finishes, including four seconds, in his other 38 starts at Pocono.
"That's great to finally check Pocono off the list," Harvick said.
Aric Almirola was third, followed by Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch.
Bubba Wallace, who said he was worn out after a week in the national spotlight following a noose being found in his garage stall at Talladega, finished 22nd. An FBI investigation determined the noose had been there at least a year and didn't indicate a hate crime.
Harvick is ready for a racing atmosphere instead of stands emptied because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"You get out to silence," Harvick said. "We miss the fans, I miss my team being able to be right in there with us because those are the guys and gals that are making it happen. It's tough to give an elbow bump or wave at them."
The Cup race was scheduled to be the second one Saturday, but rain washed out the Truck Series race. That sets up a small slice of history Sunday: Truck, second-tier Xfinity and Cup will all run. It's the first time three NASCAR National Series races will race on the same day at the same track.