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Harvick hits jackpot at Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (Feb. 26, 1998) Spears Motorsports, which won championships in the NASCAR Winston West Series in the early 1990s, returned to Victory Lane Wednesday night when young Kevin Harvick won the Cactus Clash...

Harvick hits jackpot at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 26, 1998) Spears Motorsports, which won championships in the NASCAR Winston West Series in the early 1990s, returned to Victory Lane Wednesday night when young Kevin Harvick won the Cactus Clash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

This season, with the series featuring an increased point fund and a greater schedule, Spears Motorsports announced plans for an increased focus in the NASCAR Winston West Series. Harvick took over the lead in the championship standings with his victory in the 100-lap even on the 1.5-mile oval in the Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

"We've had an awesome car every time we've showed up at the races," Harvick said. "It just seems like something happened every time. But the Spears guys are good."

"Everything finally went our way. We've been working hard. We knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time."

Harvick said the team is excited about the changes this season in the NASCAR Winston West Series.

"It's a lot bigger deal now," he said. "Winston stepped up big time and the whole series has grown big because of the increased money and the places that we run."

Harvick demonstrated the strength of his team early by winning the Bud Pole Award with a lap of 163.820 mph around the slightly-banked Las Vegas oval.

He went on to lead 89 of the 100 laps and he won under caution as the yellow flag flew on the final lap of the event for a crash in turn four involving Davey Manthei.

Harvick, a 22-year-old Bakersfield, Calif., competitor, won $15,850 from more than $170,000 in posted awards.

Series rookie Tony Toste of Pismo Beach, Calif., finished second in the Toste Motorsports Chevrolet. Jerry Glanville of Roswell, Ga., was third in the UniFirst Uniform Ford; Randy Nelson of El Cajon, Calif., was fourth in the Rhino Linings Ford; and Boris Said of Carlsbad, Calif., was fifth in the Federated Auto Parts Ford.

Rounding out the top-10 were Gary Smith, Kelly Tanner, Jeff Davis, Sean Woodside and Ron Burns.

Harvick leads the NASCAR Winston West Series championship standings with 314 points, followed by Woodside with 298, Tanner and Smith with 296 each and defending champion Butch Gilliland with 295. Completing the top-10 are Toste with 288, Craig Raudman 261, Davey Manthei 246, Scott Gaylord 242 and Gary Collins 240.

Tanner tops the standings in the chase for the Sears Point Raceway Rookie-of-the-Year Award. He has 18 points, followed by Toste with 16, Raudman with 13, Kevin Richards with 11 and Jerry Cain with 10. Other freshman drivers in the hunt are Ron Burns 8, Brandon Ash and Darrel Krentz with 7 each, Craig Rayburn 6, Bruce Bechtel 5, Bo Lemler 4, Sammy Potashnick and Austin Cameron with 2 each and Eric Norris and Don Abreu with 1 each.

Chevrolet and Ford are tied in the standings for the manufacturers' championship in the series. Each has 15 points and one win, followed by Pontiac with 8 points.

The next event on the NASCAR Winston West Series schedule is the Spears Manufacturing 200 at Altamont Raceway Park, near Tracy, Calif., on March 15.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series General
Drivers Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Bruce Bechtel , Gary Smith , Eric Norris , Kevin Richards , Craig Raudman , Brandon Ash , Austin Cameron , Tony Toste
Tags NASCAR--RBNWS