Kevin Harvick Wins Thriller in Daytona Harvicks Victory is Fifth Consecutive Daytona 500 Win for Chevy Monte Carlo SS In what can only be described as a hair raising, crowd thrilling finish, Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Monte Carlo SS ...
Kevin Harvick Wins Thriller in Daytona
Harvicks Victory is Fifth Consecutive Daytona 500 Win for Chevy Monte Carlo SS
In what can only be described as a hair raising, crowd thrilling finish, Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Monte Carlo SS crossed the finishline two one-hundredths of a second over fellow Team Chevy driver Mark Martin, No. 01 U.S. Army Monte Carlo SS.
Harvick's win is the 20th Daytona 500 victory for Chevrolet and the fifth consecutive trip to victory lane for Monte Carlo SS.
It is the first Daytona 500 victory for Harvick and the second for Richard Childress Racing (RCR), the first coming in 1998 with the late Dale Earnhardt. Harvick also won Saturday's Orbitz 300 for the NASCAR Busch Series to score his career-first win on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway.
Harvick's RCR teammate, Jeff Burton, No. 31 Cingular Wireless Monte Carlo SS, finished third and Mike Wallace, No. 09 Miccosukee Resorts Monte Carlo SS crossed the line fourth giving Monte Carlo SS the top-four finishing postions in the race. With Joe Nemechek, No. 13 Certain Teed Monte Carlo SS, ninth place finish, and with Jeff Gordon's 10th place finish, six of the top-10 in the final order were members of the Bowtie Brigade.
After a red flag on lap 195 for a multi-car crash, Harvick, Martin and the remainder of the field sat idly waiting for the restart to decide the 49th running of the Great American Race.
When racing resumed for a green-white-checkered finish, Harvick charged hard on the outside and was side-by-side with Martin when contact behind the leaders triggered the last-lap accident. Neither driver let up as they charged ahead waiting for NASCAR to throw the caution and checkered flag.
The next event for Team Chevy in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series is the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on February 25, 2007.
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