Winner: Kevin Harvick, driver of the ...
Winner: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Goodwrench Chevrolet from Richard Childress Racing
Top-five finishers: Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Robby Gordon and Carl Edwards
Race recap: Kevin Harvick used the recipe of a fast car, good strategy and a little luck on Sunday to log his second Nextel Cup win this season. Harvick's team chose to pit him for the final time on lap 53 of 82, one lap before a yellow flag would fly because of an accident on the track. When most of the early race leaders pitted under that caution, Harvick gained track position. He went on to lead 28 of the final 33 laps around the 2.45-mile road course, with that being broken up only temporarily by ultimate second-place finisher Tony Stewart.
The race featured 14 lead changes among 11 drivers, with polesitter Kurt Busch pacing the most laps with 38. However, a penalty for entering the pits too soon and getting caught up in an accident resulted in his 19th place finish. The race was slowed by 10 caution periods, which accounted for a total of 22 laps.
Jimmie Johnson held onto his top spot in the championship standings. He currently leads Matt Kenseth by 124 points and Harvick by 323, with just four races remaining before the 10 Chase contenders are locked in to compete for the title.
The series is back in action next weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Companion event: Kurt Busch won the NASCAR Busch Series race at Watkins Glen on Saturday, surviving a great late-race challenge from Robby Gordon that saw the drivers exchange the lead several times on the final lap alone. Busch won the pole and led the most laps on the day with 41 of 83. Kevin Harvick finished seventh to extend his Busch Series championship lead over Carl Edwards to 443 points.
Goodyear Quote -- Rick Heinrich, product manager: "Both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series cars ran on the same Goodyear Eagles this weekend at Watkins Glen. On NASCAR road courses, the same tire is run on all four corners of the car, and this set-up worked extremely well. Both races were very physical, with a lot of contact between cars, and our tire performed well throughout both events."