Kevin Harvick dominated the field tonight to win the Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. "Any time you can win in Indy it's special." Harvick shared. "I'm really excited and proud of these guys.
"We were fortunate enough to have a car good enough to pass. We were able to get through traffic. We were running such a different line, lapped traffic wasn't an issue. It was the same line we won with last time (in 2001). I didn't drive it in practice because I didn't want anyone to know what we were doing."
Another strategy that worked for Harvick was when he took advantage of a yellow on lap 54 to make his first pit stop, while pole-sitter Denny Hamlin stayed out to remain in the lead. "We took that first pit and (Hamlin) stayed out. That was probably the key to the whole race." This is Harvick's fifth NASCAR Busch Series win of the year. Harvick's lead over Carlo Edwards is now 374 points. Edwards finished tenth in tonight's 200 lap race.
Reed Sorenson moved through the pack to finish second. "We were a little loose all night long," Sorenson said. "I had a decent car all night, but (Harvick) was definitely the fastest."
J.J. Yeley, who crossed the finish in third, also gave kudos to Harvick and his team. "Our car started out decent, we just didn't have the car to compete with Harvick," Yeley said. "Top 3 is pretty decent at a track I have some of the most experience at, just not enough experience to beat that guy who keeps winning."
Greg Biffle was fourth and Jeff Burton made his way from starting 32nd to finish fifth. Rookie Danny O'Quinn Jr., Jay Sauter, Hamlin, Paul Mennard and Edwards rounded out the top ten.