BUSCH: Harvick scores season finale at Homestead

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BUSCH: Harvick scores season finale at Homestead

Kevin Harvick scored the win in what was a wild NASCAR Busch Series finale at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval on Saturday. The race ended with the green-white-checkered sequence, with Harvick clinching his 13th career Busch ...

Kevin Harvick scored the win in what was a wild NASCAR Busch Series finale at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval on Saturday. The race ended with the green-white-checkered sequence, with Harvick clinching his 13th career Busch victory.

Kevin Harvick.
Photo by Kurt Dahlstrom.
"It's pretty awesome to have such a great car today," exclaimed the happy race winner. "I don't know what happened at the end but this ESGR car was great at the end. It was a lot of fun to drive today, just great to be back in victory lane."

Harvick led Jamie McMurray with the rest of the remaining racers challenging to cross the finish line in first. Kyle Busch watched McMurray try the side-by-side pass as he finished in the final podium spot.

"It has been a great year for the team," expressed Busch, the NBS Rookie of the year. "They have given me a great car to drive all year. I am looking forward to driving in the Nextel Cup series and hopefully can repeat with the rookie title."

Looking for his third consecutive victory in 2004 in an NBS race, McMurray took his Duraflame Dodge high as Harvick stuck his Chevy low to take his second Busch series in 2004.

"I thought I had Kevin before the final caution came out, he got a little loose. That caution was not my friend," said McMurray.

Busch desperately wanted to bring home the win for Rick Hendrick, who was back at the track after a month's absence. He had to settle for third. "We just didn't have enough for them today," said Busch.

Dodge development driver Reed Sorenson and Todd Bodine completed the top five.

"What a great day for us," said Bodine. "It feels great to pull of a top five finish here at the season closer."

NASCAR Busch Series 2004 champion Martin Truex Jr. celebrates with team owners Teresa Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr..
Photo by Kurt Dahlstrom.
Series' champion Martin Truex, Jr. finished ninth in today's race. The young driver had clinched his title at Darlington last weekend. "I still can't believe," he commented when presented with the champions trophy.

Team owners Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Teresa Earnhart joined Truex in victory lane to celebrate the first championship for Chance2 Motorsports.

The race was marred with 12 caution flags for 51 laps.

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