Harvick Hangs On For Ford 300 Win; Truex Jr. Celebrates Championship
MIAMI, Fla., -- Kevin Harvick held off a hard-charging Jamie McMurray in a green-white-checkered finish to capture the Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
McMurray, driving the No. 66 Duraflame Dodge for Rusty Wallace Inc., drove deep into Turn 3 on the final lap but didn't have enough to get by Harvick's No. 21 ESGR Chevrolet.
"I knew coming in to the checker that he was going to drive it in for all that it was worth coming into Turn 3, so I just backed off and made sure that I was able to get a good run coming off the corner," Harvick said. "He was outside there in the center of the corner, but I got a good drive off the corner. We did what we had to do."
Harvick, the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series champion, earned his 13th career victory in the Busch Series by surviving five late-race restarts and a fender rub.
"Jimmy Spencer got into the left-front fender there with 15 or 20 laps to go, and the car got really tight," Harvick said. "From then on, it was a matter of fending (McMurray) him off. It's a good thing we had all those restarts or we would have probably been second or third. To hold him off and do what we had to do was great."
Rounding out the top five were McMurray, Raybestos Rookie of the Year Kyle Busch, Reed Sorenson and Todd Bodine.
Martin Truex Jr., who clinched the NASCAR Busch Series championship last weekend, was officially crowned the champion in the official ceremony.
Truex Jr., who finished ninth after a pit road incident, received his trophy and celebrated with his Chance 2 Motorsports owners Teresa Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.