Richard Childress Racing's Harvick settles for second-place finish at RIR

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Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Kevin Harvick), 20th (Brian Scott) and 35th (Austin Dillon). Scott is third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, while Dillon is seventh.

Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Hungry-Man Chevrolet team earned a second-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event Friday night under the lights of Richmond International Raceway.

Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick

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The California native started the 250-lap event from the fourth spot and began working his way forward, taking over the lead on lap 88. Battling a loose-handling Chevrolet, Harvick slipped back to second on lap 89.

The crew made an air pressure adjustment, changed four tires and added fuel during a scheduled yellow-flag pit stop on lap 102. As green-flag racing resumed, Harvick regained the top spot and went on to lead an additional 95 laps before falling to third.

During the closing laps, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular worked his way into the second position, where he ultimately crossed the finish line.

Kevin Harvick (Start - 4 / Finish - 2 / Laps Led - 96 / Owner Points - 4th): "Our Hungry-Man Chevrolet was fairly good on the longer runs, but the No. 22 was really good on the short runs. All-in-all it was a fun night, and I enjoyed the back-and-forth racing. I always want to win, but this was an enjoyable race to be part of."

Tough finish to a strong run for Brian Scott at Richmond International Raceway

Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team settled for a 20th-place finish after being collected in a late-race incident in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night.

The Boise, Idaho native took the green flag from the eighth position for the second night race of the 2013 season. On lap-11 Scott radioed to crew chief Phil Gould reporting he needed more rear grip.

The evening's first caution flew on lap 23, which allowed Scott to bring his No. 2 Camaro to the attention of his crew for four fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.

He restarted 20th and quickly made his way back inside the top-10 as the field set into a lengthy green-flag run. The No. 2 team continued to make their Shore Lodge machine stronger as the race wore on.

On lap 211, Scott was collected in a multi-car incident that caused right rear damage to the No. 2 machine. The 25-year old Nationwide Series competitor restarted 20th and continued to make gains back towards the front of the field until he was spun by another competitor late in the race, relegating him to a 20th-place-finish.

Brian Scott (Start 8 / Finish 20 / Laps Led 0, Points 3rd): "We had a good car, but not a great car. We continued to make adjustments throughout the race and we were probably going to get top-10 out of the evening.

We just needed a little bit more speed and continued trying to get it to roll through the corner. Unfortunately, myself and Austin (Dillon) got caught up in an incident with another competitor with about 50 laps to go.

After that, we just tried to limp home and salvage what finish we could. Some more things happened and it was an unfortunate night, instead of seventh or eighth we finished 20th. We have to move on. We're going to have days like this in the season. How you rebound is everything."

On-track incident relegates Austin Dillon to 35th-place fnish at Richmond International Raceway

Austin Dillon and the Danny Stockman-led No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team earned a disappointing 35th-place finish in Friday evening's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway after the Welcome, N.C. driver was collected in a multi-car incident on lap 212, of 250, ending the team's night early.

It marks Dillon's first DNF during his tenure of full-time Nationwide Series competition. Starting from the sixth position, the third-generation driver settled into the top-15 during the early and middle stages of the event, as he struggled with a loose-handling condition on his Chevrolet Camaro.

Persistent work on pit road by Stockman and the team allowed handling conditions to improve and Dillon worked his way into the top 10 with approximately 50 laps remaining in the race.

He was making a pass for the seventh position on lap 212 when the driver in the car on the outside of him cut across the nose of his car, causing a multi-car pile-up, and significant damage to the No. 3 Chevrolet that ended the team's night early. Dillon settled for a 35th-place finish and is now seventh in the driver championship point standings.

Austin Dillon (Start - 6 / Finish - 35 / Laps Led - 0 / Points - 7 th): "It was definitely a challenging evening for us, but it's alright because we are the No. 3 team and we are strong. We are coming and we will be in this championship point battle at the end of the season when it counts."

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