BUSCH: Atlanta: Kevin Harvick race report

Harvick finishes ninth; PayDay Team moves one step closer ATLANTA (Oct. 25) - Kevin Harvick has made 16 NASCAR Busch Series starts this season. This weekend, he posted his 16th top-10 finish of the year. Harvick finished ninth Oct. 25 in the ...

Harvick finishes ninth; PayDay Team moves one step closer

ATLANTA (Oct. 25) - Kevin Harvick has made 16 NASCAR Busch Series starts this season. This weekend, he posted his 16th top-10 finish of the year. Harvick finished ninth Oct. 25 in the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race was won by pole-sitter Greg Biffle, who bumped Harvick from the top qualifying spot on Friday, as he was the last car to make a qualifying attempt after Harvick held the fastest speed for most of the qualifying session. After 31 events, the PayDay team leads the NASCAR Busch Series team standings by 216 points over the second-place No. 37 team (David Green), and leads by 229 points over the third-place No. 10 team (Scott Riggs).

"We were just off somewhere in the setup today," Harvick said after the event. "We got another decent finish, but we had higher expectations going into today." When qualifying began on Friday, Harvick posted another spectacular qualifying effort. His time was a track record that stood through 49 cars, before Greg Biffle, the 50th driver to attempt to qualify, beat Harvick's pole speed by .02 seconds to capture the pole. Harvick was fast from drop of the green flag on Saturday. About 15 laps into the race, Harvick told the team that car was handling extremely tight and was plowing through the corners. When the caution flag waved on lap 47, Harvick brought the PayDay Chevrolet down pit road for its first round of service on the day.

Kevin Gabard and Jason Pulver, the front tire carrier and changer, respectively, for the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet, took over the same duties this weekend for the PayDay Chevrolet, and will retain those positions through the remainder of the season. They helped put together another great pit stop for the PayDay team. Harvick returned to the racing surface in sixth and continued to battle a tight-handling car throughout the race. He returned to pit road several times for service, and battled around the 10th position for most of the day. After his final pit stop under the green flag on lap 152, Harvick remained in the ninth position for the remainder of the race. He was still able to gain valuable points as the PayDay team seeks the Busch Series owner's title. Race winner Greg Biffle lapped all but 12 cars en route to his second win in three races.

Next week, the Busch Series travels to Phoenix International Raceway. The Bashas' Supermarkets 200 can be seen live on TNT at 3 p.m. EST and heard live on MRN radio at 2:45 p.m. EST.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , David Green , Scott Riggs