Harvick Conquers Chicago for Third Time JOLIET, Ill. (July 11) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick held off Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman to win his third career race and first in the NASCAR Busch Series at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday.
Harvick Conquers Chicago for Third Time
JOLIET, Ill. (July 11) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick held off Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman to win his third career race and first in the NASCAR Busch Series at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday. The victory was Harvick's 15th in the Busch Series, tied for 14th place on the list of drivers with the most victories.
"The REESE'S Chevy was really awesome," Harvick said. "Newman's car was really strong for about the first 20 laps, then our car was better the next 20 laps. It probably would have been a good fight at the end, but I'm glad we didn't have to see it."
Harvick started the USG Durock 300 in the fifth spot. With the drop of the green flag, Harvick began his run toward the front. Within 10 laps, Harvick had the REESE'S Chevrolet in the second spot and on a mission to run down Newman, who started on the pole.
Harvick brought the REESE'S Chevy to the attention of his pit crew four times during the event. The REESE'S Chevy was handling so well that during each of the stops the crew only made minor air pressure adjustments, changed four tires and filled the car with fuel.
"Our car was really good off the truck," Harvick said. "We only had to make some air pressure adjustments here and there, and these adjustments made the REESE'S Chevrolet awesome at the end."
Harvick took the lead for good with less than 30 laps to go when he blew past Reed Sorenson.
A caution with 10 laps remaining made the final of the USG Durock 300 very exciting. However, Harvick pulled off a flawless restart with six laps remaining to take the checkered flag at Chicagoland Speedway. Biffle, Newman, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin finished second through fifth, respectively. Harvick's teammate Clint Bowyer finished in the sixth spot and sits second in the Busch Series Driver Standings.
"I knew that Biffle was good on the restarts," Harvick said. "I just had to feel my car out and do what I thought was right. It was a good restart for me, and I was able to pull away from him in the closing laps."
Harvick and the REESE'S Racing team now sit fifth in Owner Standings, 199 behind leader Martin Truex Jr.
Harvick remains in the driver's seat of the REESE'S Chevrolet Saturday, July 16, for the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The TNT television network will begin its coverage at 3 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.