Kevin Harvick came out on top after the last round of pit stops and led the last 41 laps unchallenged to grab the win at Texas Motor Speedway. It is Harvick's fourth win of the season and his second at Texas in the Busch series. It was an ...
Kevin Harvick came out on top after the last round of pit stops and led the last 41 laps unchallenged to grab the win at Texas Motor Speedway. It is Harvick's fourth win of the season and his second at Texas in the Busch series.
It was an emotional victory for Harvick who lost his father-in-law John Paul Linville earlier this week.
"It has been a tough week," said a tearful Harvick. "I just want to thank all the guys and my wife."
Greg Biffle was second, "I am the king of second places. But I am happy to run second to Kevin this week.we weren't the best car all weekend, we were probably a fifth place car.Kevin beat us there on that pit stop.
"Man that was the world's slowest pit stop."
Carl Edwards, Reed Sorenson and Kyle Busch complete the top five.
Kasey Kahne took the lead from Ryan Newman with 62 laps to go and rocketed to a healthy 1.6-second advantage over the field. Kahne began to slow, however, with 33 to go allowing Biffle to make the pass for the lead.
Just as Biffle got around, Kahne experienced a right front tire hitting the wall hard. The caution brought the leaders to pit road. Biffle did not have a good pit stop which allowed Harvick to beat him off the service lane for the top spot.
Harvick easily earned the victory even with JJ Yeley smacking he wall on the final lap bringing out the caution as Harvick took the checkered flag.
Pole sitter Newman led 122 laps but a decision not to pit on lap 106 proved to be the wrong one. Newman was forced to make a green flag stop with 34 to go, and when Kahne hit the wall that trapped Newman a lap down.
Newman finished 16th.
There were seven cautions for 26 laps and five lead changes among nine drivers.
Martin Truex, Jr. continues to lead the championship grid by 84 points over Clint Bowyer. All other competitors have been mathematically eliminated from the 2005 Busch series title.