BUSCH: Harvick hits payday at Richmond

Kevin Harvick drove his No. 21 RCR Chevrolet at Richmond today to his 10th career Busch series victory, his second win this season, and the first win at the .750-mile track in five starts. The 2001 Busch series champion survived a late race...

Kevin Harvick drove his No. 21 RCR Chevrolet at Richmond today to his 10th career Busch series victory, his second win this season, and the first win at the .750-mile track in five starts. The 2001 Busch series champion survived a late race red-flag which set up a six lap shoot-out to the checkered flag.

"Once we got out front we were good," said Harvick. "We were really good. There's a lot of beating and banging, and I am just happy the racetrack is in good shape."

Cautions generate cautions, however, and one lap after the restart, the No.2 RCR Chevy of Ron Hornaday got spun by the No. 48 Chevy of Shane Hmiel, in the smoke Brian Vickers wrecked the No. 5 Hendrick Chevy.

With just four laps to go, NASCAR was not within the window to red flag the event. The Hardee's 250 at Richmond finished under the day's 14th caution.

Scott Riggs in the No. 10 PPI Ford finished second and No. 74 BACE Motorsports' Chevy of Tony Raines in third.

"We had a great race car," said Riggs. "It's a brand-new race car. We took it back home a couple of weeks ago at Orange County Speedway and it worked good and we brought it here and my hats off to all of these guys. We had great communication on everybody's part on this team. We did have a good car. We knew it was good in Happy Hour and we just tried to bide our time and pace ourselves.

"Like Doug (Randolph) said, 'Hang in there the first half of the race and we'll race the second half.' We played our game exactly the way we planned it out. I wish we could have had some laps. We'll hold our chins up high because we knew we had a good race car. We'll go back next week and try to get them again."

Michael Waltrip started on the pole in the No. 99 Waltrip Racing Chevy and ran in the top ten most of the day. He would not have the horsepower to outrun the leaders and settles for fourth.

Scott Wimmer pilot of the No. 23 Chevy rounds out the top five.

Todd Bodine, in the No. 92 Herzog-Jackson Motorsports Chevy, came into Richmond with a 99-point lead in the series championship, but got into trouble on lap 86. Bodine's Chevy got out from under him in turn two and went around. Bodine had to take the No. 92 Chevy behind the wall for repairs for twenty laps. He finished 29th, but retains the top spot in the standings.

David Green now sits just 40 points behind Bodine in second, followed by Shane Hmiel, Ron Hornaday, and Scott Riggs.

There were a record 14 caution flags; the previous track record was 11 yellows, which had been reached six times.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Tony Raines , David Green , Scott Riggs , Shane Hmiel , Scott Wimmer , Brian Vickers