Kevin Harvick didn't lead the most laps but he led the one that counts, the last. Harvick got ahead of Matt Kenseth during a late race pit stop and managed to hold him off in the closing laps of the race as cautions continually fell slowing the ...
Kevin Harvick didn't lead the most laps but he led the one that counts, the last. Harvick got ahead of Matt Kenseth during a late race pit stop and managed to hold him off in the closing laps of the race as cautions continually fell slowing the field.
Harvick grabbed the lead from Kyle Busch on lap 186 and a series of yellow flags prevented Kenseth from being able to catch him and pass for the lead. It is Harvick's seventh win of the season and 24th of his career.
"I tell you what this is really awesome for everyone at RCR," said Harvick who won the sixth consecutive race for Richard Childress Racing. "We came here with a new car and a new engine package. We have been OK on the mile- and-a-half tracks but we just felt like we needed to be better these things were just awesome today."
Despite leading a race high 145 laps and dominating the race Kenseth had to settle for second.
"We led a lot of laps we just didn't lead the right one," Kenseth commented. "You know it's encouraging our cars have been so fast, we just can't quite get them at the end. We had all of those cautions and we just didn't have enough time to get them."
Kyle Busch was third, "I don't think we had a race winning car today. The 17 was the best and the 21 was the second best. We were just riding around hovering in third all day."
Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer complete the top five.
"It was a lot of fun today," said Stewart. "It was my last race for Kevin and Delana (Harvick) this year, from where we started at the beginning of the year to now we have made huge improvements."
Kenseth led the field to the green flag and led by over a two second advantage when the first caution fell on lap 28 when Denny Hamlin smacked the wall. The leaders pitted with Kenseth maintaining the lead.
The second caution waved on lap 36 when Jerry Robertson hit the wall. Kenseth led on the restart on lap 40. Todd Kleuver and Brad Coleman made contact on lap 45 slowing Kenseth's charge by bringing out the third yellow and the red flag for clean up.
The field went back green on lap 53 but Jeff Burton got Kenseth on the restart grabbing the lead. Burton led just two laps before Kenseth found his way back to the top spot.
Kenseth was still the leader when a round of green flag pit stops commenced on lap 98 with Aric Almirola inheriting the race lead. Almirola led 13 laps before he was forced to pit giving Kenseth the lead back.
The fourth caution fell on lap 129 when Chris Horn spun. The leaders pitted with Kenseth up front for the restart at lap 133. Five laps later Almirola crashed in turn two bringing out the fifth caution.
Kenseth restarted in the lead on lap 143 and quickly jumped out to a one second lead. Lap 164 saw the sixth caution after David Reutimann spun. The leaders pitted with Busch taking two tires and grabbing the lead on the restart.
With 30 to go, JJ Yeley hit the wall causing the seventh yellow flag. Busch led on the restart with 24 laps to go. On the restart, however, Stacy Compton, Jason Leffler and John Andretti were involved in a multi-car crash slowing the field for the eighth time.
The grid restarted with 18 to go with Busch still leading. Harvick passed Busch on the inside on lap 186, with Kenseth also making the pass; sending Busch to third. Kasey Kahne hit the wall with ten to go causing the ninth caution.
It was the break Kenseth needed to catch Harvick but the wrecks just kept on coming; on the restart with six to go, Jon Wood, Mike Bliss and Danny O'Quinn got together to create the tenth caution. Harvick led with two to go with Kenseth on the hunt. In the end, Kenseth just didn't have enough time to catch Harvick.
Harvick's dominance in Busch series point standings continues. He leads by 729 points over second place Carl Edwards. Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and JJ Yeley complete the top five.