BUSCH: Harvick's day ends with a win at Richmond

Kevin Harvick was the class of the field in the No. 21 Chevy for Friday night's Busch Series Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Harvick led 145 of 250 laps to score his third win of 2005. Harvick had gained a 1.8-second lead on...

Kevin Harvick was the class of the field in the No. 21 Chevy for Friday night's Busch Series Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Harvick led 145 of 250 laps to score his third win of 2005.

Harvick had gained a 1.8-second lead on the field with 10 laps to go, but a late race caution bunched the field back together. The grid restarted with six to go with Harvick leading and Paul Menard and Matt Kenseth close on the No. 21's tail.

But Harvick continued to pull away from Menard. Just as Harvick had a win in his sites, the caution flag flew again for debris on the track with two to go; setting up a green/white/checker finish.

On the restart, Menard attempted to gain on Harvick but just didn't have the steam or the time to seal the deal. Harvick easily sailed to his seventh career win.

"This Reese's Chevrolet was flat out awesome," Harvick said. "We had a little trouble with it in practice but once we got it dialed in it was awesome.It's awesome to win, we are very proud of it."

Menard settled for second, "I thought we had a fighting chance at it tonight, but Harvick was just too good, he deserved it. Just a great job by everyone at DEI."

Kenseth, Mark Martin and Jason Leffler complete the top five.

Erin Crocker's Busch series debut lasted until only lap 126. Crocker got caught up in a wreck with Jason Leffler and Kenny Wallace ending her night.

"I just want to go and hide somewhere right now," said a tearful Crocker.

It was a relatively event less race for the Busch series at Richmond. The night's spectacular accident came at lap 203 when Martin Truex, Jr. got pushed into the wall and onto his side down a length of the raceway before up righting the No. 8 Chevy.

Truex was able to return to the track to gain valuable championship points some 16 laps down. He finished 27th.

"He about flipped me over, but it was cool to be able to get back in it." Truex said. "It's ridiculous we don't need this stuff to happen. We had a good car tonight.I don't know it was just a bad night."

Truex retains the top spot in the championship followed by Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, Carl Edwards and Kenny Wallace completes the top five in driver's standings.

There were 11 cautions for 63 laps and nine lead changes among six drivers.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jason Leffler , Kevin Harvick , Kenny Wallace , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard , Carl Edwards , Erin Crocker , Clint Bowyer , Reed Sorenson , Mark Martin