Kevin Harvick out-wheeled Tony Stewart to earn the victory at Watkins Glen. Stewart passed Harvick with nine laps to go and was on a charge to the checkered flag when a caution waved slowing his progress. Harvick's last run at Stewart came on the...
Kevin Harvick out-wheeled Tony Stewart to earn the victory at Watkins Glen. Stewart passed Harvick with nine laps to go and was on a charge to the checkered flag when a caution waved slowing his progress. Harvick's last run at Stewart came on the restart at lap 84. Stewart was able to block the No. 29's advances until lap 87 when Harvick blew past him for the top spot.
Stewart attempted to breech the distance, but Harvick jumped out to an impressive lead to grab his seventh career NASCAR Nextel Cup series victory. It is the No. 29 Richard Childress Chevrolet's fifth consecutive top-five finish.
It is Harvick's second win of the season and first on a road course.
"I was thinking 'Oh my god how am I going to drive into the corner with that car and pass him back'", said Harvick on Stewart's pass. "It seemed like his brakes were fading - this GM Goodwrench Chevrolet was really good and we got the fenders caved in early. But I had a lot of fun racing there with Tony."
Stewart settled for second, "I overdrove the entries and exits. He (Harvick) was good. I knew my only shot was to get him there in the back. He gave me the outside, he didn't want me getting on the inside and I got by him on the outside. That was a lot of fun we just overdrove it a little bit and opened up the door. The only shot to get by him was the first time we got by."
Jamie McMurray earned just his third top-5 of the 2006 season with third.
"I thought I could get by Kevin," said McMurray. "I felt like I was catching him before we had our pit stop but when we restarted, his car was just so quick."
Robby Gordon and Carl Edwards complete the top five.
"Good run for us," said Gordon. "We got yarded on the straightaways but it was a good run for us."
Pole sitter Kurt Busch who led a race high 38 laps lost the lead after pitting too early on lap 54 when the sixth caution period was caused by Joe Nemechek. That gave the lead to Harvick led on the restart on lap 60.
Busch's day further went to pot when he was involved in a multi-car crash and then another spin on the races final lap. He wound up 21rst.
There were 10 cautions for 22 laps and 14 lead changes among 11 drivers.
Jimmie Johnson continues to lead Nextel Cup point standings. Matt Kenseth (- 124), Kevin Harvick (-317), Jeff Burton (-362), Kyle Busch (-372), Mark Martin (-426), Tony Stewart (-441), Denny Hamlin (-460), Jeff Gordon (-485) and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (-515) complete the top ten. Everyone outside of the top-24 in points has been mathematically eliminated from making the Chase for the Nextel Cup.