Kevin Harvick held off the late race challenge of Kasey Kahne to score his 12th career win in the NASCAR Busch Series. Harvick took the lead from Matt Kenseth after a restart melee on lap 186 on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval. "It's...
Kevin Harvick held off the late race challenge of Kasey Kahne to score his 12th career win in the NASCAR Busch Series. Harvick took the lead from Matt Kenseth after a restart melee on lap 186 on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval.
"It's all about putting yourself in the right spot and we were in the right spot," Harvick said. "Our car was not dominant but we won the race."
The win allowed Harvick to continue to lead Busch series point standings by 70 points over Cup teammate Johnny Sauter.
"I love to win. That's why we do this Busch Series, to get this seat-time. When we can win this close to home, it's even that more special," expressed Harvick.
Kahne made the final charge and push his Dodge to the limit but was unable to overtake the veteran racer. Harvick used the entire surface to hold off Kahne, edging him out by just over one-tenth of a second.
"We were definitely making up ground the last ten laps," reflected Kahne. "But once we got close, we were in bad air, and we weren't quite as fast."
The skirmish on the restart saw Johnny Sauter veer to the left, bumping Kenseth who then hit Dave Blaney's Ford putting Blaney into the wall. None of the three drivers were injured but Kenseth was unable to hold the top spot.
Kenseth limped home the damaged Ford to finish sixth in today's race.
Sauter pretty much spent the entire day being mad at one of his fellow cup drivers. He exited the car after the race and made comments about Michael Waltrip that granted him entry to the big blue NASCAR trailer after the race.
Sauter finished 16th. Waltrip came back from three laps down to finish 4th.
Las Vegas, usually not a wreck-fest, had many on-track accidents that left racers irate. Notably, the "Lucky Dog" rule that allowed Randy LaJoie to climb up to the fifth position after a caution on lap 95. NASCAR then scored LaJoie higher than several cars that had remained on-track ahead of the leader at the end of the lead lap.
Tempers also flared and drivers faltered over the entrance to pit road. Blaring orange cones guided drivers to pit lane, but Joe Nemechek and Blaney fought all afternoon to get into the pits.
Sunday's Cup polesitter may have finished second today but is looking for his first victory in tomorrow's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event.
David Stremme came home in third, with Michael Waltrip in fourth. Bobby Hamilton Jr. rounded out the top five.