Kevin Harvick completed the ultimate comeback by winning the rain -delayed Sharpie Professional 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Harvick also won the Nextel Cup race Sunday at 'thunder valley'. Even better, Harvick had to hold off teammate Jeff ...
Kevin Harvick completed the ultimate comeback by winning the rain -delayed Sharpie Professional 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Harvick also won the Nextel Cup race Sunday at 'thunder valley'.
Even better, Harvick had to hold off teammate Jeff Burton to earn the win by a margin of just .159 seconds, grabbing a 1-2 finish for Richard Childress Racing. Both drivers were lucky just to finish the race at all.
It was a crazy event with three red flags and a track-tying record of 14 cautions. Four of them coming after Harvick took the lead on lap 181. The repeated yellow's let the field, and in particular Burton, catch Harvick, but he would not be denied the weekend sweep.
"The secret today was having people in the pits to keep me calm," said Harvick who also claimed the Nextel Cup event win on Sunday.
"It was a rough day but we got our car handling really good. Knowing the history of the race, there are a lot of cautions late."
In a mirror to Sunday's race, Harvick had to work his way to the front from the rear of the field. Due to qualifying being washed out, the team took a provisional start in 38th position.
It is Harvick's fourth Busch Bristol win and 14th of his career.
The closing laps of the event were a veritable free for all filled with caution flags and wrecks. With three laps to go under a green-white-checker finish Shane Hmiel got into Dale Jarrett causing a red flag.
Hmiel had been driving like a man on too much caffeine all day. A penalty for rough driving is expected by NASCAR.
While Burton couldn't pull off the win, his day ended better than Sunday (where he was wrecked by Jimmie Johnson) finishing second.
Rookie Reed Sorenson garnered third.
"All of those cautions seemed to slow things down for a bit. We had a good car it's just so hard to pass here unless you get some green flag laps," Sorenson said.
Matt Kenseth and Sterling Marlin complete the top five making it a near sweep of the top five positions by Cup series regulars.
Johnny Sauter and Martin Truex, Jr. were both penalized for rough driving in separate incidents. The first red of the day came at lap 184 yellow. Truex's No. 8 Chevrolet got into the rear of Bodine spinning the 72 car swept up in the crash was a bevy of other cars.
The second red flag of the event fell on lap 202 after Stanton Barrett's machine laid oil down on the track.
Carl Edwards continues lead rankings over second place Reed Sorenson.