Kevin Harvick was just waiting for Carl Edwards to falter. It took two restarts but Harvick pounced when Edwards choked on the restart at the green/white/checker finish of the Sam's Town 250. Harvick dominated much of the race, leading 80 laps,...
Kevin Harvick was just waiting for Carl Edwards to falter.
It took two restarts but Harvick pounced when Edwards choked on the restart at the green/white/checker finish of the Sam's Town 250. Harvick dominated much of the race, leading 80 laps, but on a restart with 15 to go, Edwards passed the No. 21 Chevy for the lead. Just as Edwards grabbed the top spot, the caution dropped, slowing his charge.
The field restarted with six to go, but a lap later another yellow emerged, preventing Harvick from catching and passing Edwards, and setting up the green/white/checker ending.
When Edwards stumbled on the restart, it allowed not only Harvick but Clint Bowyer as well to pass, sending the 2006 Busch series champion to Victory Lane for the eighth time this season.
"Our car kind of went away there at the end. The last two cautions really helped us. I just got a really good restart at the end. At that point, you're not going to let off," Harvick said.
"I knew I needed another caution. My tires were pretty much boiled at that point. I knew he was going to take off early from the restart line. It looked like he spun the tires from second to third gear."
Bowyer was second followed by Edwards in third.
"He's fun to race with because he'll stick his nose in there," Edwards said f Harvick. "I'll get him back, though. If he ever opens the door for me, I'll be ready."
Pole sitter Johnny Sauter, who led a race high 85 laps was fourth. Shane Huffman completes the top five.
Notably, Juan Pablo Montoya's first NASCAR race didn't go as smoothly as he would have liked, as the former Indianapolis 500 winner was involved in two cautions during his debut.
On lap 150 Montoya got into the J.J. Yeley causing Yeley to spin. A few laps later, he was involved in another spin, which he said was his fault. Despite his issues, he wound up finishing 11th.
"It was pretty wild to be honest," said Montoya.
Montoya ran two ARCA events to prepare for his entry to NASCAR, but admitted that he needs to get used to the give-and-take on the race track and how spotters interact with their drivers during a race.
He added: "I spun around a couple of guys, but both of them - my front bumper was in their door when it happened, I said 'I need to try to stop doing that because I am damaging my car.'
"But there are some guys out there who would race like it's the last lap. It feels like kindergarten out there."
It definitely was a crash-fest at Memphis with 15 cautions for 77 laps. There were eight lead changes among five drivers.