By Thomas Chemris, Guest writer Kevin Harvick returned to his Richard Childress Racing ride to claim his sixth win of the season in the OReilly Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick, the two time series champion is no stranger to...
By Thomas Chemris, Guest writer
Kevin Harvick returned to his Richard Childress Racing ride to claim his sixth win of the season in the OReilly Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Harvick, the two time series champion is no stranger to victory lane at TMS, this marked his fourth win at the one and a half mile facility. The victory, Harvick thirty-second in the series moved him into sole position of second on the all time win list surpassing Jack Ingram and leaving him fifteen wins away from the all time leader Mark Martin.
"Just to be up there with Jack Ingram and Mark Martin and all the guys who made the Busch Series what it is, that's pretty special," said Harvick
Harvick, who started fourth, led two times for a total of thirty six laps. Harvick took the lead for the final time on lap 141 as Greg Biffle pitted for what he believed to be a flat tire. Harvick was unchallenged for the final fifty nine circuits with Kyle Busch coming in second followed by Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Matt Kenseth
Outside pole sitter Tony Stewart appeared to be the class of the field, leading 114 laps but he lost his edge after he ran into Kyle Krisiloff, damaging the left front of his car. After repairs, Stewart was able to work his way back into the top ten, but never regained his dominance to finish seventh.
The event saw 12 lead changes among eight drivers and was slowed four times for caution.
Pole sitter David Reutimann finished eighteenth.
Point's leader Carl Edwards clinched the 2007 Busch series title coming home in eighth.
Edwards, who has held the top spot in the series since the second week of the season amassed an 851 point lead by July of this year. The team has struggled during the last third of the season but after three weeks of near misses finally has been crowned champion.
"The first half of the year was just so spectacular", said Edwards. "PK and all of the guys did such a great job and we had luck on our side. It just feels great to win the championship".
The Championship is the first in one of NASCAR's major series for Edwards. It is the second Busch title for Roush Fenway Racing, and the second for Ford Motor Company.
Edwards first raced in the series in 2002, running one event, and then another one off event in 2004. 2005 marked his first full season in Busch; he finished third in the championship standing.
2006 he moved up to second in the standings, runner up to Kevin Harvick. He has made a total of 103 starts and has thirteen victories. Edwards will compete in the final two races of the year before the series holds it season ending banquet in Orlando Florida.
Next week the series heads to Phoenix international Raceway for the Arizona Travel 200 where Matt Kenseth is the defending race winner.
Although NASCAR has made no official statement, rumors abound that the sanctioning body is considering a change in the points system for NEXTEL Cup drivers racing in the Nationwide Series. It seems the consideration is to limit the ability for drivers who are not competing full time in the series from earning championship points.
Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, and David Reutimann have all announced plans to compete full time in the series next year, running double duty with there Cup teams.
Although Edwards has clinched the driver's title, the owner's prize is far from settled. Richard Childress Racing (twenty nine Chevy) is currently on top with a 115 point s lead over Joe Gibbs Racing (twenty Chevy)
Casey Mears and Brad Keselowski both were sent to the back of the field at Texas for issues with the cars lug nuts. Apparently, the thread on the lug nuts was turned out to allow for a faster pit stop. NASCAR officials took exception and sent the cars to the rear of the field.
Greg Tester, crew chief or Ron Young was penalized following the Memphis event for issues relating to the cars shock absorbers. Tester was fined $15,000.00 and suspended from competition until December 31, 2007.
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