Harvick Wins Goody's 250 For Fourth Victory Of Season MARTINSVILLE, VA (July 22, 2006) -- Kevin Harvick managed to avoid the carnage of 19 caution periods Saturday afternoon to capture the Goody's 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at ...
Harvick Wins Goody's 250 For Fourth Victory Of Season
MARTINSVILLE, VA (July 22, 2006) -- Kevin Harvick managed to avoid the carnage of 19 caution periods Saturday afternoon to capture the Goody's 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
It was Harvick's fourth win of the season, tops on the circuit, and helped him tighten his grip on the Busch Series points standings. He now holds a 348-point lead over second-place Carl Edwards in the points.
The 19 caution periods was an track record for the Busch Series at Martinsville Speedway, topping the old mark of 18 set in 1984.
Harvick's margin of victory over Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer was .271 seconds. It was Harvick's 21st career Busch win and his 18th top-10 finish this season.
"Clint was putting a lot of pressure me," said Harvick. "He was doing everything but running over me to get by. I was having a tough time on restarts getting going and there were plenty of restarts."
Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in third, Reed Sorensen in fourth and Johnny Sauter in fifth. Sauter was the only non-NEXTEL Cup driver in the top five. A total of eight NEXTEL Cup regulars made the trip from Pocono Raceway, site of Sunday's NEXTEL Cup race.
Because of foul weather at Pocono that forced cancellation of practice, most all of the Cup drivers got to Martinsville in time to qualify, but Hamlin, Sorensen and Kyle Busch had to go to the rear of the field for the start of the race because they didn't make qualifying.
"Getting here in time for qualifying was real important," said Harvick, who was the first car out for qualifying and started the race from sixth. "If we don't make it here to qualify, I don't think we win this race. That's what I think won the race for us."
NEXTEL Cup regular Carl Edward finished sixth, followed by John Andretti, Jason Leffler, J.J. Yeley and Jay Sauter.
Former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, making his first Busch Series start at Martinsville, finished 29th, on the lead lap. He ran in the top 20 most of the day before spinning late in the event.