Harvick Tastes Victory Lane in Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 12) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick passed Paul Menard with 33 laps to go and pulled away from him in a two-lap sprint to the finish Friday night for his second career ...
Harvick Tastes Victory Lane in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 12) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick passed Paul Menard with 33 laps to go and pulled away from him in a two-lap sprint to the finish Friday night for his second career Busch Series win at Richmond and third win of the season.
Harvick had the dominant car for the duration of the race. He started the Emerson Radio 250 in the eighth spot, and by lap 30 he passed Matt Kenseth for the lead.
Harvick brought the REESE'S Chevy to pit road after the first caution flag of the day waved over the raceway on lap 42. The REESE'S Racing team made a small air pressure adjustment to help with the car's performance and changed four tires. Harvick lost one spot to Reed Sorenson but recovered the lead in just seven laps.
"Once we got it dialed, it was awesome," Harvick said in victory lane.
Harvick continued to lead until lap 148 of 250. Harvick, along with many of drivers on the lead lap, brought his car down pit road for his final stop of the night. Since nine cars did not pit and Mark Martin and Elliott Sadler beat Harvick off pit road, he would restart in the 12th spot.
Harvick showed his dominance by passing Paul Menard for the lead of lap 216 and led most of the remaining laps. Kenseth, Martin and Jason Leffler rounded out the top five, in that order. Harvick led a total of 149 laps during the Emerson Radio 250. It was his 16th victory in the Busch Series, tying him for 12th-place for the most victories in Busch Series history.
The REESE'S Racing team remains in fourth in Owners Standings, 279 points behind Martin Truex Jr.'s team
The race for the driver championship tightened after Truex crashed with 50 laps to go and finished 27th. This allowed Harvick's teammate, Clint Bowyer, to cut a 142-point deficit to 94 after finishing 11th. Truex is also scheduled to lose 25 points for his action after the wreck on Friday night, cutting the lead to only 69 points.
Brandon Miller and the REESE'S Racing team will be back in action Saturday, September 24, for the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway. The TNT television network will begin its coverage at 1 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.