KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BELL HELICOPTER CHEVROLET SS – RACE WINNER
WALK US THROUGH THOSE FINAL LAPS AND THE PASSES YOU MADE TO GO FROM SEVENTH TO FIRST:
“That was a heck of a first lap of the restart. I thought that the outside line might have the advantage because it had a couple of guys with new tires in the second row, and lined up on the outside. But the two tires – these cars drive a lot off the left rear – and we only took two tires, and they didn’t get that great of restart but my car launched, and I was able to drive it in the first corner and hope for the best down there. I figured four, eight, 12…how many ever tires that were on the outside of me would be better than none. It all worked out, and here we are.”
WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT, YOU WERE CATCHING JUAN PABLO MONTOYA FOR THE LEAD, WHAT DID YOU THINK AND WHAT WAS YOUR DISCUSSION WITH GIL MARTIN?
“Just about how few laps there was left. But, when the tires fall off almost two seconds, you’ve got to come in and get tires. There’s not very many guys that stayed out. It all worked out tonight. We’ve been on the other side of it this year, so to be in Victory Lane is great.”
Kyle Busch and Monster Energy Team Third at RIR
Richmond Finish Sixth Top-Three in Six Starts for Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Kyle Busch and the No. 54 Monster Energy Camry team gained points and maintained their Owner’s Point Standings lead with a third-place finish at Richmond (VA.) International Raceway Friday night. It was Busch’s sixth top-three finish in the last six starts with his JGR NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) crew this season. The soon to be 28-year-old’s 251st career start in the series, brings his 135th top-five and 169th top-10 finish.
During initial on-track activity Thursday and Friday, the No. 54 Toyota team felt their Camry was strong, showing third-quick in practice one and topping the speed chart fastest in the second and final practice session. Crew Chief Adam Stevens was prepared for changing track conditions during practice and the race, commenting early in the weekend the biggest challenge of Richmond’s .75-mile oval is managing tire wear, especially with varying elements of a morning practice session and an evening race. That sentiment would later be realized.
Tony Stewart is upset with Kurt Busch after the race and he let’s Busch know about it.
RICHMOND, Va.—Kevin Harvick sped away on fresh tires to win Sunday night’s Toyota Owners 400 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish at Richmond International Raceway, leaving a grup of drivers with widely divergent emotions in his wake.
Harvick beat Clint Bowyer to the finish line by .343 seconds to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season, his second at Richmond and the 20th of his career.
Joey Logano ran third, Juan Pablo Montoya came home fourth after leading until the final caution, and Jeff Burton finished fifth after staying out on old tires for the final two-lap run that took the event six laps beyond its posted distance.
Harvick came to pit road for tires on Lap 396, after Brian Vickers’ slapped the Turn 3 wall to cause the 11th caution of the race. Harvick’s No. 29 Richard Childress racing Chevrolet made short work of three drivers who had stayed out after the race restarted on lap 405.
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Thirty six NASCAR K&N Pro Series East cars took the green flag in the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday with Eddie MacDonald in the unenviable 33rd starting position. When the checkered flag waved at the end of the 100 lap (75 miles) race the Grimm Construction Chevy scored an impressive fourth place finish.
“We needed that finish after the last couple of races,” said a very pleased driver. “We had a terrible qualifying attempt. The front of the car was hitting the track and it was smoking quite a bit. We had to start the race that way since the cars are impounded after qualifying.”
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