Harvick Ends Nationwide Drought
RICHMOND, Va. – Kevin Harvick was in the right place at the right time on Friday, picking up his first NASCAR Nationwide Series triumph of the season at Richmond Int’l Raceway during the Virginia 529 College Savings 250.
Harvick was running second behind Spring Richmond winner Kurt Busch when Busch made contact with the No. 39 Ford of Dexter Stacey on lap 227, sending Stacey spinning and allowing Harvick to drive by on the outside to take the lead away.
Wheeling the No. 33 Chevrolet, Harvick was able to pull away from Busch and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. on the following restart and cruised to a 1.944-second victory at Richmond. It was his 38th series victory, which tied him for third on the all-time win list alongside Carl Edwards.
The victory was Harvick’s first in the series since 2010.
“I think we’ve led more laps in this series in 10 races this year than anybody else that’s run all year,” Harvick said. “The cars have been there week after week but we went through a spell there of things that could go wrong went wrong.
“To get the Armour Chevrolet in victory lane and to see all these guys finally get their relief of being in victory lane is something I just want to thank everybody for,” Harvick added.
Stenhouse finished second and closed the gap on Elliott Sadler in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship standings to a single point after Sadler was involved in a crash earlier in the evening and finished 12th.
“We got the outside working every time somebody got to the inside of us,” Stenhouse said. “Kevin and I had a great battle there for a while. I gave it all I had. My Ford EcoBoost Mustang was probably a second-place car tonight again.”
Busch ended up second in the No. 54 Toyota, followed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Annett. Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace, Jr. completed the top 10.