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Harvick wins Bristol Nationwide race

NASCAR
Saturday, March 21, 2009

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Kevin Harvick
At age 33, Kevin Harvick won his 33rd Nationwide Series race in the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet -- but the number that really mattered to Harvick at Bristol Motor Speedway was "one."

A former series champion, Harvick won for the first time in a Nationwide car he owns when he took the checkered flag in Saturday's Scott's Turf Builder 300 at the .533-mile high-banked short track, beating Carl Edwards to the finish line by .798 seconds.

"Finally, we got this out of the way," Harvick said. "The alternator went out today -- it was kind of hot in there -- but everybody did a great job…

"There's been a tremendous amount of pressure that I've put on myself -- probably more pressure than any of the guys want to see at the shop over the last year, but it's been well worth the reward today. And I guess it's kind of fitting that it comes on what's been my most successful track in the Nationwide Series here at Bristol, and I'm just glad it all finally came together."

Harvick got the break he needed when disaster struck Kyle Busch, who led a race-high 156 laps, on the on the final pit stop for the lead cars on Lap 254. A tire taken off the right rear wheel of the No. 18 Toyota bounced off the inside wall and rolled back out onto pit road. Busch left his pit box before his crew could retrieve the tire and drew a penalty that dropped him from first to 16th for a restart on Lap 259.

With a frenzied charge through the field, Busch moved up to sixth by the end of the race but ran out of time.

Harvick also made the right move on his final stop, when his crew filled the fuel cell of the No. 33 Chevy only with enough gas to finish the race comfortably, thereby making the car lighter for the final restart.

"The most important thing was leaving the fuel out of the car," Harvick said. "That really let us keep going on the restart."

With his runner-up finish, 2007 series champion Edwards stayed at the top of the Nationwide standings, 114 points ahead of second-place Harvick (who will not run the full schedule) and 124 ahead of third-place Busch.

Clint Bowyer ran third on Saturday, followed by Matt Kenseth (subbing for sore-ribbed Greg Biffle) and rookie Justin Allgaier.

Notes: Harvick is the all-time leader for Nationwide wins at Bristol with five… The race featured a record 16 lead changes, breaking the mark of 10 set in 2005… Hoping to make his first Nationwide Series start, Pennsylvania driver Benny Gordon qualified 26th for Saturday's race, but NASCAR found irregularities in the composition of the fuel in his No. 72 Ford and disallowed the time. That promoted Dennis Setzer, who thought he had missed the race, into the starting field. Setzer was fastest among the original group of seven non-qualifiers. Setzer finished 38th.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 13 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Armour Meats 190/5 300 Running
2 2 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Turf Builder 175/5 300 Running
3 7 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 170/5 300 Running
4 6 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 160/0 300 Running
5 14 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 155/0 300 Running
6 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 160/10 300 Running
7 30 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 146/0 300 Running
8 19 99 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 142/0 300 Running
9 23 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 138/0 300 Running
10 9 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 134/0 300 Running
11 11 198 Paul Menard Ford Richmond / Menards 130/0 300 Running
12 15 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 127/0 300 Running
13 20 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 124/0 300 Running
14 34 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 126/5 300 Running
15 16 32 Burney Lamar Toyota Dollar General 118/0 300 Running
16 12 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 115/0 299 Running
17 40 07 David Green Toyota Construction Jobs.com 112/0 298 Running
18 33 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 114/5 298 Running
19 8 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 106/0 298 Running
20 21 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 108/5 297 Running
21 1 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 105/5 297 Running
22 29 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 97/0 296 Running
23 26 52 Trevor Bayne Chevrolet Taco Bell 94/0 296 Running
24 41 61 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 91/0 295 Running
25 37 05 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 88/0 295 Running
26 28 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 85/0 294 Running
27 27 136 Marc Davis * Toyota Howard University Radio WHUR 96.3 82/0 293 Running
28 3 27 Jason Keller Ford Scott Tissue / Kleenex / Kroger 79/0 292 Running
29 36 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 76/0 289 Running
30 10 42 Kenny Hendrick Dodge Smith-Ganassi Racing 73/0 288 Running
31 42 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Tom's Snacks 70/0 283 Running
32 32 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 67/0 283 Running
33 39 81 Kevin Hamlin Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 64/0 280 Running
34 38 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 61/0 254 Accident
35 22 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 58/0 254 Running
36 18 173 Kevin Lepage Dodge FlipnBags.com 55/0 96 Engine
37 17 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Cash4Gold.com / Racing 1-800-527-1801 52/0 81 Accident
38 35 196 Dennis Setzer Dodge Dusty's Collision 49/0 55 Overheating
39 24 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Corrie Stott Racing.com 46/0 22 Rear End
40 31 91 Terry Cook Chevrolet Cajun Industries 43/0 20 Rear End
41 25 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 10 Brakes
42 5 10 Kelly Bires Toyota Braun Racing 37/0 5 Brakes
43 43 0 Steve Grissom Chevrolet Cash4Gold.com / Racing 1-800-527-1801 34/0 2 Vibration

* Denotes Rookie

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