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Harvick Holds Off Keselowski For Nationwide Win

NASCAR at Richmond
Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski put on a thrilling finish with Harvick holding on to the victory
Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Polesitter Kevin Harvick held off Nationwide Series points leader Brad Keselowski during a 40-lap run to the finish to win Friday night's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

In the first race at Richmond and third overall with NASCAR's new Nationwide car, Harvick crossed the finish line 0.256 seconds ahead of Keselowski, who extended his championship lead to 373 points, over Carl Edwards, who ran 10th. Trevor Bayne finished third, tying his career best. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came home fourth, followed by Reed Sorenson.

The victory was Harvick's third of the season and 37th of his career, third all-time in the series. The owner/driver for Kevin Harvick Inc. led 170 of the 250 laps and was elated with the progress his No. 33 team had made with the new car.

"This is the future of our company, so we put a lot of effort into this program, knowing that all the other cars were going to go away, and knowing that we had to be good with this car," said Harvick, who gets his new chassis from Richard Childress Racing and his power from Earnhardt-Childress engines.

"RCR's been a big part of this as well, with the engines, the chassis and the engineering. Everybody's been working together. It's easy when you get started in the right direction to keep it going that way."

Keselowski likewise was pleased with his No. 22 Dodge team's progress with the new car, which is being phased in this year—with plans for full-time use in 2011.

"I was just glad that we were able to work on the car and make it better," Keselowski said. "That's been one of our larger struggles all year with this particular chassis. So I'm glad that we were able to do that—just a real good show for the new car on the short tracks.

"I think that's something to be proud of for the series. I think we can continue to work and make things better, but this was a great start."

Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Edwards completed the top 10. A snafu in the pits cost Busch a chance for a record 11th win this season. Under caution on Lap 205, the quick-fill nozzle on one of Busch's fuel cans broke off and remained attached to the car as Busch left pit road.

Penalized for taking equipment from the pits, Busch restarted 21st on Lap 211 and worked his way up to ninth before the race ended.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Armour Vienna Sausage / Kroger 195/10 250 Running
2 3 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Ruby Tuesday 175/5 250 Running
3 8 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Out! Pet Care 165/0 250 Running
4 23 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford CitiFinancial 160/0 250 Running
5 18 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota Dollar General 155/0 250 Running
6 5 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Z-Line Designs 150/0 250 Running
7 2 21 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Zaxby's 146/0 250 Running
8 10 98 Paul Menard Ford Richmond Water Heaters / Menards 142/0 250 Running
9 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Toyota Kimmy / Z-Line Designs 143/5 250 Running
10 4 60 Carl Edwards Ford Copart.com 134/0 250 Running
11 21 7 Aric Almirola Chevrolet JR Motorsports 135/5 250 Running
12 14 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Verizon Wireless 127/0 250 Running
13 31 88 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Grand Touring Vodka 129/5 250 Running
14 9 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 121/0 250 Running
15 7 26 Parker Kligerman Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 118/0 250 Running
16 25 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 115/0 250 Running
17 20 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota Loanmax Title Loans 112/0 250 Running
18 26 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 109/0 250 Running
19 16 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet HostGator.com 106/0 250 Running
20 19 15 Michael Annett Toyota Germain.com 103/0 250 Running
21 12 1 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 105/5 250 Running
22 17 16 Erik Darnell Ford 3M Scotch-Brite 97/0 250 Running
23 36 35 Jason Keller Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 94/0 250 Running
24 29 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet InternationalTrucks.com 91/0 248 Running
25 37 23 Coleman Pressley Chevrolet Jasper Engines & Transmissions 88/0 248 Running
26 15 100 Ryan Truex Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 85/0 248 Running
27 30 25 Kelly Bires Ford Raybestos 82/0 248 Running
28 32 09 Landon Cassill Ford RAB Racing 79/0 247 Running
29 38 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet J Davis Motorsports.com 76/0 247 Running
30 34 24 Eric McClure Ford Kroger 73/0 247 Running
31 35 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Federated Auto Parts 70/0 247 Running
32 42 05 Willie Allen Chevrolet Cash America 67/0 247 Running
33 27 10 Tayler Malsam Toyota Iron Horse Jeans 64/0 247 Running
34 13 104 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Boudreaux's Butt Paste 61/0 246 Running
35 11 49 Mark Green Chevrolet FX Network "Sons of Anarchy" 58/0 246 Running
36 39 27 Hermie Sadler Ford Virginia Commonwealth University 55/0 245 Running
37 24 81 Michael McDowell Dodge Red Line Oil 52/0 245 Running
38 40 11 Brian Scott * Toyota BigSpot.com 49/0 216 Running
39 41 168 Carl Long Chevrolet Millennium Fuel Energy Drink 46/0 207 Running
40 28 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Key Motorsports 43/0 120 Out of Race
41 33 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 40/0 43 In Pit
42 43 73 Derrike Cope Dodge Charter 37/0 14 In Pit
43 22 156 Kevin Lepage Toyota Hyatt Place Richmond Airport 34/0 6 In Pit

* Denotes Rookie

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