Harvick Finally Closes One Out At Bristol Short Track
Kevin Harvick ended his victory skid at Bristol in Sunday’s rain-delayed Sprint Cup race at the Bristol half mile. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Every year Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Rodney Childers circles the races at Bristol Motor Speedway on his calendar as the ones he especially wants to win due to his background in short-track racing.
Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race driver Kevin Harvick delivered the coveted trophy to his crew chief, taking a 1.933-second victory over Ford’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It was the first Chevrolet victory in the tough track’s night race since 2004 and the first Chevrolet sweep of the Bristol night races since 1999. Austin Dillon won the Xfinity race in his Chevrolet Friday night.
For Harvick, it was his first Bristol victory in slightly more than a decade and it was one that took two days to acquire. The race began an hour late Saturday night due to rain; then had to be halted after 48 laps due to the persistent inclement weather. It was scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. on Sunday, but faced another 3 ½-hour rain delay before finally receiving the green flag.
Once the weather broke, Kyle Busch quickly emerged as the favorite. Busch eventually led six times for 256 laps before a broken part led to a spin on lap 358 and a subsequent hit by Justin Allgaier eliminated him from the event. Read the full story »