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Harvick Wins Sprint Unlimited

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, February 17 2013

Kevin Harvick held off Greg Biffle to win Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited event at Daytona International Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Richard Childress Racing’s Kevin Harvick won Saturday night’s The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

On the last lap, Harvick blocked both Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart to win his third career Sprint Unlimited, which was formerly known as the Budweiser Shootout. Harvick’s previous wins came in 2009 and 2010.

“Any time you’re in Victory Lane here in Daytona, it’s a great day,” Harvick said. “When you’re coming from white (flag) to checkered, it’s whatever you have to do to make it happen. It was a great day for our Budweiser Chevy and I’m glad we got Speedweeks started off the right way.”

Tony Stewart captured the event’s first 30-lap segment, while Harvick won the second 25-lap segment and the final 20-lap dash. Overall, Harvick led 40 of the 75 laps.

“I was nervous about the 20 (Matt Kenseth) and the 14 (Stewart). I thought their cars were a little bit better than what we had,” Harvick said. “I felt (Kenseth) had the strongest car and he could make a lot happen on the bottom by himself. So, I was glad to see him get shuffled back there.”

Biffle and Joey Logano rounded out the top three while Stewart finished fourth.

“I thought about sticking it in there and it just didn’t look like it was going to work to me,” Biffle said of the final laps. “It looked like it would be sparks and parts flying. He shut the door on the top. That is what Kevin needed to do to win the race. I looked in the mirror and didn’t have anyone pushing me. I figured someone might give me a shove and I could try something else. We learned a little bit and we have a ways to go in our 500 car to try to be competitive on Sunday for the 500.”

“That is why I haven’t won a Daytona 500 yet,” Stewart said of the last lap. “I’m not quite sure exactly which move to make. We learned a lot. The good thing is we have 500 miles to get it done (next) weekend. This thing was fast today.”

RACE RESULTS

1. (17) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 75, $205075.

2. (4) Greg Biffle, Ford, 75, $101325.

3. (9) Joey Logano, Ford, 75, $61325.

4. (15) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 75, $52325.

5. (12) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 75, $51300.

6. (8) Aric Almirola, Ford, 75, $49900.

7. (3) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 75, $48550.

8. (16) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 75, $46525.

9. (6) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 75, $44525.

10. (14) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 75, $43025.

11. (10) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 75, $42525.

12. (1) Carl Edwards, Ford, 75, $42025.

13. (18) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Accident, 15, $41525.

14. (11) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, Accident, 14, $40025.

15. (5) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Accident, 14, $39525.

16. (13) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Accident, 14, $39025.

17. (7) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, Accident, 14, $36525.

18. (2) Mark Martin, Toyota, Accident, 14, $34525.

19. (19) Terry Labonte, Ford, Vibration, 2, $31499.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 177.538 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 03 Mins, 22 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.149 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 3 for 6 laps.

Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: 0; G. Biffle 1-2; M. Truex Jr. 3-4; M. Kenseth 5-29; T. Stewart 30-33; K. Harvick 34-42; T. Stewart 43; K. Harvick 44-61; M. Kenseth 62; K. Harvick 63-75.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Harvick 3 times for 40 laps; M. Kenseth 2 times for 26 laps; T. Stewart 2 times for 5 laps; G. Biffle 1 time for 2 laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 2 laps.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, February 17 2013
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