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Rain Fails To Slow Harvick In Richmond NNS Race

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 26 2014

Kevin Harvick hits the finish line to win at Richmond on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

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Kevin Harvick passed pole-sitter Brian Scott for the lead on Lap 48 of 250 and led all but one lap thereafter in securing the victory over JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott in rain-delayed Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday.

The victory was Harvick’s seventh at Richmond, his first of the season and the 41st of his career.

Kyle Busch finished third in the event,which was pushed back three hours by rain.

Rounding out the top five were Kyle Larson and Scott.

Elliott, son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, extended his series lead to 19 points of over Regan Smith, who finished eighth.

The victory was the fourth in eight NNS races for JR Motorsports and the first 1-2 finish for the organization. Harvick credited his teammate for pushing him.

“Honestly, Chase is a good kid, and he knows how to drive a race car,” Harvick said. “He pushes us to be better by trying different things (from what we’ve been doing) through the years. The groove getting into in Turn 1—I had to change my groove tonight and change my car because it was different.

“He’s as good as they get and a lot of fun to be around.”

Elliott thought he blew his chance at the win on a restart on Lap 204.

“We were just a little tight right in the middle of the corner,” Elliott said. “I think he just outdrove me a little bit. Honestly, I felt like some of it was me. I just let him get a little too far out in front of me there on the first few laps.

“I’ve just got to get up on the wheel a little harder the next time we’re in that situation.”

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race – ToyotaCare 250

Richmond International Raceway

Richmond, Virginia

Friday, April 25, 2014

1. (9) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 250, $42450.

2. (4) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 250, $35950.

3. (8) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 250, $22475.

4. (14) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 250, $21675.

5. (1) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 250, $30375.

6. (13) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 250, $23225.

7. (7) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 250, $22885.

8. (6) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 250, $23395.

9. (3) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 250, $21875.

10. (15) James Buescher, Toyota, 250, $22925.

11. (5) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 250, $21425.

12. (20) Ryan Reed #, Ford, 250, $21325.

13. (10) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 250, $21225.

14. (11) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 250, $21175.

15. (17) Cale Conley(i), Chevrolet, 250, $15750.

16. (18) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 249, $21025.

17. (19) Dakoda Armstrong #, Ford, 249, $20825.

18. (33) JJ Yeley, Dodge, 249, $20725.

19. (12) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 249, $20850.

20. (22) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 249, $21300.

21. (27) Blake Koch, Toyota, 248, $20550.

22. (28) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 247, $20470.

23. (26) Joe Nemechek(i), Chevrolet, 246, $14395.

24. (25) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 246, $20320.

25. (21) Josh Wise(i), Chevrolet, 246, $20395.

26. (16) Ryan Sieg #, Chevrolet, 246, $20545.

27. (29) Mike Wallace, Dodge, 245, $20145.

28. (35) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 245, $14070.

29. (32) Eric McClure, Toyota, 245, $20020.

30. (37) Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, 244, $20270.

31. (31) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 239, $19895.

32. (2) Dylan Kwasniewski #, Chevrolet, Accident, 187, $19835.

33. (39) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Vibration, 112, $19795.

34. (38) Derek White, Toyota, Rear Gear, 58, $13685.

35. (23) Tanner Berryhill #, Dodge, Transmission, 27, $19606.

36. (40) Tommy Joe Martins #, Dodge, Suspension, 11, $12650.

37. (24) Matt Dibenedetto, Chevrolet, Electrical, 6, $12590.

38. (36) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 5, $12536.

39. (30) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, Accident, 2, $18420.

40. (34) Jimmy Weller III(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 1, $18380.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 94.617 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 58 Mins, 54 Secs. Margin of Victory: 2.068 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Scott 1-43; J. Clements 44-45; B. Scott 46-47; K. Harvick(i) 48-132; E. Sadler 133; K. Harvick(i) 134-250.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Harvick(i) 2 times for 202 laps; B. Scott 2 times for 45 laps; J. Clements 1 time for 2 laps; E. Sadler 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: C. Elliott # – 313; R. Smith – 294; E. Sadler – 290; T. Dillon # – 278; T. Bayne – 274; B. Scott – 265; B. Gaughan – 239; J. Buescher – 229; D. Kwasniewski # – 212; R. Reed # – 204.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 26 2014
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