Harvick Wins Emerson Radio 250

On a night that saw a record tying 14 caution flags, Kevin Harvick won the Emerson Radio 250 "Under the Lights" at Richmond International Raceway. By winning this year's Emerson Radio 250, Harvick became only the second driver to win three consecutive NASCAR Busch Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Harry Gant completed the trifecta after winning three in a row from 1991 to 1992. Also, Harvick became the fifth driver to sweep both NASCAR Busch Series races at Richmond International Raceway in the same year. Butch Lindley (1982), Gant (1991), Mark Martin (1993) and Jimmy Spencer (2001) swept in previous years. Additionally, Harvick tied Gant for second in all-time NASCAR Busch Series wins (four) at Richmond International Raceway, putting him only one behind Mark Martin. Harvick notched his 23rd NASCAR Busch Series win tonight and took sole possession of 4th place on the all-time Busch Series win list. "This U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Chevrolet was really awesome," said the delighted winner. "I hated it for Jeff Burton; their car was really good. Once they got into trouble, we were pretty much on it." Harvick gave great credit to his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet: "To have a car like we had tonight, it was obviously a lot of fun to drive. This thing is three for three," said Harvick while pointing to his racing machine. "It hasn't lost a race. This thing right here is doing the job and I'm just getting a ride." Roush Racing's Greg Biffle finished second, 0.925 sec. behind the winner, coming all the way back from 34th position at one point in the race. "I'm just so happy that this team has come together like this. We're having great runs in the Busch Series." Commenting about his race strategy, Biffle said "We took two tires and we just couldn't beat Harvick who took four. I'm pretty sure we would have been able to do something with Harvick if we had taken four tires as well. With two, I just couldn't quite get there." Matt Kenseth, driving the #17 Ameriquest Ford, overcame a flat tire on lap 5 to finish third. "It was turning pretty good most of the night and it was super tight and the tires chattered, even under the yellows. Oh shorter runs, my tires gained back some grip and I could run 7, 8, or 9 laps pretty respectable, and then it would start pushing." Commenting about his 7th top three finish in 14 starts at Richmond, Kenseth said, "We weren't as good as the #21 (Harvick) no matter what, but we still got a pretty good finish out of it." Fourth place went to Paul Menard in the #11 Menards/John Manville Chevrolet. He drove a steady race, slowly improving on his 16th place starting position as the race went on. "The car was a little tight all night; all through practice and all through qualifying. I'm pretty happy with 4th place. After about 20 laps, we probably had the fastest car on the track." Unfortunately for Menard, the 14 caution periods rarely offered him the opportunity to let his racecar stretch its legs. This was the third straight top 10 finish at Richmond. Reed Sorenson battled back from 32nd position on lap 116 in his Discount Tire Co. Chevrolet to finish a strong 5th position. "It was a longer night than we wanted. We had a really good car. I don't think it was good enough to win. We had good stops all night long." Sorenson confessed, "I just messed up leaving pit road. Having that second pit stall, I gunned it as hard as I could and they caught us for speeding. I told the guys I'd do the best I could to get back up front and they gave me two more really good stops and we got up to fifth." Commenting about Richmond International Raceway, Sorenson said, "It's a lot of fun racing here. Most of the guys race really clean. There are definitely two grooves of racing here. I really like this track. It's a lot of fun and it's going to be really exciting tomorrow." There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers, with many of the changes coming during cautions. Harvick lead 5 times for

154 laps. Jeff Burton lead three times for 39 laps before a right front brake rotor damaged his suspension. The 14 cautions consumed 66 laps, limiting the average speed to 85.627 mph. Harvick's 6th win of the year stretches his point lead to 619 points over Carl Edwards, 659 points over Denny Hamlin and 845 point ahead of Clint Bowyer.

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