Harvick dominant in Richmond Nationwide race
Richmond, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Harvick won a Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway for a record-extending seventh time with a dominating performance in Friday night's ToyotaCare 250.
The start of the 250-lap race was delayed more than three hours due to severe thunderstorms that moved over this three-quarter-mile racetrack earlier in the evening. It started at 10:26 p.m. local time and concluded two hours later.
Harvick, who drives the No. 5 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, led 202 of 250 laps. Brian Scott started on the pole and led 45 of the first 47 laps before Harvick took command.
Rookie Chase Elliott, who won the past two Nationwide races, was attempting to take the lead from Harvick, his teammate at JRM, before a caution came on lap 188 for an accident involving Dylan Kwasniewski, also a rookie in the series this year.
"We got a little bit off on that one run there with that one set of tires, so just kind of got to the end of the adjustment that we were using," Harvick said of Elliott catching him late in the race. "Chase is just a good kid, and he knows how to drive a race car. He pushes us to be better by trying different things...He's as good as they get and a lot of fun to be around."
Harvick claimed his 41st career Nationwide win.
Elliott ended up finishing two seconds behind Harvick in the runner-up spot. It's the first time JRM has finished 1-2 in a race. The team is owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, as well as Rick Hendrick.
"I think [Harvick] just outdrove me a little bit," Elliott said. "Honestly, I feel like some of it was me. I let him get a little too far out in front of me. I just need to get up on the wheel a little bit harder next time, if I'm in that situation again."
Kyle Busch took the third spot, followed by Kyle Larson and Scott.
Elliott Sadler, Chris Buescher, Regan Smith, who also drives for JRM, Ryan Blaney and James Buescher completed the top-10. Sadler and Smith bumped into each other and spun out following a restart on lap 197, which forced the fifth and final caution.
Elliott increased his points lead to 19 over Smith, while Sadler is 23 points behind.
04/26 01:48:35 ET