Most times the guy leading at the white flag gets inhaled on the last lap when he’s the only one not getting help from friends behind him. Not so for Harvick. He took the lead on lap 79 of 120 and never gave it up, leaving Dave Blaney, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, and Mark Martin scratching their heads and unable to mount a challenge against him. They’d have to settle for second through fifth.
Matt Kenseth may not have won the Nextel Cup series title… but he finished off his Busch Series season with a bang. Kenseth led Carl Edwards to the checkered flag under caution at Homestead to win his second straight race in the series to close out the season. Paul Menard, Denny Hamlin and JJ Yeley rounded out the top five.
The Busch Series title already squared away, Kevin Harvick is now attempting the challenge of figuring out how many different ways he can win a Busch Series race this season. This time, it was his fuel mileage that held up, as Harvick posted his ninth Busch Series victory of the season at Texas Motor Speedway.
Carl Edwards was leading when the caution came out for a Steve Wallace spin with four laps to go and set up a green/white/checkered finish. Kevin Harvick, trailing Edwards, would get one more shot at the Sam’s Town 250 win and took advantage of a poor start by the No. 60 Ford of Edwards to pounce going into turn 1. Teammate Clint Bowyer joined the fray, making it three-wide briefly before Harvick and Bowyer ran off to settle it amongst themselves, leaving Edwards to race Johnny Sauter for third.
It was business as usual for Kevin Harvick Saturday afternoon; he scored his seventh Busch Series win of the season at Kansas Speedway, and once again, he found his way to victory lane even without the fastest car.
Passing leader Matt Kenseth on lap 179, Clint Bowyer held on over the final 25 laps to take his first Busch Series win of 2006 in overtime at Dover. Bowyer sailed out to a safe lead after getting by Kenseth, but for a while it looked like he might come up short again when he got tied up in lapped traffic, allowing Kenseth to climb right back up on his back bumper. It was actually a late caution for Martin Truex Jr. with four laps remaining to set up the green-white-checkered finish that actually worked to Bowyer’s advantage and sealed the win for him. With nothing but clean racetrack in front of him on the restart, Bowyer was once again able to dash off from Kenseth and take the win.
It was another chapter of the same story Friday night in the Emerson Radio 250, as Kevin Harvick chalked up his sixth Busch Series win of the year at Richmond International Raceway.