Richmond Record Win for Harvick

Kevin Harvick

Harvick captured his sixth Richmond Nationwide win. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Kevin Harvick became the all-time winningest Nationwide Series driver at Richmond International Raceway with his victory in Friday night's Virginia 529 College Savings 250.

Harvick scored his sixth career series win at the .75-mile track breaking the mark he previously shared with Mark Martin.

The victory ended a 30-race winless drought for Harvick, the longest of his career. Harvick now has 38 Nationwide wins to his credit.

'It's been a long time coming,'' Harvick said in Victory Lane. ''I know the first 37 seemed a whole lot easier than No. 38.''

Harvick became the seventh different winner in the last seven races of the season. He is the 11th driver to score a victory in 2012.

The Richard Childress Racing driver wrestled the lead away from Kurt Busch on a late race restart and led the final 17 laps on his way to the checkered flag.

'I think we've led more laps in this series in 10 races this year than anybody else who's run all year,'' said Harvick, who has led 396 laps in the last three races.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Michael Annett rounded out the top five.

“We weren’t as good as we thought we were going to be or thought we needed to be,” said Stenhouse Jr. “We kept working on it all night and I felt like Mike and the guys did some good adjustments and got it better throughout the race but not enough to go contend for the win.

“It was a great night for us and we were just too loose in and too loose off and not exactly what we wanted. It is a good top-two finish though and that is three good races in a row. We just have to keep doing that.”

Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr. completed the first ten finishers.

Series point leader Elliott Sadler was running upfront most of the race until he tangled with Stenhouse Jr. in the closing stages and spun into the wall.

“Yeah, we were just racing hard there and he was trying to get by,” said Stenhouse Jr. “Like I said, we filled up on fuel and were good to go to the end and I was trying to keep every position we could. I let him get to the inside and it seemed like every time I did that we could roll to the outside pretty well and we got rolling to the outside pretty good and I think he dove it down into turn three and got a little loose under us and caught us in the left rear and spun himself. It is just hard racing.”

Sadler was able to recover and finish 12th, but his lead over Stenhouse in the series standings is down to one.

'I made a big mistake. I got in there a little bit too loose under Ricky,'' said Sadler. ''We were in good position to win the race. I just got a little bit too impatient, I got a little too hard in my head.''

Danica Patrick’s night ended on lap 142 when she made contact with Brad Sweet and slammed into the wall. She finished 29th.

Sam Hornish Jr. also had a rough night when he was involved in an accident that resulted in a red flag when the Penske Racing Dodge was clipped by Timmy Hill, spewing debris all over the track.

Hornish came into the night third in the standings but finished 30th and is now 50 points behind Sadler in fourth.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series now heads to Chicagoland Speedway next Saturday afternoon.

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