Harvick Dominates Richmond

Kevin Harvick

Harvick led two times for 202 laps, the most he has ever led in a race at Richmond and the second most he has ever led in a race. (Photo: Getty Images)

Race Results

RICHMOND, Va. - Kevin Harvick dominated, Chase Elliott followed and JR Motorsports scored its first 1-2 finish in the rain-delayed ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

Harvick led 202 of the 250 laps to earn his track-record seventh win at Richmond.

“That thing was unbelievable,’’ Harvick said after crossing the finish line to record his 41st career series win.

Elliott placed second and remains the points leader. He holds a 19-point advantage on teammate Regan Smith heading into next weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Despite the points lead, Elliot was a bit frustrated.

“I need to get up on the wheel a little harder next time,’’ he said. “Got to step up. When your teammate goes to Victory Lane and he beats you that’s all me.’’

Kyle Busch placed third with Kyle Larson fourth. Brian Scott, who dominated this race in September until Brad Keselowski passed him with 11 laps left to win, finished fifth.

“It seems like the top two were in a class of their own,’’ Busch said. “It seems we were best of the rest.’’

Elliott Sadler finished sixth with Chris Buescher tying his career-best at seventh., Regan Smith was eighth with Ryan Blaney ninth and James Buescher 10th.

Sadler and Smith rallied for a late incident top score top-10 finishes.

They brought out the caution with 52 laps left. Their incident came after a restart. Trevor Bayne got into the back of Smith, who made contact with Sadler.

That incident came after Dylan Kwasniewski crashed. He hit the wall after contact with Ryan Reed cut Kwasniewski’s left rear, sending his car into the wall.

A long green-flag stretch in the first half of the race created tire problems for several of the contenders, forcing them to pit and chords showing on right front tires.

The right-side tires were new for Richmond. That tire is a multi-zone tread. The left sides also were new for this track. The tires were selected at a tire test in October.

“The tire is horrible,’’ Busch said. “It was the wrong tire for here. Definitely not working the way anybody intended it to. I wish they would give us an hour of practice (before Saturday’s Sprint Cup race) and just give us last year’s tires back on it. I don’t foresee that happening.’’

Although Harvick had some tire issues, they came late in a run and he wasn’t as bothered by the tire’s performance.

“You’ve just got to manage it the best that you can,’’ Harvick said. “I think the looser that you can run your car, the better off you’re going to be, but it’s still a balance because you’ve got to be able to get up off the corner. It’s not a bad thing to have to manage the tires.’’

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