Harvick Brick Solid

SPEEDWAY, IND. - The California Kid took up residence in Indiana on Sunday.

Golden State native Kevin Harvick took the lead with 15 laps to go and went on to win the tenth edition of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was Harvick's initial win of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season and first since his victory at Chicagoland last year, 39 races ago.

"Man, I can't believe this!" said Harvick, who became the first driver to win the Brickyard from the pole. "I don't know if I can explain what this means. It's awesome!"

Harvick crossed the finish line 2.7-seconds ahead of runnerup Matt Kenseth to score his fourth career Winston Cup Series win. It was car owner Richard Childress' second Indy win, the first coming in 1995 by the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr., who Harvick paid tribute to in victory lane.

Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon and defending Brickyard winner Bill Elliott rounded out the Top 5.

Robby Gordon, Kurt Busch, Jimmy Spencer, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace completed the first ten finishers.

Harvick started his GM Goodwrench Chevrolet on the pole and led the first 17 laps of the 160 circuit chase around the historic 2.5-mile track. He got shuffled back in the pack during the middle portion of the race but emerged among the leaders again after a pit stop under caution on lap 140. He worked around McMurray for the lead with 15 laps to go and drove to victory lane from there.

The race was slowed only five times for caution with the scariest moment of the day coming on lap 38 when Dale Jarrett pitted under green and spun his UPS Ford around on pit road. Jarrett clipped jackman John Bryan, who was ironically injured in another pit road accident at Homestead two years ago. Bryan was awake and alert but reportedly suffered leg injuries and was taken to Methodist Hospital for treatment.

Indiana native John Andretti brought out the second yellow when he tagged the wall after being tapped from behind by Tony Raines. Andretti, who was the fastest in Friday's opening practice session driving a fourth DEI entry, had started from the rear of the field after changing engines.

The day's biggest accident brought out the fifth and final caution of the day. A multi-car accident involving Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Mike Skinner, Ricky Rudd, Joe Nemechek and Jimmie Johnson caused the yellow with none of the drivers injured in the melee.

Kenseth's point lead is 286 over Earnhardt with Jeff Gordon, Johnson and Michael Waltrip completing the first five in the standings.

The Winston Cup Series now heads to Watkins Glen International Raceway for next Sunday's Sirius Satellite Rdio at the Glen.

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