Harvick Back On Top

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Kevin Harvick's third-place finish in Saturday night's Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond International Raceway put him back on top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

Harvick's lead is 10 over defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, but despite his solid start to the season, the Richard Childress Racing driver knows there's a long way to go before the 2010 title is decided.

"We can lead the points after 10 races," Harvick said. "But I think in order to get better, we've got to get a little better on pit road, be more consistent. When we make mistakes, we make big mistakes. We can'’t do that. We've just got to keep pushing ahead. You can't just sit on your hands."

Harvick's hands were busy Saturday night in Richmond where he followed up his win at Talladega the week before with a hard-fought finish behind race winner Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon.

He had to rally back from an early pit miscue to score his fourth top five of the season.

"When they hung the tire, the lug nut fell off so we had to take time to put another one on," said crew chief Gil Martin, who had to deal with an upset driver after the stop. "The best thing about our driver is to go ahead and let him spout off and go ahead and get mad. He drove the wheels off the car for 80 laps and went from 10th to second. Sometimes it's not bad when he gets mad."

But Harvick was able to put the incident behind him and drive himself back into contention for the win. He wasn't able to run down Kyle Busch for the checkered flag, but overall was pleased with how the night wound up.

"It was a solid night for us," he said. "We were right in the middle of the top five all night, which is where you got to be to have a chance. We had a chance there at the end. (Busch) could run the outside where none of the rest of us could. He could carry that momentum.

"(He) had a couple lap fresher tires than we all did and was able to really make the move on the outside, make it stick. But all in all, it was a solid night and we'll take it."

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