Harvick Scores Bristol Win
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on August 21, 2016 | 7:45 P.M. EST
Kevin Harvick picked up his second win of 2016 in Sunday's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick outlasted the competition to win Sunday’s rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, originally scheduled for Saturday night.
Harvick celebrated by doing a victory burnout on the frontstretch, sharing the moment with team owner Tony Stewart, who made his final Bristol start before heading into retirement.
"I really wanted him to ride around that track with me, but that's why he's the boss," said Harvick, who was pleased to have things go much better in Bristol after recent frustrations.
"We should have won a lot of races this year, but things did not go our way," he said. "We made mistakes or whatever the case may be. To get back into Victory Lane feels good."
Harvick outran Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to take his second win of the season. Denny Hamlin came back from two laps down to finish third with Austin Dillon and Chris Buescher rounding out the top five. Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, AJ Allmendinger and Joey Logano completed the top 10.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Michigan International Speedway for next Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
How Harvick Won: After starting 24th, Harvick methodically moved toward the front. Once inside the top 10, he took advantage of other drivers having trouble to wrestle the lead away and hold Stenhouse off in the closing laps.
Who Else Had a Good Day: Buescher’s finish moved him inside the top 30 and with his Pocono win, he is now qualified for the Chase if he can maintain that position.
Who Had a Bad Day: Kyle Busch was strong until disaster struck in the race’s second half. He had a rear-end mechanical failure that caused him to spin, but things went from bad to worse when he was collected by Justin Allgaier, who made hard contact and knocked both drivers from the race. Kyle Larson was another driver caught up in the melee. But a larger multi-car crash took out several drivers only laps later when Kurt Busch, who had taken the lead, wiggled and slid in front of Brad Keselowski, who made hard contact. Before it was over Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and others were involved.
What Else Happened: The race was suspended Saturday night when rain swept into the area. After more delays on Sunday, it finally took the green flag just after 4:30 p.m. (ET). Track officials applied a substance to help bring in the lower line that created an additional groove earlier in the week during the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series races. That line appeared to be in play periodically in Sunday’s race but overall, the racing appeared to be more in line with what Bristol has produced in recent years – some side-by-side competition with a preferred line near the top of the racetrack.
Quote of the Day: "The person that's the real moron out here is the driver of the No. 46 and the spotter of the No. 46." ... Kyle Busch on Justin Allgaier after their accident knocked both from the race.
Notables: Kurt Busch had his record streak of 22 consecutive lead-lap finishes snapped ... Dillon scored his fourth top five of the season. He had only two in his entire career before the year began ... McMurray has top-10 finishes in four of the last six races.
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