Harvick Wins With Two Tires



LEBANON, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick won Saturday’s Nashville 300, his second Nationwide win of the season, by taking only two tires late in the race, while most other teams took on four.

Kevin Harvick decision to take only two tires late in the race paid off as he posted his second Nationwide Series win of the season in Saturday’s Nashville 300.
Kevin Harvick decision to take only two tires late in the race paid off as he posted his second Nationwide Series win of the season in Saturday’s Nashville 300.

LEBANON, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick won Saturday’s Nashville 300, his second Nationwide win of the season, by taking only two tires late in the race, while most other teams took on four.

“I knew we had 25-30 laps to hold them off and (the car) got tighter than we would have wanted it to,” said Harvick, who was competing at the track for the first time in four years and took home his second guitar trophy from Nashville.

“But we had the track position and it worked out. … It was definitely fun. It’s a lot more fun when you win.”

The driver/owner beat Reed Sorenson by 0.199 seconds.

“We were a little bit better than (Harvick) the whole time and I was catching him,” Sorenson said. “When we got caught in lapped traffic, he was able to hold his own through a couple of those corners. At the end, I was catching him. We needed about five more laps to get to him.”

Joey Logano, who led 122 of the 250 laps, and Keselowski were the only two lead-lap cars not to pit when the caution came out with 82 laps remaining. Both had to pit later under green, lost a lap and then the caution came out with 38 laps remaining, leaving Keselowski 18th and Logano 19th on the restart with 35 remaining.

Logano got stalled on the inside lane on that restart and ended up eighth.

“We had a winning car,” Logano said. “There’s no reason why we couldn’t have won. We gave it away.”

Kyle Busch, winner of Friday night’s truck race, was third, followed by Justin Allgaier, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Scott Wimmer, Joey Logano, Michael Annett and Brendan Gaughan.

Top 10 points leaders after 5 of 35: 1. Edwards-820, 2. Keselowski-804, 3. Allgaier-799, 4. Kyle Busch-764, 5. Harvick-759, 6. Menard-658, 7. Logano-589, 8. M. Wallace-575, 9. Biffle-563, 10. Annett-544.

 

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