Kevin Harvick dominated the NRA American Warrior 300 from Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday night, but it was not his 33 car that pulled into victory lane when all was said and done. Instead it was the six car of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Harvick led 157 of 195 laps, but Stenhouse was able to stay with him and eventually pass him on the final restart with four laps remaining. Harvick had to settle for third because Brad Keselowski passed him as well.
The complexion of the race changed for the worse for Harvick who at one point had a 16 second lead over second place when a caution for debris came out with 13 laps remaining. Keselowski threw a water bottle out the window of his car and that appeared to be the reason for the caution, but according to NASCAR it was not. Keselowski who had fresher tires than Harvick needed the yellow to catch up to the leader.
Harvick was able to hold off Stenhouse and Keselowski on the ensuing restart, but the caution came out again with eight laps remaining when James Buescher, Mike Bliss, Kyle Fowler and Danica Patrick crashed off of turn two. The race was red-flagged for a little over three minutes to clean up the debris.
Stenhouse was able to stay alongside of Harvick on the restart for a lap, but fell back a bit. He was able to catch back up though and passed Harvick going into turn one on the final lap. Keselowski was able to clear Harvick entering turn three, but didn't have anything left for Stenhouse. Stenhouse only led 16 laps.
Keselowski had to come back from two laps down to get his second place finish. He was caught speeding on pit road twice on the first set of green-flag pit stops.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -12
Sam Hornish Jr. -32
Austin Dillon -37