NASCAR; Harvick Dominates Nationwide Race in Atlanta
At first, it looked as if Kyle Busch was going to dominate yet another Nationwide Series race, this one being the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300.
Busch led four times on the night for 57 laps, but it was fellow Cup regular Kevin Harvick who stole the show, pacing the field for 132 laps. After taking the top spot on lap 151, Harvick never looked back, and finished half a second ahead of Busch.
"I was prepared to get hit," Harvick said in Victory Lane, talking about Kyle Busch chasing him down in the closing laps. "It's the last lap, and that's what you're supposed to do."
"Kyle Busch isn't my favorite person, but I enjoy racing him."
Busch was visibly upset after his second place effort.
"I had a run on him one time, and he blocked my air and put me in the fence," Busch explained. "I had to stop and check up before I got to the fence. But that's part of it. It is what it is."
Points leader Sam Hornish, Jr. finished the night in third, and now leads Austin Dillon, who finished eighth in Atlanta, by ten points going into Richmond.
Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.
Joey Logano finished seventh, followed by Trevor Bayne and Dillon. Finishing out the top ten were Regan Smith and Brian Scott.
Next up is a Friday night race under the lights for the Nationwide Series. Coverage of Friday's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at the Richmond International Raceway beginss at 7:30 pm Eastern time on ESPN and MRN.
Thanks to NASCAR on ESPN, NASCAR.com, ESPN.com, Sporting News, Racing Reference and SB Nation for the statistics, quotes and information used in this piece.