September 5, 2009

Havrick wins 300-mile Nationwide race

Kevin Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the lead with two laps left Saturday and held on to win the Degree V12 300 Nationwide Series race.

Harvick and Kyle Busch made their final stops for gas and tires with less than 15 laps remaining. Earnhardt and Carl Edwards decided to go the distance without pitting for fuel. Busch also passed Earnhardt in the final laps before finishing a little more than a second behind Harvick.

Kyle was a little bit better on the short runs, but after eight or10 laps, this thing was just flat-out awesome, said Harvick, who led 131 of 195 laps. We cut it a little bit closer than I would have liked to at the end.

Harvick recorded his second win of the season and the 34th of his Nationwide career.

With his second-place finish, Busch slightly extended his series lead to 221 points over Edwards.