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If anyone thought Kevin Harvick was over last week's loss at Atlanta that notion was put to rest as he emphatically tossed a water bottle out the window of the No. 33 Armour Vienna Sausages Chevrolet while doing his celebratory doughnuts. He led the most laps in the Virginia 259 College Savings 250 and earned his first victory of the season.
"It’s been a great year for us in the NASCAR Nationwide Series car," Harvick stated. "I know we haven’t won the races that we needed to, but man have we led a ton of laps and been in contention to win just about every race this year. Sometimes you go through slumps like that, and when you break them, it just makes a win that much sweeter. Our team did an awesome job tonight, and it’s about time we finally got to celebrate in Victory Lane.”
Austin Dillon continues to lead the Sunoco Rookie of the Year race with a solid sixth place finish. Younger brother Ty Dillon made his third career NNS start and earned his third top-ten finish. While fighting for second place, Elliott Sadler lost control of the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevy and hit the wall. He fought back to finish 12th and hangs on to the points lead by a single point over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Sprint Cup Series
Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevy
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Budweiser Chevy
Start - 13
Finish - 10
Laps Led - 0s
Points - 9
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Is Harvick peaking at the right time? He's one of only two drivers in the Chase lacking a win, but with his performance this weekend it could be just a matter of time before he scores his 19th career Cup win.
“We have been real competitive the last three weeks racing at the front of the pack. That is what we have to do." Harvick said. "Tonight we probably had a fourth-place car and thought it was going to rain there and didn’t rain. Then we just pitted because we knew that we didn’t want to wind up in the boat that all those other guys were on old tires there. All in all we took a chance there with the rain but we had a solid car and we have had a solid car the last three weeks.”
Paul Menard, No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet
Start – 25
Finish – 23
Laps Led – 0
Points – 17
Menard said, “We just couldn’t quite find the right adjustments tonight to help the Moen/Menards Chevrolet. We struggled with drive off and tightened the car up a little too much. It’s not the finish we hoped for, but these guys never gave up. This team has worked extremely hard all year and we were in contention again for a Wild Card berth in the Chase. We’ll continue to go to the track every weekend with the goal of getting a win.”*aqsx