Sunday, October 12, 2014

Kevin Harvick Wins Wild Charlotte Race

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Kevin Harvick won the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to clinch his spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase.
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Harvick had a strong car throughout the race, leading 162 of 334 laps.  He said this was the culmination of multiple strong runs by the team.

“Everybody on our team has just continued to build better race cars,” Harvick said.  “We know we’ve had the cars to lead laps and do the things we need to do, but things just hadn’t gone right.”

Harvick now heads to Talladega already locked in to the next round of the Chase.  He said this victory makes his week less stressful.

“This is the night that we needed to win,” Harvick said.  “I thought this was going to be the hardest segment to get through because of Talladega.  Really proud of everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing.”

The race also included fireworks after the checkered flag.  Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski got together after the race, and then Keselowski made contact with Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart on pit road.  

After many assumed the excitement had died down, Kenseth tussled with Keselowski as they headed towards their haulers.  Both drivers had to be separated by crew members and NASCAR officials.  

Unofficial results:

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Jamie McMurray
4. Joey Logano
5. Kyle Busch
6. Kyle Larson
7. Ryan Newman
8. Carl Edwards
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Kasey Kahne
11. Kurt Busch
12. AJ Allmendinger
13. Austin Dillon
14. Martin Truex Jr.
15. Justin Allgaier
16. Brad Keselowski
17. Jimmie Johnson
18. Greg Biffle
19. Matt Kenseth
20. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
21. Tony Stewart
22. Aric Almirola
23. Landon Cassill
24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
25. Marcos Ambrose
26. Danica Patrick
27. Reed Sorenson
28. Cole Whitt
29. Michael McDowell
30. Alex Bowman
31. Casey Mears
32. David Gilliland
33. Michael Annett
34. David Ragan
35. Corey Lajoie
36. Timmy Hill
37. Brian Vickers
38. J.J. Yeley
39. Blake Koch
40. Brett Moffitt
41. Josh Wise
42. Paul Menard
43. Clint Bowyer

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