Juan Pablo Montoya was trying to hold off Harvick for his first win since 2010 when the caution came out with four laps remaining. It sent the race into two laps of overtime, and most of the field gave up track position to pit for tires.
Montoya came off pit road in sixth and Harvick was seventh for the restart. But Harvick rocketed through the field to snatch away the win.
Clint Bowyer was second, Joey Logano third, and Montoya settled for fourth.
Tony Stewart restarted in fifth, but was bumped out of the way by Kurt Busch and wound up 18th.
TAKING PRECAUTION: Toyota pulled three engines from Michael Waltrip Racing as a precautionary move after NASCAR found an illegal part in Matt Kenseth’s engine.
All three engines recalled were earmarked for Clint Bowyer. One was his engine for Saturday night’s race at Richmond. The other two were the primary and backup engines for Talladega.
Toyota Racing Development vice president Dave Wilson said the three engines had a connecting rod inside that was too close to NASCAR’s minimum weight requirement.
Wilson says TRD officials did a thorough inspection of every connecting rod in inventory after NASCAR found one of the eight rods in Kenseth’s race-winning car from Kansas was too light.
The review spurred TRD to take Bowyer’s engines as a precautionary measure.