HAMPTON, Ga. — Kevin Harvick raced to his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the year, holding off Kyle Busch on the final lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Harvick pulled ahead of Busch on the 60th lap and led 132 of the 195 laps. Busch had won six of the previous Nationwide events this year in which he also won the pole.
Sam Hornish Jr. was third, followed by Kasey Kahne, rookie Kyle Larson, Joey Lagano, Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, Regan Smith and Brian Scott.
The victory marked a redemption of sorts for Harvick, who lost the lead on the final lap last year in the Nationwide event at Atlanta when Brad Keselowski bumped Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the front straightaway and Stenhouse went ahead for good in Turn 3.
TIRE TIME: Most of the time, things learned in racing eventually wind up on passenger cars. But during Saturday’s Great Clips/Grits Chips 300 and today’s AdvoCare 500, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. will flip that around.
Tires for the races were patterned from the company’s street tires. The inside bead will
be harder and more durable while the rest of the tire will be softer to provide more grip.
COMING TO GRIPS: Martin Truex Jr. said the cast on his right wrist wasn’t a problem during practice and qualifying Friday, leading him to believe he won’t need a relief driver during today’s AdvoCare 500.
Truex broke his wrist in an eight-car crash last Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“I feel really good about. I’m going to say there’s a 99 percent chance that I will race the whole race,” Truex said.
INDYCAR: In Baltimore, Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf won the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Saturday to wrap up their second consecutive American Le Mans Series season title.
Marino Franchitti took his fourth P2 victory of the season, teaming for the first time with Guy Cosmo.