Source: USA TODAY
RICHMOND, Va. — Kevin Harvick held off Clint Bowyer on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Toyota Owners 400 Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.
Harvick started seventh on the final restart but sailed to the front on fresher tires after pitting on the final caution of the night on lap 394. It was Harvick’s first win of 2013.
“It was a great restart,” Harvick said. “We were able to take it three-wide and just pull out on front when the white flew.
”We’ve been on the other side of it a lot this year. Being in victory lane is great. … It all just opened up.”
Joey Logano finished third, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and pole winner Matt Kenseth.
It looked like it could be a huge breakthrough night for Montoya, who was leading when the final caution flew. Montoya has not won since Watkins Glen in 2010 – a string of 94 races. Montoya has two career Sprint Cup wins, both on road courses.
Kurt Busch was also poised to break into the winner’s circle as he battled Montoya in the closing stages of the race. Busch, who tangled with Tony Stewart on the final restart, hasn’t won since the fall race at Dover in 2011 – a string of 51 races.
Stewart, off to his worst career start in the series, had battled back to restart fifth and was poised for his first top five of the season, was bumped out of the way by Busch on the restart.
”I was in an awesome run, waiting for the race to come to us. … That green-white-checkered at the end, it’s just chaos,’ Busch said.
When asked about his tangle with Stewart at the end, he replied: ”Why don’t you be a good reporter and talk about the racing? It’s a free-for-all at the end.”
He indicated he and Stewart had talked it out.
Bowyer and Kenseth dominated the first half of the race, combining to lead the first 253 laps before relinquishing the lead to Kyle Busch.
“I think I was ninth on the final restart,” Bowyer said. “There was a ton of chaos behind me, Tony got pissed and I ended up second. I would have liked to win but I’ll take that.”
Danica Patrick finished 29th, four laps down.
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