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Kevin Harvick wins Nationwide race at Richmond

Wild Friday Night For Elliott Sadler

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Kevin Harvick pulled away on a restart with 47 laps to go and ended Chase Elliott's two-race winning streak in NASCAR's Nationwide Series with a dominating victory early Saturday at Richmond International Raceway.

Harvick led 202 of the 250 laps in a race delayed nearly 3 1/2 hours at the start by rain Friday night. The victory was the 41st of his career in the series, and his record-extending seventh at 0.75-mile Richmond.

Elliott, the Georgia high-schooler and son of racing great Bill Elliott, was looking to win his third consecutive race and pad his points lead, but managed to do just the latter when Harvick was too fast.

"I think he just outdrove me a little bit, honestly" Elliott said. "Some of it was me. I kind of let him get too far out in front of me."

The pair finished nearly seven seconds ahead of third-place finisher Kyle Busch, and Harvick said Elliott, a teammate at JR Motorsports, has had a positive impact that helped produce the 1-2 finish.

"He pushes us to be better by trying different things," Harvick said. "He's as good as they get and a lot of fun to be around."

Busch never really contended, but said his team made steady gains all race long.

"The racing was sort of a struggle for us to start with," he said.

Kyle Larson, awarded the pole for Saturday's Sprint Cup race based on practice speeds when qualifying for that race was rained out earlier Friday night, finished fourth, with pole-sitter Brian Scott fifth.

Scott, the pole-sitter, led the first 239 laps here last September before getting passed by Brad Keselowski with 11 laps to go. Scott led the first 43 laps Friday night and stayed in the top 10 all night, but with Harvick repeatedly opening up huge margins, second place seemed like the prize at stake.

Elliott took that away as the only car that could challenge Harvick at the end.

The ending was tougher for Elliott Sadler, who had worked his way up to third with some nifty work by his pit crew, but when the race went back to green with 54 to go, he got turned around in Turn 2. It looked like Trevor Bayne nudged Regan Smith, who then nudged Sadler. The Emporia native finished sixth.

Elliott's points lead grew from 13 to 19 over Smith, who finished eighth.

The race also marked the Nationwide Series debut for Daniel Suarez, who has impressed in the K&N Pro Series East Tour. He drove for Joe Gibbs Racing, starting 12th and finishing 19th. Suarez also was schedule to return to race in Saturday reschedule K&N Pro Series East Tour race starting at 9 a.m.

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gosoaring10 April 27 2014 at 7:59 AM

Many years ago I was a NASCAR fan. But it has become so boring with all the cars looking the same and only identifiable because of their decals.

Dodge is out now leaving only Ford, Chevy and haha--a V8 Toyota. Race announcers and writers refer almost totally now just to driver names as if the drivers themselves are sliding around the track on their asses. In this very article not one car brand is mentioned!

No wonder attendance is down. Dullsville,

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kulpw40 gosoaring10 April 27 2014 at 12:00 PM

Agree gosoaring10 but please don't bash Toyota. They are building some awesome V-8 engines as well as V-6 and I-4's. The last three Fords I had were sorry as all get out and I switched to Toyotas and the Big Three could learn a lot from them. A couple of GMs' brands are built by Toyota and if it wasn't for Yamaha Ford wouldn't have 4 valves per cylinder. There was a time the Japanese copied but no they're innovating and the Big Three are copying.

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bigt12998 kulpw40 April 27 2014 at 5:43 PM

I hate to bust your bubble, but the race version of the "Toyota" V-8 has NOTHING at all in common with the production Toy V-8. It is based on the old DODGE racing truck motor!

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jwkexpress April 26 2014 at 8:34 PM

Go jr go

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DESPERADO jwkexpress April 26 2014 at 8:54 PM

I agree. Go deliver dominos pizza. A job your suited for..

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Rick Dobbins April 27 2014 at 10:07 AM

WHY DIDN'T YOU SHOW THE CRASH????!!!!!! IDIOTS!!!!

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ghump92831 April 27 2014 at 10:02 AM

The reason NASCAR is all screwed up is because they took millions of dollars from Obama's first stimulus package. My point is that anything Obama sticks his nose in ends up a f&^%ing mess. He has the entire country in the dumper while he plays golf......

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JIM ghump92831 April 27 2014 at 12:11 PM

That was a payment for endorsing and using ethanol. No one connected with internal combustion engines would ever promote ethanol.

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bzzzbayte April 27 2014 at 7:21 PM

WILL DALE JUNIOR GET BACK TO WINNING AGAIN?

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bzzzbayte April 27 2014 at 7:23 PM

FORGET OBAMA BLAME THE WHOLE MISERABLE MESS ON GEORGE BUSH.

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ruberic April 27 2014 at 2:02 PM

PHOOEY!!

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bzzzbayte April 27 2014 at 7:28 PM

WHAT HAPPENED TO JUNIOR??? IS HE WASHED UP ALREADY?

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anytow April 27 2014 at 12:23 PM

Too bad that the money is in taxicabs. I'd rather watch open wheel racing. It takes more finesse. I'm not talking about Indy cars. Maybe Winged Silver Crown cars with canard nose wings, and triple element top wings. The're real, and affordable. To Me, they would be more fun to watch.

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georgessc April 27 2014 at 5:19 PM

Another POS coverage by the Walthrips and their cronies on FOX. What we viewers get is 50% race (maybe) and 50% commercials. Then they they show more tail-end charlies than the top 10 or 15 drivers. We miss a lot of the spot changes when they are on commercial of which they forget to let us know. I thought they were going to split-screen during commercials but no, they show 25% of the screen of which you can't see diddly anyways. Overall I'd rate FOX coverage only 3 on a 10 scale.

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