Kevin Harvick overcomes bad vibrations to claim Nationwide series victory

jutter@charlotteobserver.comAugust 31, 2013 

— Kevin Harvick was feeling all kinds of bad vibrations in his car.

In racing, that typically doesn’t end in a good way.

Yet it was Harvick who wound up in Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway, after holding off the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ all-time wins leader, Kyle Busch, to do it.

“We got the car a little bit too tight there at the end, and Kyle was probably a little bit better, but the team did its job getting us off pit road first for the track position,” said Harvick of his win in Saturday night’s Great Clips 300.

The victory was Harvick’s first in the series this season in seven starts and the 40th series of his career.

“Vibrations are never fun,” Harvick said. “This was one of those deals where you either win it or bring it home on the tow truck.”

Obviously, Harvick and his No. 33 Richard Childress Racing team preferred the former. A check of his tires by his team during the race’s last caution found no problems.

Busch took solace in he felt he had a car that wasn’t good enough to win but almost did.

“It was OK – it was about a third-place car,” he said. “For the last restart, we made changes to free up our race car but it wasn’t enough.

“It was just too tight even there to make any serious runs on (Harvick).”

Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. finished third, Kasey Kahne was fourth and Kyle Larson, who found out this weekend he was moving to the Sprint Cup Series next season, ended up fifth.

“We were not very good on the short runs early-on and we could pick people off on the long runs,” Hornish said. “I got a good lane on the last restart and was able to get around Kasey (Kahne) and get a move on him.

“It turned out a lot better than I thought it would.”

The race was slowed four times by caution covering 20 of the 195 laps. There were 11 lead changes among seven drivers, with Harvick leading the most laps (132).

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