Harvick wins pole at Richmond Raceway

15 April, 2019, 21:54 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • NASCAR tweaks qualifying again for Richmond	
				Image by Nigel Kinrade  LAT

Tonight he led 186 laps and held off charges by Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer to score his first win at the 0.75-mile track and the 20th of his career.

With rain threatening, Cindric grabbed the lead on a restart with 25 laps to go, but Custer quickly regained the lead five laps later and pulled away. "Ran out of time there".

"I'm really excited to win here at Richmond".

The defending Cup Series champion was on a rail in the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400, powering around the top side of the three-quarter-mile oval and passing Clint Bowyer for second with four laps left as he looked to collect his second win of the season.

"We really closed on the leaders there at the end".

"If we can win three in a row here at Richmond and match names like that - the Godfathers of our sport that built our sport to what it is today - would be pretty cool", he said.

The stage for the finish was set when the leaderboard got shuffled beginning on Lap 318 when the cars running up front began pitting under a green flag.

"When you're frustrated with second, that's a good sign of where your team is". He was never able to make back up front to challenge for the lead.

Kyle Busch led 101 laps and finished eighth for his ninth straight Top 10 finish to start the season. "I think that's the reason why you need to enjoy it in pro sports because you know, odds are, this ain't going to keep happening".

As a result, NASCAR disqualified their qualifying speeds, sending them to the rear of the field, disallowed their pit stall selections and ejected one engineer from each team for the race. They include local favorite Denny Hamlin, a three-time victor on the 0.75-mile oval, Chase Elliott and Matt Tifft.

Eight cars failed prerace inspection, including three that failed twice.

Failing once were the cars of Erik Jones (who qualified second, photo above), Daniel Suarez (ninth), Jimmie Johnson (10th), and Joey Gase (3th). "I was just really just managing the fall-off and just trying to be consistent with the laps, but stickers (new tires) were definitely faster in the first round than they were in the second and third round".

Who Had a Bad Day: The miserable season for Kyle Larson continued Saturday night. Tonight we didn't have the best vehicle, but we've lost a lot with the best one.

Larson has just two top-10 finishes in nine starts.

Harvick was sixth in the first round, second to Kyle Busch in the second round and first with the pole at stake.

Busch has been among the top ten in this season races.

The series takes its traditional week off for Easter before heading to Talladega Superspeedway in two weeks.



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