ATLANTA – In Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race, it was a battle of Sprint Cup regulars.
Kevin Harvick held off Kyle Busch to capture the Great Clips/Great Grits 300. The winning margin was a slim .579 seconds for Harvick.
After winning the pole for the seventh time this season, it was the first time “Rowdy” had not won from the lead spot. These two drivers have had issues in the past, but after the race, Harvick was all smiles saying, “Kyle Busch isn’t a favorite person of mine, but I enjoy racing with him.”
Series leader Sam Hornish Jr. ran third, extending his points lead over Austin Dillon to 10 points, who finished eighth.
Kasey Kahne rallied from an early spin to finish fourth and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.
The win was Harvick’s first of the season in seven starts, second at Atlanta and the 40th of his career. It was a hard crash to the outside wall along the tri-oval by Jeff Green on lap 182 of the 195 lap race that set up the showdown between Harvick and Busch for the final five laps.
Just prior to the caution Harvick had radioed he felt bad vibrations coming from the front of his is #29 Bad Boy Buggies Chevy Camaro but Harvick crossed the finish line to grab the checkered flag and head to victory lane.
Noel Lanier has been covering NASCAR since 1995 and provides NASCAR coverage for the S.C. Regional Newspaper Group of Civitas Media LLC. For more racing images, visit www.northbeachphotos.smugmug.com/