RICHMOND, Va. Well, at least one man was Happy.
Kevin Happy Harvick used an incredible run to go from seventh to first in a two-lap overtime to win Saturday nights Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
The seas kind of parted there and I didnt know how those other guys were going to take off on two (new) tires, since their left-side tires were so worn out. They didnt get a very good restart and my car just kind of launched, said Harvick, who earned his 20th career victory.
Those guys all drove it in hard and I was able to get by the next two. I only had one to go by the time I got to the backstretch.
Harvick, who took four new tires on the final pit stop, restarted seventh with only the two-lap overtime remaining. His Richard Childress Racing teammate, Jeff Burton, restarted out front but was on old tires. Burton faded to fifth.
While Harvick was celebrating his first Sprint Cup Series victory of the 2013 season, many of those contending for the win spent the cool-down lap wrecking each other out of frustration.
Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch traded paint, then Busch and Tony Stewart exchanged several hits on the track before driving to pit road.
Clint Bowyer finished second, Joey Logano was third and Juan Pablo Montoya was fourth.
Jimmie Johnson finished 12th and continues to lead the series points standings.
Montoya appeared in position for his first win on an oval track, holding a comfortable lead over Harvick when Brian Vickers wreck brought out a caution on Lap 396 of the scheduled 400 laps.
There was no question Toyota took early command.
Kenseth, the pole winner, led the races first 36 laps, and he and fellow Toyota driver Bowyer combined to lead the first 200 laps of the race.
Reigning series champion Brad Keselowski hit the wall in Turn 1 on Lap 158 to bring out the races fourth caution. Keselowskis team made several quick repairs on pit road and got him back out on the track.
Bowyer led the way on the restart on Lap 168.
Greg Biffle brought out another caution on Lap 233. Following a round of pit stops, Kenseth restarted in the lead on Lap 239, followed by Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch.
Kyle Busch finally ran down Kenseth for the lead on Lap 254.
Travis Kvapil spun and brought out a caution on Lap 293. All of the lead lap cars pit for fuel and tires with Kurt Busch coming off pit road first and taking the lead on the restart on Lap 299.
Kvapil again brought out a caution on Lap 309. This time, four cars elected not to pit and Kurt Busch remained in the lead on the restart on Lap 321 followed by Carl Edwards, Kenseth and Ryan Newman.
During the caution, NASCAR penalized Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers for commitment line violations but before the race restart, it reviewed video and rescinded the penalty on Busch. He was returned to sixth place.
That turned out not to be much help. Seven laps later, Stewart spun and collected Johnson and Kyle Busch in a wreck on Lap 328. Six cars elected not to pit and Montoya was in the lead on the restart on lap 334.
Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin wrecked on Lap 339, which also collected Vickers and Johnson. On the restart on Lap 344, Montoya continued to lead the way.
Kurt Busch got into Martin Truex Jr. on Lap 345 to bring out the 10th caution of the race. On the restart on Lap 350, Montoya continued to lead followed by Kurt Busch and Kenseth.
With 35 laps left, Montoya continued to lead, followed by Kurt Busch. Harvick had moved into third.
With 18 laps remaining, Harvick moved into second behind Montoya.
Toyota Owners 400
At Richmond International Raceway
Lap length: .75 miles
|10||19||D. Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||406||34|
|14||24||A J Allmndngr||Chevy||406||30|
|16||12||R. Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||406||28|
|17||9||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||406||27|
Race Statistics: Average Speed of Race Winner: 92.141 mph. Time of Race: 3 hours, 18 minutes, 17 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.343 seconds. Caution Flags: 11 for 75 laps. Lead Changes: 10 among 7 drivers. Lap Leaders: M.Kenseth 1-36; C.Bowyer 37-42; M.Kenseth 43-111; C.Bowyer 112-218; M.Kenseth 219-253; Ky.Busch 254-293; Ku.Busch 294-329; J.Montoya 330-396; K.Harvick 397; J.Burton 398-404; K.Harvick 405-406. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): M.Kenseth, 3 times for 140 laps; C.Bowyer, 2 times for 113 laps; J.Montoya, 1 time for 67 laps; Ky.Busch, 1 time for 40 laps; Ku.Busch, 1 time for 36 laps; J.Burton, 1 time for 7 laps; K.Harvick, 2 times for 3 laps. Top 12 in Points: 1. J.Johnson, 343; 2. C.Edwards, 300; 3. K.Kahne, 297; 4. D.Earnhardt Jr., 297; 5. C.Bowyer, 290; 6. Bra.Keselowski, 284; 7. Ky.Busch, 278; 8. G.Biffle, 272; 9. K.Harvick, 271; 10. P.Menard, 271; 11. A.Almirola, 258; 12. J.McMurray, 245.