Kevin Harvick Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Richmond International Raceway

Kevin Harvick shifted gears, hit the pedal and rocketed his way to win Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 in a green-white-chequered finish at Richmond International Raceway on April, 27th 2013 .

Harvick beats Clint Bowyer (No.15 Toyota) to the finish line by .343 seconds to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season, his third at Richmond and the 20th of his career. By securing ninth rank in points, Harvick has made his way to make a fourth consecutive Chase appearance and his sixth in the last 8 years. Joey Logano (No.22 Ford) who had frustrating start with crashes was able to finish third, while Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Chevrolet) was fourth after leading Jeff Burton (No.31 Chevrolet) who finished fifth.

Harvick came to pit road for tires on Lap 396, after Brian Vickers slapped the wall in Turn 3 to cause the 11th caution of the race. Harvick’s No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet made short work of the three drivers who had stayed out after the race restarted on Lap 405. Though Montoya lost the chance to break a 94-race drought since his Cup victory at Watkins Glen in August 2010, Montoya was elated just to get a top-five finishes after struggling mightily for more than a year.

Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart repeatedly swapped shots with their Chevrolets on the not-so-aptly named cool-down lap. During final two laps, there were much argy nargy among Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Stewart. Stewart was fifth on the final restart but dropped to 18th at the finish after Busch rubbed him out of the racing groove.

Kevin Harvick In Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Wins NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 Race
Result of 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400 race at Richmond International Raceway
Position Driver Car No.[#] Automaker Start Total Laps Laps Led Position Improved(+/-) Earned Points/Bonus
1 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 17 406 3
2
Running 47/4
2 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5 406 113
3
Running 43/1
3 Joey Logano 22 Ford 7 406 0
3
Running 41/0
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 6 406 67
3
Running 41/1
5 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 16 406 7
4
Running 40/1
6 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 28 406 0
4
Running 38/0
7 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 1 406 140
1
Running 39/2
8 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 34 406 0
1
Running 36/0
9 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 14 406 36
2
Running 36/1
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet 19 406 0
1
Running 34/0
11 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 3 406 0
1
Running 33/0
12 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 26 406 0
0
Running 32/0
13 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 29 406 0
-1
Running 31/0
14 AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet 24 406 0
2
Running 30/0
15 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 15 406 0
1
Running 29/0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford 12 406 0
0
Running 28/0
17 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 9 406 0
-2
Running 27/0
18 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 21 406 0
-1
Running 26/0
19 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 32 406 0
1
Running 25/0
20 David Ragan 34 Ford 20 406 0
1
Running 24/0
21 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 4 406 0
-1
Running 23/0
22 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 22 406 0
1
Running 22/0
23 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 18 406 0
0
Running 21/0
24 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 8 406 40
0
Running 21/1
25 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet 31 406 0
0
Running 19/0
26 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 13 406 0
-2
Running 18/0
27 David Gilliland 38 Ford 37 405 0
0
Running 17/0
28 Josh Wise 35 Ford 27 404 0
-1
Running 0/0
29 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 30 402 0
-1
Running 15/0
30 Casey Mears 13 Ford 40 402 0
-1
Running 14/0
31 David Stremme 30 Toyota 25 402 0
-1
Running 13/0
32 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 39 401 0
-2
Running 12/0
33 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 23 398 0
-3
Running 11/0
34 Timmy Hill 32 Ford 42 397 0
1
Running 10/0
35 Brian Vickers 11 Toyota 2 392 0
-1
Accident 0/0
36 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 33 391 0
-4
Running 8/0
37 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 36 368 0
-1
Running 7/0
38 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 10 349 0
-5
Running 6/0
39 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 41 245 0
-1
Vibration 0/0
40 Brian Keselowski 52 Toyota 43 186 0
9
Brakes 4/0
41 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 35 121 0
0
Brakes 3/0
42 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 11 109 0
-4
Engine 2/0
43 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota 38 17 0
-1
Brakes 0/0

 

Overall Standings of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – after Toyota Owners 400 race at Richmond International Raceway
Rank Driver Position Improved(+/-) Car No.(#) Earned Points Behind Wins Starts Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1
Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson
0 48 343 0 2 9 4 6 0
2
Roush Fenway Racing
Carl Edwards
4 99 300 43 1 9 4 5 0
3
Hendrick Motorsports
Kasey Kahne
-1 5 297 46 1 9 4 5 0
4
Hendrick Motorsports
Dale Earnhardt Jr
1 88 297 46 0 9 3 6 0
5
Michael Waltrip Racing
Clint Bowyer
3 15 290 53 0 9 4 5 1
6
Penske Racing
Brad Keselowski
-3 2 284 59 0 9 4 7 0
7
Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
0 18 278 65 2 9 5 5 2
8
Roush Fenway Racing
Greg Biffle
-4 16 272 71 0 9 1 4 0
9
Richard Childress Racing
Kevin Harvick
2 29 271 72 1 9 1 2 1
10
Richard Childress Racing
Paul Menard
-1 27 271 72 0 9 0 4 0
11
Richard Petty Motorsports
Aric Almirola
1 43 258 85 0 9 0 3 1
12
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Jamie McMurray
-2 1 245 98 0 9 0 3 0
13
Joe Gibbs Racing
Matt Kenseth
1 20 241 102 2 9 2 5 2
14
Hendrick Motorsports
Jeff Gordon
1 24 235 108 0 9 1 2 2
15
Michael Waltrip Racing
Martin Truex Jr
-2 56 231 112 0 9 2 3 0
16
Stewart-Haas Racing
Ryan Newman
1 39 229 114 0 9 1 4 2
17
Penske Racing
Joey Logano
3 22 228 115 0 9 3 3 1
18
Roush Fenway Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
0 17 224 119 0 9 0 0 0
19
Richard Childress Racing
Jeff Burton
4 31 218 125 0 9 1 2 1
20
Furniture Row Racing
Kurt Busch
2 78 216 127 0 9 2 3 1
21
Michael Waltrip Racing
Mark Martin
-5 55 207 136 0 8 1 3 0
22
Stewart-Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
-1 14 207 136 0 9 0 1 0
23
Richard Petty Motorsports
Marcos Ambrose
-4 9 195 148 0 9 0 1 1
24
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Juan Pablo Montoya
3 42 183 160 0 9 1 1 0
25
Germain Racing
Casey Mears
-1 13 183 160 0 9 0 0 1

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