Archive for Sunday, August 5, 2001

Busch Series: Harvick triumphs in Kroger

August 5, 2001


— Points leader Kevin Harvick raced to his fourth Busch Series victory of the year, holding off Greg Biffle in the crash-filled Kroger 200 on Saturday night.

There were eight cautions for 55 laps and the race was halted for about seven minutes with 10 laps left in the 200-lap race.

Harvick, elevated to a full-time Winston Cup ride a year ahead of schedule after Dale Earnhardt's death in the Daytona 500, will start 11th in the Brickyard 400 today.

Harvick led only the final 29 laps in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, and averaged 72.785 mph on the 0.686-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park oval.

He survived challenges from Biffle, who led the first 107 laps, and Chad Little on the final five laps. Little was third, followed by Elton Sawyer and Jason Keller.

Sawyer took the lead when Biffle and pole-sitter Kenny Wallace pitted during a caution period on lap 108.

Sawyer, who has only two victories in 378 Busch starts, moved into first on lap 108. Sawyer and Little exchanged the lead on lap 166 and then Harvick took over.

Wallace, who won his second consecutive Busch pole earlier in the day, was passed by Biffle on the opening lap. He held on to second for the first 100 laps, fell back as far as 17th and managed to finish 11th.

The victory boosted Harvick's points total to 3,368. Biffle is second with 3,205.

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