Kevin Harvick gets 43rd career win in dominate fashion
By: Mike Curran
(Hampton, Ga – August 30, 2014) Kevin Harvick won the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway picking up his 3rd win this season for Jr Motorsports. He dominated the race, passing pole sitter #9-Chase Elliott on lap 37 and held on to the lead for the remainder of the race. The win is Harvick’s 11th top ten finish in 2014 and his 10th top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After Friday’s practice crew chief Ernie Cope was worried about how the car went but he was reassured that everything was ok when Harvick said. “We’re going to smash them tomorrow night.” And smash them is what he did leading 159 of the 195 laps.
Joey Logano would bring his Discount Tire Ford home to a second place finish with Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and pole sitter Chase Elliott rounding out the top 5. Logano’s second place finish would be his fourth top 10 finish in as many starts at Atlanta. Kyle Larson was also his second top 10 in just his two starts in Atlanta.
After winning the pole Chase Elliott he became the youngest pole sitter at Atlanta bumping Jeff Gordon who was 20 years of age in 1992. Elliott the local fan favorite would lead the first 36 laps in what looked to be the early dominate car. On the final pits stops Elliott over shot his pits having to back up costing him valuable time on pit road.
“I thought we got better and better as we went,” Elliott said. “I made an unacceptable mistake there at the end and cost us a couple spots. My guys deserved better than that. So my bad.”
Elliot continues to lead the NASCAR Nationwide potions standing with a 15 point lead over teammate Regan Smith.
The Nationwide series make its next start on Sept 5th in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.