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NASCAR NOTES: Harvick captures action-packed Richmond win

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Richmond International Raceway has always been known as a place for action, but Saturday night's Toyota Owner's 400 had many Cup Series drivers shaking their heads.

The first portion of the event belonged to Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer. The Toyota duo were the only drivers to hold the lead until Kyle Busch took it away on lap 254.

Busch was looking for a record-setting fifth straight victory at the Richmond facility and could have been on his way had it not been for a late crash that took him out of contention.

Busch's brother, Kurt Busch, also spent some time in the spotlight as he paced the field on several occasions. However, the crash bug bit him as well in the late stages when he and Tony Stewart had a disagreement that ended both drivers' chances to return to victory lane.

As the caution came out on lap 395, setting up a green-white-checkered finish, most teams debated whether to pit for tires or not. Harvick was one of those that did pit and the move proved to be the decision that won the race.

"Our car had been really good on restarts for four or five laps," said Harvick on the reason for making the decision to pit. "I could be really aggressive with it on the restarts."

It was that aggressiveness that allowed Harvick to move from his seventh place starting position to the lead in one lap on the restart.

"To be sitting there seventh on four tires," continued Harvick on his thoughts just before the restart, "I felt like if I could get by the row in front of me, then the guys on no tires were sitting ducks."

Clint Bowyer followed Harvick through the action on the restart and wound up with a second place finish.

"They started making holes up there in front of me," explained Bowyer on his adventurous restart. "The seas parted, and I just followed suit behind Harvick. It was a good run."

Both Harvick and Bowyer gave credit to the new Gen6 race car for the ability to make aggressive moves which got them through the traffic and into the top two positions.

"When you have enough downforce on the car, you can be ultra-aggressive with it," continued Bowyer. "Whoever designed this new car, we should kiss 'em every weekend. It's creating drama."

Judging from the action in Richmond, the drivers should be in store for a wild race next week in Talladega. Let's just hope that they gather back in the tempers from Saturday night before they get there.

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