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Kevin Harvick Takes Over Final Laps To Earn Richmond Win

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With a late caution causing green-white-checkered finish, sparks flew on the last few laps of the Toyota Owners 400.

A night sky glazed with a full moon was said to be the reason for some of the craziness that ensued Saturday night.

Juan Pablo Montoya, who switched over of the Indy Car ranks, owned a rare lead with 5 to go when Brian Vickers lost a left front and went up into the wall.

Pit strategies played out with Harvick sitting behind Montoya in the seventh and eighth positions with the overtime racing period yet to play out.

The first five of the field that came to the final restart had elected not to pit, so those cars had old tires. When the green flag dropped, those cars were seamlessly and beautifully taken over by Harvick with a low-lane dive in turns three and four.

Harvick showed why he’s one of NASCAR’s best tonight, Montoya showed that he has some spunk this season, and even Jeff Gordon battled back through adversities to earn 11th after being stuck in the 20’s all night. Earnhardt Jr. got yet another top ten finish, as Jimmie Johnson earned 13th.

NASCAR’s best will take on Talladega next Sunday.

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