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Harvick outlasts Busch for Nationwide win

HAMPTON, Ga. — Kevin Harvick raced to his first NASCAR Nationwide series victory of the year, holding off Kyle Busch on the final lap of the Great Clips-Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Harvick pulled ahead of Busch on the 60th lap and led 132 of the 195 laps. Busch had won six of the previous Nationwide events this year in which he also won the pole.

The victory marked a redemption of sorts for Harvick, who lost the lead on the final lap last year in the Nationwide event at Atlanta when Brad Keselowski bumped Ricky Stenhouse on the front straightaway and Stenhouse went ahead in Turn 3. Harvick finished third last year. Saturday's victory was his 40th on the Nationwide circuit.

IndyCar: Will Power spun Scott Dixon in practice for today's Grand Prix of Baltimore, but Dixon got payback when he swiped the pole on the last lap of qualifying. Power, who will start on the front row for the sixth time this year, had won the Baltimore pole each of the past two seasons and won the race in 2011. He was on his way toward a third pole until Dixon turned a lap of 1 minute, 18.0838 seconds on the 2.04-mile road course.

Trucks: James Buescher, second in the season points behind Matt Crafton, took the pole for today's Chevy Silverado 250, turning a lap at 109.189 mph on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park's 2.459-mile road course in Bowmanville, Ontario. Ryan Blaney qualified second at 109.166, and Crafton was 13th.

NHRA: Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan shattered both ends of the track record on Day 2 qualifying for the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Hagan powered his dragster to a 4.007-second run at 319.22 mph. Brittany Force stayed atop Top Fuel, Allen Johnson atop Pro Stock and Hector Arana atop Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Harvick outlasts Busch for Nationwide win 08/31/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 31, 2013 11:02pm]
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