Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Offense shows signs of waking up in win over Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The drought was so severe that it's still probably too soon to say that the Rays are out of it, but they did score six runs Tuesday in a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays.

    Corey Dickerson high-fives Wilson Ramos after hitting a solo home run in the third inning, putting the Rays up 2-1.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    C Wilson Ramos, coming off major right knee surgery, understandably often takes it easy running the bases, though it's not always a good look. But he hustled when he needed to Tuesday and got the Rays a run by beating out a two-out infield single.

  3. Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t expected to say anything definitive about the Rays’ stadium situation when he visits the team today.
  4. Rays vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Blue Jays

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman laughs after Houston Astros' Carlos Beltran reached first on an infield single during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
  5. For starters: Rays vs. Blue Jays: Looking to make it 2 in a row


    UPDATE, 5:52: Cash said the off-day should have done the Rays good after losing 12 of their last 16 games and 20 of their last 30, with just one day off in that stretch:

    Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays.