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Kevin Harvick takes delayed Nationwide victory

RICHMOND, Va. — Kevin Harvick pulled away on a restart with 47 laps left and ended Chase Elliott's two-race winning streak in the ToyotaCare 250 Nationwide race, which ended early Saturday after a long rain delay at Richmond International Raceway.

Harvick led 202 of the 250 laps in a race delayed nearly 31/2 hours at the start by rain Friday night. It was Harvick's 41st victory in NASCAR's second-tier series and his record-extending seventh at the 0.75-mile Richmond oval.

The pair finished nearly seven seconds ahead of third-place Kyle Busch, and Harvick said Elliott, a teammate at JR Motorsports, has had a positive impact that helped produce the 1-2 finish.

"He pushes us to be better by trying different things," Harvick said of the Georgia high schooler and son of racing great Bill Elliott. "He's as good as they get and a lot of fun to be around."

De Silvestro tests: Former IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro, aiming to be the first female driver to race in Formula One in nearly 40 years, had her first day of in-car testing with Sauber. She is an affiliated driver with the team, which intends to have her race in 2015.

IndyCar: Will Power earned the pole for today's Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. The Team Penske driver's lap of 121.209 mph around the 2.38-mile road course edged Andretti Autosport teammates James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

NHRA: Steve Torrence led Top Fuel qualifying at the Spring Nationals in Houston with a run of 3.786 seconds at 321.81 mph. Del Worsham (Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) also led heading into today's eliminations.

Kevin Harvick takes delayed Nationwide victory 04/26/14 [Last modified: Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:38pm]
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