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Gamble gives Harvick Nationwide victory

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick took advantage of a late caution to win the NASCAR Nationwide race Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.

Harvick and crew chief Ernie Cope gambled by taking two tires when the eighth yellow flag of the day came out with 34 laps to go. That enabled Harvick to seize the lead from Kyle Busch, who couldn't mount a challenge after that.

"We were 10 laps short (on fuel), and it seemed like there were a lot of cautions," Harvick said. "We were in conservation mode, so we did what we needed to do to play it both ways. We had options and weren't in a box like some other guys were, having to pit under green. If you have to do that, you're pretty much done."

That was the case for pole-sitter Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, who pitted under green with just more than 40 laps left, then found themselves out of contention when the final caution flew. Kese­lowski's brother Brian touched off the race-changing event by spinning at the entrance to pit road.

Harvick led three times for 52 laps, including the final 34, to get his second win in four Nationwide races this season. Driving his Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, he beat Reed Sorenson by 0.2 seconds. Busch was third.

Formula One: Red Bull driver Mark Webber took the pole position for today's Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang after a chaotic, rain-swept qualifying session, and the McLarens and Ferraris will start near the back after badly misjudging the weather.

Webber's time of 1 minute, 49.327 seconds around the circuit put him in front of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who will start on the front row of a grand prix for the first time, and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Trucks: Kyle Busch raced to his first NASCAR victory as a team owner, dominating the Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway late Friday. He led 131 of 150 laps on the 1.333-mile concrete oval. Kevin Harvick, the winner of his previous four races, was second, followed by Ron Hornaday.

Gamble gives Harvick Nationwide victory 04/03/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 3, 2010 11:35pm]

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