Fresh tires won race for Harvick on final restart

Thanks to taking four fresh tires late in the race, Kevin Harvick was able to jump ahead seven...

Thanks to taking four fresh tires late in the race, Kevin Harvick was able to jump ahead seven spots to win the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday. (GETTY IMAGES)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 PM ET

The story of the night at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway was not so much the winner — Kevin Harvick — but how others lost.

Mind you, Harvick lived up to his reputation as a race closer when he took off like a rocket on the overtime green-white-checkers re-start in the No. 29 Chevrolet.

Harvick knew that with four new tires he had a huge advantage over he guys in front of him on that re-start.

He said he and his team knew new tires were worth two seconds a lap.

“When the tires fall off almost two seconds, you’ve got to come in and get tires,” Harvick said. “There’s not very many guys that stayed out.

“I knew we had a chance because we were the second car on four tires. You never know what two tires is going to do on a high tire-wear track like this. So, it all just opened up.”

As happy as Harvick was at his first win of the season, several divers — most notably Juan Pablo Montoya — were crushed.


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