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.