Harvick Checks Out At “The Hotel California”


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“Welcome to the Hotel California”!

Once again the race car that dominated the Auto Club 400 was not the car that drove into Victory Lane at Fontana, California. The dominant race car belonged to Kyle Busch, leading 151 of the 200 laps.  However, it was not Busch who crossed the finish line first Sunday, the win went to Kevin Harvick.

Harvick rocketed from third place with three laps remaining to pass ol Kylie Busch.  Then he sucked up to Johnson’s bumper coming out of turn #2 on the very last lap.  Harvick pushed Johnon’s Chevy all the way down the back stretch, getting the #48 Lowe’s Chevy loose going into turn #3.  As Johnson was gathering up his loose race car, Harvick then moved to the high side in turns 3 and 4, effortlessly passing Johnson exiting turn #4 for the victory.

Harvick’s margin of victory was .015 seconds over Mr. Five Time, Jimmie Johnson.

“I just didn’t hold him off,” Johnson, who had won four of the previous 11 races at Auto Club, said. “I knew he was coming. If I could have got by the 18 (Kyle Busch) sooner, I might have been able to hold him off.

“I was way loose. Even when I was tight I was way loose.”

This was Harvick’s first victory at the track in his native Southern California. It was also the first victory for his team owner, Richard Childress.

Busch, who led 151 of the 200 laps Sunday and had the lead on a restart with nine laps to go, finished third.

This was the fifth different Sprint Cup winner in as many races in 2011.

Here is the unofficial results of the Auto Club 400.

Here is the unofficial Sprint Cup standings after the Auto Club 400 at Fontana.

I leave you with this video from the greatest rock and roll band of all times!



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