(workingonmyredneck file photo)
Kevin Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with five laps to go in The Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The victory was the second straight for Harvick, who won a week ago at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California. In that race, he took the lead from Mr. Five Time, Jimmie Johnson, in the middle of turn #4, coming to the checkered flag. Harvick led a total of 1`/4 of a lap all day! Nevertheless, it was the only portion of any lap that counts!
“Awesome day,” Harvick said. “I didn’t think we had the car to do that and just came back up through there. We put those two tires on and I got to the front and all the sudden everything was woken up. So I had a lot of fun racing with Dale Jr, and I hate to be the guy that is the bad guy here but we are in it to win it.”
Earnhardt, attempting to end a 98-race winless streak, finished second. He gave up the lead when he got a bit loose to allow Harvick to get his nose under his left-rear quarterpanel.
“The 29 (Harvick) was coming,” Earnhardt said. “There was not much I could do. I don’t know what I could do different.” Earnhardt took a shot or two at taking the lead back, even tapping Harvick’s rear bumper, but Harvick countered each time.
Kyle Busch, looking to scratch Martinsville off his list of places where he has not won in Cup, finished third. He had led a race-best 151 laps. Busch had the lead on the last restart, with 21 laps to go, Dale, Jr. had a run on Busch, greeted him with the “Martinsville bump”, and took over the lead. Soon Harvick caught and passed Earnhardt, Jr for the lead and the win.
Here is the unofficial results from The Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Sunday.
TIL NEXT TIME I AM WORKING ON MY REDNECK!