NSCS: Kevin Harvick Wins A Wild One At Richmond International Raceway — Nathan Butler

As most predicted, including myself, we knew the Fall Richmond International Speedway race would be ‘crazy’, but I didn’t think anyone expected it to be such a ‘hairy’ race!

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Kevin Harvick was the victor, Saturday night, as he won his 18th career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in 384 NSCS races. Having said that, he has now won 4 races this year, along with 13 top-10 finishes this season, pretty impressive!

Carl Edwards came close, but as we know “close only counts in horse -shoes and hand grenades”. If Edwards had just a few more laps, he probably could have gotten by Harvick, but that is something we will never know.

Followed by Edwards; Jeff Gordon, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, and Mark Martin.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but drama was also a key component in tonight’s race. We saw old rivalries renewed and new rivalries formed, which truly defines short track racing!

The drama originated between the 48 and 22 (as if we had not seen this before). I typically try to describe their relationship as a relationship between blood and water. Needless to say, once blood hits the water, there is no turning back to it’s fine pure substance.

So what made Busch retaliate like he did out on the track? Did he honestly feel that Johnson was out to ‘get’ him? Or was it the other way around?

These were some of the questions that we (the media) wanted to have answered, but all we got was a driver trying to find any excuse necessary to attack the working media, classy right?

Don’t get me wrong, both Stewart and Busch are great guys, that I have had an opportunity to speak with; My only problem- this isn’t the first, nor will it be the last time these drivers ‘have at it’ with the media.

So to recap, we had drama on the track, drama off the track, and drama that will carry onto next week at Chicagoland. What else could you possibly ask for as we start the 2011 NSCS Chase?

All in all, a great race here at the Richmond International Raceway. The lesson I took from all of this, “drama breeds drama.”

Unofficial Results:

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Carl Edwards
3. Jeff Gordon
4. David Ragan
5. Kurt Busch
6. Kyle Busch
7. Tony Stewart
8. Ryan Newman
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Mark Martin
11. A.J. Allmendinger
12. Brad Keselowski
13. Greg Biffle
14. Jamie McMurray
15. Juan Pablo Montoya
16. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
17. Casey Mears
18. Regan Smith
19. Dave Blaney
20. Bobby Labonte
21. Marcos Ambrose
22. Clint Bowyer
23. Matt Kenseth
24. Stephen Leicht
25. Landon Cassill
26. David Reutimann
27. David Gilliland
28. Travis Kvapil
29. Jeff Burton
30. Martin Truex Jr.
31. Jimmie Johnson
32. Andy Lally
33. Brian Vickers
34. Paul Menard
35. Joey Logano
36. Mike Bliss
37. Robby Gordon
38. Kasey Kahne
39. Michael McDowell
40. David Stremme
41. Joe Nemechek
42. J.J. Yeley
43. Scott Speed