RICHMOND — Richmond International Raceway is billed as the "action track." And from the famous 1986 Darrell Waltrip-Dale Earnhardt duel to the 2008 Kyle-
For 327 laps of the Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400, however, RIR offered a few interesting storylines, but little in the way of compelling racing. Then the boys had at it, to borrow a popular
He jetted past several drivers on the inside between Turns 1 and 2 on the penultimate lap, then went outside of leader
"To be sitting there seventh on four tires, and the only other guy on four tires (Stewart) sitting on the outside, I felt like if I could get by the row in front of me. …the guys on no (new) tires were sitting ducks," Harvick said.
Harvick decided to pit for tires after getting a huge break on lap 395 of a scheduled 400, when
But Montoya, Harvick,
"It was right when it needed to be," said Harvick's crew chief Gil Martin of their
"That was exciting to watch."
Bowyer was the only Toyota in the top 10, a surprise on a night when three of the brand's drivers combined to lead the first 293 laps.
Kenseth's early strength in a
He was eighth on the final restart, still in contention, but was slowed by contact with Kurt Busch, who contended that Kenseth was at fault in that situation.
Kurt Busch was involved in some interesting plotlines. He led 36 laps, taking the lead from brother Kyle, who had led the previous 40. That had people talking about brothers finishing 1-2 in a Cup race for the first time since the early 1950s.
But things got crazy the final 75 laps. Stewart got loose and started a three-car wreck that included
Kurt Busch knocked
"He just rammed us right there at the end," said Stewart, who finished 18th. "We were actually going to leave here with a decent finish until everything happened at the end."
Kurt Busch said, "A green-white-checkered at the end, it is just chaos. Cars are everywhere. People are beating and shoving each other out of the way. It's pretty wild."
Which made it the perfect setup for Harvick.