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Harvick starts Busch where he left off

first_imgSaturday’s race was overrun with Buschwhackers – Nextel Cup regulars moonlighting in the junior series – and Harvick controlled the last half of the 120-lap event. Starting 31st in the 43-car field, Harvick crossed the finish line about three lengths ahead of runner-up Dave Blaney, who gave Toyota a solid finish in its first Busch event. “I said if we ever get all the way to the front, we’re going to be in really good shape,” said Harvick, who led the final 42laps. “Because the whole last run, once I got to the front, I never had to let off the floor.” It was an auspicious start for Harvick, who won nine races last year to earn his second Busch Series title. He beat runner-up Carl Edwards by 824points. Even with only a partial Busch schedule planned this season, Harvick’s win was no surprise – he finished in the top eight, including a trio of runner-up finishes, in his nine previous Busch starts on the 2.5-mile Daytona oval. Harvick, who ran away with the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series title, started the season with his 27th Busch victory. This time, he was driving for Richard Childress, who also fields his Nextel Cup Chevrolets. “Any time you can win any race at Daytona it’s big,” said Harvick, who will start 34th in Sunday’s Daytona 500. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Harvick has been to Daytona’s Victory Lane before – just not as a driver. “I went there the last two years as a car-owner,” Harvick said Saturday after driving to his first win at Daytona International Speedway. “This is more fun.” center_img Still, Harvick’s not considering adding more Busch races. “Absolutely not,” he said. “We’re here to win races, and it’s something to where we just want to go out and hopefully keep going where we left off last year. “It’s just a lot of fun to drive when the car is like that.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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