Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield) claimed his second win of the 2010 season in a night filled with delays and dramas. There were a record 18 leaders, 47 lead changes, a 20-car accident and numerous angry drivers by the time the final lap was completed.
After rain gave Harvick the pole position, rain again came in as the green flag approached. The start of the race was delayed almost 90 minutes by rain, and a 19-car accident with 12 laps to go stopped the action another 20 minutes.
Kyle Busch had a night to forget with a loose wheel early in the race forced him to give up the lead. After driving back to the front, contact with Juan Pablo Montoya while leading ended Busch’s night. Mark Martin had to be pulled from fire by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson’s crew members, and AJ Allmendinger (Los Gatos) had a heated conversation with boss Richard Petty after he wrecked out of the race.
A three-car accident just before Bowyer took the white flag set up a Green-White-Checker finish, and Bowyer and Harvick had to restart side-by-side for the final two-lap sprint.
Harvick quickly jumped to the lead, while Bowyer got little help from behind as Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon swapped spots on the restart. It left Bowyer all alone, and he slipped back into traffic and ultimately spun off the track. Harvick had clear sailing to the checkered flag.
“That really wasn’t the situation that we wanted to be in,” said Harvick. “I wanted to be behind him and be able to push him because it was looking pretty good for us, then that caution came out and we had to split up because of the double-file restarts. I helped him as much as I could, then we got split up.”
Kahne finished in second, followed by Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton. Carl Edwards finished sixth and was followed by Kurt Busch, Reed Sorenson, Mike Bliss and Scott Speed (Manteca).
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