We hope everybody had a good Easter weekend. It is a traditional weekend off for all the major racing series, and only the NASCAR Busch Series was in action, racing Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. Things will be back to normal next weekend.
NASCAR Busch Series: Harvick Wins at Nashville
There are a few very unique trophies to be won in racing, and one of the most unique is available only at Nashville Superspeedway. Through an arrangement with Gibson Guitars, winners at Nashville receive a custom-painted Les Paul electric guitar, worth approximately $7,500. It is one of the most coveted trophies on the NASCAR circuit, along with the grandfather clock customarily awarded at Martinsville and the Boots trophy that accompanies a win at Texas.
Kevin Harvick was the most recent recipient of the treasured Nashville guitar, after winning the Busch Series race there on Saturday. Harvick led a 1-2 finish for Richard Childress Racing, with teammate Clint Bowyer rebounding from a botched green-flag pit stop early in the race to take second.
Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin, who started from pole and led much of the day, and J.J. Yeley finished third and fourth, respectively, with Carl Edwards taking fifth. Jon Wood, rookie Burnie Lamar, Kenny Wallace, Paul Menard and Michael Waltrip completed the top 10.
Reed Sorenson was challenging Harvick late in the race, but scraped the wall with six laps to go while running second, bringing out the final caution. That gave Harvick an easy run to the checkers while Bowyer, who led early but made up two laps after a fuel-can mishap resulted in a 26sec green-flag pit stop early on, inherited the runner-up spot.
The victory was Harvick’s first in any NASCAR series this year, and he was the eighth Nextel Cup regular to win in as many Busch races this year.
The series heads west to Phoenix next weekend, where it will rejoin the Nextel Cup tour while the Craftsman Truck Series has another week off.
NASCAR Busch Series Top Five:
1) Kevin Harvick, No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, 225 laps
2) Clint Bowyer, No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, 225 laps
3) Denny Hamlin, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, 225 laps
4) J.J. Yeley, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, 225 laps
5) Carl Edwards, No. 60 Roush Racing Ford Fusion, 225 laps
Driver’s Championship: 1) Kevin Harvick, 1284; 2) Denny Hamlin, 1128; 3) Clint Bowyer, 1075; 4) J.J. Yeley, 1028; 5) Carl Edwards, 963.