Kevin Harvick wins at Richmond

Harvick took his fourth win of the 2011 Sprint Cup at Richmond

Kevin Harvick has won his fourth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season at a wild Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

In what was the final race of the year before the Chase for the Sprint Cup over the final 10 races of the season, Harvick scored his 18th career win while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin secured the Chase spots they held provisionally entering the race.

Harvick beat Jeff Gordon out of the pits after a stop under caution on Lap 385 of 400 and drove away from the four-time champion. Carl Edwards passed Gordon for the second spot and challenged Harvick for the win, but Edwards ran out of time.

With four victories each, Harvick and Kyle Busch are the top seeds for this year’s Chase.

This race had everything. Hamlin and Earnhardt Jr. recovered from a multicar wreck on Lap #8 to finish with high enough to secure spots in the Chase. While Stewart kept his nose clean to finish seventh and also make the Chase.

Vickers parked across the front of Ambrose

Two drivers to watch in the coming week will be Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson, as once again their battles on the track spilled over knocking each other on at least two occasions at Richmond. Busch got the better of things coming home fifth to Johnson’s 31st.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose salvaged a 21st place finish after a tough night. He was in the middle of the first multi-car wreck on lap #8. Then he was caught-up in an incident involving both Red Bull Toyotas. Brian Vickers vented his anger with Ambrose deliberately turning into the #9 Ford. NASCAR parked Vickers for his actions.

It ended any hopes Ambrose had on making the Chase, if he won the race it would have vaulted the Tasmanian into the second wildcard spot reserved for drivers outside the top-10 with the most wins in the first 26 races.

“It’s a shame, but right from the start it was just not going to be our night,” said Ambrose.

“The team never gave up on me, everyone dug deep all night long to get me to the finish.

“Not making the Chase is a disappointment no doubt, but we’ll bounce back from this and finish the final ten races strongly”

The points for the top-12 have been re-set heading into the opening race of the Chase for Cup next week at Chicago. For Ambrose it’s all about chasing another victory and improving on his 20th place position in the standings.

Check out the video of the Ambrose incident and Vickers’ reaction

 

RESULTS: Wonderful Pistachios 400 – Richmond

FIN

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 48/2 400 Running
2 Carl Edwards Ford Kellogg’s / Cheez-it 43/1 400 Running
3 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 42/1 400 Running
4 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 40/0 400 Running
5 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 40/1 400 Running
6 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 39/1 400 Running
7 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 37/0 400 Running
8 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army – 9 / 11 36/0 400 Running
9 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 35/0 400 Running
10 Mark Martin Chevrolet Quaker State / GoDaddy.com 34/0 400 Running
11 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 33/0 400 Running
12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 32/0 400 Running
13 Greg Biffle Ford 3M “Honoring Our Heroes” 32/1 400 Running
14 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 31/1 400 Running
15 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 29/0 400 Running
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 28/0 400 Running
17 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 27/0 400 Running
18 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 26/0 400 Running
19 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Pepsi Max 25/0 400 Running
20 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 24/0 400 Running
21 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 23/0 400 Running
22 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 22/0 400 Running
23 Matt Kenseth Ford Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 22/1 400 Running
24 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Golden Corral 20/0 400 Running
25 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 0 400 Running
26 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 18/0 400 Running
27 David Gilliland Ford Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation 17/0 397 Running
28 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s 0 394 Running
29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 15/0 393 Running
30 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Brakes 14/0 391 Running
31 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Power of Pride 14/1 362 Running
32 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services 12/0 357 Running
33 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 11/0 328 Running
34 Paul Menard Chevrolet Moen / Menards 10/0 319 Running
35 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 9/0 296 Out of Race
36 Mike Bliss Ford Safe Skies TSA Luggage Locks 0 198 Out of Race
37 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 7/0 51 Running
38 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 6/0 50 Running
39 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 5/0 46 In Pit
40 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 4/0 42 Running
41 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 24 Running
42 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 2/0 22 In Pit
43 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 0 7 Running

Unofficial Driver Standings:  Race 26 of 36

 

RANK

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DRIVER

POINTS

BEHIND

STARTS

POLES

WINS

TOP
5

TOP
10

1 +1 Kyle Busch 2012 Leader 26 1 4 13 16
2 +4 Kevin Harvick 2012 Leader 26 0 4 7 13
3 +2 Jeff Gordon 2009 -3 26 1 3 10 14
4 Matt Kenseth 2006 -6 26 1 2 7 14
5 -2 Carl Edwards 2003 -9 26 2 1 12 17
6 -5 Jimmie Johnson 2003 -9 26 0 1 11 17
7 Kurt Busch 2003 -9 26 3 1 7 14
8 Ryan Newman 2003 -9 26 2 1 8 13
9 +1 Tony Stewart 2000 -12 26 0 0 3 11
10 -1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2000 -12 26 1 0 3 9
11 Brad Keselowski 2000 -12 26 1 3 6 10
12 Denny Hamlin 2000 -12 26 0 1 4 10
13 A.J. Allmendinger 731 -1281 26 0 0 1 6
14 Clint Bowyer 719 -1293 26 0 0 3 9
15 Greg Biffle 713 -1299 26 1 0 1 7
16 +3 Mark Martin 694 -1318 26 1 0 2 8
17 -1 Martin Truex Jr. 690 -1322 26 0 0 2 8
18 +4 Juan Montoya 679 -1333 26 2 0 2 7
19 +4 David Ragan 677 -1335 26 2 1 4 7
20 +1 Marcos Ambrose 673 -1339 26 0 1 4 8

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