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Kevin Harvick Wins NASCAR Race At Darlington

Added April 12, 2014 by Levi Watkins

Kevin Harvick started on the pole in NASCAR’s race at Darlington on Saturday night and won the Bojangles’Southern 500 to become the first two time winner in the 2014 Sprint Cup season. Harvick also became the first driver to win at Darlington from the pole since Dale Jarrett did it back in 1997.

Harvick had the dominant car on Saturday night leading 238 of 374 but as any NASCAR fan knows just having the dominant car isn’t enough to win races. It took a late race pit strategy call with Harvick taking four tires under caution that allowed him to catch then race leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. It was Harvick’s first career win at Darlington and the experience of a late race miscue in Friday’s Nationwide series event taught him the value of fresh tires and the high line at the notoriously tough South Carolina race track:

“We were able to hang on there at the end, and I knew I had that high line I hadn’t showed it to them all night on the restarts, and I wanted to save it until the very end. I kind of learned that last night as we were in the Nationwide race. It was a good tool in your tool bag to have there at the end.”

Earnhardt held on to finish second, Jimmie Johnson took third and Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle finished fourth and fifth respectively.

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