Harvick trades slump for sweep

Associated Press
Published April 5, 2005

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kevin Harvick completed a Bristol Motor Speedway sweep Monday by holding off teammate Jeff Burton in overtime to win the rescheduled Busch Series race.

Harvick, who snapped a 55-race winless streak Sunday with a victory in the Nextel Cup race, beat Burton by 0.159 seconds to win the Sharpie Professional 250. The race was washed out by rain Saturday.

Harvick had to come from the back of the field - as he did Sunday - because qualifying was rained out and the field was set by car owner points. And this race also was wreck-filled, with a track-record 14 cautions for 102 of the 250 laps. There also were three race stoppages and a green-white-checkered two-lap overtime to decide the winner.

The final caution and red flag came out two laps from the finish when Dale Jarrett slowed to avoid an accident, then was hit from behind by Shane Hmiel.

Jarrett exited his car and walked half the frontstretch to Hmiel's car to confront the driver. TV replays showed Jarrett pointing his finger at Hmiel's face and Hmiel directing an obscene gesture toward Jarrett.

NASCAR was reviewing the footage for possible penalties.

The caution extended the race for a green-white-checkered restart, but Harvick quickly was able to distance himself from Burton, his teammate at Richard Childress Racing.

"If Jeff hadn't had been back there, we'd have been in trouble the first couple laps (after the restart), but our car took off after that," said Harvick. "It's a huge statement this weekend by winning both races and having everybody run so well."