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The Nationwide Series night life kicked into high gear at Richmond International Speedway with Kevin Harvick leading the field to the green friday night.  The series point leader going into the race, Brad Keselowski, started third with the hunger to extend the already large lead over Carl Edwards.

The new Nationwide Series car at RIR made for a good show as the driver’s battled changes in track conditions and each other for the right to hold the trophy high in Victory lane.  

While some drivers cursed the new machinery others applauded the good racing it provided under the Friday night lights.

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As the night got colder the action got hotter seeing Harvick, Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Virginia native Elliott Sadler have their moments in the top spot. But by race end it was the determination of the pole sitting team that kept the wolves at bay. The win for Harvick put yet another feather in his Nationwide cap tying him with Mark Martin for the most wins in the series at RIR among active drivers.

The point leader, Keselowski, pulled of a dramatic second place finish keeping his buffer for the points chase intact.  

Trevor Bayne tied his best career finish with a third place run. “I was thinking about trying to hit the perfect corner and make the perfect lap and hoping for Harvick to make a mistake.” Keselowski told the media post race when asked about the closing laps.  “It was closer than we wanted it to be, that’s for sure. But I bet it was fun to watch” Harvick said when asked about the dramatic finish.

“At that point all gloves were off,” Harvick said about hitting the wall coming to the finish. “I just gunned the throttle and was happy to hold on to it.” With one race of the weekend in the books Harvick looks on to the Cup Series event and the possible sweep of race weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

Unofficial Results

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps
1 1 33 Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet 195 10 250
2 3 22 Brad Keselowski  Dodge 175 5 250
3 8 99 Trevor Bayne  Toyota 165 0 250
4 23 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford 160 0 250
5 18 32 Reed Sorenson  Toyota 155 0 250
6 5 20 Denny Hamlin  Toyota 150 0 250
7 2 21 Clint Bowyer  Chevrolet 146 0 250
8 10 98 Paul Menard  Ford 142 0 250
9 6 18 Kyle Busch  Toyota 143 5 250
10 4 60 Carl Edwards  Ford 134 0 250
11 21 7 Aric Almirola  Chevrolet 135 5 250
12 14 12 Justin Allgaier  Dodge 127 0 250
13 31 88 Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 129 5 250
14 9 38 Jason Leffler  Toyota 121 0 250
15 7 26 Parker Kligerman  Dodge 118 0 250
16 25 66 Steve Wallace  Toyota 115 0 250
17 20 62 Brendan Gaughan  Toyota 112 0 250
18 26 34 Tony Raines  Chevrolet 109 0 250
19 16 87 Joe Nemechek  Chevrolet 106 0 250
20 19 15 Michael Annett  Toyota 103 0 250
21 12 1 Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 105 5 250
22 17 16 Erik Darnell  Ford 97 0 250
23 36 35 Jason Keller  Chevrolet 94 0 250
24 29 70 Shelby Howard  Chevrolet 91 0 248
25 37 23 Coleman Pressley  Chevrolet 88 0 248
26 15 100 Ryan Truex  Toyota 85 0 248
27 30 25 Kelly Bires  Ford 82 0 248
28 32 9 Landon Cassill  Ford 79 0 247
29 38 1 Mike Wallace  Chevrolet 76 0 247
30 34 24 Eric McClure  Ford 73 0 247
31 35 28 Kenny Wallace  Chevrolet 70 0 247
32 42 5 Willie Allen  Chevrolet 67 0 247
33 27 10 Tayler Malsam  Toyota 64 0 247
34 13 104 Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 61 0 246
35 11 49 Mark Green  Chevrolet 58 0 246
36 39 27 Hermie Sadler  Ford 55 0 245
37 24 81 Michael McDowell  Dodge 52 0 245
38 40 11 Brian Scott * Toyota 49 0 216
39 41 168 Carl Long  Chevrolet 46 0 207
40 28 40 Mike Bliss  Chevrolet 43 0 120
41 33 89 Morgan Shepherd  Chevrolet 40 0 43
42 43 73 Derrike Cope  Dodge 37 0 14
43 22 156 Kevin Lepage  Toyota 34 0 6

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