On the bumpiest track, Kevin Harvick glided to victory lane in The Bluegrass State.
The rough and tumble aura of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race was no match for the No. 5 JR Motorsports machine, which captured the lead after a late-race restart. He fought with fellow Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch for ages before he finally slipped past. After the restart with five to go, it was all Harvick.
It was all Brad Keselowski previously; the polesitter was dominating before he sped on pit road. Then, it was a game of Catch Up, finishing second. Busch came in third, and recent NNS winner Paul Menard claimed fourth. Busch was going for The Sweep after winning the previous night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, but those hopes were dashed.
The real results started with fifth, when Ryan Blaney finished. Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, Cupster Kyle Larson, and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top ten. A lot of Nationwide regulars had good nights.
Others? Not so much. Ryan Sieg was called to the NASCAR hauler after dumping Jeremy Clements after the caution came out. Whoops. Then, Regan Smith tried to move in front of Ryan Reed and clipped his front bumper. Reed caught the flack for that one. More sauciness came late with Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne. They bumped a few times, and Bayne hit the wall. The No. 6’s radio frequency was nowhere near pleasant, but no retaliation came. They talked it out after the race.
Harvick’s win at Kentucky Speedway makes the fifth victory of 2014 for JRM. The team is on a roll, as are the Cup regulars, who cannot be stopped this season in NNS.
Because of the Reed incident, Smith lost the points lead to Sadler, who hold a four-point crack over Elliott.
Point Standings after the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300
1. Elliott Sadler (–)
2. Chase Elliott (-4)
3. Regan Smith (-8)
4. Ty Dillon (-29)
5. Brian Scott (-47)
6. Trevor Bayne (-59)
7. Brendan Gaughan (-93)
8. James Buescher (-123)
9. Chris Buescher (-127)
10. Landon Cassill (-142)