NASCAR: Kevin Harvick clears rain, fog to win Richmond Nationwide Series race

jutter@charlotteobserver.comApril 25, 2014 

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RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 26: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Tide Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway in the early morning hours of April 26, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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— Neither rain nor fog nor the Nationwide Series’ most recent race winner could keep Kevin Harvick out of Victory Lane.

In a race delayed for three hours by rain and run in large part in a thick fog, Harvick held off rookie and JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott to win the ToyotaCare 250, which ended in the early morning hours of Saturday.

Elliott, 18, had won the last two races and leads the series standings.

While Elliott occasionally made a close race of it, Harvick dominated from nearly start to finish, leading 202 of the 250 laps.

“We got a little bit off on one run. This deal’s been awesome all year,” said Harvick. “Chase is a good kid and knows how to drive a race car. He’s as good as they get and a lot of fun to be around.”

The win is Harvick’s first in the series this season and 41st of his career. It’s also his first driving for JRM, which is co-owned by Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. The one-two finish is the first in JRM’s history.

Kyle Busch finished third, Kyle Larson was fourth and pole-winner Brian Scott was fifth.

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