Kevin Harvick didn't lead the most laps in the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 NaSCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Friday night, but he led the most important one -- the last one -- to claim his second Nationwide win of the season and his second-career series win at Kentucky. Harvick, who led a total of 14 laps in the 200-lap race, got by Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps to go to drive on to the win.
"Once we got up front, it really took off," Harvick said. "His (Busch's) car must've gotten tighter."
Brad Keselowski also got by Busch in the closing laps to finish second. Busch wound up third.
Keselowski dominated the race, leading a total of 138 laps, but he dug himself a hole he came one spot shy of climbing out of when he was caught speeding on pit road during a green-flag stop with 52 laps remaining. Up to that point, he had led all but 10 laps of the race.
"I definitely put us behind with that," Keselowski said. "We had da great Discount Tires Ford. I just put us behind with that speeding penalty."
As a result of the penalty, Keselowski found himself in 17th on a restart that followed a caution shortly after most drivers had pitted under green. When the race restarted, Busch was in the lead, while Harvick restarted fourth. Soon after the race restarted, Harvick moved into second and challenged Busch until he was finally able to take the lead on the final restart.
Keselowski, meanwhile, worked his way through the field, quickly getting back into the top-10. He was seventh by the time the yellow flag waved on lap 169 and then fifth when the next caution came out on lap 175. He was fourth on the final restart.
Paul Menard and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five. Last weekend's race winner, Brendan Gaughan, was sixth. Ty Dillon finished seventh and Brian Scott was eighth, giving Richard Childress Racing four positions inside the top-eight (Menard, Gaughan, Dillon and Scott). Kyle Larson finished ninth, and Elliott Sadler was 10th.
With his 10th-place finish, Sadler took the points lead, becoming the first non-JR Motorsports driver to lead the standings, so far, this year. He took the lead from Regan Smith, who wound up 28th after an incident on lap 169.
"We've got a long ways to go," Sadler said. "We're only halfway there."