Harvick Holds Off Sorenson For Victory in Nashville

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)

The Nashville 300 will go down as one of the most exciting NASCAR Nationwide Series races in recent memory. After a good hard race all day between Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski it appeared that the race would all come down to a fuel mileage shootout that included none of the three best cars… However with about 35 laps to go the caution flag came out for Derrike Cope’s flat tire, which breathed new life for the day’s dominant cars.

With 30 laps to go the race would go back to green with Kevin Harvick as the leader after taking two tires on pit road, and Kyle Busch would restart second. Meanwhile Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were stuck back in 19th and 20th position.

Keselowski would cut through the field like a hot knife through butter. After one lap he would find himself 13th, and he would continue to fly by cars left and right… Keselowski would crack the top-ten with 26 laps to go. He would continue to pick off cars, and would consistently run laptimes faster than the leader Kevin Harvick while doing so. However it looked like he was going to run out of time as he was four seconds back in sixth position with just 15 laps remaining.

Sure enough Keselowski would go down swinging, but the story with just six laps to go was Reed Sorenson. Sorenson’s sponsor said they would donate $50,000 to autism research if he won the race, and he was breathing right down Harvick’s neck. With each lap Sorenson would get just a little closer, as Harvick wasn’t able to work the lap traffic as effectively as Sorenson.

Kevin Harvick would have just enough with two-tires to hold off Reed Sorenson for the race win. Harvick’s team continues to gain strength in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and he still hasn’t quite made the decision on whether he will run the full schedule or not. This win marked the 55th in Harvick’s NASCAR career, and he now sits fifth in the Nationwide Series point standings.

Sorenson would come home in second, ever so close to the victory. Kyle Busch finished third, Justin Allgaier was fourth, and hard charging Brad Keselowski finished fifth after passing Carl Edwards on the last lap.

The last lap pass would move Keselowski to just 16 points behind Carl Edwards for the point lead.

Joey Logano who restarted right back where Keselowski did with 35 laps to go was able to rebound to finish in eighth spot. It was a tough break that strategy doomed Logano’s day as he led 122 of the 225 laps in the race.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of TheFinalLap.com and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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