KEVIN HARVICK won his second NASCAR Busch Series race this season on Friday night in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Race at Phoenix International Raceway.
This victory, back to back after last weekend's Nashville victory complete with Gibson Guitar, puts Harvick on top of the Busch standings. He said it was great to win in a race so close to home in front of all his friends and relatives.
The weather was hot all day for the estimated 38,000 race fans. The skies became overcast for the race, but the weather remained warm. The top three drivers represented the three manufacturers in the series. REED SORENSON finished second, ahead of CARL EDWARDS.
Sorenson said: "This was the first time this year where we had a race car where we finished up front where we should have." Edwards said "It was an acceptable race but not really what we wanted."
Harvick owns a Busch team which runs the #29 Chevrolet and #33 Chevrolet. Sometimes Harvick races those cars, and sometimes he races the #21 for RICHARD CHILDRESS, Harvick's team owner in Nextel Cup. No matter which car Harvick runs, he is running the full Busch Series and determined to win the 2006 Busch Drivers' Championship. Harvick shares the #21 ride with JEFF BURTON, who earlier this season won the Atlanta Busch race. This is the third 2006 victory in nine races for the RCR team.
RICHARD CHILDRESS has been in Africa on safari this month, and Harvick said Friday night that if he wins the Nextel Cup race Saturday night, he's telling Childress to stay away.
BURNEY LAMAR races full-time for Harvick's own Busch team. Currently he is still the top Raybestos Rookie, despite finishing 19th in Friday night's race.
DANNY O'QUINN was the top rookie, finishing in 14th place after starting 41st in the 43-car field. He said: "We really thought we were going to struggle. As soon as the race started we started picking our way up through there. At the end, all the cautions were really killing us. We just couldn't get it going."
Pole sitter JASON LEFFLER led twice for the most laps - 78 - but finished 22nd. There were ten lead changes among seven drivers, and despite ten cautions for 43 laps in the 206-lap race, no drivers were injured during the race.