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Harvick steals victory at The Glen.

Still the driver of the #2 Penske Racing Dodge fought back and was poised for a top 12 finish when disaster struck on the final lap.

Others who endured a bad day included Kahne, who remains out of the top ten in points thanks to his final lap excursion and Greg Biffle, who was rammed into the barriers at the Bus Stop by Kyle Petty and lost 15 laps while the damage was repaired. The driver of the #16 Roush Racing Ford was classified 38th and saw his chances of making the Chase for the Championship all but disappear in the process.

The race was slowed by an unusually high ten caution periods, the most serious of which came on lap 60 when nearly a dozen cars tangled in the esses. Triggered when Matt Kenseth sledged Dave Blaney into a spin, the bottleneck nature of that part of the track meant that all those behind the crash had virtually nowhere to go, Blaney, Joe Nemechek, Brian Simo and Sterling Marlin bore the brunt of the impact and were all eliminated while Busch, Kenseth, Scott Wimmer and Martin Truex Jr all suffered damage.

Belgian driver Marc Goossens had a baptism of fire and finished 43rd after two separate incidents while Michael Waltrip, Casey Mears, Ken Schrader, Kyle Petty and the returning Bill Elliott among the others who spent at least one period in the sand traps.




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