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Kevin Harvick won the Saturday night race at Richmond International Raceway to set the Chase line-up after solid finishes for Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Kevin Harvick bounced back from an apparent recent slump in form to take the final win of the regular season at Richmond and put himself equal on points with Kyle Busch at the start of the Chase. He took the lead during a final round of pit stops under a yellow sparked by Harvick's Richard Childress Racing team mate Paul Menard going for a spin.

"I thought it was interesting when I saw a Childress car sitting down in the grass," said Jeff Gordon wryly, who had been leading when the yellow came out.

The "Wonderful Pistachios 400" - which proved remarkably tense and dramatic, and featured a massive pile-up on lap 8 of 400 - delivered Harvick his 18th Cup series victory in 348 starts and his fourth win of the 2011 season. It was his first top-five finish since the event at Pocono, 13 races back.

The race saw renewed hostilities between Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson that spilled out into the post-race period with Busch overheard allegedly muttering that Johnson was "a five time chump", and Busch then getting into angry exchanges with reporters in subsequent media interviews.

The race was the final one before the ten-race Chase play-off that will decide the 2011 Sprint Cup championship. The result confirms Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart have made it through, with Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin taking the two wildcards for the most wins, to join the eight drivers already in - Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman.

Race results

1. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 400 laps 03:23:33.000s (48/2 pts)
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 400 laps + 0.139s (43/1 pts)
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 400 laps + 2.373s (42/1 pts)
4. #6 David Ragan Ford 400 laps + 3.283s (40/0 pts)
5. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 400 laps + 3.437s (40/1 pts)
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 400 laps + 3.916s (39/1 pts)
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 400 laps + 4.579s (37/0 pts)
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 400 laps + 5.371s (36/0 pts)
9. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 400 laps + 5.473s (35/0 pts)
10. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 400 laps + 5.742s (34/0 pts)
11. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 400 laps + 6.032s (33/0 pts)
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 400 laps + 6.277s (32/0 pts)
13. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 400 laps + 6.794s (32/1 pts)
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 400 laps + 7.633s (31/1 pts)
15. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 400 laps + 8.667s (29/0 pts)
16. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 400 laps + 8.859s (28/0 pts)
17. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 400 laps + 9.200s (27/0 pts)
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 400 laps + 9.517s (26/0 pts)
19. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 400 laps + 19.443s (25/0 pts)
20. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 400 laps + 20.623s (24/0 pts)
21. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 399 laps + 1 lap (23/0 pts)
22. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 399 laps + 1 lap (22/0 pts)
23. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 399 laps + 1 lap (22/1 pts)
24. #36 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet 399 laps + 1 lap (20/0 pts)
25. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 399 laps + 1 lap (0pts)
26. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 399 laps + 1 lap (18/0 pts)
27. #34 David Gilliland Ford 397 laps + 3 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 394 laps + 6 laps (0pts)
29. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 393 laps + 7 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 391 laps + 9 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 362 laps + 38 laps (14/1 pts)
32. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 357 laps + 43 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 328 laps + 72 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 319 laps + 81 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 296 laps Engine (9/0 pts)
36. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 198 laps Engine (0pts)
37. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 51 laps Accident (7/0 pts)
38. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 50 laps Accident (6/0 pts)
39. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 46 laps Brakes (5/0 pts)
40. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 42 laps Brakes (4/0 pts)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 24 laps Ignition (0pts)
42. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 22 laps Overheating (2/0 pts)
43. #46 Scott Speed Ford 7 laps Accident (0pts)

* Denotes Rookie



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Kevin Harvick takes his fourth win of the season as Carl Edwards gets sideways for second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wonderful Pistachios 400 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. [Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR]
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmie John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS pulls into his pit on his way to a second place finish in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
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