Found November 04, 2012 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
One of the most dominant performances of the Nationwide season so far was on display Saturday night in Texas. Kevin Harvick led over half of the race and took home his second Nationwide victory of the season. Harvick was one Richard Childress driver celebrating while another RCR driver, Elliot Sadler, wasn’t pleased with losing the points lead. Sadler is now tied atop the point’s standings with Ricky Stenhouse Jr; Stenhouse owns the tie-breaker. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch had a great run for most of the race and he was in contention for the win throughout the night. The first yellow-flag of the night flew on lap 13 for Hal Martin who cut down a tire and hit the wall between turns one and two. The second caution of the night came out on lap 46 for debris on the backstretch. Kyle Busch remained the leader of the race for the first 64 laps before getting passed by Kevin Harvick on lap 65. Caution No.3 of the night came out on lap 84 for Jason Bowles who got into the turn two wall. Just a few laps following the restart, Kyle Busch took the lead for a second on lap 91 but after a little issue with this car he gave the lead up to Kevin Harvick on the backstretch. Green flag pit stops began on lap 136 and Kevin Harvick cycled through as the leader. Another yellow-flag flew with 46 laps to go for the No.52 of Joey Gase who spun in turn four. On the ensuing restart, Denny Hamlin took the lead for a few laps before being passed by Kevin Harvick who had fresher tires. The final caution of the night came out with twenty-four laps to go when Joe Nemechek got into the turn three wall. Kevin Harvick held off Kyle Busch on the restart and then cruised to the finish. Harvick crossed the finish line first for the second time in the Nationwide Series this season. Ryan Blaney had a great final few laps after he passed Kyle Busch for second and was closing in on Harvick before the race ended. Believe it or not, the point’s standings got even closer after the race in Texas. Elliot Sadler didn’t have the greatest run and he came home eleventh but with Ricky Stenhouse Jr finishing fourth, the standings are now tied. With two races to go, the chase for the championship will really heat up. The closest championship battle in the Nationwide Series in years continues next Saturday in Phoenix. Elliot Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr will look to break the tie atop the standings and one driver will come out on top of the standings after Phoenix. Phoenix has proved to be a tough track in the past and drivers will look to conquer it when the championship hunt continues. Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Points 1 3 33 Kevin Harvick One Main Financial Chevrolet 200 $66,175 Running 127 0 2 19 22 Ryan Blaney Discount Tire Dodge 200 $52,168 Running 0 0 3 1 54 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Toyota 200 $40,750 Running 65 0 4 5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr NOS Energy Drink Ford 200 $37,568 Running 0 40 5 9 18 Denny Hamlin Z-Line Designs Toyota 200 $24,725 Running 6 0 6 4 3 Austin Dillon AdvoCare Chevrolet 200 $29,893 Running 1 39 7 14 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts Dodge 200 $25,803 Running 0 37 8 17 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 200 $24,763 Running 0 36 9 20 98 Kevin Swindell Carroll Shelby Motors Ford 200 $17,200 Running 0 35 10 7 20 Joey Logano Game Stop Toyota 200 $17,025 Running 0 0 11 2 2 Elliott Sadler One Main Financial Chevrolet 200 $22,118 Running 1 34 12 6 88 Cole Whitt NASCAR Bashers Chevrolet 200 $21,368 Running 0 32 13 15 38 Brad Sweet Great Clips Chevrolet 200 $20,843 Running 0 31 14 8 7 Danica Patrick SEGA Sonic the   Hedgehog/ Chevrolet 200 $20,418 Running 0 30 15 10 99 Kenny Wallace TBA Toyota 200 $21,368 Running 0 29 16 13 51 Jeremy Clements St. Jude / Clements Racing   Engines Chevrolet 200 $22,668 Running 0 28 17 18 43 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J Ford 200 $19,943 Running 0 27 18 16 10 Mike Bliss Bandit Chippers/Radisson Toyota 200 $13,350 Running 0 26 19 12 30 Ryan Newman Great Clips Chevrolet 199 $13,225 Running 0 0 20 23 87 Joe Nemechek SWM International, Inc. Toyota 199 $20,243 Running 0 24 21 22 14 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Wrap/Radisson Toyota 199 $19,443 Running 0 23 22 11 11 Brian Scott Dollar General Toyota 198 $19,318 Running 0 22 23 24 24 David Starr TBA Toyota 198 $19,168 Running 0 0 24 27 1 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevrolet 198 $19,043 Running 0 20 25 39 40 Erik Darnell TBA Chevrolet 198 $19,043 Running 0 19 26 26 44 John Blankenship Coal Save the Country Chevrolet 197 $19,093 Running 0 18 27 40 23 Robert Richardson Tia Rosa Chevrolet 197 $12,175 Running 0 17 28 42 4 Danny Efland TBA Chevrolet 194 $18,518 Running 0 16 29 41 41 Juan Carlos Blum Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 194 $18,443 Running 0 15 30 34 19 Hal Martin American Custom Yachts/US   Forensics/Radisson Toyota 192 $18,693 Running 0 14 31 33 52 Joey Gase TBA Chevrolet 191 $11,870 Running 0 13 32 36 8 Scott Saunders Broo Premium Australian Beer Ford 191 $11,810 Running 0 12 33 30 81 Jason Bowles Toyota 175 $18,243 Running 0 11 34 32 3 Scott Riggs Wollbros Chevrolet 154 $11,740 Rear Gear 0 0 35 38 39 Tim Andrews Go Green Racing Ford 105 $18,153 Electrical 0 9 36 21 70 Johanna Long Foretravel Chevrolet 56 $18,118 Transmission 0 8 37 31 91 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports/ Radisson Toyota 30 $11,615 Vibration 0 7 38 25 0 Blake Koch TBA Toyota 23 $11,561 Rear Gear 0 6 39 35 75 Timmy Hill Rick Ware Racing Ford 22 $11,445 Vibration 0 5 40 37 86 Kevin Lepage Qello Corp Ford 20 $11,405 Transmission 0 4 41 29 47 J.J. Yeley Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 7 $11,335 Brakes 0 0 42 28 42 Josh Wise TBA Chevrolet 6 $11,290 Electrical 0 0 43 43 50 T.J. Bell TBA Chevrolet 1 $11,218 Engine 0 1

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