Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/19/14

HAMPTON, Ga. — There’s an arrest warrant out for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — or perhaps there should be — after the defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion stole Saturday night’s NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stenhouse grabbed the lead from Kevin Harvick on the final lap, after a restart with three laps remaining. Contact between the cars of Danica Patrick and James Buescher caused the eighth and final caution and set up the three-lap run to the finish.  

Brad Keselowski, on fresh tires, passed Harvick for the second spot. Harvick ran third, followed by Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier.

Before the final restart, however, Harvick had the race in hand, leading 157 laps and opening an advantage that exceeded 16 seconds at one point.

Emblematic of Harvick’s dominance was a restart on Lap 127. Travis Pastrana had stayed out under caution for Eric McClure’s brush with the Turn 2 wall and led the first laps of his Nationwide career under yellow.

Under green? Another matter. Pastrana led the field to the restart, but before the field cleared Turn 2, Harvick had powered from fifth to first, as Stenhouse tried in vain to keep pace.

Harvick lost the lead briefly during a cycle of green-flag pit stops late in the race, but he was back in front for a restart on Lap 188, after NASCAR called the seventh caution of the night on Lap 182 of 195 for debris in Turn 1.

After the race, Harvick had harsh words for Keselowski, who threw a water bottle from his car before NASCAR called the debris caution. NASCAR officials said the water bottle was not the reason for the caution.

By Reid Spencer | NASCAR Wire Services

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Winnings Status 1 2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Cargill Beef Ford 195 $63,793 Running 2 8 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 195 $29,200 Running 3 3 33 Kevin Harvick Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet 195 $28,575 Running 4 7 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 195 $27,743 Running 5 13 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 195 $27,768 Running 6 9 3 Austin Dillon AdvoCare Chevrolet 195 $23,368 Running 7 1 54 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Toyota 195 $19,210 Running 8 12 88 Cole Whitt NASCAR Bashers Chevrolet 195 $21,238 Running 9 6 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Alliance Truck Parts Dodge 195 $20,818 Running 10 14 43 Michael Annett Old Wisconsin / Pilot / Flying J Ford 195 $21,168 Running 11 15 11 Brian Scott Dollar General Toyota 193 $19,393 Running 12 5 18 Denny Hamlin Z-Line Designs Toyota 193 $12,875 Running 13 17 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 193 $18,318 Running 14 18 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 193 $17,768 Running 15 25 51 Jeremy Clements Phoenix Group Metals / stjude.org Chevrolet 191 $18,768 Running 16 20 81 Jason Bowles theRANDOMact.org Toyota 191 $17,518 Running 17 27 1 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevrolet 191 $17,443 Running 18 38 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil Toyota 189 $17,343 Running 19 36 4 Danny Efland Tradebank Chevrolet 187 $17,268 Running 20 28 40 Erik Darnell Park ‘N Fly Chevrolet 187 $17,668 Running 21 30 14 Eric McClure Hefty / Reynolds Wrap Toyota 187 $17,268 Running 22 10 44 Mike Bliss BANDITchippers.com Toyota 186 $17,018 Accident 23 23 30 James Buescher Central Wire Chevrolet 185 $16,943 Accident 24 35 24 Benny Gordon American Childhood Cancer Organization Toyota 184 $16,868 Running 25 24 8 Kyle Fowler Commercial Disposal / Techniweld Ford 183 $17,293 Accident 26 16 99 Travis Pastrana Boost Mobile Toyota 173 $16,768 Running 27 19 50 David Starr Liberty Tire Recycling Chevrolet 130 $10,250 Engine 28 4 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 128 $10,425 Accident 29 40 70 Tony Raines Tidal Wave Response Chevrolet 105 $16,593 Brakes 30 26 39 Matt Carter RIMZ One / Go Green Racing Ford 101 $16,793 Ignition 31 41 23 Robert Richardson Jr. North Texas Pipe Chevrolet 68 $16,438 Accident 32 11 98 Reed Sorenson Carroll Shelby Engines Ford 63 $9,910 Accident 33 33 15 Timmy Hill CarportEmpire.com Ford 42 $9,875 Electrical 34 37 89 Morgan Shepherd Hyland’s Leg Cramps / Racing with Jesus Chevrolet 35 $9,840 Handling 35 21 10 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 25 $9,810 Vibration 36 22 0 Blake Koch Ruch Motorsports Chevrolet 14 $9,750 Ignition 37 42 41 Fain Skinner CarportEmpire.com Ford 8 $9,715 Engine 38 31 46 Chase Miller TheMotorsportsGroup.com Chevrolet 7 $9,661 Vibration 39 39 74 Mike Harmon Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink Chevrolet 6 $9,545 Overheating 40 29 42 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 5 $9,480 Electrical 41 32 71 Carl Long RWR / Lilly Trucking Chevrolet 4 $9,415 Fuel Pressure 42 34 47 JJ Yeley Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 3 $9,365 Overheating 43 43 52 Joey Gase Metro Ministries Chevrolet 2 $9,286 Accident
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