Harvick Starts 2013 with Sprint Unlimited Win
Sunday, 17 February 2013 17:24

Kevin Harvick had the widest car on the track on the last lap of the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night.

He manuvered the No. 29 Chevrolet high and low, blocking Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart en route to his third victory in the non-points event that unoficially begins the 2013 NASCAR season.

“Any time you’re in Victory Lane here in Daytona, it’s a great day,”Harvick said. “When you’re coming from white (flag) to checkered, it’s whatever you have to do to make it happen. It was a great day for our
Budweiser Chevy and I’m glad we got Speedweeks started off the right way.”

Stewart claimed the first 30-lap segment, Harvick the second 25-lap segment and the final 20-lap segment after leading 40 of the night's 75 laps of racing.

“I was nervous about the 20 (Matt Kenseth) and the 14 (Stewart). I thought their cars were a little bit better than what we had,” Harvick said. “I felt (Kenseth) had the strongest car and he could make a lot happen on the bottom by himself. So, I was glad to see him get shuffled back there.”

Biffle finished second, followed by Joey Logano, Stewart and Kenseth.

“That is why I haven’t won a Daytona 500 yet,” Stewart said, referring to the last lap. “I’m not quite sure exactly which move to make. We learned a lot. The good thing is we have 500 miles to get it done next weekend. This thing was fast today.”

The "Big One" happened in the second segment and involved six cars in the 19-car field. It started when Stewart drove across the front of Marcos Ambrose between turns one and two. The cars running behind them reacted causing a pileup that sent Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch to the garage for the night.

2013 Sprint Unlimited Results

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Greg Biffle
3. Joey Logano
4. Tony Stewart
5. Matt Kenesth
6. Aric Almirola
7. Kasey Kahne
8. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
9.Martin Truex, Jr.
10. Juan Montoya
11. Marcos Ambrose
12. Carl Edwards
13. Kurt Busch
14. Jimmie Johnson
15. Denny Hamlin
16. Kyle Busch
17. Jeff Gordon
18. Mark Martin
19. Terry Labonte