Kevin Harvick tames Darlington in dominating fashion

DARLINGTON, SC - APRIL 12:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

DARLINGTON, SC – APRIL 12: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

When it goes good for Kevin Harvick it goes really good. After four finishes outside the top 30 in four races since his win at Phoenix earlier in the season, Harvick staged a dominating performance at Darlington Raceway Saturday night to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Southern 500. Harvick was able to survive two green-white-checkered flag attempts, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the second one, to become NASCAR’s first two-time winner in 2014.

It was Harvick’s first career win at Darlington. He was also the first polesitter to win at Darlington since 1997.  Earnhardt Jr. held on for second, Jimmie Johnson was third, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.

The key to victory came on the eighth caution came with less than 10 laps to go erasing Harvick’s lead of just over a second and a half over Johnson. On the ensuing stops, Johnson and Earnhardt took only two tires and beat Harvick, who had taken four, out of the pits.  Soon after the restart, the first of two green-white-checkered periods came out with Harvick eventually coming out on top.  MORE>>>

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