Kevin Harvick wins after wild free for all finish at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 27:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Bell Helicopter Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 27, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 27: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Bell Helicopter Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 27, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick led only three laps Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, but that was all he needed. Harvick survived a wild free for all from seventh place on a green white checkered flag finish passing his teammate Jeff Burton to score his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win of 2013.

After starting 17, Harvick was a non-factor the entire race only coming on strong as the laps wound down.  The key was a four tire pit stop with 56 laps to go for Harvick. With fresher tires Harvick was able to make his way through the field and began stalking surprise leader Juan Pablo Montoya with less than 20 laps to go.  Brian Vickers driving in relief for Denny Hamlin crashed with seven laps to go setting up the green white checkered flag finish.

Montoya and Harvick were among several of the leaders who pitted for tires handing the lead to Burton. Montoya and Harvick restarted behind Burton, Jamie McMurray, AJ Allmendinger who also stayed out, along with Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart each of whom had stopped for two tires. MORE>>>

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