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article imageKevin Harwick wins Daytona 500

By QRIO     Feb 18, 2007 in Sports
It was a tight race against Mark martin but Kevin Harvick overcame and is the official winner of Daytona 500
Martin, making his 23rd attempt at a 500 win, seemed to have victory in hand when a hard-charging Harvick barreled along the outside of Martin to earn his second victory at Daytona International Speedway in two days. Harvick won Saturday's Busch race -- his first victory at Daytona.
As Harvick pushed into the lead, Kyle Busch wiggled behind them and bumped into Matt Kenseth to start a melee. Harvick and Martin raced side by side, waiting for NASCAR to call for a caution. When it finally came, Harvick was barely ahead.
"My go-kart experience over the winter paid off, because I didn't let off the floor and we just kept hitting things and the wall and bouncing off everything," Harvick said. "But man, this is the Daytona 500. Can you believe it?"
Martin finished second and Jeff Burton came in third.
It took several moments for NASCAR to declare the winner, finally giving it to Harvick and spoiling what would have been the biggest victory of the 48-year-old Martin's career. He's easing into retirement, and just left powerhouse Roush to run a partial schedule with Ginn Racing -- a second-tier team bought last year by a Florida land developer trying to satisfy his love of NASCAR.
CONGRATULATIONS KEVIN HARWICK!
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