The new Generation-6 car got its first test in racing conditions today as the fastest drivers of the Sprint Cup Series circuit competed in the newly re-branded Sprint Unlimited (formerly known as the Bud Shootout).
Kevin Harvick dominated the race and would go uncontested for the win until the last lap when Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle made a move. But, Happy Harvick blocked them and held on for the win.
Harvick dodged a wreck in practice yesterday and had to dodge another one tonight.
On lap fifteen, Tony Stewart tried to pass Matt Kenseth for the lead, but hadn’t cleared Marcos Ambrose and Ambrose bumped Stewart. Stewart got sideways but didn’t wreck it, however Jimmie Johnson saw the tight racing and checked up. He got bumped from behind and collected six others: Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.
Stewart dominated the first segment after battling Matt Kenseth who had enough power to race without help for a few seconds before falling back into the draft, but in the second segment would lose the lead.
He would also have an encounter with Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumping his left rear quarter panel damaging the #88 Chevrolet.
With race #1 in the book and title of the first driver to win in the Gen-6 car, Kevin Harvick is off to a strong start in the lame duck season.