SPARTA, Ky. – Kevin Harvick passed Kyle Busch on the final restart and held off Brad Keselowski to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday night at Kentucky Speedway.
After failing to pass Busch on an earlier restart, Harvick succeeded with another chance on Lap 196. His Chevy gained enough space from Keselowski, who rallied from 17th after a pass-through penalty with 50 laps left to finish second in a Ford.
Before the pit road speeding penalty, Keselowski seemed headed for a second straight victory at the track in leading 138 laps.
Harvick led twice for 14 laps. He has two series victories this season and 42 in 309 career starts. He also won at the track in 2001.
Busch was third and Paul Menard fourth.
IndyCar overturns Bourdais penalty
IndyCar’s top competition official said that a penalty against Sebastien Bourdais for unsafe driving was overturned because the series did not have enough evidence to show he had done anything wrong.
Bourdais was fined $10,000 and placed on probation after a crash with Justin Wilson in the June 7 race at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar this week reversed the penalty but gave no reason for the change.
Force takes NHRA qualifying lead
Brittany Force took the Top Fuel qualifying lead in the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Illinois. Force had a 3.791-second pass at 324.51 mph. Robert Hight topped the Funny Car field, Allen Johnson was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec led the Pro Stock Motorcycle lineup.