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Harvick wins Southern 500; Bowyer is 12th

By Heather Williams, hwilliams@kwch.com
Published On: Apr 12 2014 10:33:00 PM CDT

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Kevin Harvick now has wins at all of the races he considers the crown jewels of NASCAR. Harvick started on the pole and battled threw a pair of green, white, checkered restarts to win the longest ever wins at Darlington Speedway history.

"We had to overcome a lot over the past seven weeks,” said Harvick. “But we've had really fast cars. We just kept our head down and did what we had to do.”

The two GWC restarts caused the Southern 500 to go 510 miles, to make it the longest ever at the track. It was the second GWC restart was where Harvick was able to overtake Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the win, though Harvick had pretty much run up front all night long. With the win Harvick became the first repeat winner of 2014.

“"I needed those green-white-checkers,” said Harvick. “The last one was what I needed the most to get me into the front row. I knew then we could take (Earnhardt and Johnson) had only two tires."

Earnhardt finished second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth.

Kansas native Clint Bowyer finished 12th, which is pretty much the way he ran all night. Bowyer did move up one spot to 16th in the points standings.

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