Kyle Busch may have been the most dominant driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as of late, but it was Kevin Harvick who got ahead of him at the Atlanta Motor Speedway .
Harvick picked up the win in the Great Clips-Grit Chips 300 after holding off the competition in the final restart of the night. Within the final laps, Harvick managed to keep the lead despite a late race charge from Busch. Heading into the final lap, both drivers were racing for the win.
Busch would end up finishing in second, followed by Sam Hornish Jr., Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson.
The race at Atlanta gave Harvick his 40th NASCAR Nationwide Series win of his career. It was also a redemption of sorts considering he led the race last year and ended up finishing in third. Harvick also lead the most laps on Saturday night.
Heading into the race at Atlanta, the race for the Nationwide Series championship was tight within the top six drivers in points. Following the race, there has been some movement within the standings, possibly changing the competition for the title.
Hornish still maintains the points lead and current holds a 10-point gap over second-place Austin Dillon. Regan Smith finished in ninth at Atlanta, but still remains in fourth behind Elliott Sadler. Justin Allgaier still remains in fifth, but now has a gap between him and Smith.
Sadler did not have night he hoped for and finished the lowest between all top-five drivers, but it didn’t cause a lot of damage to him in the points.
Moving into the next race, the championship race is now the closest between first through fourth, but there are still plenty of races left before everything is said and done.