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Kevin Harvick passed Denny Hamlin to take the win of the Sam’s Town 300.

The Nationwide cars took to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 27, and overall it was a disappointing day for the BowTie Brigade. Although Kevin Harvick’s Rheem-sponsored No. 33 took the win, the next Chevrolet was Mike Wallace in the 11th spot.

Frustrated by slow stops on pit road and a variety of different tire strategies on the part of his competitors, Harvick passed Denny Hamlin for the lead with 25 laps left and pulled away to beat Hamlin by 1.361 seconds.

The victory was Harvick’s first of the season and the 35th of his career, second best all-time in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.

Carl Edwards (Ford) ran third, polesitter Brad Keselowski (Dodge) fourth and Brian Vickers (Toyota) fifth.

“The car was really fast,” said Harvick, who led a race-high 82 laps, most of them early in the race before getting burned by the lackluster work in the pits. “We’ve definitely got some work to do on pit road, but, fortunately, the car was fast enough 

“I get mad, and they know how I am and what I expect of them,” Harvick said of his crew’s slow pit stops. “But I learned a long time ago you cn only gripe about it for so long, and then you’ve got to go back and drive the car.”

Danica Patrick was involved in a crash on Lap 83 and finished 36th in her third and final race in the Nationwide series until she returns from IRL racing June.

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