AUTO RACING

Harvick boosts Busch lead


Kevin Harvick celebrates by spinning his tires after winning the Yellow Transportation 300.

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Thirty-one points, and five races left to earn them.
Yeah, Kevin Harvick can probably manage that.
Not much more than a few formalities stand between Harvick and his second Busch Series championship, after he held off Matt Kenseth in a green-white-checkered shootout on Saturday at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick's victory in a caution-filled Yellow Transportation 300 also made him the first Busch driver to win seven races in a season since Dale Earnhardt Jr. did it en route to the 1998 title. Harvick had five victories when he won the title in 2001.
"I felt like we were a little off on our mile-and-a-half program," Harvick said. "So they built a brand new car, tuned up two engines, and I felt like we were pretty good right off the truck."
Harvick's win, the sixth straight victory in Busch and Nextel Cup competition for Richard Childress Racing, was the 24th of his Busch career and gave him a 729-point lead over Carl Edwards in the standings.
"Kevin has been killing the Busch Series and is a contender to win every week," said Kenseth, who won the pole earlier Saturday and led 145 of 200 laps but couldn't overcome a slow late pit stop on the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
"The Childress Busch cars have been the class of the field all year. Guys coming and doing one-off races, partial schedules or full-time schedules - I don't think anybody can run with the Childress cars this year on a consistent basis."
n F1: Fernando Alonso captured a crucial pole position for today's Chinese Grand Prix, where he hopes to bolster his narrow Formula One championship lead over Michael Schumacher.
With rain falling in Shanghai, defending champion Alonso led Saturday's qualifying with a time of 1 minute, 44.360 seconds at the 3.387-mile Shanghai International Circuit, almost 10 seconds slower than Friday's time in dry conditions. Alonso holds a 108-106 point lead over seven-time champion Schumacher.
Alonso's Renault teammate Giancarlo Fisichella was second in 1:44.992.
  • TOP FUEL: Reigning Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher had a 4.440-second pass at Maple Grove Raceway in the lone qualifying session to lead the $1.5 million Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals.
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