Harvick, RCR steal the show at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 03: Kevin Harvick, driver of the  Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Kevin Harvick picked up his second win of the season as he crossed the line ahead of a battered and broken field Saturday night at Daytona. Harvick won his second restrictor plate race of the year and may have thrown himself in conversation for this years championship.

While Harvick crossed the line first he wasn’t the only car out of the Richard Childress Racing camp that was running up front. Jeff Burton piloted the #31 Caterpillar Chevy to fifth even after making contact with Kurt Busch towards the end of the event and Clint Bowyer took the final restart in second before being shuffled back to a seventeenth place finish.

Harvick led the most laps and with the win may have cemented himself as the winner of the first half of NASCAR’s season thanks in part to the misfortunes of Jimmie Johnson (31st)  and Denny Hamlin. (24th)