Kevin Harvick executed the pass exactly how his team drew it up in the playbook.
With a last-second slingshot past Jamie McMurray, Harvick snapped a 115-race winless drought with an overdue victory Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. It was the payoff for perfect strategy devised in conversations over the weekend with crew chief Gil Martin and their Richard Childress Racing team.
Jamie McMurray’s heart sank when he saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. lurking in his rearview mirror. Of all the guys bearing down on me, he thought, it has be one who seems to destined to win the Daytona 500.
Then McMurray looked up at the finish line. I don’t think he can beat me to it, he thought.
Turns out McMurray was right. Just barely.
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