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Harvick wins Budweiser Sprint Shootout

Feb. 8, 2009 at 12:12 AM   |   Comments

DAYTON BEACH, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Kevin Harvick drove past Jamie McMurray on the final lap Saturday night to win the Budweiser Shootout Sprint at Daytona International Speedway.

Harvick, who has not won a Sprint Cup Series points-paying race since the 2007 Daytona 500, pulled ahead of McMurray just before an accident involving Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Casey Mears occurred, ending the pre-season, non-points event under caution.

Harvick led only the final lap after falling out of lead draft during the early stages of the race.

McMurray held on for a second-place finish. Tony Stewart, in his debut as driver and co-owner of the No.14 Chevrolet, finished third.

Jeff Gordon and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top-five. Johnson, the three-time defending series champion, came in 14th.

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