DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Kevin Harvick overcame the flu and defended his title Saturday at the Sprint Cup Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Beach, Fla.
He won the event at the Daytona International Speedway after Michael Waltrip's late crash led to a wild finish at the green-white-checkered flag.
Harvick, who arrived late Friday after driving from his North Carolina home, where he battled flu-like symptoms, became the fourth driver to win the Sprint Cup's lone non-points event in consecutive years.
The others are Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Ken Schrader (1989-90) and Tony Stewart (2001-02).
"I got to thank my team," Harvick said. "They did a great job (and) I was sick on Thursday."
Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin finished in spots 2-5, while reigning points champion Jimmie Johnson was 13th.
Carl Edwards led the most laps (42).