Kevin Harvick wins Budweiser Shootout at Daytona
Kevin Harvick of Bakersfield won his second consecutive NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway after Greg Biffle's Ford spun and triggered a multi-car crash in the first lap of a two-lap overtime Saturday night.
The Shootout is a 75-lap exhibition race that precedes next Sunday's Daytona 500. Although the Shootout doesn't pay championship points, it's the unofficial start to the season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
When an accident forced the two-lap overtime, Biffle and Harvick were side by side in front when Biffle was apparently tapped from behind by Jeff Gordon. That sent Biffle spinning, another wreck ensued and the caution period came out with Harvick in the lead. If there's a caution during a two-lap overtime, the race is over.
Kasey Kahne finished second, Jamie McMurray took third and Kyle Busch was fourth.
Harvick needs a strong start to this season because he hasn't won a points-paying Cup race since he nipped Mark Martin to win the Daytona 500 in 2007. Martin finished 20th in the 24-car Shootout field Saturday night.
-- Jim PeltzPhoto: NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick (No. 29) battles Tony Stewart (No. 14) during the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Credit: Jason Smith /Getty Images.