Kevin Harvick isn't one of those drivers who jumps out front and stays there all the way to the checkered flag.
He’s more of a lingerer and closer, someone who’s able to stay close to the front then make his move at just the right time.
Harvick was at his pass-at-the-end best Sunday, overtaking California king Jimmie Johnson on the final turn at NASCAR’s Auto Club Speedway to win after trailing the entire race in Fontana, Calif.
“I wish we could just go out there and wear ’em out one day, just not have to worry about waiting until the last lap,” Harvick said. “It does kind of seem we wait until the last moments to really get going. It’s probably somewhat of a bad habit I have, but I guess it worked out.”
Kyle Busch had the dominant car most of the day and led a race-high 151 laps, including off a restart with nine laps left.
Johnson, a five-time winner at Fontana, had the late burst, chasing down Busch for the lead with two laps left.
Taking advantage of a small gap to the outside, Harvick made his move on Johnson going into Turn 3, then completed it coming around Turn 4.
Ahead going down the last straightway, he finished off his becoming-a-trademark finish to win for the 15th time in his career.
“It’s real unfortunate and disappointing and frustrating all in one that we weren’t able to seal the deal today,” Busch said. “You ask a little bit more from your race car at the last moments and it just doesn’t have anything left to give.
“We were just a sitting duck waiting for those guys to go around us.”
Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne finished ninth and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., was 11th.
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