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Harvick wins at Fontana

By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)

 Kyle Busch was out front for a majority of the day and was on his way to his second straight weekend sweep, but late in the race, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick were breathing down his neck.

 Johnson passed Busch with four to go and Harvick swept on by Busch as well.

 Coming through turns three and four for the final time in Fontana, Harvick made a daring pass of Johnson for the win. Harvick became the fifth different winner in 2011.

 Busch led a race-high 151 laps. Harvick led only one, but it was the one that counted.

 The race was rather uneventful, as the caution flag flew only four times. The 400-mile, 200-lap event took only two hours and 40 minutes according to NASCAR's timing and scoring.

 However, the final time the yellow flew signaled bad news for the younger Busch. A wreck by Bobby Labonte with 15 to go brought out a caution that lasted five laps.

The final restart with nine to go bunched Johnson and Harvick up to Busch's rear bumper.

 Carl Edwards finished 6th and leads the Sprint Cup Series points by nine points over Ryan Newman, who finished 5th.

 Denny Hamlin started off strong and led 15 laps early but an engine failure put the Joe Gibbs Racing driver out of the race. He finished 39th, and is 21st in Sprint Cup points, 75 markers back of Edwards.

 The series heads to Martinsville, Va., next week, where Hamlin has won the last three races. FOX's coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m.

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