Harvick Takes Richmond; Earnhardt Chasing A Championship

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Kevin Harvick snapped out of his slump in
time to storm into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Harvick picked up his fourth win of the season Saturday night by
winning at Richmond International Raceway. The victory ties Kyle
Busch for most in the Sprint Cup Series, and puts the two rivals at
the top of the Chase standings.

The 10-race Chase begins next Sunday at Chicago. The field will
include Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will race for the championship for
the first time since 2008.

But Earnhardt making the 12-driver field was no gimmee: He
struggled most of Saturday night and limped into the Chase with a
16th-place finish.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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