Kevin Harvick has won the past two Orbitz 300s as a car owner with driver Tony Stewart.
On Saturday, he got to experience what a season-opening Busch Series victory at Daytona International Speedway is like as a driver.
Harvick, the defending NASCAR Busch Series champion, was running low on fuel but still managed to hold off Toyota's Dave Blaney to capture his first ever NASCAR win at Daytona International Speedway in Saturday19;s Orbitz 300.
"What drives me is driving the car, and to drive into Victory Lane is what it19;s all about," said Harvick, who led the final 42 laps of the Orbitz 300 in Richard Childress Racing19;s No. 21 AutoZone Chevrolet. 1C;It19;s rewarding to drive in there as an owner, to watch them drive in, but there19;s just something different about trying to figure out where you19;re going and where Victory Lane is and putting the whole day together. Two different perspectives.1D;
Harvick, who started in 31st, delivered Chevrolet its 22nd victory in the Orbitz 300. Being able to earn his first Daytona victory was special for Harvick but he is maintaining his eye on a bigger prize in Sunday19;s Daytona 500.
1C;Anytime you can win any race at Daytona, it19;s pretty special,1D; Harvick said. 1C;To get our first one today was really good. And tomorrow our car is handling well, and I think that19;s going to be the key to the race tomorrow.1D;
Rounding out the top five were Blaney, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin.
Kyle Busch appeared to be the driver to beat early in the Orbitz 300. He led four times for 46 laps before eventually dropping out of the event with a fuel pump problem.
Tony Stewart, who was gunning for a third straight Orbitz 300 victory in the Kevin Harvick Inc.-owned No. 33 Chevrolet, finished eighth while Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished seventh.
DIRECTV Speedweeks At Daytona will wrap up with Sunday19;s 49th annual Daytona 500. For ticket information on all Daytona International Speedway events, visit http://www.racetickets.com or by call 1-800-PITSHOP.