Kevin Harvick ended a 115-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series after edging Jamie McMurray in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
During a third attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, second-place runner Harvick pushed leader McMurray around the 2.66-mile superspeedway before Harvick perfectly timed his winning pass just before they approached the finish line. He nipped McMurray by 0.011 seconds for his first victory since the 2007 Daytona 500.
Harvick's win comes just days after Shell/Pennzoil announced its ending sponsorship with his Richard Childress Racing team at season's end and moving over to Penske Racing to support Kurt Busch's efforts in the new No.22 car in 2011. Harvick prevailed in NASCAR record-setting race that featured 88 lead changes among 29 drivers.
The previous record of 75 lead changes occurred in May 1984 at Talladega, and the past record for most different leaders of 28 also occurred here in October 2008. Four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon crashed in separate incidents during the final laps. Johnson was knocked out of the event six laps from the 200-lap distance. He entered the race with a season-high owners points lead of 108, but Harvick has now moved to within 26 points of him, as the series heads to Richmond International Raceway next weekend.