Harvick wins Saturday night at Lanier

By Anthony Rhoads and Doug Gorman

Harvick wins at Lanier: Race fans at Lanier Speedway were treated to a 20-lap NASCAR match race Saturday night. The race featured NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Spencer, Kerry Earnhardt and Michael Waltrip. Harvick beat Spencer by six inches to win the event. Earnhardt finished third and Waltrip was fourth.

The race was split into two 10-lap sprints with Earnhardt ahead in the first 10-lap race.

Working behind the scenes: Henry County High School student Chris Dilbeck has aspirations of becoming a NASCAR driver someday and he's learning about the business behind the scenes.

Dilbeck has interned at three NASCAR races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, including this weekend's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

Dilbeck races in the Legends Pro Division at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder summer series and at Lanier Speedway. Dilbeck dominated Legends action at Lanier this season and won the track championship. With his strong runs at Lanier and Atlanta, Dilbeck also captured the state points championship.

Short-track action: Only seven drivers were on the lead lap when the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Brawny 150 was completed Friday night on Atlanta Motor Speedway's quarter-mile track.

Justin Hobgood won the race, the last race of the season in the Goody's series.

Clanton third in rookie points: Even though he recently lost his NASCAR Busch Series ride, Jonesboro native Joey Clanton is still ranked third in the 2003 rookie points standings.

Clanton was second in rookie points and was 23rd overall in the Busch standings last month when he was let go by Brewco Motorsports.

Busch update: Busch Series driver Greg Biffle was on the pole for Saturday's event at Atlanta Motor Speedway and when the checkered flag dropped, Biffle was still out front, edging Matt Kenseth, who pulled double duty at AMS this weekend by also racing in the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 on Sunday.

Little changed in the Busch Series points standings after Saturday's race.

There's still a logjam at the top.

There's only a 35-point difference between the circuit's top-four drivers.

David Green (4236) leads, Scott Riggs (4223) is second, and Jason Keller and Ron Hornaday (4201) are tied for third.

In on a provisional: Sometimes even the best drivers have a tough time when it comes to qualifying on the Winston Cup circuit, including Kenseth who compiled a qualifying lap of 29.731, just 46th best on Friday. His first-place standing in the Winston Cup points standing landed him a place in the field anyway. He started in the 37th spot and in the 19th row after earning a provisional.

Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Sterling Marlin, Scott Wimmer, Ricky Rudd and Ken Schrader also earned provisionals.

Forced to watch: Georgia native Buckshot Jones no longer races fulltime on the Winston Cup circuit and this week in Atlanta his hopes for a return to the circuit took another hit when he failed to make it into the BASS Pro Shops MBNA 500 field. Jones had hoped to qualify in the No. OO Aaron's Sales and Lease Chevrolet, but after turning in just the 42nd fastest time in qualifying Friday night, Jones was kept out of the field.

It's the second time this year bad luck has kept Jones from racing in Atlanta. In the spring race, rain washed out qualifying as driver began the race based on Winston Cup points. Since Jones had competed in a Winston Cup event, he was kept out of the field.

All in the family: Former Washington Redskins head football coach Joe Gibbs has turned his racing empire into a family affair. Gibbs, who owns the cars driven by Winston Cup standouts Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte, has his two sons working in the family business. J.D. Gibbs is the president of Gibbs racing, and son Coy is currently 15th in the Busch Series point standings. In Saturday's Busch race, Gibbs started and finished 25th.