And because the Richard Childress Racing cars were running in the top two spots, they couldn't line up in front of each other on the ensuing double file restart.
Bowyer chose the top lane with Jeff Gordon behind him, giving Harvick the bottom with Kasey Kahne behind him. Bowyer got a great jump as the green flag waved with the help of a push from Gordon, but Gordon's push was so good that Gordon was able to swing to the outside of Bowyer and leave him out in the cold, paving the way for Harvick to take the lead on the backstretch.
"That really wasn't a situation that we wanted to be in," Harvick told TNT in Victory Lane. "I wanted to be behind him and be able to push (Bowyer) because that was working pretty good for us and that caution came out and we had to split up because of the double file restarts. But I helped him as much as I could and we got split up and (Kahne) and I think (Gordon) split (Bowyer) and that was it."
That's the second consecutive restrictor plate win for Harvick, who beat Jamie McMurray by a nose to the line at Talladega in the spring.
It was only fitting that a RCR or Penske car won, because amidst all of the chaos of the final half of the race, the RCR and Penske cars were the class of the field and at times the teams' six cars all were in the top 10.
However, only RCR came out with good results to show for it. Jeff Burton, Harvick and Bowyer's teammate, ended up finishing fifth after bouncing off of Busch with 13 laps to go and Bowyer finished 17th after spinning on the backstretch of the final lap.
Busch, who was involved in three incidents -- the last coming after he and Carl Edwards tangled after they crossed the finish line -- finished seventh in his mangled Penske Dodge, while Hornish's late race crash relegated him to a 21st place finish and Brad Keselowski finished 30th.