— The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Kevin Harvick overcame a pair of horrendous pit stops to win the Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Harvick led 83 of the 200 laps in Saturday’s race, but had to rally back into the lead after his crew cost him several spots on pit road.

Denny Hamlin finished second and was followed by Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Brian Vickers.

Danica Patrick wrecked about halfway through the race when she ran into the lapped car of Michael McDowell.

She had just pitted and was on fresh tires, and McDowell says he misjudged her closing rate.

Patrick finished 36th in her last race before a four-month hiatus to return to the IndyCar Series.

NATIONWIDE SERIES driver John Wes Townley has been cited for underage possession of alcohol.

Townley, who is 20, was cited Thursday.

He apologized to NASCAR and his Richard Childress Racing team in a statement issued late in Saturday’s race by his race team.

”I made a big mistake and feel terrible about it,” he said.

”I have learned a valuable lesson and will do everything I can to make it up to those I have let down.”

Car owner Richard Childress said Townley made an error in judgment that will be handled internally at Richard Childress Racing.

”Drivers are human and make mistakes like everyone else. However, we do not condone his behavior,” Childress said.

Townley finished 15th in Saturday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.