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RICHMOND, Va. — Veteran Ricky Rudd showed Kevin Harvick that experience counts Saturday night, passing the aggressive rookie with six laps to go and winning the Monte Carlo 400 Winston Cup race.

Rudd, who became the second driver in a span of six laps to be bumped off the lead by Harvick on the 383rd of 400 laps, passed Harvick back on the inside of the fourth turn to win for the second time this season.

It was the Virginia native's second victory at Richmond International Raceway, but first since 1984, and allowed him to climb within 222 points of leader Jeff Gordon, who crashed early and limped home in 36th place.

Harvick hung on for second place, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace, who had dominated for most of the race.

In the end, though, it was Rudd teaching Harvick a short track lesson to the delight of a crowd of 100,000 who hold Rudd as a hometown hero.