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Harvick outruns Busch for Pocono truck win



Long Pond, PA (Sports Network) - Kevin Harvick conserved enough fuel and held off Kyle Busch during a two-lap overtime finish to win Sunday's rain-delayed Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Seventeen laps were completed in Saturday's scheduled Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 before heavy rain fell on the 2.5-mile triangular track. NASCAR was forced to postpone the remainder of the race for one day.

Harvick, driving his No.2 Chevrolet, started on the pole and dominated the race by leading 44 of 53 laps. He gambled on fuel in the late going when he remained on the track while most lead-lap drivers came in for a last round of pit stops.

"The truck was so fast that I was able to get out there and really conserve fuel," Harvick said. "It was a great day for everyone on the No.2 truck."

Harvick relinquished the lead when he made his first and only pit stop right before rain halted the race Saturday. Parker Kligerman took over the top position then. Kligerman ran in front for nine laps before Harvick reclaimed the lead on lap 24.

The seventh and final caution for an incident involving Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday Jr. in the closing laps set up a green-white-checkered finish. Harvick quickly pulled away from the field on the last restart and then beat his fellow Sprint Cup Series competitor Busch to the finish line by 1.14 seconds.

It was Harvick's first truck win of the season and the 10th of his career.

His victory here comes just hours before he competes in the scheduled 500-mile Sprint Cup race. He will start 10th in that event.

James Buescher finished third, followed by Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon.

Joey Coulter, Mark Martin, Matt Crafton, Hornaday and Timothy Peters, who won last week's race in Indianapolis, completed the top-10.

Kligerman wound up 13th.

Sauter's No.13 Chevrolet failed post-race inspection. NASCAR officials discovered the right-rear of his truck was too high. His team could be facing penalties later this week.

As of now, Sauter holds a five-point lead over Dillon, while Buescher is 19 points behind the leader.

08/07 13:43:19 ET


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