Harvick wins truck race at Michigan|
Brooklyn, MI (Sports Network) - Kevin Harvick bounced back from an ill-
handling truck and an early-race pit road blunder before he held off Timothy
Peters during a green-white-checkered finish to win Saturday's VFW 200 Camping
World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
Harvick dealt with a loose truck and then had a lengthy stop on pit road
shortly before the halfway point. Just after he passed Mark Martin for the
lead on a restart on lap 90, Martin and Parker Kligerman made contact and then
spun around, triggering a five-truck wreck on the backstretch.
An incident involving rookie Joey Coulter in the closing laps setup the two-
lap overtime finish.
After the final restart, Peters moved ahead of Miguel Paludo to take second.
Peters then challenged Harvick for the lead before Nelson Piquet Jr. got loose
and slammed into the inside wall along the backstretch to end the race under
"It was ugly," Harvick said. "We had a little bit of trouble on pit road, and
we were way too loose at the start of the race. The [team] did a great job. It
was a lot of fun to win here at Michigan. I didn't think we had the truck to
Harvick claimed his 11th win in his 111th truck start. He won two weeks ago at
Pocono. Harvick also became the first driver to win a Sprint Cup, Nationwide
and truck race at Michigan. His Sprint Cup victory at this track came one year
Paludo finished third, followed by James Buescher and David Starr.
Jason White, Ron Hornaday Jr., Brendan Gaughan, Colin Braun and Cole Whitt
completed the top-10.
Matt Crafton started on the pole and led the first 20 laps, but was one of the
five drivers involved in the late-race multi-truck accident. Kligerman, who
slammed into the back of Austin Dillon after his contact with Martin, took
blame for the incident.
"I took out a lot of good trucks, and I feel terrible for everyone," Kligerman
Martin led the most laps with 33 but wound up finishing 14th.
Kyle Busch's day at Michigan came to an end early when he suffered a damaged
radiator due to debris from another truck with 37 laps remaining. Busch, who
finished 25th, failed to finish a truck race for the first time since May 2010
at Dover, when he suffered a fuel pump issue.
Despite his 13th-place run, Johnny Sauter reclaimed the points lead. Sauter
holds a five-point advantage over Buescher. Dillon entered the race as the
points leader but fell eight markers behind after his 22nd-place finish.
Peters moved to within 12 points of Sauter.
"It was definitely a great day," Peters said. "I had a run on [Harvick] on the
backstretch, but he cut through the center better than I did. It was a great
Buescher failed to qualify for the February race at Phoenix but has steadily
climbed up the point standings since then.
08/20 16:36:03 ET