Harvick dominant in Martinsville truck race|
Martinsville, VA (Sports Network) - Kevin Harvick was untouchable in
Saturday's Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville
Harvick, a Sprint Cup Series regular, started on the pole and ran in front for
248 of 250 laps, which set a series record for most laps led in a race. He
held off his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Ty Dillon, after two late-race
restarts and then beat Dillon to the finish line by just under one second for
his 14th career truck win.
"These guys [No. 2 team] did a great job preparing for this race," Harvick
said. "The truck was good right off the trailer. What else can you say?"
Harvick claimed his third truck win at Martinsville, which placed him in a tie
with Dennis Setzer and Mike Skinner for most victories at this historic
Earlier in the day, Harvick placed second in qualifying for Sunday's 500-lap
Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. He will make his 400th career start in
NASCAR's premier series.
Dillon, a rookie in trucks this year, was the only other driver to lead laps
in this race, running in front for the fourth and fifth lap.
"It was an awesome day, and I'm so excited to get this year going," he said.
"I think we've got a championship team."
Dillon replaced his elder brother, Austin, in RCR's No. 3 truck after Austin
won the series championship in 2011. He is now a rookie in the Nationwide
James Buescher finished third, while Justin Lofton and Timothy Peters, a
Virginia native, rounded out the top-five.
Nelson Piquet Jr., Ross Chastain, Jason Leffler, John King, who won last
month's season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, and Jason White
finished sixth through 10th, respectively.
Jeb Burton, the 19-year-old son of 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton,
finished 13th in his series debut. Burton was involved in an accident on lap
235, which forced the seventh and final caution. It also set up a six-lap
shootout to the finish.
With two races now completed, King remains atop the point standings, as he
holds only a one-point advantage over Peters, who is his teammate at Red Horse
Racing, and Lofton. Ty Dillon is just four markers behind King.
03/31 17:33:26 ET