Harvick Trucks Finish 1-2 at Martinsville



MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Saturday’s Kroger 250 Truck race was a breeze for winner Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick cruised to victory in Saturday’s Kroger 250 Truck race in Martinsville, Va.
Kevin Harvick cruised to victory in Saturday’s Kroger 250 Truck race in Martinsville, Va.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Saturday’s Kroger 250 Truck race was a breeze for winner Kevin Harvick.

The same can’t be said for Harvick’s teammate, Ron Hornaday Jr., who started deep in the field at Martinsville Speedway and survived a late-race brush with Johnny Sauter to gain a much-needed runner-up finish.

Harvick, who owns his No. 2 Chevrolet and the No. 33 Hornaday drives, led 187 of 250 laps in winning his second truck series race of the season in as many starts and the eighth of his career. He started from the pole after rain washed out Friday’s qualifying. Brian Ickler ran third, with points leader Timothy Peters fourth and Johnny Benson fifth.

Harvick chose the outside lane when he and Hornaday teamed up for a side-by-side restart on lap 232, after contact from Hornaday turned the No. 13 Chevy of Sauter to cause the 11th and final caution of the race 10 laps earlier. An angry Sauter confronted Hornaday on pit road after the race.

“I don’t know if he got into the curb or checked up or whatever, but I got into him pretty good,” Hornaday said after the exchange. “It was a tough day. I hate to see that, but Johnny’s all mad, and that’s what truck racing’s all about.”

Harvick, working for the first time with new crew chief Butch Hylton, passed Peters for the lead on lap 190 and held it the rest of the way.

“It was a lot of fun for me, just for the fact that the thing was so dominant to drive,” Harvick said. “I didn’t really have to do a whole lot different — I just drove my line every lap, and we were able to make our way through traffic when we needed to.

“When we passed the 17 (Peters) for the lead there, it looked like his truck started to get a little loose getting into the corner, and we were able to capitalize on that.”

Harvick’s margin of victory was 1.552 seconds. Hornaday, the defending series champion, gained 16 positions to 12th in the standings. He started the race in 31st position.

Aric Almirola, Matt Crafton, Max Papis, Mario Gosselin and Ricky Carmichael were the remaining top-10 finishers.

Top 10 points leaders after 3 of 25: 1. Peters-501, 2. Almirola-442, 3. Bodine-413, 4. Harvick-390, 5. Crafton-388, 6. White-371, 7. Carmichael-360, 8. Malsam-357, 9. Dillon-334, 10. Starr-333.

 

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