NCWTS: Harvick dominates for Martinsville win

March 31, 2012 No Comments

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After winning the pole for mere hours before the green flag, Kevin Harvick took control of Saturday’s Kroger 250 early on and never looked back on his way to his winning the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

Leading a record-breaking 248 of the 250 laps, Harvick was able to hold of late race challenges from his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Ty Dillon, to take his third victory at the Virginia half mile.

“These guys just did a great job preparing for this race,” said Harvick in victory lane. “The truck was just good right off the trailer. It’s a lot of fun…these guys are just a whole lot of fun.”

Harvick was able to take the win after defending the top spot on a restart with six laps to go, clearing Dillon before the first turn and never looking back.

“I felt like dad there with Ty there,” said Harvick. “I kind of feel responsible for Austin(Dillon) and Ty in at least getting them to where they want to be and being confident. That all starts in the truck series and Nationwide Series, and they’re both really good and fun to be around.”

Dillon was able to run inside of the top-three for the majority of the 250 laps in his first Martinsville start. The second place finish is not only his highest of the season, but his second-straight top-ten finish of 2012.

As the consensus favorite, Harvick, was able to thoroughly dominate, other drivers labled as “favorites” found their fair share of struggles over the course of the race.

After and early race spin, Ron Hornaday Jr. was able to race his way back inside of the top-15. Hornaday’s day and chances for a win were dashed after electrical problems forced him to be relegated to a seventeenth place finish.

Defending race winner, Johnny Sauter, found himself inside the top-five with under 20 laps to go. Looking as though he would have a shot to contend, front-end suspension issues forced his No.13 team to go behind the wall to fix the problem.

While many favorites heading into the race found their struggles, several drivers were able to captilaize on their misfortunes for good finishes.

James Buescher, Justin Lofton and Ross Chastain were all able to put themselves in position to have good results at the end of the day. The three finished; third, fourth and seventh respectively.

Starting the race in the back of the field, Daytona 250 winner, John King, was able to drive his way up to the top-10 on his way to maintain his point lead after two races.

King leads Timothy  Peters by one point heading into the third race of the season at the Rockingham Speedway.

Next race: Good Sam Road Side Assistance 200 at the Rockingham Speedway. Sunday, Arpil 15, 2012.

Unofficial Results of the Kroger 250

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Ty Dillon
  3. James Buescher
  4. Justin Lofton
  5. Timothy Peters
  6. Nelson Piquet Jr.
  7. Ross Chastain
  8. Jason Leffler
  9. John King
  10. Jason White
  11. Parker Kligerman
  12. JR Ftizpatrick
  13. Jeb Burton
  14. David Starr
  15. Cale Gale
  16. Ron Hornaday Jr.
  17. Miguel Paludo
  18. Jake Crum
  19. Max Gresham
  20. David Reutimann
  21. Dakoda Armstrong
  22. Paulie Harraka
  23. John Wes Townley
  24. Matt Crafton
  25. Todd Bodine
  26. Bryan Silas
  27. Chris Cockrum
  28. Brennan Newberry
  29. Johnny Sauter
  30. Joey Coulter
  31. Clay Greenfield
  32. Ryan Sieg
  33. Dusty Davis
  34. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  35. Jeff Agnew
  36. Rick Crawford


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