NCWTS: Harvick Holds Off Busch To Win At Pocono

August 7, 2011 No Comments

Photo Credit: John Harrelson, Getty Images for NASCAR

Kevin Harvick won the rain-delayed Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Harvick stretched his fuel over extra laps and an extra day, breaking free on the green-white checkered finish to win the Trucks Series race on Sunday.

Rain halted the event after 17 laps Saturday, so the race was squeezed in Sunday morning before the start of the Sprint Cup race. Joey Logano is on the pole for that one.

Harvick, who started on the pole, only had one concern- stretching out his fuel for two extra laps on the scheduled 50 lap race.

“You just hope it didn’t screw itself up overnight,” Harvick said.

Harvick led a total of 44 laps, and was one of only two leaders in the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Pocono Raceway.

“We figured out a way to screw up pretty much every week,” he said. “The truck has been fast every week. You’ve got to keep doing the things you’ve been doing.”

Harvick had a tough task to hold back both Kyle Busch and James Buescher on the final restart to secure the win, but he did just that. Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five in Sunday morning’s event.

Sauter, the points leader, failed the post-race inspection. The right rear was too high and penalties were expected this week.

Todd Bodine was spun with two laps left to bring out the final caution. Harvick’s crew chief, Bruce Cook, voiced his concerns that there may not have been enough fuel in the No. 2 Chevrolet.

The caution helped conserve what was in the tank, and Harvick was on his way toward celebrating yet another victory in Victory Lane.

“I didn’t have anything for Kevin. He was in a league of his own,” Buescher said. “I didn’t have anything remotely close for him. We knew Kyle was coming fast. Maybe if it went green and not have that green-white checkered, we might have finished second. You hate losing to him, but you hate losing to anybody.”

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