NCWTS: Kevin Harvick Holds On To Win Bristol Truck Race

August 24, 2011 No Comments

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Kevin Harvick extended his winning streak in the NASCAR Trucks Series on Wednesday night, while Sprint Cup rival Kyle Busch’s winning streak at Bristol Motor Speedway came to a crashing halt.

Harvick, who has won three straight races, held off Johnny Sauter to secure the win. Coming off victories at Pocono and Michigan, Harvick led the final 103 laps en route to his 12th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win.

“Three in a row, that’s pretty cool,” said Harvick, the driver of his own No. 2 Chevrolet. “Our truck was a little tight on the restarts, but the pit crew won this race for us tonight with a smoking pit stop. They picked up four spots for us, and that was key with the way track position was.”

Busch entered Wednesday’s event with five consecutive victories in NASCAR’s three national touring series on the high-banked short track and three straight at Bristol in the Trucks Series. After finishing 30th tonight, that streak came to an immediate halt.

Busch didn’t have a “great” night by any means, as he made contact with Elliott Sadler midway through the race.

Fuming after the incident, Busch pointed fingers squarely at the Harvick camp.

“Just look where his paycheck comes from,” Busch said as a reference to Sadler driving for Harvick in the Nationwide Series.

Harvick retorted that Sadler was actually driving for owner Joe Dennette, not him.

“That just shows how smart Kyle Busch is,” Harvick said. “Elliott wasn’t even driving for us tonight. We can get as dirty as Kyle Busch wants. If he doesn’t want to race like that, he can go somewhere else. He’s just a big crybaby and you can’t fix that.”

To Sadler’s defense, he blamed the incident on a lack of communication between Busch and his spotter.

“He came up the track and I was already there,” Sadler said. “It was more between he and his spotter. He just wrecked himself tonight.”

Todd Bodine was third, followed by James Buescher and Timothy Peters.

Sauter extended his lead in the series standings to seven points over Buescher. Peters is third, 15 points behind the leader.

All in all, I think it’s safe to say that we have the “old” Bristol back, something many didn’t think we would ever see.

Unofficial Results:

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 6 2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 0
2 12 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 42
3 9 5 Todd Bodine Toyota 41
4 5 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 40
5 8 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 39
6 10 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet 38
7 29 6 Justin Lofton Toyota 37
8 2 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet 36
9 1 124 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 0
10 11 29 Parker Kligerman Dodge 34
11 15 81 David Starr Toyota 33
12 30 60 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 32
13 27 119 David Mayhew Chevrolet 0
14 31 92 Clay Rogers Chevrolet 30
15 14 20 Johanna Long Toyota 29
16 20 23 Jason White Chevrolet 29
17 13 151 Josh Richards Toyota 27
18 35 32 Blake Feese Chevrolet 26
19 34 66 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 25
20 4 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 24
21 18 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet 23
22 28 109 Bryan Silas Ford 0
23 17 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 21
24 3 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 20
25 26 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 19
26 33 9 Max Papis Toyota 18
27 21 73 Brian Johnson Jr. Chevrolet 17
28 24 170 Jeff Agnew Chevrolet 16
29 22 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 15
30 7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 0
31 16 7 Miguel Paludo Toyota 13
32 19 7 John King Toyota 12
33 25 101 Jake Crum Chevrolet 11
34 23 87 Chris Jones Chevrolet 10
35 32 93 Mike Garvey Chevrolet 9
36 36 165 Brent Raymer Chevrolet 8
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