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.
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