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Harvick bumps Busch to win M'Ville truck race

NASCAR Truck Race
Monday, March 30, 2009

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Kevin Harvick and wife and KHI co-owner Delana Harvick celebrate winning the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway
Geoff Burke/Getty Images

Kevin Harvick powered by Kyle Busch for the lead with 10 laps to go Monday and held on to win the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Driving his No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, Harvick collected his fourth career truck win in his 97th start in an event that had been postponed because of rain on Saturday.

"I was able to get to his bumper there and just kind of get him up about half a groove and got up under him," said Harvick, who ran the final 185 laps, including one extra lap because of a green-white-checkered-flag finish, on one tank of fuel.

"I got him up there once before, and he was able to get back by me on the outside," Harvick said. "I didn't want to wreck him, but I knew it was time to start applying the pressure pretty heavily if I was going to get by in case a caution or something would come out. It just takes a while to complete a pass over another fast vehicle."

Busch was subsequently penalized for a commitment line violation when he intentionally ran against the inside backstretch wall under caution in an attempt to straighten out a fender that was bashed in. Busch led a race-high 139 laps and finished 17th.

KHI's Ron Hornaday finished second, and Mike Skinner, Johnny Benson and polesitter Rick Crawford rounded out the top five.

Busch wasn't the only driver to find trouble in the race, which featured 13 cautions, the first on Lap 1.

After the fifth caution, Busch needed less than three laps to dispose of Jason White and take the lead on Lap 102. Busch held the spot until Harvick moved underneath him in the final laps.

Busch remained the series points leader over Todd Bodine, who finished 18th after being involved in two separate accidents, including one with two laps to go that forced the race to finish under caution.

Busch, who is running a partial schedule, won't compete in the series' next race, April 25 at Kansas Speedway.

Notes: Mike Bliss finished 15th in his 200th truck start. ... Ken Schrader finished 10th for his first top-10 since a fourth-place finish last year at Martinsville. ... James Buescher, who turned 19 last week, finished 11th, the highest finish among the six rookies in the race.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 6 2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Bounty 190/5 251 Running
2 4 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Longhorn Smokeless Tobacco 175/5 251 Running
3 9 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bad Boy Mowers 165/0 251 Running
4 3 1 Johnny Benson Toyota Red Horse Racing 160/0 251 Running
5 1 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 160/5 251 Running
6 21 60 Stacy Compton Toyota wyler.com / Melling Engine Parts 150/0 251 Running
7 17 8 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 146/0 251 Running
8 12 16 Brian Scott Toyota Albertsons 142/0 251 Running
9 8 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Energizer / Menards 138/0 251 Running
10 24 52 Ken Schrader Chevrolet Federated Auto Parts 134/0 251 Running
11 25 10 James Buescher * Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 130/0 251 Running
12 20 129 Mikey Kile Chevrolet Greased Lightning 127/0 251 Running
13 7 9 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 124/0 251 Running
14 18 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota One Eighty 121/0 251 Running
15 32 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Westerman Co./ StopRepairBills.com 118/0 251 Running
16 13 25 Terry Cook Toyota Harris Trucking 115/0 251 Running
17 11 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 122/10 251 Running
18 19 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Whelen Engineering 109/0 251 Running
19 31 148 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet TNA Wrestling / Aerodale Vending 106/0 250 Running
20 27 248 Chris Fontaine Chevrolet Glenden Enterprises 103/0 250 Running
21 28 7 J.R. Fitzpatrick * Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 100/0 249 Running
22 10 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com / Hayes Iron & Metal 97/0 249 Running
23 30 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker.com 99/5 249 Running
24 22 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry 91/0 247 Running
25 34 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 88/0 246 Running
26 36 47 Brett Butler Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway Carolina 200 / FT-11 Multi-Purpose Degreaser 85/0 245 Running
27 14 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet Fun Sand / Rodney Atkins / Curb Records 82/0 244 Running
28 23 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Black's Tire & Auto Service 79/0 240 Running
29 29 4 Ricky Carmichael * Chevrolet Oakley 76/0 240 Running
30 35 189 Dillon Oliver Chevrolet Blue Ox / Lafferty Performance 73/0 237 Running
31 15 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Red Horse Racing 70/0 212 Accident
32 2 15 Shane Sieg Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports 67/0 197 Running
33 26 85 Brent Raymer * Ford Buy Georgia Cabins.com 64/0 167 Vibration
34 16 121 Ryan Sieg Dodge GunBroker.com 61/0 121 Ignition
35 5 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-way Freight 58/0 32 Accident
36 33 08 Sean Murphy Chevrolet ASI Limited 55/0 4 Drive Shaft

* Denotes Rookie

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