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Harvick roars past Peters in overtime finish

NASCAR Truck finale at Homestead
Saturday, November 21, 2009

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Ron Hornaday Jr. and team owner Kevin Harvick celebrate Hornaday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship and Harvick's Ford 200 win at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The championship is Hornaday's fourth in the series and the second for Kevin Harvick Inc.
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Kevin Harvick roared past Timothy Peters moments after a Lap 135 restart and pulled away to win Friday night's Ford 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in a green-white-checkered-flag finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The victory was Harvick's second in a row, his third in six starts this year and the sixth of his career. Matt Crafton finished second and Colin Braun third, as both drivers also passed Peters, who ran fourth, on the final two-lap dash.

Harvick, who came to the pits for tires under the final caution on Lap 129 of 136, was a double winner Friday night, given that the truck he fields for Ron Hornaday Jr. locked up the series owners' championship with an eighth-place finish. Hornaday clinched his record fourth drivers' championship last Friday at Phoenix.

"We knew we needed to go out and beat Kyle," said Harvick, who led 108 laps. "We knew that Hornaday needed to race safe and do what he needed to do to win the owners' championship. Obviously, he won the drivers' championship last week.

"Our goal was to go out and lead the most laps and win the race. … I think everybody was concerned about their tires (late in the race), and there weren't very many trucks on the lead lap, so we came down for four tires (while Peters remained on the track).

"I thought the 17 (Peters) was going to be a sitting duck there, (and) luckily it all worked out."

Todd Bodine came home fifth, followed by Mike Skinner, David Starr, Hornaday, Johnny Sauter and T.J. Bell.

Kyle Busch's hopes of winning the owners' championship in Billy Ballew's No. 51 Toyota disappeared on Lap 82, when Busch came to the pits to replace a cut tire. To compound the problem, Busch had to serve a pass-through penalty when his crew failed to carry the damaged tire to the pit wall before Busch left the stall. Busch finished 13th.

Harvick pitted for fuel on Lap 114 and regained the lead eight laps later when Aric Almirola made his final pit stop. After the field cycled through, Harvick quickly opened an advantage of more than four seconds over Peters and expanded the margin until Ryan Sieg's spin on Lap 127 caused the fourth caution of the race and bunched the field.

Notes: Terry Cook was not entered in the Ford 200, ending his series record streak of 296 consecutive starts. … Sauter was named Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the truck series. ... Braun secured fifth place in the final series standings.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 3 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Georgia Boot 195/10 136 Running
2 7 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Australian Gold 170/0 136 Running
3 1 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-Way Frght/ TrueLTL.com 170/5 136 Running
4 6 117 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com / Red Horse Racing 165/5 136 Running
5 14 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Copart 160/5 136 Running
6 5 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Exide Batteries 150/0 136 Running
7 15 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry 146/0 136 Running
8 4 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Longhorn Smokeless Tobacco 142/0 136 Running
9 9 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet Fun Sand / Rodney Atkins / Curb Records 138/0 136 Running
10 18 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Sea Land Environmental / Time Bandit Fishing Vessel 134/0 136 Running
11 2 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Valvoline "Fuel Proof Guarantee" / Tiwi 130/0 135 Running
12 24 16 Brian Scott Toyota Xpress Motorsports Tribute 127/0 135 Running
13 8 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort / Graceway Pharmaceutica-ls 129/5 135 Running
14 16 15 Aric Almirola Toyota AKawareness.com / Graceway Pharmaceuticals 126/5 135 Running
15 19 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota Stocks for Tots 118/0 135 Running
16 10 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker.com 115/0 135 Running
17 12 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 112/0 135 Running
18 21 10 James Buescher * Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 109/0 135 Running
19 13 231 Ricky Carmichael * Chevrolet Monster Energy 106/0 135 Running
20 17 212 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet MyTireMonkey.com 103/0 134 Running
21 20 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Company 100/0 134 Running
22 29 139 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 97/0 134 Running
23 32 148 Bryan Silas Chevrolet GL Homes / Palm Beach Int'l Raceway 94/0 133 Running
24 23 08 Brett Butler Chevrolet Fuel-Doctor.com 91/0 133 Running
25 25 85 Brent Raymer * Ford Ford. Drive one. 88/0 131 Running
26 26 121 Nick Tucker Dodge The Denny Hamlin Foundation 85/0 131 Running
27 27 190 Brad Sweet Toyota Great Clips 82/0 131 Running
28 36 250 Wheeler Boys Dodge ASM: Innovations in Access Flooring PE 128 Running
29 34 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 76/0 126 Running
30 33 41 Dan Brode Dodge Mike Berg Trucking 73/0 115 Running
31 11 25 Mike Bliss Toyota Harris Trucking 70/0 113 Overheating
32 28 119 Marc Davis Chevrolet Howard University Radio WHUR 96.3 67/0 65 Accident
33 31 273 Lance Hooper Chevrolet Trans Pecos Trucking LLP / County Building Centers 64/0 53 Accident
34 22 293 Shane Sieg Chevrolet W.J. Plemons Investments 61/0 35 Accident
35 35 47 Richard Harriman Chevrolet FT-11 Multi-Purpose Degreaser 58/0 4 Vibration
36 30 138 Mike Garvey Chevrolet S&W Services 55/0 2 Overheating

* Denotes Rookie

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