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Harvick picks up where he left off, wins at Pocono

August 08, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

LONG POND, Pa. -- Thanks to fuel-saving techniques and opportune late cautions, Kevin Harvick had enough gas to survive a green-white-checkered-flag finish in Sunday's rain-delayed Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 and win the Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway.

The victory was Harvick's first in three starts in the series this year and the 10th of his career. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by James Buescher, Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon.


Race Results
2. Kyle Busch Toyota
3. James Buescher Chevrolet
4. Johnny Sauter Chevrolet
5.Austin Dillon Chevrolet

When the race went three laps beyond its scheduled distance of 50 laps, the only question was whether Harvick had enough fuel in his tank to go the extra 7.5 miles. There was no question about the quality of his ride.

"I didn't have anything for Kevin," said Buescher, who lost second place to Busch on Lap 46. "He was in a league of his own."

Harvick didn't come to the pits on Sunday, having changed tires for the last time on Lap 15 under caution for rain the day before. The race was suspended two laps later. Harvick said his truck was so strong that he didn't want to sacrifice track position for fresh rubber.

"I think you saw the 18 [Busch] drive back up through there with tires," Harvick said. "Tires still meant something. Our truck was just so fast that there was really no reason to give up the track position to come and get tires, since we were good on fuel.

"That's one of the shortest races I've raced in a long time, and the strategy changes a little bit. You've got to get out there quick and try to put yourself in position quick on strategy, and you don't have a lot of chances to make things happen if you're off the pace.

"They [the team] just did a great job of hitting it right off the truck, and that makes life easy."

NASCAR called the fourth caution of the race on Lap 32, after a smoking chunk of Nelson Piquet Jr.'s flat right-front tire sheared off in the middle of the racing surface on the Long Pond straight.

The caution laps provided cover for those who might have been short on fuel -- notably Harvick.

Nevertheless, Harvick, wary of the possibility of a green-white-checkered-flag finish, began shutting off his engine entering Turn 1 to save fuel. But a caution on Lap 37 for a wreck involving David Starr, Brendan Gaughan and Peyton Sellers necessitated the fifth caution and gave Harvick the cushion he needed to make it to the finish of the race.

On Lap 42, Sellers stalled on the access to pit road to cause the sixth caution. Harvick pulled away on the restart on Lap 46, while Busch and Buescher battled for the second position. Harvick held a comfortable advantage, when contact from Austin Dillon's Chevrolet sent Todd Bodine's Toyota spinning on Lap 49 to send the race to overtime.

Sauter fails post-race inspection

Points leader Johnny Sauter missed the drivers' meeting and had to start the race Saturday from the tail end of the field. Sauter eventually worked his way up to a fourth-place finish after the race resumed Sunday morning, giving him a five-point advantage over Austin Dillon.

However, Sauter's truck failed post-race technical inspection when the No. 13 Chevrolet exceeded right-rear maximum height. NASCAR spokesman Amanda Ellis said series officials would be meeting later to discuss "expected" penalties.


• Kevin Harvick scored his 10th career series win in his 110th race.
• Kevin Harvick is the 10th different winner of 2011.
• Kevin Harvick has finished in the top five in all three Truck races in which he has competed this season.
• Kevin Harvick led twice for 44 laps.
• Kevin Harvick Inc. scored its 36th career series win; it's tied with Ultra Motorsports for second-most in Truck history.
• Kevin Harvick Inc. has three wins this year with three drivers: Clint Boywer (Kansas), Ron Hornaday (Texas), Kevin Harvick (Pocono).
• Kevin Harvick Inc. has won both Truck races at Pocono, both from the pole.
• Chevrolet scored its sixth win of 2011; Toyota has won the other eight races.
• Kyle Busch (second) has finished in the top two in seven of his nine starts this year.
• James Buescher (third) has posted top-10 finishes in each of the past 10 races; he has gained 45 points on leader Johnny Sauter during this period (third in the standing, trails by 19 points).
• Johnny Sauter (fourth) posted his sixth top-five finish this season; he started in a backup truck.
• Austin Dillon (fifth) posted his eighth top-10 finish this season.
• Joey Coulter (sixth) posted his eighth top-10 in the past nine races.
• Mark Martin (seventh) posted his 20th career top-10 in his 24th series start; he was making his first Truck start since 2007.
• The top 10 after 17 laps (when race was suspended for rain): 1. Parker Kligerman; 2. Joey Coulter; 3. Cole Whitt; 4. Chad McCumbee; 5. Ryan Sieg; 6. Peyton Sellers; 7. Austin Dillon; 8. Mark Martin; 9. Matt Crafton; 10. Kevin Harvick. Kligerman (13th), Whitt (15th), McCumbee (26th), Sieg (21st), Sellers (25th) failed to finish in the top 10.