Kevin Harvick wins Bristol Trucks race
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- 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 raced to his third straight Trucks victory, holding off John Sauter. Coming off victories at Pocono and Michigan, Harvick led the final 103 laps en route to his 12th career Trucks 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 the 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. He finished 30th after making contact with polesitter 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.
"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."
Busch and Sadler rubbed fenders earlier in the race before contact on the 99th left Busch's No. 18 Toyota with significant damage. Busch, who retaliated two laps later by spinning out Sadler, went to the pits for repairs and did not return to the track.
"I pulled a slide job on him earlier tonight and he hit me three times," Busch said. "I tried to slide by him again and get to the top (of the track) and he dumped me anyway and wrecked us."
Sadler 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."
Sauter extended his lead in the series standings to seven points over Buescher. Peters is third, 15 points behind the leader.
Earlier, Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman successfully defended his title in a 150-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series. After making the winning pass on lap 128, Newman beat Justin Bonsignore by 1.826 seconds.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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