MARTINSVILLE, Va. — For the fourth time Kevin Harvick started on the pole for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and for the fourth time, he went to victory lane in Saturday’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
Harvick started on the pole and led 248 of the 250 laps of the .525-mile race track in beating his Richard Childress Racing teammate Ty Dillon to the checkered flag by three car lengths as the Chevrolet teammates swept the top two spots.
It was Harvick’s 14th Camping World Truck Series triumph.
“These guys did a great job preparing for this race,” said Harvick after his third Martinsville Truck Series victory. “It was fast from the time we took it right off the trailer. I told Richard (Childress) when he leaned in the window, ‘why did I ever start my own race team?’ Can you imagine the wins we might have if we hadn’t.
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s great to see everybody working together.”
Dillon, a series rookie, finished second in the No. 3 truck his brother Austin drove to the series championship last year.
“The way yesterday went, we struggled all day, but these guys are awesome,” said Dillon. “We stayed up all night thinking about it and we came back here and made some changes and we qualified second and ran second most of the race. The pit stops were awesome. It is an awesome day and I am so excited to get this season started.”
James Buescher was third in a Turner Motorsports Chevrolet.
“It was a solid day for us,” Buescher said. “We did a lot of testing a few weeks back and we thought it was going to help us, and I think it did, but what we showed up with here wasn’t fast and we kept working and working and working. It was a good clean day for us. I have never had such an uneventful Martinsville race.
Justin Lofton was fourth with Timothy Peters fifth.
Daytona winner John King finished ninth and leads the standings by a single point over Peters and Lofton.BREAKING NEWS: SPEED SPORT is back in print with a new monthly format! Subscribe for just $24.95. Special offer for former subscribers.