Harvick Wins Truck Finale
Kevin Harvick passed Timothy Peters for the lead just after a green-white-checkered restart and went on to win the season-ending Ford 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night.
Not that it mattered in the final series standings as Ron Hornaday Jr. had locked up the championship a week ago at Phoenix International Raceway.
The victory was the second straight for Harvick, who owns Hornaday’s truck.
“I don’t need to tell you guys,” Harvick said, “and you all know, but it’s more of a there’s a lot of personal relationship between Ron and myself and, you know, it it’s very gratifying to see him be able to win. That means as much to me as winning the races or winning the championships is to see Ron happy and winning races and winning the championship. You know, the personal relationship is more important than, you know, anything else.
Matt Crafton finished second and Colin Braun was third. Peters finished fourth.
Crafton also finished second in points.
“I would say we were the bridesmaids a lot this year,” Crafton said. “There’s been plenty of times when we had the best truck and didn’t win races. We got beat on fuel mileage. All I can say is I can’t wait until we have normal pit stops again where we take four tires and fuel at the same time because I know we’ve lost two races because of that pit strategy. All in all a pretty good year. Not ecstatic about it but definitely happy about it because we keep making progress.”
Hornaday finished eighth in the race.
Harvick made short work of Peters on the restart for a couple of reasons – Harvick probably had a better truck and also because Peters did not pit for new tires during the final caution of the night.
“We looked to stay out and we didn’t have anything to lose,” Peters said. “We were gambling to see if we could get us another victory but I tried to get the tires as clean as I could and I spun them a little bit. A rookie mistake on my part.”One Comment