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Harvick Gets Truck Victory At Michigan

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, August 20 2011

Kevin Harvick beat the field to the checkered flag Saturday at Michigan. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kevin Harvick took the lead away from Mark Martin on a restart with 10 laps to go, survived two late restarts and went on to win the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

The victory was the second of the year in four starts for Harvick and second in a row as he won at Pocono last time out. It came under yellow after a wreck occurred on the white-flag lap.

“It was ugly,” Harvick said. “I didn’t think we had the truck to do it.”

Finishing second was Timothy Peters.

Third was Miguel Paludo of Mexico, Peters’ teammate at Red Horse Racing. It was his best career finish.

“Second and third – it doesn’t get any better,” Peters said. “Not only as a company. He’s (Miguel Paludo) fixing to have a baby Monday.  It was an awesome day – just an awesome day as far as the points and everything.  I don’t know what to say  – this is like a win.”

“A really, really good day for us,” Paludo said.

“We did small adjustments,” Paludo said. “I was on the longer runs a little bit snug and then I was perfect.  I couldn’t get (Kevin) Harvick on the second restart but I went and raced with him.  I’m really proud of my guys on this Stemco-Duroline Toyota Tundra.  We just need to keep moving forward.  We have Bristol on Wednesday, it’s my first race track that I’ve been to last year, so let’s keep digging.

James Buescher was fourth and David Starr was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Jason White, Ron Hornaday Jr., Brendan Gaughan, Colin Braun and Cole Whitt.

Martin, who appeared headed to victory until the late restart, was crashed out of the race by Parker Kligerman shortly after he lost the lead and while running second.

Also taken out in the wreck was points leader Austin Dillon and Matt Crafton, who led much of Saturday’s race.

Johnny Sauter, who crashed while running second to Martin with 14 laps to go, wound up finishing 13th and regained the series points lead.

Polesitter Todd Bodine’s chances for a victory ended when he suffered damage to the rear of his truck and was black flagged when his bumper started dragging on the track.

Kyle Busch, going for a sixth victory of the season, had his day end when he had engine problems which sent him to the garages with 37 laps to go. The problem appeared to be cause when Busch ran over debris which punctured his radiator.

He was running third at the time.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, August 20 2011
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