Harvick wins the NCWTS O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Bristol

Kevin Harvick won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200.

[media-credit name=”Brad Keppel” align=”alignright” width=”240″][/media-credit]Harvick held off Johnny Sauter in the final laps for his third consecutive victory in the Truck Series.

“Three in a row, that’s pretty cool.” Harvick said.

Todd Bodine finished third James Buescher fourth and Timothy Peters finished fifth.

Ron Hornaday started third but got loose exiting off of turn 2 and slid into the inside wall, ending his night early.

On lap 51, Chris Jones driver of the #87 was turned into the outside wall by Jake Crum, #01. Jones did a little retaliation bump before bringing it into the garage for repairs. “I got plum run over.” said Crum. “I don’t know if he ran out of talent or brains.”

On lap 62, Crum was caught up in a multi-truck crash in turn 4 after Ricky Carmichael and Max Papis get together. Crum slammed into the side of the #9 of Max Papis, sending both of them to the garage.

On lap 99 during the restart, Elliott Salder spun Kyle Busch into the outside wall exiting turn 2. Busch suffered severe front end damage but stayed on the track until Sadler made it back around the track. As Sadler tried to make the move around Busch, Busch pushed him up high and spun him out in retaliation. Busch also clipped him in the rear during the spin.

Busch’s quest for a fourth consecutive victory at Bristol came to an end as his pit crew was unable to make repairs and get him back into the race. But Sadler’s crew was able to make repairs and he finished ninth.

“I honestly think his sponsor didn’t see that I was on the outside of him.” Sadler said.

Busch admitted that he took Sadler out and accused Sadler of purposely taking him out. Busch made a reference to the person that pays Sadler’s paycheck, referring to Kevin Harvick Inc (KHI).

“Where does his paycheck come from? We were racing earlier tonight and I pulled a slide job on him and he ran into me three times after that. Then got clear of him for a while and on that restart there I was trying to slide him and get up to the top. The spotter said I was clear and I was clear at the time. Maybe I was too late. He wrecked us and I’m not going to put up with it.” Busch said.

“Shows how smart Kyle Busch is. Elliott is not even driving for us tonight. We can drive as dirty as he wants.” Harvick said in victory lane.

On lap 144, #39 Ryan Sieg and #51 Josh Richards get together as Sieg tried to make a move low. Also #32 Blake Feese and Papis were also involved.

Sauter increased his points lead from five points to seven over Buescher in the series standings.

 

Unofficial Race Results
O’Reilly Auto Parts 200, Bristol Motor Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/truckseries/race.php?race=16
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 6 2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 0
2 12 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 42
3 9 5 Todd Bodine Toyota 41
4 5 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 40
5 8 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 39
6 10 22 Joey Coulter * Chevrolet 38
7 29 6 Justin Lofton Toyota 37
8 2 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. * Chevrolet 36
9 1 124 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 0
10 11 29 Parker Kligerman * Dodge 34
11 15 81 David Starr Toyota 33
12 30 60 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 32
13 27 119 David Mayhew Chevrolet 0
14 31 92 Clay Rogers Chevrolet 30
15 14 20 Johanna Long * Toyota 29
16 20 23 Jason White Chevrolet 29
17 13 151 Josh Richards Toyota 27
18 35 32 Blake Feese Chevrolet 26
19 34 66 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 25
20 4 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 24
21 18 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet 23
22 28 109 Bryan Silas Ford 0
23 17 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 21
24 3 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 20
25 26 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 19
26 33 9 Max Papis Toyota 18
27 21 73 Brian Johnson Jr. Chevrolet 17
28 24 170 Jeff Agnew Chevrolet 16
29 22 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 15
30 7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 0
31 16 7 Miguel Paludo * Toyota 13
32 19 7 John King Toyota 12
33 25 101 Jake Crum Chevrolet 11
34 23 87 Chris Jones Chevrolet 10
35 32 93 Mike Garvey Chevrolet 9
36 36 165 Brent Raymer Chevrolet 8

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