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Harvick mauls trucks field

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick led all but two laps Saturday and won the spring NASCAR truck race at Martinsville Speedway for the third time in four years.

The former truck team owner yielded the top spot to teammate Ty Dillon for Laps 4 and 5 in the Kroger 250 but left no doubt which truck was best in leading a series-record 248 laps.

It was Harvick's first truck victory for owner Richard Childress. Until this season, Harvick owned his own truck teams.

"I said to Richard when he leaned in the window, 'Why did I ever start a race team? Can you imagine how many wins we would have if we'd never done that?' " Harvick said.

This felt precariously easy, Harvick said.

"Nine times out of 10, when you have trucks like this, or cars, and you have a day like that where you think you're by far the fastest, usually they never work out," he said, "so today was a special day to win the pole, lead the most laps and win the race."

Dillon held off James Buescher to finish second. Buescher held on for third.

SPRINT CUP: Kasey Kahne became the first two-time pole-sitter this year, turning a lap of 97.128 mph at Martinsville to edge Harvick for the top spot in today's race.

INDYCAR: Helio Castroneves, coming off of a victory last week in St. Petersburg, earned the pole for today's Grand Prix of Alabama in Birmingham at 117.485 mph.

NHRA: Morgan Lucas set the fastest time in Top Fuel at the Summit Racing Nationals in Las Vegas with a run of 3.817 seconds at 321.96 mph. Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also led their classes for today's eliminations.

GRAND-AM: Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia won the Porsche 250 in Birmingham, Ala., for Corvette's first Daytona Prototype victory.

Harvick mauls trucks field 03/31/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 31, 2012 10:29pm]
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