MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick led all but two laps and won the spring NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday for the third time in the past four years.
The former truck team owner yielded the top spot to teammate Ty Dillon for the fourth and fifth laps, but left no doubt which truck was best in leading a series-record 248 laps.
It was his fourth career start from the pole in the series, and he’s won all four races.
It also was his first victory in the truck series for team owner Richard Childress. Until this season, Harvick owned his own truck teams, but gave that up in the off-season.
“I said to Richard when he leaned in the window, ‘Why did I ever start a race team?’” he said. “‘Can you imagine how many wins we would have if we’d never done that?’”
This one looked simple, and 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.
“It’s something that you don’t do very often. I’m pretty happy for everybody.”
INDYCAR SERIES: In Birmingham, Ala., Helio Castroneves continued a strong start by capturing the pole for today’s Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Castroneves turned in a fast lap of 1:10.4768 in Saturday’s qualifying after opening with a win at St. Petersburg.
James Hinchcliffe earned his best career start at second, in 1:10.5222, followed by Scott Dixon (1:10.5291) and Mike Conway (1:10.6791).
Honda closed the gap from its first week of competition with Chevrolet, which still had four of the top six qualifiers.
Defending champion Will Power failed to advance into the Fast 6 after winning the event’s first two poles. His final lap in Round 2 wasn’t counted because it came under a yellow flag.