After a blackout at Gateway International Raceway forced the postponement of Friday night’s CampingWorld.com 200, it was Kevin Harvick who came out victorious on a steamy Saturday afternoon, beating Brad Keselowski to the checkers by 5.241 seconds. Harvick overcame a stiff neck and back to dominate, leading 143 of 160 laps on the way to his third win in four starts this season. Johnny Sauter, points leader Todd Bodine and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.
On the heels of Austin Dillon‘s dominating first career victory behind the wheel of a black No. 3, made famous by Dale Earnhardt before his untimely death in 2001, Dale’s grandson Jeffrey Earnhardt is set to make his Camping World Truck Series debut. He’ll pilot the No. 6 Fuel Doctor Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing …
Coming up on two laps left to race, Jimmie Johnson powered around the outside of Tony Stewart to retake the lead.
Speaking of young guns, I’ve heard a couple of people blame Joey Logano for the late-race contact with Kyle Busch that essentially gave the win to the No. 88 team. I’ve been a Logano critic since the hype machine first fired up, but there is absolutely no validity to those thoughts that the contact was all on him. Busch was restarting with a tire going down and when he drove it off into turn 1, he had to get off the gas to not lose the car… forcing Logano to get into the back of him. That left the move as nothing more than a racing accident… it’s that simple.
Last week we talked about the new series sponsor, “buschwhacking,” and the future of the series. This week, we examine the champ, the contenders and the 2008 rookie class.