From Last to First: Hamlin Scores Truck Victory at Martinsville

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A classic day at Martinsville filled with beating and banging sent Denny Hamlin to victory lane. Hamlin began the race in the back of the field and he made his way up to the front by the end of the race. Hamlin won this race last season and he came back this season to win his second straight grandfather clock. Hamlin was driving the No.51 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports and Hamlin got his boss, Kyle Busch, his first truck victory of the season. Hamlin edged out Matt Crafton on the final restart for the victory.

Championship contender Timothy Peters started the race on the pole and he led the first sixty laps before Kevin Harvick passed him. The first caution of the day came out on lap nineteen for Todd Bodine who slapped the wall coming off of turn four. The second yellow-flag of the race came out on lap 28 for Jeff Agnew who spun in turns one and two after David Starr got into the back of Agnew heading into turn one.

The third yellow flag of the afternoon waved on lap 94 for Tim George Jr who got into the turn two wall after cutting down a tire. The halfway point in the race approached quickly and Harvick led followed by Crafton, Piquet Jr, Hornaday Jr and Peters. Major championship implications arose with fifty laps to go when point’s leader Ty Dillon cut down a tire and hit the turn two wall. Dillon’s crew went to work under the caution to fix the No.3 truck but Dillon was five laps down when he returned to the track.

Matt Crafton took his first lead in the race with 39 laps to go when he got around Kevin Harvick. Just two laps later the caution flew for Clay Greenfield and Jason White. Greenfield got loose going into turn one and spun up the track and White reacted to the spin ahead by slamming on the brakes heading into turn one and then White spun around as well. The fifth caution of the afternoon came out when Peyton Sellers spun in turns one and two after Todd Bodine got into the back of Seller’s truck.

The final yellow flag of the day came out with 16 laps to go for Miguel Paludo who spun in turn one after he over drove the corner and then he tried to save his truck which spun him around. One of the dominant trucks of the day was Kevin Harvick and after the beating and banging of the last few laps, Harvick cut a tire down and had to pit. That pit stop eliminated Harvick’s shot at victory. The final exchange of the lead took place with six laps to go when Denny Hamlin booted Matt Crafton out of the way. Hamlin would then pull away from the rest of the field and cross the finish line first.

Hamlin didn’t have the dominant truck of the day but he drove up through the field and crossed the finish line first. This is Hamlin’s first truck win of the season. Hamlin is one of the best Martinsville racers and he continues to prove that on the race track. James Buescher brought his truck home sixth and took over the points lead. With Ty Dillon’s terrible finish of 28th, Buescher took advantage of his competitor’s misfortune and Buescher built a twenty-one point lead over Dillon. At one point in the race Buescher was a lap down and in 28th, somehow Buescher managed to finish sixth and he said after the race that he and his team “Can’t give up.”

Timothy Peters finished seventh and slightly closed the point’s gap but he still remains twenty-five points behind Buescher with three races left in the season. Peters and Ty Dillon are going to need wins if they want to compete for the championship with Buescher.

With three races left in the 2012 season, all trucks are on high-alert to get back to victory lane. James Buescher now is in a defensive mode to keep his points lead for the final three races. Anything can happen over the next three races. Only way to find out is to tune into next Friday nights race in Texas.

Results via

1 5 151 Denny Hamlin Toyota Toyota 0 200 Running
2 4 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet Qualcomm / Bell Helmets 42/0 200 Running
3 14 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet RCR / Darrell Gwynn Foundation 41/0 200 Running
4 7 88 Matt Crafton Toyota Zecol / Menards 41/1 200 Running
5 23 92 Scott Riggs Chevrolet / BTS Tire & Auto Service / QMI 0 200 Running
6 10 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Great Clips 38/0 200 Running
7 1 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Toyota / Stru
38/1 200 Running
8 11 29 Ryan Blaney Ram Draw-Tite / Mopar 36/0 200 Running
9 13 7 Parker Kligerman Toyota Toyota / Camp Horsin’ Around 35/0 200 Running
10 3 18 Brian Scott Toyota Shore Lodge 0 200 Running
11 21 8 Max Gresham * Chevrolet Made in USA Brand 33/0 200 Running
12 2 2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Tide Pods 0 200 Running
13 27 23 Jason White Ford Grime Boss 31/0 200 Running
14 8 13 Johnny Sauter Toyota SealMaster / Curb Records 31/1 200 Running
15 20 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet Duroline Brakes 29/0 200 Running
16 19 81 David Starr Toyota Zachry 28/0 200 Running
17 24 5 Josh Richards Ford 0 200 Running
18 26 09 John Wes Townley * Toyota Romney-Ryan 26/0 200 Running
19 14 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet Lofton Cattle 25/0 200 Running
20 36 60 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet St. Lawrence Radiology / N Fab 24/0 199 Running
21 9 07 Jeff Agnew Chevrolet Mark 4 Suzuki 23/0 199 Running
22 12 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Toyota Care 22/0 198 Running
23 31 08 Ross Chastain * Toyota JDI Racing 21/0 198 Running
24 29 275 Caleb Holman * Chevrolet Food Country USA / Sunset Farm Foods 20/0 198 Running
25 30 168 Clay Greenfield Ram Star Road-Guard 19/0 198 Running
26 28 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet Pull A Part LLC 18/0 197 Running
27 33 93 Tim George Jr. Chevrolet Applebee’s 17/0 197 Running
28 6 3 Ty Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 16/0 194 Running
29 32 99 Bryan Silas * Ford Rockingham Speedway 15/0 193 Running
30 25 202 Tyler Young * Chevrolet Randco 14/0 189 Running
31 35 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 13/0 188 Running
32 17 27 Ryan Truex Chevrolet The Classic at The Rock 0 158 Transmission
33 16 9 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet AM-FM / Armour / AKL Insurance 11/0 136 Oil Pump
34 18 135 Matt Merrell Chevrolet Win-Tron Racing / Merrell Lease Service 10/0 35 Transmission
35 22 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet Rheem “Chasing the Cure” 9/0 7 Transmission
36 34 84 Chris Fontaine Chevrolet Glenden Enterprises 8/0 5 Clutch




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