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 Nascar.com
|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||FleetHQ.com / 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
|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|
|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 Energy.com / 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|