By Patrick Reynolds
Martinsville, VA- Kevin Harvick led close to every lap in winning Martinsville’s Truck Series race. As a matter of fact, he only gave up the lead when he wanted to.
The Cup regular won the pole position earlier in the day and jumped out to an early lead.
Ty Dillon led laps five and six when Harvick slowed to let his Richard Childress Racing teammate out front and grab a championship bonus point. Dillon returned the courtesy and allowed Harvick back to the front on lap seven.
That was the last time Harvick did not hold the point as he ended the day leading a series record 248 0f 250 laps.
“Ty and myself working together on the restarts to make sure we were doing everything we could do to help him position himself to race for the championship” Harvick said of the lead swap and his strategy for the day.
Dillon said, “The plan was to get our cars out front and in a line, so we could let them (Harvick’s team) do what they were able to do. They were really fast and it definitely showed.”
Harvick built nearly a straightaway lead by lap 50. Following the first round of stops on lap 76, Dillon was able to keep Harvick in sight, but not offer a strong challenge. Harvick’s second and final stop took place on lap 160 and cruised to what looked like an easy victory.