Kevin Wins Truck Race #1! Craftsman 2002 Chevy Silverado 150 Phoenix!

Posted on: November 29, 2013 by: leftturns190

Harvick fends off Musgrave for win

Posted: Friday November 08, 2002 5:48 PM
Updated: Friday November 08, 2002 6:18 PM

Reprinted from CNNSI.com

Chevy Silverado 150 Results
Finish Driver Make
1. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
2. Ted Musgrave Dodge
3. Rick Crawford Ford
4. Travis Kvapil Chevrolet
5. Terry Cook Ford
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AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick barely held off a late charge from Ted Musgrave and won the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race on Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Harvick, a regular in NASCAR’s Winston Cup circuit, won for the first time in 75 truck races. He joined Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Bobby Hamilton and Ken Schrader as the only drivers to win at least one race in Cup, Truck and the Busch Series.

It appeared Harvick was on his way to an easy victory after moving to the front on lap 76 of the 152-lap event. He stayed out front but, with fewer than 20 laps to go, Musgrave’s Dodge suddenly moved up to Harvick’s rear bumper and began to dog the leader’s Chevrolet.

Harvick pulled away a few car-lengths again with two laps to go on the 1-mile oval, but a three-car accident involving Ryan Hemphill, Jason Leffler and Jon Wood brought out the third caution flag.

Truck series rules require the races to end with at least two green-flag laps and the race, scheduled to end on lap 150, restarted on lap 151.

Harvick got a good restart and kept Musgrave at bay until the final turn, when the challenger bumped Harvick, moved to the inside of the leader and shot forward, coming up 0.022 seconds and about three feet short. The winner averaged 108.014 mph.

“Ted got into us a little out there,” Harvick said. “He didn’t do anything anybody else wouldn’t have done. In fact, I’d have probably done it harder.”

Musgrave, who won last Saturday in Fontana, Calif., said, “We tried everything other than taking him out. On the last lap, we gave him a shove over and let him know that I was a little quicker. I wrinkled his quarter-panel a little bit. What the heck, it’s Harvick.”

Series leader Mike Bliss dropped a cylinder midway through the race but soldiered on to a ninth-place finish. Combined with Musgrave’s runner-up finish and Rick Crawford being third, Bliss will go into next Friday’s season-finale in Homestead, Fla., leading Crawford by 32 points and Musgrave by 71.

“Another race down and that tightens it up going into Homestead,” Crawford said. “Ain’t anybody mad at anybody, yet.”

Bliss will wrap up the championship by finishing fifth or better in Homestead, no matter what the other two drivers do.

 

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