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Trucks: Harvick steals Michigan win

Kevin Harvick claimed victory in the Camping World Truck Series race after longtime race leaders Mark Martin, Matt Crafton and Austin Dillon were all involved in a late accident.
Kevin Harvick took victory in the Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway, after inheriting the lead following a late race accident that collected many of the cars that had led during the afternoon.

Mark Martin - who had led for 33 laps of the scheduled race distance of 100 - was in the lead for a restart on lap 90 when his rear-end was clipped by Parker Kligerman getting loose, That tipped Kligerman into a spin and he was broadsided by Austin Dillon who had come into the race as the series points leader, the damage putting them both out on the spot. Martin was collected by pole sitter Matt Crafton but the damage to both cars was less serious and they made it to the end.

"The only part that I saw was [Kligerman] trying to get all he could on the bottom," described Timothy Peters, who managed to avoid getting caught up in the wreck himself. "He just stepped out from under me and chased it up the hill, and it looked like he collected [Martin].

Harvick picked his way through the chaos to lead at the next restart which was quickly curtailed for debris on track, leaving the race finishing under a green-white-chequered with Harvick holding off Peters and Miguel Paludo to take the win when Nelson Piquet Jr. brought proceedings to an early close by hitting the wall on the backstretch after the white flag had been waved.

It's Harvick's 11th Camping World Truck Series victory in 111 starts, his fourth of the season and his second consecutive race win after he also won at Pocono two weeks ago. Harvick has now won in all three national-level NASCAR series at Michigan, the first driver to do so and a feat he has also achieved at Atlanta, Phoenix and Martinsville.

Johnny Sauter spun and hit the wall late during the race but was able to continue, and with the high accident rate in the final laps he climbed back up to 13th place to regain the lead of the Truck Series championship that he had lost after being penalised 6pts for a technical infringement after Pocono.

Kyle Busch exited early on lap 63 after debris damaged his radiator, sending him into retirement in the garage. He was classified in 25th position, which coupled with Harvick's win means that the Kyle Busch Motorsports #18 and the Kevin Harvick Inc. #2 are now tied in the lead of the Truck Series owner points, although neither owner-driver scores points in the Truck Series drivers championship.

"It's gratifying, but in a different way," said Harvick, comparing it with his wins in the Sprint Cup competition as a driver. "When you're driving it, it's twice as gratifying, just for the fact that that competitive instinct is fueled by the driver in me. It's not Sunday, but any trophy you can bring home is a good thing."

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Mark Martin, driver of the #32 Exide Batteries Chevrolet, drives away in front of Parker Kligerman, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Dodge, Miguel Paludo, driver of the #7 Stemco/Duroline Toyota, and Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 20 in Brooklyn, Mich. [Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR]
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Daniel Suarez, driver of the #51 ARRIS Toyota, and John H. Nemechek, driver of the #8 Chevrolet, lead a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning after winning the series championship after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for thirteenth position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Harvick will be joined by Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS, qualifies for eleventh position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Truex, Jr. will be joined by Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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