Friday at Martinsville: Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Ron Hornaday
Kevin Harvick Paces Truck Practice
The Camping World trucks were the first to hit the track on Friday morning, and it was a clean practice overall, except for a solo spin by Ron Hornaday in turn two. Hornaday rebounded well, though, and he finished practice as the fourth quickest truck.
Kevin Harvick kept his momentum going as he led the first practice with a speed of 94.690 mph...the only driver to run under the 20-second bracket.
Joining Harvick and teammate Hornaday in the top five was Timothy Peters (second), Rick Crawford (fourth), and Matt Crafton (fifth).
Ryan Newman Paces Cup Practice
Ryan Newman, who’s so far struggled this year, paced the first cup practice with a speed of 96.934 mph. He was followed by Mark Martin, Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Gordon, and Denny Hamlin. Pre-race favorite and last week’s winner Jimmie Johnson was seventh.
Cup practice had its share of drama, as there was a small delay due to rain, and late in the practice Tony Stewart nailed Travis Kravil in the left-rear corner, leaving decent damage. Stewart said Kravil just checked up and that he got into the back of him.
“I wish I knew the answer,” Stewart told reporters after his run.
Kravil said that the incident was his fault.
“More than anything, I was in his way,” Kravil said. “I feel bad, tore both our racecars up and messed up his mock [qualifying] lap. I’m sure he’s not real happy, but it’s my fault, I guess. I was in the way, but it’s part of it.”
Kravil said the plan was to pull over and let Stewart go by, saying, “He was on his last lap and I was on my first lap, and it was just a difference where my tires didn’t hook up and get going and he was at full speed.”
Truck Practice No. 2
In the second practice, there was more trouble surrounding Hornaday as he made contact with Brian Johnson Jr. There was no damage to Hornaday's truck, but Johnson Jr. suffered a bent left front right rear fender. Also, Lance Fenton spun the No. 95 Dodge in turn two, though he made no contact.
Rain ended truck practice early; however, the end result was the same, as Harvick topped the speed charts again with a lap of 94.784 mph (19.978 seconds) with his teammate in Hornaday second, just 0.02 seconds slower. Rounding out the top five was Peters, David Starr, and Johnny Sauter.
Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Qualifying Rained Out
Qualifying got rained out and Harvick holds pole for both.
The Sprint Cup Series will start based upon 2010 owner points, with Harvick on pole followed by Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, and Stewart.
The Camping World Truck Series will start based upon 2009 owner points, with Harvick on pole.
Before the season started, he switched the owner points between the No. 2 truck he is in and the No. 33 that teammate Hornaday is driving to get both in the show in case of this.
Harvick will be followed by Aric Almirola, Crafton, Mike Skinner, and Peters. Hornaday, by virtue of the owner points switch, will start last due to the championship provisional.
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