Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 8/31/14
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: Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Points 1 5 51 Denny Hamlin Toyota Toyota 200 $32,000 Running 6 0 2 4 30 Nelson Piquet Jr Qualcomm-Bell Helmets Chevrolet 200 $26,840 Running 0 42 3 15 22 Joey Coulter RCR / Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet 200 $16,485 Running 0 41 4 7 88 Matt Crafton Zecol / Menards Toyota 200 $13,400 Running 33 41 5 23 92 Scott Riggs FleetHQ.com/BTS Tire & Auto   Service / QMI Chevrolet 200 $9,650 Running 0 0 6 10 31 James Buescher Great Clips Chevrolet 200 $10,450 Running 0 38 7 1 17 Timothy Peters Toyota-StrutMasters.com Toyota 200 $12,600 Running 59 38 8 11 29 Ryan Blaney Draw-Tite/MOPAR RAM 200 $10,250 Running 0 36 9 13 7 Parker Kligerman Toyota-Camp Horsin’ Around Toyota 200 $10,200 Running 0 35 10 3 18 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota 200 $9,175 Running 0 0 11 21 8 Max Gresham Made in U.S.A. brand Chevrolet 200 $8,850 Running 0 33 12 2 2 Kevin Harvick Tide Chevrolet 200 $7,725 Running 101 0 13 27 23 Jason White Grime Boss Ford 200 $9,925 Running 0 31 14 8 13 Johnny Sauter Seal Master / Curb Records Toyota 200 $10,875 Running 1 31 15 20 32 Miguel Paludo Duroline Chevrolet 200 $10,850 Running 0 29 16 19 81 David Starr Zachry Toyota 200 $9,700 Running 0 28 17 24 5 Josh Richards BulletLiners.com Ford 200 $7,400 Running 0 0 18 26 9 John Wes Townley Romney-Ryan Toyota 200 $9,600 Running 0 26 19 14 6 Justin Lofton Lofton Cattle Chevrolet 200 $9,550 Running 0 25 20 36 60 Peyton Sellers St. Lawrence Radiology /N Fab Chevrolet 199 $7,875 Running 0 24 21 9 7 Jeff Agnew Mark 4 Suzuki Chevrolet 199 $9,475 Running 0 23 22 12 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Care Toyota 198 $9,450 Running 0 22 23 31 8 Ross Chastain JDI Racing Toyota 198 $9,425 Running 0 21 24 29 75 Caleb Holman Food Country USA / Sunset Farm   Foods Chevrolet 198 $7,150 Running 0 20 25 30 68 Clay Greenfield Star Road-Guard RAM 198 $7,250 Running 0 19 26 28 39 Ryan Sieg Pull-A-Part, LLC Chevrolet 197 $9,325 Running 0 18 27 33 93 Tim George Jr Applebee’s Chevrolet 197 $9,250 Running 0 17 28 6 3 Ty Dillon Bass Pro Shops – Tracker Boats Chevrolet 194 $7,975 Running 0 16 29 32 99 Bryan Silas Rockingham Speedway Ford 193 $7,925 Running 0 15 30 25 2 Tyler Young Randco Industries Chevrolet 189 $7,400 Running 0 14 31 35 57 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 188 $6,450 Running 0 13 32 17 27 Ryan Truex The Classic at The Rock Chevrolet 158 $6,425 Transmission 0 0 33 16 9 Ron Hornaday Jr AM-FMEnergy.com/Armour/AKLInsurance Chevrolet 136 $6,400 Oil Pump 0 11 34 18 35 Matt Merrell Win-Tron Racing-Merrell Lease   Service Chevrolet 35 $6,350 Transmission 0 10 35 22 33 Cale Gale Rheem Chasing The Cure Chevrolet 7 $6,325 Transmission 0 9 36 34 84 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet 5 $6,292 Clutch 0 8
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