Kevin Harvick may have had the dominant truck in Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, but the dominant truck doesn’t always win. And sometimes, rain has something to do with that.
After the race was called early after the ninth and final caution of the race with 57 laps of the scheduled 200-lap distance remaining, NASCAR ended the race and Todd Bodine was declared the winner.
“I’ve lost them this way. Now I’ve won one this way,” Bodine said after being declared the winner. “I’ll take it.”
Kevin Harvick dominated the race prior to the first of two red flags for rain on lap 120. After starting the race on the pole, he led 96 of the first 120 laps.
“We didn’t have the best truck,” Bodine said. “Kevin had the best truck, but racing isn’t always about who has the fastest truck.”
Harvick’s No. 2 truck was up front when the yellow flag waved on lap 96. He wanted to pit but crew chief Ernie Cope told him to stay out because rain was coming. The race went back to green but the caution came out again on lap 111, with Harvick still up front.
Before going back to green, the race was red flagged for rain on lap 120. When the race returned to yellow, Harvick and others who had stayed out during the previous caution made their ways down pit road.
Miguel Paludo, after staying out, restarted up front but lost the lead to Bodine on the restart. When the yellow waved again on lap 126, Pauludo gave up second to pit, while everyone else stayed out. Parker Kligerman then claimed the second spot.
The caution came out for the ninth time in the race won lap 143 for more rain, with the red flag that ultimately ended the race coming out a few laps later.
Bodine was still up front and Kligerman second at the time of the final caution to claim the win and runner-up finish. By the final red flag, Harvick had worked his way back up to third.
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