Martinsville has always held a bit of a temper. Most of the time, it stays in check as “just racin'” but sometimes…
Such was the case for the Kroger 200 (Camping World Series Trucks). Late in the race the Bass Pro Shops #3 of Ty Dillon got into the Anderson’s Maple Syrup – Kroger #14 of Kevin Harvick.
Spin, wall, crash…
After they were able to move, Harvick began tapping and bumping the #3, moved around Dillon but only to jump and brake towards pit road.
Harvick and Dillon came into the pits in that order. As the #3 pit stall came into line, Harvick dove the #14 into it, completely blocking the #3. Harvick stood on the brakes, punched the engine and chirped the tires but held Dillon on the outside of the stall. NASCAR officials were waving Harvick out, the #3 team rushed the truck as Dillon could only drive around and exit for another lap.
Harvick began to move with Bass Pro Shops fire suits practically clinging to the net, punching and pulling as he went…
Dillon came around again for the team to begin the now failed effort to salvage a finish. Harvick was either parked by NASCAR or simply parked the #14 on his own. Whatever the case, he walked the rest of the race. Dillon finished but at the tail with the #3 swimming around the track like a tired shopping cart.
Darrell Wallace, Jr. took the checkers a few laps later. Denny Hamlin, who had the pole, spun the Jordan Brand #51 earlier and was chasing rather leading.
Wallace, Hamlin and Johnny Sauter were fighting among the top 3 for most of the race, with Harvick and Dillon and maybe one or two others making moves towards them.
Martinsville Fight Club. The only rule about it is that it can happen at any time. The Kroger 200 is only the opener… The Sprint Cup Chase is on next with the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.
What could happen…?