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A twin win for Harvicks in Trucks Series finale

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP)

Kevin and Delana Harvick were an extremely happy couple Friday night. Kevin Harvick made a late pass to cap a dominating show to win the season-ending Trucks Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and wife Delana clinched the owners' championship when Ron Hornaday Jr. - who had already wrapped up his fourth Trucks title - finished eighth. "That's the way to put an end to a year, right there!" Harvick shrieked into the radio as he crossed the line. Kevin Harvick went into the pit after Ryan Sieg went into the wall and brought out a caution flag with seven laps left. Harvick took four tires, exited pit road first and lined up just behind Timothy Peters for a green-white-checkered finish. Harvick passed Peters in the very first turn after the restart and cruised to the win. And then Harvick and Hornaday went side-by-side after the checkered fell, sending thick plumes of white burnout smoke into the air. Matt Crafton finished second, polesitter Colin Braun took third and Peters finished fourth. Busch qualified eighth, then had to start at the back of the 36-truck pack because of an engine change. Ordinarily, that might be devastating. For Busch, who came in with 11 top-5 finishes in 14 Trucks Series starts this season, all the lost ground was made up in about 10 minutes. Instead, his real trouble came later. Busch passed 10 trucks on the first lap alone, 18 - half the field - in the first three laps and was 11th by the time the drivers crossed the finish line for the seventh time. By the 25-lap mark, he was fourth, and when the first caution flag came out 18 minutes into the race, Busch was in second place, trailing only Kevin Harvick. Meanwhile, Hornaday's No. 33 settled in nicely, not far from the lead but well ahead of the pack, teetering around fifth for much of the early going. At that point, the only drama left was the owners' race between Delana Harvick and Billy Ballew. Kevin Harvick Inc. came in with a 60-point lead over Ballew in the owner standings, but thanks to Busch's worst-to-first climb, they were even at the midpoint Friday night. It didn't stay that way. Running under green with about 50 laps to go, Busch pitted to repair a blown-out tire - and then got flagged for a rear-tire violation, forcing him to lose even more time by taking a pass-through penalty. It dropped him to 22nd, two laps down and at that point, an owners race that was even a few moments earlier saw KHI holding a 108-point advantage. And it left Busch spitting mad over the radio, too. But by then, Kevin Harvick was in full control, holding about a 6-second lead out front, and then his late move past Peters capped off the twin-win night.

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