Kevin Harvick Got Caught Up In “The Big One”

Kevin Harvick

Date: May 7, 2017

Event: Geico 500 (Round 10 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval)

Format: 188 laps, broken into three stages (55 laps/55 laps/78 laps)

Start/Finish: 6th/23rd (Running, completed 191 of 191 laps)

Point Standing: 7th (309 points, 119 out of first)


Race Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Roush Fenway Racing (Ford) in overtime

Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)


Stage 1 Recap (Ended on Lap 55):

Kevin Harvick started sixth, finished 28th.

● Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion led lap 24 and raced in the top-five for the first 30 laps.

Reported a vibration on lap 40 and fell back to midpack.

Pitted at the conclusion of the stage for multiple extended stops to diagnose and attempt to correct the vibration.


Stage 2 Recap (Ended on Lap 110):

Started 25th, finished second, earning nine bonus points.

● Pitted under caution from the 19th position on lap 84 for four tires and fuel. He restarted 26th on lap 86.

● Joined the top-five on lap 95 and raced up to the second position on lap 97.

● Pitted at the conclusion of Stage 2 for four tires and fuel. He returned to the track as the first car on four new tires.


Final Stage Recap (Ended on Lap 188):

● Started fourth, finished 23rd.

● Pitted from the fourth position on lap 150 for four tires and fuel.

● Returned to the track on lap 151 at the tail end of the lead pack in the 20th position.

● Narrowly avoided a wreck directly in front of him on lap 160 and stayed out under the caution to gain track position.

● Collected in an 18-car accident on lap 170 and suffered damage to the right front of the car, causing the team to pit twice for repairs.

● Suffered a cut right-front tire on the following restart and was forced to pit under green, causing him to lose a lap.

● Was awarded the free pass on lap 187 and finished as the last car on the lead lap in overtime.



● Harvick led three times for 15 laps to bring his laps-led total at Talladega to 202 and season laps-led total to 459.

● There were eight caution periods for a total of 33 laps.

● Twenty-three drivers finished on the lead lap.


Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

DID YOU EVER FIGURE OUT WHAT THE VIBRATION ENDED UP BEING?  “I really don’t know what it was, but it stayed with us all day. I didn’t know what to do. To have a car that can lead laps and run up front, this time we just happened to wreck up front. Solid performance from the Jimmy John’s team, just bad luck.”


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