Harvick Got Behind And Just Couldn’t Catch Up

Kevin Harvick
Date: May 20, 2017

Event: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points event)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)

Format: 70 laps, broken into four stages (20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)

Start/Finish: 5th/6th (Running, completed 70 of 70 laps)

Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 3 Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

● Kevin Harvick started third, finished third.

Struggled with a tight-handling condition off the corner throughout the stage.

Pitted for four prime Goodyear tires and air pressure and wedge adjustments following the stage.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

Started second, finished eighth.

● Suffered with a tight handling condition at the start of the run and a loose condition later in the stage.

Pitted for four option Goodyear tires and air pressure and wedge adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 41-60):

Started seventh, finished second.

Raced from seventh to second by lap 51 on the option tires.

Noted the balance of the car was good on the option tires throughout the stage.

Harvick’s average finish from the first three stages allowed him to be lined up fourth for the final round of pit stops.

Pitted for four prime Goodyear tires and air pressure and a wedge adjustments.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 61-70):

Started eight, finished sixth.

Advanced two positions in the closing laps to finish sixth.

 

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Bucks Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We just didn’t put it together there when we came down pit road. We got behind, and at that point you don’t have enough laps to make it up.”

 

Notes:

Harvick scored his 10th top-10 finish in his 17th career Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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