Kevin Harvick Grabs A Fourth Place Finish In The ALSCO 300 At Kentucky

Kevin Harvick

Date: July 8, 2017

Event: Alsco 300 (Round 16 of 33)

Series: NASCAR XFINITY Series

Location: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile oval)

Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (45 laps/45 laps/110 laps)

Start/Finish: 11th/4th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)

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

 

Stage 1 Winner: Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Ends on Lap 45):

●  Started 11th, finished 10th.

●  The No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang came to pit road during the competition caution on lap 27 for four tires, wedge and fuel.

●  Restarted 22nd on lap 29 and  raced his way to the 10th position by lap 45.

●  Stayed out under caution at the conclusion of Stage 1.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Ends on Lap 90):  

●  Started second, finished fourth.

●  Dropped to the fourth position following the start of Stage 2 and continued in that position for the remainder of the stage.

●  Came to pit road for four tires and fuel following Stage 2.

 

Final Stage Recap (Ends on Lap 200):        

●  Started fifth, finished fourth.

●  Stayed out under caution on lap 104 to hold the fifth position.

●  Came to pit road in the fourth position on lap 132 for four tires and fuel, while several cars opted for a fuel only or two-tire strategy.

●  Stayed out under caution on lap 168 to advance from the ninth position to the second position.

●  Held the fourth position in the closing laps.

 

Notes:                   

●  Harvick scored his fifth top-five finish in six NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Kentucky Speedway.

●  It is his 182nd top-five finish in 339 XFINITY Series starts.

●  This is Harvick’s fourth XFINITY Series start for Stewart-Haas Racing.

●  The race featured eight lead changes among four drivers and eight cautions for 44 laps.

 

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

How tough was it restarting on the outside there at the end?

“Well, for some people it was okay. For us we were just a little too free to hold the throttle down. On the bottom I could hold it wide open. On the top I was just kind of chasing the car. I just have to thank everyone from Hunt Brothers and FIELDS, Textron Off-Road, Ford and everybody at Stewart-Haas for letting me be a part of this program and putting this program together. We’ve finished in the top-five every time out, so we’ve just got to keep building on it. I think the first year is definitely a building block and they’re doing really good.”

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

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