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.
● 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!