Harvick Finishes Outside The Top Twenty At Pocono

Kevin Harvick

Date: June 2, 2019

Event: Pocono 400 (Round 14 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)

Format: 160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)

Start/Finish: 11th/22nd (Running, completed 159 of 160 laps)

Point Standing: 5th with 500 points, 68 behind first

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 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

● Kevin Harvick started 11th, finished fourth and collected seven bonus points.

● Harvick dropped two spots early on, but was back up to 11th by the eighth lap.

● The No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion was reported to be tight by Harvick on lap 10.

● Harvick pitted on lap 20 for four tires only. He could not take fuel due to the competition caution coming out.

● On lap 22, Harvick pitted for fuel only.

● Harvick restarted ninth and was up to sixth by lap 24.

● On lap 37, Harvick reported the car was still too tight.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

● Harvick started 10th, finished 15th.

● On lap 52, he pitted for four tires and fuel.

● Harvick was third on lap 93, 7.7 seconds behind leader Kyle Busch.

● On lap 94, Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 101-160):

● Harvick started second and finished 22nd.

● On lap 113, Harvick said his car was tight. He was in second place.

● The No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion pitted for two tires and fuel on lap 124 while in second-place behind Busch. Unfortunately, he was penalized with a drive-through penalty for having an uncontrolled tire.

● Things became worse as Harvick lost power steering in his car, and he finished a disappointing 22nd.


●  Kyle Busch won the Pocono 400 to score his 55th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading fourth of the season and his third at Pocono. His margin of victory over second-place Brad Keselowski was 2.224 seconds.

●  There were eight caution periods for a total of 28 laps.

●  Twenty-one of the 37 drivers in the Pocono 400 finished on the lead lap.

●  Busch leaves Pocono as the sole championship leader with a four-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano. The duo came into the Pocono 400 tied atop the championship standings.

●  Harvick finished fourth in Stage 1 to earn seven bonus points.

●  This is only the third time Harvick has finished outside the top-10 at Pocono since joining SHR in 2014.

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, June 9 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

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