Date: July 15, 2020
Event: NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points events)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (.533-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 5th/3rd (Running, completed 140 of 140 laps)
Note : The NASCAR All-Star Race was comprised of drivers who won a points-paying race in 2019 or 2020, fulltime drivers who have previously won the All-Star Race, fulltime drivers who have won a NASCAR Cup Series championship, and drivers who advanced from the All-Star Open.
Race Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 3 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-55):
● Kevin Harvick started fifth and finished second.
● The No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang moved to second-place quickly and trailed Ryan Blaney. Said car was tight early on, but then started to go loose.
● At the end of the stage, Harvick brought the No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang to pit road for four tires and fuel. Came out in first place.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 56-90):
● Kevin Harvick started first and finished second.
● Said his No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang was still too loose.
● At the end of stage two, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure and chassis adjustment.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-125):
● Kevin Harvick started sixth and finished fifth.
● Harvick said he lost some front turn on his No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang.
● Before the final stage, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 126-140):
● Kevin Harvick started 10th and finished third.
● The No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang moved from 10th for third, but could not get to the front of the field.
● Chase Elliott won the All-Star Race with a .418 of a second margin of victory over runner-up Kyle Busch.
● The All-Star Race featured six lead changes among four different drivers. Twenty drivers comprised the field.
● Harvick has made an appearance in every single NASCAR All-Star Race in his 20-year career, the most of any driver eligible for this year’s All-Star Race.
● Harvick led once for six laps to increase his laps-led total in the All-Star Race to 163.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“There were a couple of laps there where I had to spend a little bit more time in traffic than I needed too, to get back to the front. Our Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang guys did a good job and I think that was the right call (to pit at the end of stage three). That was our only chance, we weren’t going to beat the 9 (Chase Elliott) where we were sitting on the same tires. It all came down to getting past those cars for the first couple laps.”
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, July 19 with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The race gets underway at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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