Harvick Finishes Sixth in Sprint All-Star Race Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Pennzoil Ultra team avoided several incidents during the fourth and final 10-lap segment in Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race to score a sixth-place finish. On ...
Harvick Finishes Sixth in Sprint All-Star Race
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Pennzoil Ultra team avoided several incidents during the fourth and final 10-lap segment in Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race to score a sixth-place finish.
On Friday, during the team's only practice session for NASCAR's prestigious event, Harvick turned in the sixth-fastest lap with a speed of 182.710 mph. Qualifying was set for Friday evening, and it always has a unique look as each driver completes three laps, including a four-tire pit stop. The No. 29 crew anxiously waited for their opportunity but it never came, as rain showers cancelled the qualifying session, and Harvick was awarded the 13th starting position based on qualifying draw.
A crowd of 125,000 packed the grandstands at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sprint All-Star Race, and Harvick battled a very loose Chevrolet Impala during the opening 50-lap segment. At the conclusion of the first segment, Harvick brought his bright yellow Pennzoil Ultra machine to pit road, and the Gil Martin-led team changed all four tires, added fuel, and made a host of changes to their car. Harvick left the pits in 17th.
As soon as the second segment got underway, Harvick immediately made forward progress. He raced his way to 13th and reported that his car was much better, but it was just a little too tight, especially in traffic. The 20-lap second segment concluded with Harvick in 13th, and again Martin & Co. changed four tires, added fuel, and made a trackbar adjustment. Several cars elected not to pit, and Harvick restarted the third segment in 16th.
Again, Harvick forged ahead forward and worked his way inside the top 12, but his car was pushing considerably. A 10-minute break was given to each team at the end of the third segment, and the Pennzoil Ultra crew raised the hood and made a myriad of changes to their setup.
When the green flag waved for the fourth and final segment, several cars got together on the frontstretch, and a great piece of driving by Harvick got the Bakersfield, Calif., driver around the wreckage, taking the caution flag in ninth. The 2007 Sprint All-Star Race winner picked up three more positions before the checkered flag waved, crossing the stripe in sixth.
Kurt Busch won the event, while Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five. Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer failed to advance to the main event, finishing third and 23rd, respectively, in the 40-lap Sprint Showdown.
The NSCS teams will get back to points-paying races next week for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"Our Pennzoil Ultra Chevy started out very tight, but Gil (Martin) and the guys made some great changes, and we probably got just a little too tight at the end, especially in traffic. We learned some things that we can implement on our Coca-Cola 600 car, and I am definitely looking forward to Sunday's race."