Harvick Scores 17th-Place Finish in Vegas after Late-Race Penalty
Start - 26th Finish - 17th Laps Led - 1 Points - 20th
A penalty for speeding on pit road ended Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team's chances at a top-five finish in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and instead left them with a 17th-place result. Harvick started the race from 26th position, was running inside the top 20 by lap 10 and made it all the way up to the second position as teams made green-flag pit stops at lap 57. Once the field cycled through their stops, he was running 16th at lap 60. Harvick raced his way into the top 10 in less than 40 laps and told crew chief Gil Martin to not make any adjustments to the car when he brought the Budweiser Chevrolet down pit road on lap 98. When he got back on track he wasted no time picking off more positions and was running in the top five within less than 10 laps. Harvick was fourth when the caution flag waved on lap 149 and he brought the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet to pit road for four tires and fuel two laps later. As Harvick went back onto the track following the stop, the team was informed that the No. 29 car would be assessed a penalty for speeding on pit road. Harvick was forced to restart from the tail end of the field when the green flag waved at lap 156. Mired in the back, he radioed to the team the car was too tight in traffic as he ran in the 21st position at lap 165. The Budweiser pit crew helped Harvick gain some ground on pit road during the final two stops and he was running 14th with 20 laps to go. In the closing laps he fell back several positions and took the checkered flag in 17th.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
"Gil (Martin) and the guys on the Budweiser crew gave me a good car today. That speeding penalty killed us. We got stuck back in traffic and just couldn't go anywhere after that."