Harvick, No. 29 Team Post 12th-Place Finish in Richmond
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team scored a 12th-place finish in Saturday night's Crown Royal 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Harvick started the race from the 12th position and ran as high as eighth and as low as 35th (during a round of green-flag pit stops) over the course of the 400-lap event. Early in the race, Harvick radioed to the crew that the car wouldn't "roll through the center (of the corner) like I need it to and then I'm loose up off." He continued to fight the car's handling for much of the night despite the numerous chassis and air pressure adjustments the team made to the car.
Harvick ran inside the top 15 for most of the first half of the race. In the second half, he cracked the top 10 at lap 305 after narrowly avoiding a wreck and raced his way up to eighth before dropping back a few spots in the final 50 laps. The No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team pitted for the final time at lap 293, taking four tires and fuel. Following the stop, crew chief Gil Martin asked Harvick to save as much fuel as he could under caution in the final 100 laps as the team thought they might be a few laps short of making it to the end. While Harvick went down a lap to the leader with just over 10 laps to go, he was able to complete the final laps on fuel and brought home a 12th-place finish.