Harvick Continues Streak of Second-Place Finishes LAS VEGAS (March 14) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick was the bridesmaid once again in Saturday's Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick collected his fourth ...
Harvick Continues Streak of Second-Place Finishes
LAS VEGAS (March 14) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick was the bridesmaid once again in Saturday's Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick collected his fourth second-place finish in as many races.
"The No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet has been awesome so far this year," Harvick said. "We battled a little with control during most of the race. The No. 21 Chevrolet started off a little tight. When we made a couple of adjustments, the car loosened up too much. We finally got the car where we wanted by the end of the race. My pit crew also did a great job today getting me in and out of the pits. They really helped me stay in the top five most of the day."
Harvick, last year's Sam's Town 300 winner, qualified the REESE'S Chevrolet in the 12th spot. Within 30 laps, Harvick had the No. 21 Chevrolet in the top five and was charging for the lead. On the second caution of the race, crew chief Rick Viers decided to bring the REESE'S Chevrolet down pit road for the first stop of the day. This stop was one of two fast pit stops for the REESE'S crew, which helped Harvick move from fourth to second. Harvick took the lead on the restart.
After leading a number of laps, Harvick relinquished the lead, but would remain in the top five through the end of the race. Following the eighth and final caution of the day, the field was restarted with 10 laps to go. Harvick was third on the restart and fought David Stremme for second until the end of the race. Harvick overpowered Stremme for second in the final stretch. Joe Nemechek finished fourth, and Greg Biffle finished fifth.
"There is no luck in finishing second four times in a row," Harvick said. "We have a great race team and great equipment this year. In the off-season we went through all of our equipment and rebuilt chassis and engines to bring ourselves back to the level we're capable of. That time spent has really paid off, and Richard Childress Racing is back and ready to compete for the championship."
Harvick remains on top of the Busch Series Drivers' Championship by 80 points over Carl Edwards. Clint Bowyer, Harvick's teammate, finished the race in the ninth spot and is third in drivers' points.
Harvick will hand over the driving gloves to Brandon Miller for next Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The FX television network will carry the live television coverage of the race at 2:30 p.m. EST.