Harvick Places Seventh in Budweiser Shootout at Daytona
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team took home a seventh-place finish in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. While Harvick didn't end up in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the race, the Gil Martin-led team learned a lot of information to put toward next Sunday's Daytona 500. Harvick started the Budweiser Shootout from the 18th position and quickly paired up with his Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton to form a two-car draft. The duo made it to the front by lap eight with Harvick running in second position, pushing Burton to the lead. The No. 29 Budweiser pit crew changed tires and added fuel during the 10-minute break at lap 25 before Harvick returned to competition for the final 50 laps. He continued to pair up with Burton as the two-car draft proved to be the key to getting to the front of the field throughout the race. The pair ran together inside the top six until the lap-51 restart. Burton and Harvick weren't able to get back together after the field took the green and he was soon separated from his teammate. Harvick partnered up with fellow Chevrolet driver Jeff Gordon whom he worked well with until the No. 29 Chevrolet's engine started hitting the rev limiter chip during the final portion of the race. Harvick remained inside the top 10 during the closing laps and took the checkered flag in the seventh position.
"This race was a lot different. When the pace picked up at the end, we were up on the rev limiter and couldn't go anywhere; that was what was holding us back. It, actually, started with 15 laps to go and I had to manage that. I couldn't push the No. 24 (Jeff Gordon) like I could with the No. 31 (Jeff Burton) in front of me. All-in-all, we have good stuff and we are right in there. We just have to do a little bit better on the rev limiter and we'll be good."