Event: Daytona 500
Early Engine Failure Cuts Daytona 500 Short for Harvick, Budweiser Team
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team finished 42nd in the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 after an engine failure ended their day on lap 22. Prior to the engine problem, Harvick led twice for a total of five laps and had worked his way back into the top 15 after the team's first pit stop at lap 12. The engine failure was the team's first since September 2006 which occurred at Dover International Speedway, a span of 152 races.
"Obviously, you come to the first race of the year and to have that happen right off the bat is just something you don't really want to have happen and it's just one of those things. We go years and years without engine failures and they (Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines) do a great job on that. So, it happens. The oil temperature was 10 - 15 degrees more than what we had been (running). I pulled out from behind the No. 17 (Matt Kenseth) when I felt like I got to the point where I needed to pull out, and the bottom fell out of it. I hate it for everybody on this Budweiser Chevrolet team and everybody from Jimmy Johns and Budweiser. It's a tough way to start the year, but man, we never blow motors. Everybody at ECR does a great job."