Kevin Harvick, No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet, Race Recap Carquest 300, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC Saturday, May 26, 2001 Bad Luck Strikes & Fastest Car in The Field Finishes 26th The May rains continued at Lowe's Motor Speedway this...
Kevin Harvick, No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet, Race Recap
Carquest 300, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
Saturday, May 26, 2001
Bad Luck Strikes & Fastest Car in The Field Finishes 26th
The May rains continued at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend and Busch Series qualifying was rained out. The field started by points on Saturday which gave Busch points leader Kevin Harvick the first starting position for the fourth time this season.
Harvick and Greg Biffle surged ahead of the field as Biffle grabbed the first spot. Harvick ran in the second position until lap 38 when he radioed to his crew that a tire was going down. He came to the pits. The team changed four tires and sent him back onto the track. The problem hadn't gone away, however, and Harvick figured out that it had to have been a broken shock. Greg Burkhart, the rear-tire changer, pulled off the left rear and quickly discovered that the top of the shock had separated from the mount. The team quickly secured the shock and sent Harvick back out on the track in 39th position, five laps down.
The ACDelco team was down, but by no means out. Crew chief Todd Berrier and Harvick continued to make adjustments during pit stops to help the car handle the ever-changing racetrack. Harvick roared back from 39th and turned the fastest laps of the entire field on several occasions.
Harvick got his first lap back by lap 52 and his second by lap 103 as he checked in running 33rd. He ran the fastest lap times on the track as he ran down the leader at the time, Biffle, on lap 116. Harvick passed Biffle on lap 130 and the caution flag flew not long after that. Suddenly, Harvick was just two laps down in 30th position.
The ACDelco team was able to grab four more spots and finish in a respectable 26th position. Jeff Green won the race after Biffle faded in the late going. Harvick surrendered the points lead to Green who now leads by 19 over Harvick.
"It was a tough day for the ACDelco team," Harvick said. "We had a car that could have won the race, but we had some bad luck. But this team never did quit and we fought back. I'm really proud of everyone on this team. We were able to get three of the laps back and we got the best finish we could out of it. That is what keeps you in the championship hunt. We lost the points lead, but we knew it was going to be a dogfight all year. We're not going to panic, but we're going to do everything we possibly can to get it back next week at Dover."