Harvick Finishes 11th Under the Lights CONCORD, N.C. (May 29) -- The Carquest 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday was a great points day for the REESE'S Racing team. With an 11th-place finish by Harvick, the REESE'S Racing team is...
Harvick Finishes 11th Under the Lights
CONCORD, N.C. (May 29) -- The Carquest 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday was a great points day for the REESE'S Racing team. With an 11th-place finish by Harvick, the REESE'S Racing team is separated from first place in the owners standings by only 79 points.
"The car was really good at the beginning of the race," Harvick said. "When I got up front we could have pitted and given the REESE'S Chevrolet either no tires, two tires, or four tires. That's how good the REESE'S Chevy was. However, by the end of the race the car got really tight, and we were bottoming out on turn three. Even with the tight conditions, the engine in the REESE'S Chevy was still really fast and helped us stay in the top-15."
Harvick holds the qualifying record at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but settled for a 13th-place start. Within 20 laps, Harvick had the REESE'S Chevy in the sixth spot and was charging for the lead. On the second caution of the race, crew chief Rick Viers decided to bring the car down pit road for the first pit stop of the day. Harvick pitted off sequence from the leader, hoping a long green flag run would catch them pitting under green. Unfortunately, the caution flag flew 25 laps later, allowing the leader to come down pit road under yellow flag cautions, erasing Harvick's hope for an advantage.
On lap 68 of 200, Harvick passed Sterling Marlin for the lead. "Happy" remained in the lead until lap 85, when he brought the REESE'S Chevy down pit road for minor adjustments, four tires and fuel. Harvick returned to the track in the 12th spot.
On the eighth caution flag of the night, Harvick followed the leader down pit road for his fifth pit stop of the night. Crew chief Rick Viers decided to only make a trackbar adjustment and add fuel to help gain valuable track position.
This strategy worked. With 54 laps remaining, Harvick led the pack around Lowe's Motor Speedway for the second time of the night. Harvick led seven laps before turning the lead back over to Marlin.
Shortly after the restart, Harvick told his team that the REESE'S Chevy was getting really tight. With only 36 laps to go, the ninth caution flag flew over Lowe's Motor Speedway, and Harvick and the team decided to bring the REESE'S Chevy down pit road to get four new tires. With these four tires, Harvick was hoping to contend for the lead.
However, with three of the 11 caution flags slowing the pace in the final 35 laps, Harvick was unable to make a solid run to the front and finished in the 11th spot.
Kyle Busch won the event. Marlin, Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle followed Busch to the finish line with rookie Reed Sorenson rounding out the top five. Harvick's teammate, Clint Bowyer, finished in the 32nd spot, and remains second in the Busch Series Drivers Standings.
Harvick remains in the driver's seat of the REESE'S Chevrolet Saturday, June 4, for the MBNA 200 at Dover International Speedway. The FX television network will begin its coverage at 1 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.