Harvick Second Again; This Time in California FONTANA, Calif. (Feb. 26) -- Weather can dramatically change the fortunes of a racing team, as the REESE'S Racing team witnessed firsthand Saturday at California Speedway in the Stater Bros.
Harvick Second Again; This Time in California
FONTANA, Calif. (Feb. 26) -- Weather can dramatically change the fortunes of a racing team, as the REESE'S Racing team witnessed firsthand Saturday at California Speedway in the Stater Bros. 300.
Kevin Harvick had been wrestling with a car he had trouble steering in the turns until clouds began to cover the track.
"We had a really tight car until the sun went down," Harvick said. "When the clouds started covering the track. the REESE'S Chevrolet started to loosen up and ran really well. We had the best car on the track until the race was paused due to rain."
During the first caution period of the day on lap 29, the REESE'S team realized it had a two-way radio problem. The REESE'S Racing crew could hear Harvick, but Harvick could not hear them. The REESE'S team passed him a note during the pit stop that told him to switch to his back-up channel, but this did not seem to help Harvick communicate with his team.
On the next caution, the No. 21 REESE'S team tried to repair the radio communication and make the car easier to steer in the turns. The radio communication got better after the repair but would not last long. The adjustments to the car paid off for the REESE'S team when the clouds began to roll off the California Speedway and the car loosened up for Harvick.
With less then 30 laps remaining, the race was stopped due to light ran. Before the rain began, Harvick had moved into the second spot and was working hard to pass Mark Martin.
There would be two more yellow flags that delayed the race in the final 15 laps. Harvick had several chances to pass Martin, since Harvick's car seemed to be better off the restarts. Harvick tried a little bump and pass during each restart, but in the end Harvick was unable to pass the veteran.
"He got away from me toward the end, and there was nothing I could do," Harvick said. "Too little, too late, but I'm glad to see Mark win on his farewell tour."
Harvick finished the in the second spot and was followed by Shane Hmiel, Clint Bowyer, Harvick's teammate, and Reed Sorenson, respectively. With the second-place finish, Harvick has a 47-point lead in the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' Standings. Sorenson is second.
The REESE'S Racing team will compete in a road-course event Sunday, March 6, in the Mexico 300 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Harvick is slated to drive. Live television coverage of the race on Fox begins at 2 p.m. ET, while live radio coverage on MRN begins at 1:30 p.m. ET.