REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick started from the pole position, led the most laps and finished eighth in Saturday's Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Harvick has nine top-10 finishes in only 13 Busch Series ...
REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick started from the pole position, led the most laps and finished eighth in Saturday's Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Harvick has nine top-10 finishes in only 13 Busch Series starts.
"The REESE'S Chevy was really good on long runs," Harvick said. "Unfortunately, we didn't have a lot of long runs at the end of the race. Also, on our last stop we got gas and right side tires, and the REESE'S Chevrolet just got really tight after the changes. I mean, we could second guess ourselves all night, but it is what it is. The REESE'S team will learn from it, and we will be better next year."
Harvick kicked off Saturday with his second pole of the season with a time of 29.223 seconds. When the green flag flew over New Hampshire International Speedway to start the race, Harvick pulled away from the field and began where he left off last week at Chicago, in the lead.
On lap 49 of 201, the third caution flag waved over New Hampshire International Speedway. Harvick and the REESE'S Racing team decided to bring the car to pit road for its first stop of the day. The REESE'S team changed four tires and filled the REESE'S Chevy with fuel. The team also made a small air pressure adjustment to help get the No. 21 Chevy ready for the end of the race. The REESE'S team worked fast on pit road, and Harvick returned to the track still leading the field.
"Happy" Harvick remained in the lead until Kasey Kahne passed him on lap 89, but Harvick regained the lead 10 laps later.
On lap 119, the seventh caution flag slowed the field, and crew chief Rick Viers made the call for right side tires and fuel only. Harvick and only a handful of other teams came down pit road for service. Harvick returned to the track in the 10th spot. This pit stop seemed to be the breaking point for Harvick and the REESE'S team.
"If the end of the race wouldn't have had some many cautions, almost all the guys in front of us would have had to pit for fuel," Viers said. "We probably should have just taken fuel on the final pit stop, but I can sit here and second guess myself all day and it won't help anything. The right and the left side tires just didn't match up and Kevin got really tight at the end of the race. I am just really proud of the whole REESE'S team."
Martin Treux Jr. won the race. Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Elliott Sadler and Jamie McMurray finished second through fifth, respectively.
The REESE'S Racing team moved up one spot to fourth in the Owners' Point Standings, 232 behind Truex's team, which leads the standings.
The next Busch Series race is Saturday, July 23, at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado. The race begins at 3 p.m. EDT on the TNT television network and MRN radio network. Brandon Miller will drive the REESE'S Chevrolet.