BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 21) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick finished outside of the top 10 for only the fifth time this NASCAR Busch Series season, finishing 13th at Michigan International Raceway. Harvick was in the top five for the first...
BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 21) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick finished outside of the top 10 for only the fifth time this NASCAR Busch Series season, finishing 13th at Michigan International Raceway. Harvick was in the top five for the first 110 of 125 laps before losing ground due to pit strategy.
Qualifying was rained out Saturday morning, and the field was set by the Owner Standings, placing Harvick in the fifth position. At the drop of the green flag, Harvick was on the move to the front of the field. With just one lap complete, Harvick picked up two spots and was third. "Happy" Harvick flip-flopped between second and third until he took the lead from his teammate, Clint Bowyer, on lap 42 of 125. Harvick gave the lead back to Bowyer on lap 45, which helped Bowyer receive five bonus points for leading the most laps during the Domino's Pizza 250. Harvick's move showed his dedication to his teammates at Richard Childress Racing.
On lap 108, the fourth caution flag of the day waved over Michigan International Speedway. The leaders entered pit road for one final stop without Harvick and the REESE'S Racing team. Harvick decided to stay on the track and go for the win rather than pit for fresh tires. This bold move put the REESE'S Chevy in the lead for the second time of the race. After the field took the green flag, Harvick realized he was no competition for the entire field on worn tires. When the caution slowed the field just two short laps later, Harvick was forced to bring the REESE'S Chevy down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. He restarted in 15th place with six laps to go and was able to pick up two positions to finish 13th.
"We came here to win," crew chief Rick Viers said. "We hoped that more teams would have stayed out during the caution, but things just didn't go our way. You win some and you lose some."
The REESE'S Racing team moved to fourth in the team standings after passing Reed Sorenson, who expired an engine for the second straight week. The team has 378 points less than Martin Truex Jr.'s team.
Ryan Newman won his second consecutive Busch Series race and was followed by Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Truex and J.J. Yeley, respectively. Bowyer had trouble on pit road and finished the race in the 30th spot. Bowyer remains in second in the driver standings.
Harvick and the REESE'S brand will pull double-duty this coming weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. On Friday night, Harvick will drive the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet. On Saturday night in the Nextel Cup Series race, he will help celebrate the addition of the REESE'S BIG CUP as an everyday fixture on candy store shelves nationwide by driving the No. 29 REESE'S BIG CUP Chevrolet. In honor of Harvick driving the REESE'S BIG CUP car, REESE'S Racing will make a $10,000 donation to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a proud charity of NASCAR.