Harvick Claims 18th Spot at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 2) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick finished outside the top-five for the first time this season. Harvick finished 18th in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway after his ...
Harvick Claims 18th Spot at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 2) -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick finished outside the top-five for the first time this season. Harvick finished 18th in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway after his involvement in an accident on lap 83 and a flat tire a few laps later.
"There were a lot of wrecks during this race," Harvick said. "We were involved in one near the end of the race, but I still had a lot of fun and I love this type of racing."
The Aaron's 312 was delayed more than three hours because of rain, but when the green flag waved over Talladega, so did the yellow caution flag due to wet conditions still on the race track. Harvick started in the seventh spot when the green flag finally flew to go racing on lap eight.
On lap 17 of 120, Harvick avoided what drivers call "The Big One," the largest accident of the day on a restrictor-plate track. At Talladega on Saturday, "The Big One" involved almost half of the 43 cars, including some of the leaders in the point standings. As a result of the accident, the race was stopped, or red-flagged, for 18 minutes to remove cars and clean up debris. After the restart on lap 20, Harvick took the lead by lap 23.
Unfortunately, Harvick's good day would end. Like so many other cars in the Aaron's 312, Harvick saw a good run end early thanks to superspeedway bad luck. The REESE'S Chevrolet had nowhere to go when Joe Nemechek spun in front of Harvick on lap 83.
The accident caused some front-end damage to the REESE'S Chevrolet, but with hard work from the REESE'S Racing team, Harvick was able to return to the track on the lead lap in the 18th spot. A few laps later, the right front tire lost pressure, and the REESE'S Chevrolet was overheating. The REESE'S Chevy was able to return to the track eight laps down.
Despite leading 24 laps and spending most of the day in the top-10, Harvick finished the Aaron's 312 in the 18th spot. Martin Truex Jr. won the race. Jon Wood and David Stremme finished second and third, respectively. Harvick's teammate, Clint Bowyer, finished 19th, and he is ranked second in drivers' points.
The REESE'S Racing team continued to narrow the gap between first and second in the team standings. Only 129 points separate it from Carl Edwards' team. Edwards finished 33rd in Saturday's race.
The next Busch Series race is Friday, May 6, at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The race begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT on the FX television network and MRN radio network. Jeff Burton will drive the REESE'S Chevrolet.