Darlington, South Carolina
Sunday, May 17, 2020
90-90-113 = 293 laps or 400.2 miles
Harvick Wins the Dance with the Lady in Black to Score his 50th Cup Win!
Like the other 40 drivers in the field, Kevin Harvick could not wait to get back in the car after a long 10-week break due to the COVID pandemic. Things look a lot different around the track as no fans are there, as well as limited team personnel. One day shows for the foreseeable future. Nascar held a random draw for the starting line up. No practice. Harvick’s team drew the 6th starting position for the No.4 Busch Light / #YourFaceHere Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing. There would also be a competition caution on lap 30.
Before the green flag flew, during the pace laps the field would come down pit road a few times to allow teams to gauge pit road speed. As the track and drivers were all green with no racing activities, it would not take long for the caution to come out. On lap 1 the No.47 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would go around and hit the inside wall, causing a fire to the rear of the car, this would end his day early. On the lap 7 restart, Harvick would be scored in the 2nd position.
As the race got underway Harvick reported he had a bad vibration, his car was too loose center out in both corners, however, he continued on in the 2nd position.
On lap 30 the 2nd caution flag would fly signaling the competition caution. This one would be different from the competition cautions everyone would be used too. On the 1st caution lap positions, 1-20 could pit, and then on the 2nd laps positions, 21-40 could pit. Each team could come into pit twice, and restart the race in the position they were in at the time of caution.
Harvick told his team that the vibration had gone away. During his pit stop, the team would administer a half-pound of air pressure out of the right rear, and a bottle of water of the driver.
He was happy with the pitstop and commended his team over the radio. “Good Job on the car, We’re in the ballpark.” This meant he was happy with the car. He would restart the race on lap 39 in the 2nd position. His car would quickly take a turn slightly south as it started a little on the tighter side. His car would settle into the 4th position. The race would be fairly quiet. Until lap 89 when the 3rd caution would fly just before the lap 90 stage end caution. The No.48 car of Jimmie Johnson was the race leader on the way to win his 3rd stage win ever, and lost control and hit the inside wall ending his day early. This caution would serve as the end of the stage. Harvick would be scored in the 4th position gaining 7 bonus points.
Harvick would hit pit road under caution for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. He would enter the pits in the 4th position and leave pit road in the lead.
Stage 2 would restart on lap 97, with Harvick taking the field to green, with a clear track ahead of him, he began to pull away to nearly a one-second lead over the No.88 of Alex Bowman.
The 4th caution flag would fly on lap 110 for the No. 24 of William Byron cutting a tire and spinning. Harvick would hit pit road for four tires and fuel, returning to the track in the lead for the lap 115 restart. Once again he would begin to pull away from the field.
The 5th caution flag would fly on lap 124 for the No.96 of Daniel Suarez. Harvick would hit pit road once again for four tires, fuel as well as a track bar adjustment. He would tell his team that his car was not turning as well in the 3rd and 4th turns. He would leave pit road in the lead, ready for the lap 130 restart.
Lap 154 would bring the 6th caution flag of the day for debris. Harvick hit pit road for four tires and fuel. The team attempted to add tape, and it would not stick as it should have. He still left pit road in the lead.
Christopher Bell in the No.95 would spin on lap 174 bringing the 7th caution flag out. The No.4 would hit pit road again under caution for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. He lost seven spots on pit road due to a slow stop and would restart 9th as the No.27 car of JJ Yeley, would stay out.
Harvick began to move back through the field and up to 4th by lap 182. He radioed in to his care that he was, “Loose, loose, loose. “
The 8th caution would fly on lap 185 for the end of Stage 2nd. Harvick would be scored in the 4th position gaining 7 more bonus points. He would hit pit road on lap 187 for four tires, fuel, and a tire pressure adjustment, to help the car with the loose handling position. The race restarted on lap 193.
The No.17 of Ryan Preece would cause the 9th caution on lap 213 with his spinning issues. Harvick would acquire four tires, fuel, and a tire pressure adjustment. He entered the pits 4th and left pit road in the lead, ready for the lap 218 race restart.
On lap 242 Harvick had passed leading more than 100 laps in the race.
The 10th caution of the race would fly on lap 253 for the No. 6 of Ryan Newman spinning. Harvick would hit his pit stall for four tires and fuel. Entering in the lead and leaving in the lead once again, ready for the lap 259 restart.
With 20 laps to go on lap 273, Harvick had a 1.3 second lead over 2nd place car of Bowman.
Smooth sailing for the No.4 of Harvick to get his first win of 2020, and the 50th career Cup win.
A quote from Harvick's, Stewart-Haas Racing Post race report:
“It doesn’t seem real and I think as you look at Darlington I think as you look at the things that happened this weekend I really thought that it would definitely play into our hand just because our guys are so good at hitting the car off the truck for the most part. We put a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of studying, a lot of meetings and just have to thank everybody at the shop who has built all these cars and just, man, I’m excited. It is weird just because there’s nobody up there, and you can go to Busch Beer.com and maybe have your face on the car next week, up here on the hood. I’m speechless.”
Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, February 23, 2020
80-80-107= 200 laps
Rain? I mean rain? In the dessert? This is Las Vegas WHY? Oh yeah, the Nascar race was scheduled. Mother Nature had other plans for qualifying, canceling the event due to rain. Drivers would start due to owners’ points. Kevin Harvick would line up in the 3rd position, in his No.4 Busch Light Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing. The fuel mileage would be around 54 laps. A competition caution would happen on lap 25, teams could not take fuel until then.
It would not take long for the 1st caution to fly, a matter of fact it was at the start of the green flag, the No.96 of Daniel Suarez would stall out on the restart and need a push. The race would get started under the green flag on lap 5. By lap 11 Harvick would be sitting steadily in the 2nd position. A three-wide battle for the lead on lap 12, with the No.19 of Martin Truex Jr, and the No.22 of Joey Logano, Harvick takes the lead. Spotter Tim Fedewa tells his driver on lap 19, “The 19 is starting to run your groove through (turns) three and four.” As the race continues on Harvick informs his team that his car is loose in turns three and four.
The 2nd caution on lap 25 signals the competition caution, as Harvick hits pit road for four tires, and fuel, along with air pressure and track bar adjustments to help with the car’s loose conditions. The race restarts on lap 31. Harvick would retake the lead on lap 34. He would battle hard against Truex to keep the lead.
Stage 1 coming to an end on lap 80 would bring out the 3rd caution flag. Harvick would gain 8 bonus points, as he was scored in the 3rd position. He would hit pit road under caution for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment, ready for the lap 88 restart. On the restart, he would retake the race lead. He would begin to fall back as the handling went away again. By green flag pit stops on lap 121, he would be scored in the 5th position as he hit pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment.
John Hunter Nemechek in the No.38 car having problems on lap 159 would bring out the 4th caution. This would also end Stage 2 under caution as the stage would end at lap 160. Harvick would be scored in the 6th position gaining 5 bonus points. Under caution Crewchief, Rodney Childers would bring his driver down pit road for four more tires, fuel, and another air pressure adjustment. Harvick told his crew the car would not get into the track.
Martin Truex Jr in the No.19 car cutting a tire down, and hitting the wall, would bring out the 5th caution on lap 177. Harvick would be scored in the 3rd position.
With 83 laps remaining in the race, Harvick retakes the lead. As the race progresses with 61 laps remaining he had fallen back to the 3rd position. The team would call him to pit road under green-flag conditions on lap 217 from the 6th position for four tires, fuel, and another air pressure adjustment.
Chase Elliott’s No.9 car brought out the 6th caution, as he cut down a tire with 47 laps remaining in the race. The No.6 car of Ross Chastain filling in for Ryan Newman would spin with 6 laps remaining in the race, causing a 2 laps shoot-out to the checkered flag.
Harvick would finish in the 8th position, gaining 3 more bonus points.
Race Winner Joey Logano.
A quote from Harvick’s, Stewart-Haas Racing, post-race report:
“The caution really decided that. I think there would have been some of us that got back close to the lead by the time we got off of turn four. I don’t even know where we restarted, but we were seventh or so going into turn one on the last lap with a big head of steam, and the caution came out. Our Busch Light Ford was really good on the short runs. We just kind of lost the handling as we would get deep in those runs and that kind of hurt us. It came down to what we wanted there at the end, but we just got too far back.”
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Sunday, February, 16th 2020
Kevin Harvick qualified in the 10th position for Sunday’s Daytona 500, in the No.4 BuschLight/#Pit4Busch Ford Mustang, for Stewart-Haas Racing. The fuel window for the race would be 40 laps. Leading up to the start of the race was a pretty big deal, as the President of the United States was the Grand Marshall of the race. Dale Earnhardt Jr was the Honorary Starter waving the green flag. During the pace laps, President Trump took “The Beast”, his limo, on a lap around the Daytona International Speedway.
Before the green flag officially fell, rain would move into the area, spotters were talking about the wind was picking up, and the temps were dropping. Spotter Tim Fedewa told his driver, “Couple sprinkles, they are talking about it coming to the green.” He was itching to go, as the other drivers were as well with Daytona being the biggest race of the year. NASCAR called for the cars to be stopped double file on the front stop. After a brief stop for the rain, engines were fired again. Harvick asked Fedewa about what his thoughts were on the front of the field when the race finally started. “Whatcha think is gonna happen up there Timmy?” Fedewa responded with, “Probably the swap, both Chevy’s to the bottom.”
Earnhardt Jr waved the green flag, and the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 got underway. Harvick drafted his way up to the 5th position on lap 5. He would stay around the top 5 until the 1st caution flag flew at lap 19 for rain. This caution would also bring out a red flag, also causing the race to be postponed until Monday, February 17th, at 4:00 pm.
Monday the race resumed under caution at Lap 21, the No.4 would pit on lap 23 for four tires and fuel. The race would get back under green officially at lap 25, with Harvick scored in the 5th position still. On lap 48 he was scored in the 9th position. The 2nd caution flag of the race would fly on lap 59 as the No.47 of Ricky Stenhouse caused the No.24 of William Bryon to take a ride through the grass and hit the inside wall. Harvick hit pit road under caution on lap 60 for four tires and fuel, returning to the track in the 18th position. The race restarted with a 2 laps shoot out to the end of Stage 1 on lap 63.
The 3rd caution flag would fly on lap 65 signaling the end of round 1. Harvick would be scored in the 31st position. Stage Winner No.9 Chase Elliott. The race would resume under green flag conditions on lap 71. He would follow the same strategy as his teammate No.14 Clint Bowyer and ride around in the back for a while trying to stay out of everyone else problems, should they arise. By lap 86, he would be in the back of the pack scored in the 38th position.
The No.10 of Aric Almirola would clip the No.00 of Quinn Houff, who would collect the No.52 of Bj McLeod, bringing out the 4th caution flag on lap 89. Harvick would sustain minor damage from the wreck. Spotter Tim Fedewa was a little upset with one of the Penske cars. He could be heard on the radio saying, “I ain’t helping him no more, I’m not even talking to him.” Crewchief Rodney Childers would bring his driver down pit road to fix the minor rear-end damage. They would pit a second time for left-side tires and more repairs. The race restarted on lap 95. Harvick would be scored in the 35th position on the restart. Things would be pretty quiet for the remainder of Stage 2 until the 5th caution flag flying on lap 130 signaling the end of the stage. Harvick would be scored in the 30th position. Green flag pit stops would be upon the field, and Harvick would pit on lap 171 along with other Ford teammates for two tires and fuel. He would return to the track in the 32nd position.
The 6th caution for the first “Big One” of the race happened on lap 183. (“Big One” meaning a wreck that takes out a lot of cars.) The following cars were involved in some way, shape, or form, on the backstretch: No.2 Brad Keselowski, No. 1 Kurt Busch, No.48 Jimmie Johnson, No.19 Martin Truex Jr., No. 12 Ryan Blaney, No.3 Austin Dillon, No.16 Justin Haley, No.88 Alex Bowman, No. 8 Tyler Reddick, No. 77 Ross Chastain, No.36 David Ragan, No.38 John Hunter Nemechek, No.17 Chris Beuscher, No. 21 Matt DiBenedetto, No. 62 Brendan Gaughan, No. 22 Joey Logano, and No.13 Ty Dillon. This wreck would bring out a short red flag for clean up purposes. Harvick would pit under caution on lap 185 for four tires and fuel after telling the team his car was loose. The race would restart on lap 190 with 10 laps remaining.
The 7th caution flag would fly on lap 192 for the No.27 of Reed Sorenson and No.66 of Timmy Hill dancing together on the backstretch. The race would restart on lap 195.
Lap 198 would bring out the 8th caution flag for the 2nd “Big One” of the race. The No. 22 Logano, No. 77 Chastain, No.9 Elliott, No.37 Ryan Preece, No. 8 Reddick, No. 13 T. Dillon, No. 10 Almirola, No.95 Christopher Bell, and No. 34 Michael McDowell all get together in turn one.
This would set up an overtime situation. The No. 14 of Clint Bowyer spins on the restart, bringing out the 9th caution. The 2nd overtime green flag would wave on lap 207 making this the longest Daytona 500 in the history of the sport. Harvick would miss another big wreck on the white flag of the race lap 208. The No.12 of Blaney would be pushing the No.6 of Ryan Newman for the win, Newman’s car snapped right, hit the wall started spinning got hit on the driver’s side by the No.32 of Corey Lajoie, hit his roof, slide down the front stretch in flames, gas was pouring out of the car. No radio contact. This wreck scared the NASCAR Community- to many of us it was a reminder of the 2001 Daytona 500. Newman was helped from the car and taken straight to the Halifax Hospital. Thankfully he and everyone else involved is ok.
Harvick would finish in the 5th position.
Race Winner No. 11 Denny Hamlin.
A quote from Harvick’s, Stewart-Haas Racing, Post-race report
“We did exactly what we wanted to do. We just got a little bit of bumper damage and abandoned stage points to be around at the end to have a chance. We did at the end; we just ran out of pushers. I knew we needed to be fourth on that restart. The bottom wasn’t where we needed to be. We didn’t get a good shove, and then everything jumbled up and we were able to get back close to the front. It was a solid night for the Busch Light Ford.”
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