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Stewart-Haas Racing - 2014 Bristol I Race Report

Stewart Finishes 4th, Patrick 18th, Busch 35th, Harvick 39th at Bristol
Mar. 16, 2014

Event:             Food City 500 (Round 4 of 36)

Series:             NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location:        Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (.533-mile oval)

Winner:           Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing (Ford)

 

SHR Finish:    Tony Stewart (Started 37th, Finished 4th / Running, completed 503 of 503 laps)

Danica Patrick (Started 36th, Finished 18th / Running, completed 502 of 503 laps)

Kurt Busch (Started 13th, Finished 35th / Running, completed 473 of 503 laps)

Kevin Harvick (Started 27th, Finished 39th / Accident, completed 450 of 503 laps)

 

SHR Points:    Kevin Harvick (21st with 89 points, 74 out of first)

Tony Stewart (23rd with 88 points, 75 out of first)

Danica Patrick (28th with 62 points, 101 out of first)

Kurt Busch (31st with 57 points, 106 out of first)

                       

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway by finishing fourth in the rain-delayed Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

 

Stewart started 37th before earning his seventh top-five in 30 career Sprint Cup starts at the .533-mile oval and his 180th top-five in 525 career Sprint Cup starts.

 

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy/Get Found Chevrolet SS for SHR, started 36th and finished 18th. It was Patrick’s 50th career Sprint Cup start and her fourth at Bristol.

 

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 35th after spending the majority of the race among the top-15. Busch led three times for 28 laps, but was involved in an accident on lap 394. He was able to complete the race, but finished 30 laps down after making repairs.

 

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 39th after a broken oil line knocked him from the lead and into the turn one wall with 50 laps remaining. Harvick was in command of the race, having led 28 consecutive laps before misfortune struck.

 

Carl Edwards won the Food City 500 to score his 22nd career Sprint Cup victory, his first of the season and his third at Bristol.

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished behind Edwards in the runner-up spot, while Aric Almirola, Stewart and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top-five. Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers and Kyle Larson comprised the remainder of the top-10.

 

There were 12 caution periods for 95 laps, with five drivers failing to finish the 503-lap race, which featured a three-hour, 19-minute stoppage for rain and eventually ended under caution when more rain swept over the track.

 

With round four of 36 complete, Harvick leads the SHR contingent in the championship point standings. He is 21st, 74 points behind new series leader Brad Keselowski. Stewart is 23rd, 75 points out of first. Patrick is 28th, 101 points out of first. Busch is 31st, 106 points out of first.

 

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 23 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its prerace show at 2:30 p.m.

 

-SHR-