KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Talladega I Race Advance

In April 2018, Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) came to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with a fresh, new outdoors-inspired look completely covered in flannel – the unofficial uniform of the true outdoor enthusiast.

It was such a hit, especially with fans, that the flannel will return for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Geico 500 at Talladega.

Busch Beer has embodied the spirit of the Great Outdoors since its inception in 1955. Again this weekend at Talladega, Busch will continue to honor its deep roots and celebrate those who are passionate about outdoor pursuits. The “Busch Guy” will return sporting his red-plaid flannel shirt and blue jeans – the inspiration for the livery of the No. 4 Busch Beer Flannel Ford Mustang.

When Harvick and the No. 4 Busch Beer Flannel team roll into Talladega for Sunday’s race, the team will be draped in the red-checkered fabric. Harvick’s Busch Beer firesuit, the crew’s shirts, the fan display and even the paint scheme of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford will all feature flannel.

The Busch Guy, decked out in flannel, will be on hand throughout the weekend to cheer on the Busch Flannel team to victory. Fans can support Harvick by shopping athttps://store.stewarthaasracing.com/ where a wide variety of flannel merchandise is available.

And Harvick is hoping to put the Busch Beer Flannel Ford Mustang in victory lane.

He will make his 37th NASCAR Cup Series start Sunday at the 2.66-mile oval where he has one win, two poles, seven top-five finishes, 15 top-10s and has led 260 laps.

Harvick scored his lone Talladega win in April 2010, when he started fourth, led two of 200 laps and beat runner-up Jamie McMurray by .011 of a second. He earned his first Cup Series pole at Talladega in May 2005 with a speed of 189.804 mph. He won his second Cup Series pole in April 2018, when he recorded a lap of 49.247 seconds at 194.448 mph.

Harvick has three career Cup Series runner-up finishes at Talladega, most recently in October 2010, when he started 14th, led 12 laps and finished runner-up to his now-SHR teammate Clint Bowyer.

Harvick is hoping flannel will be the magic touch that will lead him to his first victory of 2019.

 

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Flannel Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

 

Thoughts on Talladega?

“I have no idea. You just show up and see how it develops. All you can do is show up for a weekend at Talladega and see how it develops and go from there.”

Talladega vs. Daytona – what’s the difference for the spotter?

“Talladega is a lot bigger. It’s a lot wider. The track itself is bigger. The shape of Talladega is different than Daytona because of the track being wider and the way the tri-oval is shaped. The start-finish line is almost all the way down into turn one, which seems to change some of the outcomes of the finishes, because you have to go all the way down the front straightaway before you get to the finish line. Talladega’s tri-oval is a little bit different than Daytona’s. That bottom groove has a little less banking than the rest of the racetrack, so it’s almost like you’re dipping down into a hole. Sometimes you see guys get loose down into the tri-oval and spin out, so it ends up being where some of the wrecks are caused. It’s really hard to push through that tri-oval, especially as you are heading down into that bottom lane. It’s tough to know exactly where you need to be at the end of the race but, for me, I’ve only won one of them there. In that particular race, we were tandem racing and I was second coming into the tri-oval and was able to get past Jamie McMurray. But I would still rather be leading and in control. If I’ve made it to the white flag, then I’ve made it a lot farther than I’ve made it lately, so it’s a chess match all day. You have to have a little bit of luck on your side, but you can also put yourself in a good position by making the right moves, having a good day on pit road and not making any mistakes.”

COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Talladega Race Advance

Date: April 27, 2019
Race Name: MoneyLion 300 (Race 9 of 33)
Venue: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway
Television: 1:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1
Point Standings: 
– Cole Custer: 3rd; trails points leader by 29 points
– Chase Briscoe: 8th; trails points leader by 107 points


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You’re coming off your first short-track win and to the biggest track on the schedule where you haven’t had the best results. What do you need to do at Talladega to have a chance to win?

“I’ve never been the best superspeedway racer, but it’s something I have been trying to get better at. I think the biggest thing is you’re going to have to be aggressive and be comfortable with making the big moves to stay up front. You have to avoid the Big One that tends to happen here, but if we can be aggressive and make the moves I think we can make, we will be right there at the end.”

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Talladega Race Advance

Date: April 27, 2019
Race Name: MoneyLion 300 (Race 9 of 33)
Venue: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway
Television: 1:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1
Point Standings: 
– Cole Custer: 3rd; trails points leader by 29 points
– Chase Briscoe: 8th; trails points leader by 107 points

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You were one of the few drivers attempting to make moves at Daytona in February. Do you expect a similar style of race in Talladega?

“I’m not sure what to expect, but I think that’s the mentality every time we go to a superspeedway. That’s why fans tune in to watch these races. The Big One could happen at any time, that is what we have to prepare ourselves for and hope we are in the right place when it happens.”

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Talladega I Race Advance

On the last lap of the fall 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Aric Almirola, driver of the then-Smithfield Bacon for Life Ford, held off his teammates Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch to win the most important race of his career. When Almirola crossed the finish line, he secured his spot in the Round of 8 of the NASCAR playoffs and went on to finish fifth in the standings – the best season of his career.

“I just so happened to be the guy who ran third and fourth the whole race and saved a ton of fuel,” Almirola said. “Kevin (Harvick, SHR teammate) was going to line up third and the plan was that we were going to finish one-two-three-four as an organization. Harvick ran out of fuel and the plan was over. I knew I was on my own. Paul Menard gave me a hell of a push and I got to second. When I heard they were wrecking behind me, I thought I would finish second, but I kept it wide open because my spotter told me to keep digging. I ran Kurt down and I didn’t know if I was going to beat him, but I was damn sure going to make it exciting. When I pulled next to him, I heard his car starting to run out of fuel. We finally won after a strand of bad luck.”

There was sheer excitement over the radio when Almirola took the checkered flag. He screamed, “Woohoo! Yes! We finally did it!” But he was hungry for something else when he stepped out of the car.

While Almirola gave his live interview expressing his relief in being able to advance to the next playoff round, he turned to the roaring crowd and said somebody out there watching was going to win bacon for the rest of their lives – and someone did. Joseph Craig from Little Rock, Arkansas, was surprised at his home by Almirola this past offseason with a lifetime supply of bacon, and he mimicked Almirola after his Round of 12 win at Talladega (watch here).

In Almirola’s last five starts at the 2.66-mile Talladega oval, he’s earned one win, three top-five finishes and five top-10s. In his 18 Cup Series starts there, an accident ended his day prematurely just once. In the typically accident-mired event, he’s led a total of 15 laps. Almirola’s first career Cup Series victory was captured in 2014 at Talladega’s sister track, Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

The Tampa native has also found his way to victory lane in his career at the Alabama track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In 2017, Almirola led 13 laps before going on to capture the victory there while piloting the No. 98 Ford for Biagi-DenBeste Racing.

Ford had shown strength at superspeedways with 18 wins in the last 32 Daytona and Talladega events combined. In the Cup Series, Ford has captured 10 wins in the last 13 Talladega races.

Talladega is the seventh points-paying event during which the Smithfield livery will adorn Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Mustang this season. Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, which is based approximately five hours northeast of SHR headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia, is in its eighth season with Almirola and its second with SHR. Founded in 1936, Smithfield is a leading provider of high-quality pork products, with a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts.

Almirola heads to the 10th race of the 2019 season 11th in the championship with 260 points – 140 out of first. His highest points position this season was fifth before bad luck struck the No. 10 Ford Mustang team at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway three weekends ago and issues with lug nuts at Richmond (Va.) Raceway two weekends ago. Prior to Bristol, Almirola earned six consecutive top-10 finishes.

The No. 10 Smithfield Ford team intends to reset its streak of top finishes this weekend and earn back-to-back wins at a track where Almirola has found the most success of any other on the 36-race points-paying race schedule.

 

ARIC ALMIROLA, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

What did it mean to finally win a race in 2018 after nearly winning multiple races but just coming up short?

“The win at Talladega was clutch. Going through the season and really being consistent from summer to the playoffs was great. We didn’t really have any devastating races throughout those months and never were a threat to really win races. Then, all of the sudden when the playoffs started, our performance really ramped up. We went into the first few races with chances to win, leading laps and running up front. Even right before that, you look at races like New Hampshire, where we led a lot of laps and felt like we had the potential to win. We kind of pointed our way into the playoffs.”

You have found the most success in your career at superspeedways. Why is that? 

“I always had to go to these races and be aggressive because, back then, they were our only realistic options to win races. It was the only way I could make it into the playoffs and we were able to do that in 2014. They’ve been good to me. I’ve always gone into those races with that mindset.”

There were talks of tandem racing based on testing earlier this season at Daytona. What are your thoughts on tandem racing? 

“What we do in speedway racing is already nerve-racking but, when you’re connected to another car going 200 mph basically blind, it’s intense.”

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Talladega I Race Advance

If there was ever a stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule where vehicle repair coverage would be quite popular, then Sunday’s 500-mile race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway might be at the top of the list.

Race fan have viewed for years the many highlights, or maybe lowlights, of multicar accidents wiping out nearly half the field on the 2.66-mile Alabama track. Stewart-Haas Racing’s (SHR) Clint Bowyer certainly hopes his No. 14 Ford Mustang isn’t victim to the carnage Sunday as he finds a way to notch his third career victory on the sport’s longest oval.

While his crew won’t enjoy any repair protection for its racecar, Bowyer suggests race fans take notice of his team’s new partner Toco Warranty at Talladega this weekend and look into how their easy and affordable coverage plans help keep cars running longer.

“I think Toco Warranty could sell a lot of race teams vehicle repair coverage for Talladega,” Bowyer said with a laugh. “We put in all these man hours refining these cars so they can slip through the air at Talladega and then, all of a sudden, they’re wrecked in an instant. We’re mad, but we can go back to the shop and build another. That’s what we do. Our fans don’t have that luxury. When their car isn’t running, they are in big trouble. That’s why we want them to connect with Toco Warranty and avoid something like that happening to them.”

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Toco Warranty debuts with Bowyer and SHR this weekend and appears again at the NASCAR All-Star Race May 18 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, again June 30 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, and Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Toco Warranty will be an associate sponsor at all other NASCAR races. It will also be the co-primary sponsor of Tony Stewart Racing’s 10-time and reigning World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz and an associate sponsor of Stewart, who is slated to compete in more than 90 Winged Sprint car races this year.

Bowyer hopes he can give Toco Warranty a trip to victory lane at the end of its first race. He arrives at Talladega after finishing third April 13 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. It marked the fourth consecutive top-10 for Bowyer and moved him to eighth in the standings. He’ll certainly be one of the favorites this weekend. The 39-year-old Kansas native owns two victories, seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10s in 26 Talladega races. He’s earned top-10 finishes in three consecutive races on the Alabama oval.

Bowyer is also part of an SHR team that dominated in the October Talladega race. SHR drivers Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick led 155 of the 193 laps during the race, often running all four Fords nose to tail in their own lead pack. Almirola, and Bowyer swept the top-two spots. Almirola’s victory ensured all four SHR cars earned trips to victory lane in 2018. It was one of the most dominating races by a four-car team in the sport’s history, so the natural question is, can SHR put on a repeat performance?

“Gosh, I hope we can do it again,” Bowyer said. “We had the speed in October. Doug Yates and all of his team at Roush-Yates Engines gave us great power. Our chassis shop and the aero department were amazing because those Fords stuck to the track like glue. As the tires started wearing out, people started falling off. We didn’t. We were able to hold it wide open and stay in a line, and stay in that wake of the car in front of you, and we drove off from the field. It was cool to look in the mirror and see that train of Fords behind you.”

Bowyer certainly hopes to see a lot of cars in his rear view mirror at Talladega and not even think about damaged vehicles after the race – unless of course it’s race fans visiting his Toco Warranty’s website for their own vehicle repair coverage.

 

CLINT BOWYER, Driver of the No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

How important was the October Talladega race for SHR?

“That day completed our organization, you know what I mean? Aric’s (Almirola) victory put all four cars in victory lane for the year and set a precedent for SHR that ‘We’re here.’ That was big for our organization. Heck, that would have been big for any organization. And for us to do that in SHR’s 10th anniversary year made it special.”

Is it difficult to hold back at Talladega?

“You get a little bit excited and antsy to get up into the pack and, even with 50, 60 laps to go, you’re like, ‘How am I going to get up there?’ They get three-wide and there’s just literally no place to go. At Talladega, you can go four-wide, and I’ve seen when it goes five-wide you get into a wreck. We see that quite a bit there – somebody attempting it – and that’s when it gets this place exciting. Looking forward to hopefully getting to the end and, more importantly, getting a win.”

What is the key to success?

“Attitude is a big part of this, but it goes toward being a student while you’re out there, learning as much as you can. That’s the tricky thing about these situations at these racetracks.”

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Richmond I Race Report

Event: Richmond 400 (Round 9 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Richmond (Va.) Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into three stages (100 laps/100 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish: 14th/3rd (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 8th (280 points, 120 out of first)

Race Winner:      Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100):

Clint Bowyer started 14th and finished fifth.
Bowyer reported his car was loose in the opening laps then tightened as the race progressed.
● Bowyer moved into the top-10 by the lap-40 competition caution.
● Bowyer moved into the top-five by lap 70.
● Bowyer asked for the car to turn better but cautioned not to get him loose.
● Team said he turned the fastest lap on the track several times during the stage.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 101-200):

Bowyer started fifth and finished fifth.
● The No. 14 crew told Bowyer his car showed its fastest speed about 10 laps into each run.
● Crew continued to work on making the No. 14 turn better.
● Several quick pit stops by the crew kept the No. 14 racing with the leaders.
● Bowyer climbed as high as fourth during the stage before finishing fifth. 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 201-400):

Bowyer started fifth and finished third.
● Bowyer held the fifth position in the early part of the stage but told his crew he needed to get on the gas quicker than the other leaders.
● Bowyer moved to fourth on lap 255 and continued to run lap times as fast as, and sometimes faster than, the leader.
● Adjustments throughout the race made the No. 14 faster, and Bowyer began passing the cars in front of him.
● Bowyer moved into third with 93 to go and was second with 90 to go.
● Bowyer eventually ran down leader Martin Truex Jr. in the closing laps and ran door-to-door but could not make the pass.
● Slight wall contact hindered Bowyer’s progress, and he lost second place to Joey Logano before finishing third.

Notes:

● Bowyer earned his third top-five and fifth top-10 of the season.
● This was Bowyer’s fifth top-five and 15th top-10 in 27 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond.
● This was Bowyer’s fourth straight top-10 and his third consecutive top-10 at Richmond.
● Bowyer finished fifth in Stage 1 to earn six bonus points and fifth in Stage 2 to earn another six bonus points.
● Martin Truex Jr. won the Richmond 400 to score his 20th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Richmond. His margin of victory over second-place Logano was .178 of a second.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 41 laps.
● Only 16 of the 37 drivers in the Richmond 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Kyle Busch remains the championship leader after Richmond with a 20-point advantage over second-place Logano.

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Mustang:

“We struggle on Fridays. We don’t unload good. We are definitely getting beat speedwise. Long run-wise we slowly but surely run them down. It is frustrating. You get out there, and I ran him (Truex) down. I was faster on a long run than him, but by the time you get to him your stuff is pretty wore out, and with this aero package you are so aero dependent behind those cars that you get terrible tight. When I got behind him I knew that wasn’t the place to be, so I changed that. I lost. It sucks. Then (Logano) got to my outside. I knew better than to let him out there, but I felt like when I was running high that I was probably losing ground to him. In hopes of still trying to win the race I needed to stay on the bottom and hope that he slipped up in traffic or something. Next thing you know I lost my nose down there and the 22 got to the outside. If I didn’t give up that spot the 4 was gonna get me too. You had to give up one to save one.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the GEICO 500 on Sunday, April 28 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Richmond I Race Report

Event: Richmond 400(Round 9 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Richmond (Va.) Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into three stages (100 laps/100 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish: 31st/23rd (Running, completed 398 of 400 laps)
Point standings: 11th (260 points, 140 out of first)

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100):

● Started 31st, finished 19th.
● Aric Almirola drove the Smithfield Get Grilling America Ford Mustang to 25th place by lap 28.
● During the competition caution on lap 40 he noted loose-handling conditions and said he needed more drive off of the turns. He pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.
● Almirola said the front end of his No. 10 Ford felt too high and caused him to race too tight in traffic.
● He pitted at the end of the stage for four tires, fuel and wedge and air pressure adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 101-200):

● Started 23rd and finished 16th.
● On lap 115, Almirola made slight contact with the No. 42 of Kyle Larson when his right-front tire was smoking.
● Almirola was scored 19th before a caution on lap 127. He pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments and advanced to 17th.
● He entered the top-15 on lap 171 but said he needed to turn better off the corners.
● Almirola pitted the No. 10 Smithfield Ford for four more tires, fuel and adjustments.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 201-400):

● Started 19th and finished 23rd.
● Almirola raced as high as 14th until he pitted under green-flag conditions on lap 247 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help his racecar turn better into the corner.
● When exiting pit road he was assessed a speeding penalty that put the Smithfield Get Grilling America Ford a lap down in 22nd.
● During the closing laps, Almirola was called back to the pits from 18th due to the No. 10 Ford not having enough lug nuts.

Notes:

● Martin Truex Jr. won the Richmond 400 to score his 20th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Richmond. His margin of victory over second-place Joey Logano was .178 of a second.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 41 laps.
● Only 16 of the 37 drivers in the Richmond 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Kyle Busch remains the championship leader after Richmond with a 20-point advantage over second-place Logano.

Next Up: 

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the GEICO 500 on Sunday, April 28 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Richmond I Race Report

Event:  Richmond 400(Round 9 of 36)
Series:  Monster EnergyNASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Richmond (Va.) Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Format:  400 laps, broken into three stages (100 laps/100 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish:  33rd/18th (Running, completed 399 of 400 laps)
Point Standing:  12th (235 points, 165 out of first)

Race Winner:  Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100):

● Daniel Suárez started Stage 1 from the 33rd position and ended the stage 10th. He earned one bonus point.
● Suárez worked his way up to 21st before the competition caution on lap 40.
● Reporting the No. 41 Mustang was free on entry, he pitted on lap 43 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment and restarted 15th on lap 47.
● At the end of Stage 1, Suárez said he needed more forward drive on exit. He pitted from the 10th position for four tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment.
● Suárez restarted 11th for the start of Stage 2.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 101-200):

● The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in 11th and completed it in sixth to earn five bonus points.
● Under caution on lap 131, Suárez came down pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments after reporting no improvement to the handling of the No. 41 Ford. He restarted 12th on lap 136.
● Suárez worked his way back into the top-10 on the restart and drove to the sixth position to finish Stage 2 just outside of the top-five.
● The Mexico native was happy with the handling of the No. 41 and pitted on lap 205 for four fresh tires and fuel.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 201-400):

● Suárez began the final stage in sixth and concluded it in 18th.
● When the fifth caution of the night occurred on lap 242, Suárez said he was too tight in the center of the turn at the beginning of the stage but that it had started to improve.
● Suárez pitted for four tires and fuel on lap 246 and lined up 13th for the lap-250 restart after a slow stop.
● Making a scheduled pit stop under green on lap 317, Suárez received four tires, fuel and adjustments to help the No. 41 Ford turn.
● Suárez was too fast entering pit road and lost a lap to the leaders after completing his pass-through penalty.
● Running in the 22nd position, one lap down, Suárez continued to fight a tight handling condition in the center of turns and was unable to advance his position for the next 50 laps.
● Suárez eventually found his rhythm, moving up to the 18th position over the course of the final 15 laps.

Notes:

● Suárez finished 10th in Stage 1 to earn one bonus point and sixth in Stage 2 to earn five more bonus points.
● Martin Truex Jr. won the Richmond 400 to score his 20th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Richmond. His margin of victory over second-place Joey Logano was .178 of a second.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 41 laps.
● Only 16 of the 37 drivers in the Richmond 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Kyle Busch remains the championship leader after Richmond with a 20-point advantage over second-place Logano.

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We had a difficult race tonight, especially after my mistake on pit road. Our Haas Automation Ford Mustang was very good early in the race during the long green-flag run, but we couldn’t make the adjustments to stay that way until the end. It was tough to get through traffic and get spots back after we went down a lap. We learned a lot and we have a good team, so we will come back later this year and be better.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the GEICO 500 on Sunday, April 28 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Richmond I Race Report

Event: Richmond 400 (Round 9 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Richmond (Va.) Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into three stages (100 laps/100 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish: 1st/4th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 4th (349 points, 51 out of first)

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100):

Kevin Harvick started first and finished fourth to collect seven bonus points.
● The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang had two-second lead over Kurt Busch on lap 22.
● On lap 31, Kyle Busch overtook Harvick for the lead.
Harvick pitted under a competition caution for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure and chassis adjustment. He said the car was tight.
He restarted second but fell to fourth as the stage concluded.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 101-200):

Harvick started fourth and finished third to collect eight bonus points.
● The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang pitted under caution on lap 105 for four tires, fuel and a chassis and tire pressure adjustment but said the car was still too tight.
● On lap 131, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment. He said the team was moving in the right direction, but that the car was still tight. He restarted in third.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 201-400):

Harvick started third and finished fourth.
● The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang pitted on lap 205 for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.
● On lap 246, Harvick pitted under caution for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. He restarted fourth.
Harvick pitted on lap 319 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, saying the car needed drive. He still ran in fourth.
● The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang was in fourth place, six seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr., with 50 laps to go. Harvick finished fourth, but just .932 of a second behind Truex.

Notes:

●  Harvick earned his fourth top-five and seventh top-10 of the season.
●  This was Harvick’s 15th top-five and 24th top-10 in 37 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond.
●  This was Harvick’s s third consecutive top-five at Richmond.
●  Harvick has finished in the top-five in all but three races at Richmond since joining SHR in 2014.
●  Harvick finished fourth in Stage 1 to earn seven bonus points and third in Stage 2 to earn an additional eight bonus points.
●  Harvick led once for 30 laps to increase his laps-led total at Richmond to 1,139.
●  Martin Truex Jr. won the Richmond 400 to score his 20th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Richmond. His margin of victory over second-place Joey Logano was .178 of a second.
●  There were five caution periods for a total of 41 laps.
●  Only 16 of the 37 drivers in the Richmond 400 finished on the lead lap.
●  Kyle Busch remains the championship leader after Richmond with a 20-point advantage over second-place Logano.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“I like nights like this when we can take a car that is a seventh- to ninth-place car and adjust on it and make it so it is capable of contending at the end. We ran those guys down, but we just ran out of time. I am proud of everyone on our Mobil 1 Ford for hanging in there and fighting, and we had another good night on pit road. It was a solid night.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the GEICO 500 on Sunday, April 28 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Richmond I Race Report

Date: April 12, 2019
Race Name: ToyotaCare 250 (Race 8 of 33)
Venue: Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Race Winner: Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Results: Cole Custer: 1st  | Chase Briscoe: 8th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 3rd with 333 points; trails points leader by 29 points
– Chase Briscoe: 8th with 255 points; trails points leader by 107 points

Chase Briscoe / Nutri Chomps Ford Mustang Recap:
– Qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather and the field was lined up by owner’s points.
– Briscoe started ninth and finished ninth in Stage 1, earning him two stage points.

– The Nutri Chomps Ford started Stage 2 in ninth after a four-tire pit stop and finished seventh, earning Briscoe an additional four stage points.
– The No. 98 Ford started seventh in the final stage and fell to 11th with 45 laps to go.
– A caution with 39 laps remaining brought the No. 98 Ford to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.
– Briscoe restarted eighth and held steady in the closing laps to ultimately finish there.
– Briscoe scored his sixth consecutive top-10 of the 2019 season. 

Next Up: MoneyLion 300 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, on April 27th at 1 p.m. EDT broadcast by Fox Sports 1.

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Nutri Chomps Ford Mustang:                                                    

“At the start of the race I felt like we were going to be really good, but once the sun went down I just lost all forward bite. We kept taking big swings at the race car and it just never seemed to help. I have to get better at telling the team what I need and do some more homework for when we come back here in the playoffs. Overall, I didn’t feel like we had an eighth place car, so we’ll take it and go on to Talladega and see what we can do there.”