KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Daytona II Race Report

Event: Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format: 160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish: 4th/29th (Running, completed 124 of 127 laps in rain-shortened race)
Point standing: 3rd with 625 points, 75 out of first

Race Winner: Justin Haley of Spire Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

Kevin Harvick started fourth, finished fourth and earned seven bonus points.
● Early on, Harvick and the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang were in second place, right behind leader Joey Logano.
● On lap 36, while in second place behind Logano, Harvick pitted for fuel only.
● Harvick came out in first place and led until turn three on lap 50. Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney got by at the end of the stage. Harvick wound up fourth.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

Started sixth, finished 31st.
● On lap 52, Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel.
● Harvick pitted on lap 59 for fuel only and came out in 12th.
● On lap 83, Harvick was involved in a six-car incident on the frontstretch. After several pit stops for repairs, the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford team was able to get back on track.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):

Started 31st, finished 29th.
● Harvick was riding around in the back of the pack one lap down when he cut a tire, further damaging the No. 4 Ford.
● Harvick was able to continue until, on lap 127, the red flag was issued for weather and then the race was called short, with the No. 4 finishing in 29th.

Notes:

● Harvick finished fourth in Stage 1 to earn seven bonus points.
● Harvick led once for 12 laps to increase his laps-led total at Daytona to 256.
● Justin Haley won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
● There were six caution periods for a total of 25 laps.
● Only 18 of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Daytona with an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kentucky 400 on Saturday, July 13 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Chicagoland Race Report

Event:               Camping World 400 (Round 17 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Point standing:  11th with 482 points, 195 out of first

Race Winner:    Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80): 

  • Aric Almirola started 15th, finished 12th.
  • The Smithfield Ford driver had raced his way to 11th when inclement weather postponed the race.
  • Almirola pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments on lap 52 from 11th place under green-flag conditions.
  • Crew chief Johnny Klausmeier told Almirola he was turning top-five lap times after his pit stop from 27th place.
  • Multiple cars pitted under green, helping the Ford Mustang driver move to 11th before a lap-79 caution.
  • At the conclusion of the stage, Almirola pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments to improve the car’s handling. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160): 

  • Started 12th, finished 10th and earned one bonus point.
  • Almirola raced the Smithfield Ford to the top-10 by lap 100.
  • During a caution on lap 103, Almirola pitted and remained inside the top-10.
  • At the end of the stage, Almirola pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments to gain four positions on pit road.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267): 

  • Started sixth, finished 16th.
  • Almirola battled for fifth on lap 169 and advanced to fourth place after a lap-172 caution.
  • Almirola pitted on lap 218 under green-flag conditions for four fresh tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments.
  • After falling back outside the top-10, the Smithfield Ford driver said the balance of his car was back to normal.
  • He noted tight-handling conditions for the remainder of the race but held position just outside the top-15, finishing 16th.

Notes:

  • Almirola earned his 14th top-20 of the season and his fourth top-20 in eight career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Chicagoland.
  • Almirola finished 10th in Stage 2 to earn a bonus point.
  • Alex Bowman won the Camping World 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Larson was .546 of a second.
  • There were five caution periods for a total of 25 laps.
  • Only 17 of the 38 drivers in the Camping World 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Chicagoland with an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang:

“When we started the race I felt like we had a good car to contend with. We found some of that speed again in the final stage and raced toward the front but couldn’t hold it together at the end. We learned a lot and at least we held on to our points position. I’m looking forward to Daytona.”

Next Up:                                                                       

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday, July 6 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Chicagoland Race Report

Event: Camping World 400 (Round 17 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish: 28th/24th (Running, completed 265 of 267 laps)
Point Standing: 15th (434 points, 243 out of first)

Race Winner: Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

● Daniel Suárez started the stage in 28th and ended it 19th.
● After starting 28th, Suárez worked his way up to 19th by lap 10 just before the race was red flagged due to weather.
● Once the red flag was lifted and drivers returned to their cars, Suárez pitted on lap 14 for four tires and fuel. He restarted 19th on lap 16.
● Suárez entered the top-10 on lap 50 and continued to gain track position before taking over the lead on lap 75 as the field began green-flag pit stops.
● Suárez pitted on lap 76 for fuel only and returned to the track in 16th.
● The Mexico native reported he had a tire issue on lap 78, but a caution came out on lap 79 allowing him to stay on track before pitting for four tires and fuel under yellow.
● The Ruckus driver completed Stage 1 in the 19th spot.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

● The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in 19th and completed it in 27th.
● The third caution of the race occurred on lap 104 with Suárez running in 15th. He told the team his Ruckus Mustang was too free after the first 15 laps in the run, and he pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments under the caution.
● Suárez restarted 17th on lap 108 and jumped to the 12th position on the first lap back under green.
● On lap 120 after falling back to 15th, Suárez said the handling of his Ford had not improved.
● Suárez pitted under green on lap 137 for four tires and fuel after contact with the No. 11 caused a flat right-rear tire. He returned to the track in 30th, two laps down.
● Suárez ended Stage 2 in 27th, two laps down.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

● The Ruckus driver began the final stage in 25th and concluded it in 24th.
● Suárez did not pit before the start of the final stage and took the wave-around to get a lap back. He lined up 25th for the lap-166 restart, one lap down.
● Under caution on lap 174, the Ruckus driver pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help tighten up his Ford Mustang.
● Suárez restarted 25th and moved up to 23rd before the final round of green-flag stops began on lap 218.
● The driver of the No. 41 pitted for his final scheduled stop under green on lap 226 for four tires and fuel. He rejoined the field in 25th, two laps down after being lapped while on pit road.
● Suárez returned to the track in the 25th position and was able to finish the race in 24th.

Notes:

● Suárez led one lap, the first of his career at Chicagoland.
● Alex Bowman won the Camping World 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Larson was .546 of a second.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 25 laps.
● Only 17 of the 38 drivers in the Camping World 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Chicagoland with an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

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

“Our Ruckus Ford was too free all day, and we had a hard time making the right adjustments to get the handling to where we needed it. It was hard to get any laps back with the green-flag pit stops, but the No. 41 guys worked hard all day, and we’ll keep learning and getting better.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday, July 6 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Chicagoland Race Report

Event: Camping World 400 (Round 17 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish: 2nd/14th (Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Point standing: 4th (610 points, 67 out of first)

Race Winner: Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Kevin Harvick started second, finished seventh and earned four bonus points.
● No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang started second and was second when rain hit the racetrack and delayed the race for more than three hours.
● Harvick pitted on lap 14 for four tires and fuel. He restarted eighth but was up to first by lap 20.
● On lap 73 Harvick headed to pit road. He radioed to the team that he had a cut tire, so the team changed four tires, added fuel and made a tire pressure adjustment. There was no damage to Harvick’s car.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Started first, finished first and earned 10 bonus points and one playoff point.
● No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang was still sliding all over the place per Harvick on lap 98 while he was leading.
● On lap 99 William Byron passed Harvick for the lead.
● Harvick pitted on lap 105 under caution and took four tires and fuel along with a tire pressure adjustment.
● On the restart Harvick was second, but he took the lead in turn two on lap 110.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

Started first, finished 14th.
● No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang pitted on lap 163 for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.
● On lap 172 Harvick got into the SAFER Barrier on the outside retaining wall in turns one and two while running third.
● Harvick went to pit road on lap 173 for repairs. He took for four tires and fuel then restarted 21st, still on the lead lap.
● On lap 187, Harvick said the car was “just plowing.” He was in 16th place.
● Harvick pitted on lap 224 for four tires and fuel. He was in the lead, but due to other cars’ pit strategies he exited in 18th.
● He had worked his way up to 14th when the checkered flag flew.

Notes:

● Harvick earned his 14th top-15 of the season and his 13th top-15 in 19 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Chicagoland.
● Harvick finished seventh in Stage 1 to earn four bonus points and won Stage 2 to earn an additional 10 bonus points and one playoff point.
● Harvick led five times for 132 laps to increase his laps-led total at Chicagoland to 602.
● Alex Bowman won the Camping World 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Larson was .546 of a second.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 25 laps.
● Only 17 of the 38 drivers in the Camping World 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Chicagoland with an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday, July 6 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Chicagoland Race Report

Event:  Camping World 400 (Round 17 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (1.5-mile oval)
Format:  267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish:  6th/37th (Brakes, completed 172 of 267 laps)
Point standing:  16th (431 points, 246 out of first)

Race Winner:  Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner:  Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Started sixth, finished 31st.
● Ran 10 laps before enduring a red-flag period for severe weather that lasted three hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds.
● Under caution before the race returned to green, Bowyer pitted for four tires and fuel.
● Bowyer restarted in 12th on lap 17 but fell to 22nd after getting caught up in three- and four-wide racing that shuffled him backward.
● “Sliding around back here struggling for speed,” said Bowyer on lap 35.
● Bowyer climbed to 12th by lap 60 as those in front of him began to pit.
● Bowyer brought his No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang into the pits on lap 77 for a quick, fuel-only stop.
● A lap later Bowyer keyed his mic and said, “I’ve got a tire coming apart!” He then spun off turn three on lap 80.
● When the right-rear tire came apart, it ripped away the lower portion of the quarterpanel.
● Bowyer made three separate trips to pit road following the stage to make repairs.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Started 32nd, finished 35th.
● Began the stage two laps down as a result of the flat tire and subsequent repairs.
● Bowyer suffered another flat right-rear tire on lap 94. This sent him to the pits under green-flag conditions.
● Returned to the track on lap 100, six laps down to the leaders.
● A caution on lap 104 allowed Bowyer to bring his No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang back to the pits for more repairs.
● Rubber buildup in the remnants of the right-rear wheelwell caught fire on lap 159, sending Bowyer back to the pits.
● More work was done on the quarterpanel and all the rubber buildup was removed, allowing Bowyer to continue, albeit 11 laps down.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

Started 35th, finished 37th.
● “I think it’s fixing to blow up,” said Bowyer on lap 179. Prior to that message, he asked if smoke could be seen from his car.
● On lap 189, Bowyer keyed his mic and said, “I don’t have any brakes.”
● Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz brought Bowyer to the garage. The series of issues stemming from the flat tires proved terminal.

Notes:

● Alex Bowman won the Camping World 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Larson was .546 of a second.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 25 laps.
● Only 17 of the 38 drivers in the Camping World 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Chicagoland and holds an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday, July 6 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Sonoma Race Report

Event: Save Mart 350k (Round 16 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (2.52-mile, 12-turn road course)
Format: 90 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/50 laps)
Start/Finish: 5th/17th (Running, completed 90 of 90 laps)
Point Standing: 13th (421 points, 222 out of first)

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

● Daniel Suárez earned the fifth qualifying spot but was forced to start in the rear after an engine change was performed as a precautionary measure. He ended Stage 1 in 30th.
● After starting in the rear, Suárez had worked his way up to 25th when he came down pit road on lap 17 for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help with his tight condition.
● The Ruckus driver completed Stage 1 in the 30th spot.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

● The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in 12th and completed it in 16th.
● Suárez did not pit during the Stage 1 break and began Stage 2 in the 12th position.
● By lap 25, the Ford driver was in the top-10 and had moved into eighth when he made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 36 for fuel, four tires and adjustments.
● Suárez ended Stage 2 in 16th.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 41-90):

● The Ruckus driver began the final stage in the top-10 and concluded it in 17th.
● Suárez did not pit before the start of Stage 2 and quickly went to work once the green flag dropped on the stage.
● On lap 45, the Mexico native took over the fifth position, which he held until he made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 63.
● During the pit stop, Suárez exceeded the pit box boundary line and was forced to back up in order for the No. 41 pit crew to perform service. Unfortunately, after the pit stop the No. 41 team was assessed an uncontrolled tire penalty, which forced Suárez to pass through pit road while under green.
● Suárez returned to the track in the 25th position.
● Throughout the remainder of the event, Suárez continued to pass cars, and he ended the day 17th.

Notes:

● Although Suárez qualified fifth, he was forced to the rear of the field for the start of the race after an engine change on Friday following final practice. He gained 18 positions in the race.
● Martin Truex Jr. won the Save Mart 350k to score his 23rd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fourth of the season, his third at Sonoma and his second straight at the 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 1.861 seconds.
● There were only two caution periods for a total of six laps.
● Twenty-four of the 38 drivers in the Save Mart 350k finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Sonoma with just a one-point advantage over second-place Busch.

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

“We had a good Ruckus Mustang today even though we had to start in the back. My crew did great with the calls, and we were able to get track position and show that we had a good car. Unfortunately, mistakes on the last pit stop bit us and we couldn’t recover from it so late in the race.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Camping World 400 on Sunday, June 30 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Sonoma Race Report

Event: Save Mart 350k (Round 16 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (2.52-mile, 12-turn road course)
Format: 90 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/50 laps)
Point standing: 11th (460 points, 183 out of first)

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

● Aric Almirola started 13th, finished fifth and earned six bonus points.
● Almirola drove the Smithfield Ford Mustang to the top-10 by lap 15.
● Crew chief Johnny Klausmeier decided to keep the No. 10 Ford out of the pits while multiple cars pitted under green-flag conditions.
● Almirola reported the car was tight into the turns, but Klausmeier said the car was one of the fastest on the track.
● At the end of the stage, Almirola pitted for four tires and fuel. He exited pit road 22nd behind cars that pitted before the stage ended.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

● Started 22nd, finished 36th.
● Almirola fell back to 24th, but raced to 19th by lap 28.
● On lap 30, Almirola spun in turn 3A without taking damage. No caution was thrown, and he returned on track in 35th.
● He pitted on lap 35 for four tires, fuel and adjustments under green-flag conditions and stayed out at the end of the stage.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 41-90):

● Started 21st, finished ninth.
● Almirola battled the Smithfield Ford Mustang to 16th place by lap 54.
● He pitted on lap 61 under green for four tires, fuel and adjustments to correct tight-handling conditions.
● The No. 10 Mustang driver raced back to 13th place by lap 71.
● In the closing laps, Almirola made his way back to the top-10 and passed teammate Clint Bowyer for ninth place to earn his second-consecutive top-10 at the 2.52-mile road-course.

Notes:

● Almirola earned his ninth top-10 of the season and his second top-10 in eight career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma.
● Almirola’s ninth-place result was just shy of his previous best finish at Sonoma – eighth in the series’ most recent visit to the track last June.
● Martin Truex Jr. won the Save Mart 350k to score his 23rd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fourth of the season, his third at Sonoma and his second straight at the 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 1.861 seconds.
● There were only two caution periods for a total of six laps.
● Twenty-four of the 38 drivers in the Save Mart 350k finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Sonoma with just a one-point advantage over second-place Busch.

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang:

“I made a mistake there at the top of turn 3A and spun out and we fell to the rear. After that, I just had to work my butt off to recover. We passed a lot of cars today. My Smithfield Ford Mustang was good today.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Camping World 400 on Sunday, June 30 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Sonoma Race Report

Event: Save Mart 350k (Round 16 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Sonoma (Ca.) Raceway (2.52-mile, 12-turn road course)
Format: 90 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/50 laps)
Start/Finish: 23rd/6th (Running, completed 90 of 90 laps)
Point standing: 3rd (573 points, 70 out of first)

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

Kevin Harvick started 23rd, finished eighth and collected three bonus points.
The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang was 17th on the 10th lap, 15.612 seconds behind leader William Byron.
● On lap 16, Harvick said his car was getting tighter and that it wouldn’t turn late in the run.
● Several cars pitted late in the stage, so Harvick finished eighth, 26.414 seconds behind stage winner Byron.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

Harvick started 20th, finished 23rd.
The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang pitted on lap 22 for four tires, fuel and tire pressure and wedge adjustments.
● On lap 37, while Harvick was 15th, he pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 41-90):

Harvick started 10th, finished sixth.
The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang was 10th on lap 55 and 15.461 seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.
● On lap 63, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment. He was in eighth place.
● After all the pit stops, Harvick was fourth on lap 68, trailing Truex, Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney.
● Harvick was in fourth place until late in the race when he was passed by Matt DiBenedetto and Denny Hamlin. The driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion finished sixth.

Notes:

● Harvick earned his 11th top-10 of the season and his 10th top-10 in 19 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma.
● This is Harvick’s second straight top-10. He finished seventh in the series’ previous race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
● Harvick has finished sixth or better in the last five races at Sonoma. He has only finished outside the top-10 at Sonoma once since joining SHR in 2014.
● Harvick finished eighth in Stage 1 to earn three bonus points.
● Martin Truex Jr. won the Save Mart 350k to score his 23rd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fourth of the season, his third at Sonoma and his second straight at the 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 1.861 seconds.
● There were only two caution periods for a total of six laps.
● Twenty-four of the 38 drivers in the Save Mart 350k finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Sonoma with just a one-point advantage over second-place Busch.

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang:

“I am really proud of everybody on our Mobil 1 Ford. We did grind one out. We didn’t have a great car this weekend. We aborted everything that we were doing and put the 14 (Clint Bowyer) stuff in, and we still weren’t very good. We wound up grinding the right-front tire off at the end and was just hanging on for dear life. That is a gritty performance. That is what we have done all year. We need to figure out how to be closer at the beginning of the weekend. We will. We have been scrapping pretty hard for 16 weeks.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Camping World 400 on Sunday, June 30 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Sonoma Race Report

Event: Save Mart 350k (Round 16 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (2.52-mile, 12-turn road course)
Format: 90 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/50 laps)
Start/Finish: 14th/11th (Running, completed 90 of 90 laps)
Point Standing: 12th (430 points, 213 out of first)

Race Winner:      Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner:  William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner:  Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

Clint Bowyer started 14th, finished 22nd.
Bowyer reported the front end of the car wasn’t turning as well as needed and “pogoing” in the corners.
Bowyer raced up to the 11th position under green.
Bowyer pitted on lap 18 for tires and fuel in order to get a good starting position for Stage 2.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

Bowyer started fifth, finished 33rd.
Bowyer raced in fifth until he dropped to 37th when he pitted because of a loose right-rear wheel on lap 28. The team later determined the problem was due to an air gun issue.
After the stop Bowyer turned very fast laps, climbing to 29th under green.
Like he did in the first stage, Bowyer pitted in the closing laps of the second stage for better track position for the final stage.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 41-90):

Bowyer started 18th, finished 11th.
Bowyer showed his muscle in the final stage, driving from 18th to as high as seventh.
The No. 14 was often one of the three fastest cars on the track.
Bowyer appeared to have a shot at the top-five, but late in the race he reported his car wouldn’t turn as needed.
Hampered by the handling issue he dropped through the field, losing 10th place to Kyle Larson on the final lap.

Notes:

● Bowyer earned his 10th top-11 of the season and his 11th top-11 in 14 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma.
● Martin Truex Jr. won the Save Mart 350k to score his 23rd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fourth of the season, his third at Sonoma and his second straight at the 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 1.861 seconds.
● There were only two caution periods for a total of six laps.
● Twenty-four of the 38 drivers in the Save Mart 350k finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Sonoma with just a one-point advantage over second-place Busch.

Clint Bowyer, Driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang:

“That was disappointing, for sure. We had a bad break with the air gun and that put us on a strategy that kind of killed our chances at getting stage points. It looked like we were going to have a shot at the top-five, but we just couldn’t get our car to turn there at the end and gave up a lot of positions. We had a good Rush Truck Centers Mustang all weekend and expected a lot better finish.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Camping World 400 on Sunday, June 30 at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Production Alliance Group Joins Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi as a Primary Partner of Cole Custer and No. 00 NASCAR Xfinity Series Team

Production Alliance Group, a worldwide premium live-event and creative development company, has partnered with Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (SHR) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series by serving as a three-race primary sponsor of driver Cole Custer and the No. 00 team.

Tustin, California-based Production Alliance Group will make its debut with Custer and the No. 00 Ford Mustang during the Aug. 30-31 race weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. The No. 00 Production Alliance Group Ford Mustang will return Oct. 4-5 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Oct. 18-19 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. At all other races beginning with this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Production Alliance Group will serve as an associate sponsor of Custer and the No. 00 team.

“We work with the top names and brands in both corporate and entertainment industries, and NASCAR brings both of these entities together from February through November,” said Dale Sahlin, President and CEO, Production Alliance Group. “We’ve paired with an up-and-coming talent in Cole Custer and an established team in SHR to enhance our commitment to the sport while showcasing our abilities to the many brands involved in NASCAR.”

Custer and Production Alliance Group became acquainted on March 16 in victory lane at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, when Custer won the Production Alliance Group 300. It was Custer’s first win of 2019 and first at his home track, as he grew up in nearby Ladera Ranch, California. Custer has since won two more Xfinity Series races to bring his career total to five. The 21-year-old is currently third in the championship standings and has already secured his spot in the first round of the NASCAR Playoffs, which begins Sept. 20 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

“Our win at Fontana was special for a lot of reasons, mainly because California is my home and because that victory punched our ticket to the playoffs,” Custer said. “But that win has taken on even greater meaning because it allowed us to parlay the introductions and high-fives we had in victory lane with Production Alliance Group and transform it into a partnership with our race team. Ultimately, we win some more races with them and drive recognition for Production Alliance Group and its capabilities.”

Production Alliance Group’s television company, 3rd Rail Productions, produces original content and used the Xfinity Series race in Fontana to launch its latest reality show about iconic films from the 70s, 80s and 90s called Beyond the Backlot, which can be seen on YouTube and Facebook Watch. Together, both companies create experiences that move and impressions that last. Beyond the Backlot is made by fans for the fans, focusing on movie nostalgia that explores real-life locations and sits down with filmmakers and stars from such films as The Goonies, Back to the Future, Jaws, The Sandlot and more.

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Mustang for Daniel Suárez. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with two fulltime entries – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer and the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Chase Briscoe. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with nearly 400 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.