CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Phoenix II Race Report

Event:               Bluegreen Vacations 500
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          ISM Raceway near Phoenix (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             312 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/162 laps)
Start/Finish:      13th/8th (Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)
Point Standing:  11th with 2,254 points 

Race Winner:    Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 75):

  • Bowyer started 13th and finished 14th.
  • The No. 14 One Cure Ford driver reported his car was loose in the early going as the field ran single file.
  • Bowyer asked the crew for handling changes to help is Mustang arc more in the corner on lap 49.
  • A caution with just five laps remaining in the stage brought Bowyer to pit road for tires, fuel and handling adjustments.
  • Bowyer returned to the track in 14th and held his position over the final laps of the stage.
  • Bowyer stayed on the track during the stage break.

Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 150):

  • Bowyer started 12th and finished 11th.
  • The No. 14 One Cure Ford moved into the top-10 on lap 86.
  • Bowyer climbed as high as ninth during the stage but continued to battle handling issues.
  • Only 18 cars raced on the lead lap during the stage. Passing was more than challenging on the mile oval.
  • Bowyer pitted during the stage break for fuel, tires and more adjustments.

Stage 3 Recap (Ended at Lap 312):

  • Bowyer started 10th and finished eighth.
  • The No. 14 One Cure Ford driver raced in 10th by the lap-200 mark.
  • On lap 215 Bowyer moved to ninth after passing Erik Jones, and he moved into eighth a few laps later when he passed Joey Logano.
  • Bowyer continued to report his car was “loose in and tight in the middle.”
  • With 80 laps to go and only 10 cars on the lead lap, Bowyer was the second highest running non-playoff driver.
  • Bowyer made his first green flag stop of the race with 67 laps remaining.
  • Bowyer raced in sixth with 55 laps remaining with only eight cars on lead lap.
  • A caution forced a restart with three laps to go. Bowyer restarted seventh and fell to eighth in the shootout.

Notes:

  • Bowyer earned his 17th top-10 of the season and his eighth top-10 in 29 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix.
  • This is Bowyer’s second consecutive top-15 at Phoenix. He finished 11th in the series’ previous visit to the track in March.
  • Denny Hamlin won the Bluegreen Vacations 500k to score his 37th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his sixth of the season and his third at Phoenix. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .377 of a second.
  • There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.
  • Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Bluegreen Vacations 500k finished on the lead lap.
  • Ford took five of the top-10 finishing positions in the Bluegreen Vacations 500.

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 One Cure Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“That was a tough race today. We worked hard to get our car better and everyone did a really good job. We were just in the wrong lane there at the last restart. It was tough to pass today. Track position was everything. We’ll go to Homestead and finish this season out right next weekend.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, Nov. 17 at at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The final race of the 10-race playoff starts at 3 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Phoenix II Race Report

Event:               Bluegreen Vacations 500k (Round 35 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          ISM Raceway near Phoenix (1-mile oval)
Format:             312 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/162 laps)
Start/Finish:      7th/5th (Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)
Point Standing:  1st with 5,000 points

Race Winner:    Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75): 

  • Kevin Harvick started seventh and finished ninth, earning two bonus points.
  • The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang pitted on lap 69 for four tires and fuel.
  • Harvick told the team that his racecar was loose in turn three. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 75-150): 

  • Harvick started seventh and finished seventh, earning four bonus points.
  • The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang was brought to pit road on lap 155 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.
  • Harvick said the car was still loose.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 151-312): 

  • Harvick started eighth and finished fifth.
  • The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang hit pit road while in fifth place for four tires and fuel.
  • Harvick said the car was a bit loose entering the turns.
  • After a late caution, Harvick pitted on lap 306 for four tires and fuel.
  • He worked his way from sixth to fifth, where he finished the race.

Notes: 

  • Harvick earned his 14th top-five and 25th top-10 of the season, and his 17th top-five and 23rd top-10 in 34 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix.
  • Harvick has finished in the top-five 14 times in the last 18 races at Phoenix.
  • This is Harvick’s 13th straight top-10 at Phoenix. He finished ninth in the series’ last visit to the track in March.
  • Harvick’s nine wins, 16 top-fives, 22 top-10s and 1,595 laps led at Phoenix are the most among active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. (NOTE: The only driver close to him in any of the numbers is Jimmie Johnson with 15 top-fives and 21 top-10s.)
  • This is Harvick’s fourth straight top-10 and his 14th top-10 in the last 16 races. He won the series’ previous race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
  • Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has never finished outside the top-10 at Phoenix. He has finished in the top-two six times, five of which were wins.
  • Denny Hamlin won the Bluegreen Vacations 500k to score his 37th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his sixth of the season and his third at Phoenix. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .377 of a second.
  • There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.
  • Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Bluegreen Vacations 500k finished on the lead lap.
  • Ford took five of the top-10 finishing positions in the Bluegreen Vacations 500.

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

“I’d say (the race went) about like I thought it was gonna go. The Gibbs cars were strong, and we were probably about where we finished, about a fifth-place car. I’m just really proud of everybody on our Mobil 1 Ford for battling through the day, and we’ll see what happens next week in Homestead.” 

Championship 4 Drivers:

  1. Kevin Harvick (5,000 points)
  2. Martin Truex Jr. (5,000 points)
  3. Denny Hamlin (5,000 points)
  4. Kyle Busch (5,000 points)
  • Harvick will compete in the Championship 4 for the fifth time in the last six years. He won the championship in 2014. 

Failed to Advance to Championship 4:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Chase Elliott 

Next Up:  

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The final race of the 10-race playoffs starts at 3 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Phoenix II Race Report

Event:               Bluegreen Vacations 500k
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          ISM Raceway near Phoenix (1-mile oval)
Format:             312 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/162 laps)
Start/Finish:      15th/15th  (Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)
Points Standing: 17th with 823 points

Race Winner:    Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

  • Daniel Suárez started 15th and finished 23rd.
  • The Ford driver remained in the top-20 and was 14th when he pitted during the first caution on lap 68.
  • Suárez received a penalty for speeding on pit road after receiving four tires, fuel and adjustments to loosen the car.
  • The Haas Automation restarted at the rear of the field and finished Stage 1 in 23rd.
  • Suárez did not pit during the Stage break.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150):

  • Suárez started 23rd and ended up 16th.
  • The 27-year-old worked his way forward after battling an ill-handling Mustang to open the stage.
  • On lap 127, the Haas Automation Mustang team confimed debris on the grille as Suárez ran 17th.
  • As the long run continued, Suárez worked his way to the 16th position, where he completed the stage.
  • During the Stage 2 break he pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help his Mustang.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 151-312):

  • Suárez started 14th and finished 15th.
  • The caution was displayed on lap 165, but Suárez did not visit pit road and restarted 13th.
  • On lap 191 he was in the 16th spot.
  • The Haas Automation driver made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 245 from the top-15 for fuel, four tires and adjustments.
  • After pit stops cycled through, Suárez was in the 11th position on lap 262.
  • With nine laps to go the final caution came out, and Suárez stayed out to take the wave-around and restart 11th.
  • In the sprint to the finish he made contact with competitors and was relegated to a 15th-place finish.

Notes:

  • Suárez earned his 19th top-15 of the season and his third top-15 in six career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix.
  • Denny Hamlin won the Bluegreen Vacations 500k to score his 37th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his sixth of the season and his third at Phoenix. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .377 of a second.
  • There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.
  • Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Bluegreen Vacations 500k finished on the lead lap.
  • Ford took five of the top-10 finishing positions in the Bluegreen Vacations 500. 

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

“We had a good speed in the car on the long run, but we were lacking a little bit on the short run. I got a pit road speeding penalty early on, but we were fortunate enough to recover from that. At the end of the race we were 11th, and then the last caution came out. We all restarted with a few laps to go, and everyone had their own agendas. We lost a few spots and had some damage to the car, which is disappointing.” 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The final race of the 10-race playoffs starts at 3 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Phoenix II Race Report

Event:  Bluegreen Vacations 500k (Round 35 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  ISM Raceway near Phoenix (1-mile oval)
Format:  312 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/162 laps)
Start/Finish:  11th/22nd (Running, completed 310 of 312 laps)
Point Standing:  14th with 2,219 points

Race Winner:  Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner:  Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

Aric Almirola started 11th and finished 12th.
● Running in 12th after 20 laps, Almirola described his No. 10 Eckrich Ford Mustang as having no rear grip.
● Fell to 14th by lap 52. Almirola keyed his mic to say, “Zero roll speed. Just driving through front tires on throttle.”
● Pitted for four tires and fuel with a right-rear wedge adjustment while under caution on lap 69.
● Was 14th for lap-72 restart and picked up two positions to finish the stage in 12th.
● Stayed out at the conclusion of the stage to maintain track position.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150):

Almirola started ninth and finished 14th.
● Settled into 11th by lap 90 and radioed on lap 106 that he was loose under braking into turn three, but was tight everywhere else.
● “The harder I try, the worse it gets,” said a 12th-place Almirola on lap 126 about the handling of his Eckrich Ford Mustang.
● On lap 136, Almirola added: “Chattering the tires. It gets really bad late in a run.” Dropped to 14th.
● Pitted for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage, and also inserted a spring rubber into the right-rear to aid in the car’s handling.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 151-312):

Almirola started 20th and finished 22nd.
● Despite having pitted before the stage, Almirola still experienced a tight racecar that was chattering its tires.
● Took advantage of caution period and pitted on lap 168 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.
● Remained 20th for lap-173 restart.
● Climbed to 18th by lap 196, but Almirola reported that his Eckrich Ford Mustang was back to being too tight and not turning.
● Even with a racecar that was too tight, Almirola found ways to gain positions. He was 16th with 100 laps to go.
● Lost a lap to leader Denny Hamlin on lap 225 while running 17th.
● Made scheduled, green flag pit stop on lap 236 for four tires and fuel.
● As pit stops cycled through, Almirola rose to 11th by lap 256 and was in position to score a top-10.
● But on lap 286, Almirola keyed his mic and yelled, “Flat tire!” He had a flat right front and was forced to pit under green for four tires and fuel.
● The unscheduled, green flat pit stop dropped Almirola to 22nd and put him two laps down, and with less than 25 laps remaining, it was a position from which he could not recover.

Notes:

● Denny Hamlin won the Bluegreen Vacations 500k to score his 37th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his sixth of the season and his third at Phoenix. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .377 of a second.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.
● Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Bluegreen Vacations 500k finished on the lead lap.
● Ford took five of the top-10 finishing positions in the Bluegreen Vacations 500k.

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

“We fought hard all day, and even though we weren’t where we needed to be from a handling standpoint, we managed to get up to 11th to where a top-10 was possible. But then we got a flat tire and that was it.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The final race of the 10-race playoffs starts at 3 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Phoenix II Race Report

Race Name: Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200 (Race 32 of 33)
Venue: ISM Raceway
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 45 laps / 45 laps / 110 laps (200 Total Laps)
Race Winner:  Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Results: Cole Custer: 2nd | Chase Briscoe: 8th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 4th with 4,000 points; Part of the Championship 4.
– Chase Briscoe: 5th with 2,252 points

Chase Briscoe / Ford Performance Ford Mustang Recap:

– Briscoe started third and finished fifth in Stage 1 to earn six stage points.
– The No. 98 Ford Performance Mustang started Stage 2 in fifth and finished sixth to earn five additional stage points.
– The No. 98 Ford came to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a trackbar adjustment at the end of Stage 2.
– Briscoe started the final stage in fourth and was running sixth when caution waved on lap 116. 

– He pitted for fuel only and saved the final set of sticker tires for a late race caution scenario.
– The No. 98 would lead the field back to green and lead the next 14 laps before being overtaken on lap 134.
– The race went green the rest of the way and Briscoe had to settle for an eighth place finish.
– Briscoe ended up 44 points below the cut line and was not able to advance to the Championship 4.

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

“Truthfully, I’m just thinking back to the Kansas deal.  I hate to keep bringing it up, but I feel like we shouldn’t have even been in this situation.  That’s part of it, obviously.  It happened for a reason.  I don’t know what that reason is right now, but I feel like God has a plan.  I don’t know what it is and don’t understand it right now, but hopefully I can learn something from it.  I feel like we definitely deserve to be there, but at the same time Justin was really good too.  Going into this final round we knew that Kansas was our best opportunity, Texas was our second-best and Phoenix more than likely was gonna be a struggle just because the 7 was so good here.  We didn’t capitalize.  We put ourselves in the position to, but just didn’t get the job done there at the end.  It didn’t go our way.  We needed a caution and it didn’t come and that’s kind of how this round went for us, so that’s part of it.  I feel like we have a really good car that can go win Homestead next week.  Obviously, it doesn’t do anything for us championship-wise, but at least it will maybe prove a point.  I’m just thankful that Ford has believed in me these 32 races.  Obviously, I have one race left to prove that I need to be here and deserve to be here next year, so that’s what we’re gonna try to go do.”

COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Phoenix II Race Report

Race Name: Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200 (Race 32 of 33)
Venue: ISM Raceway
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 45 laps / 45 laps / 110 laps (200 Total Laps)
Race Winner:  Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Results: Cole Custer: 2nd | Chase Briscoe: 8th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 4th with 4,000 points; Part of the Championship 4.
– Chase Briscoe: 5th with 2,252 points

Cole Custer / Haas Automation Ford Mustang Recap:

– Custer started from the second position and would run there until a yellow on lap 14. He would restart second but would fall to third and ran there the rest of Stage 1. He finished Stage 1 in third to collect eight points.
– The No. 00 Haas Automation team came to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment at the conclusion of Stage 1 to correct a loose-handling condition.
– Custer started Stage 2 in second and would run third for the entire stage. He would finish Stage 2 in the third position earning himself eight more points.
– The No. 00 Ford would pit for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment at the conclusion of the stage. He would restart first in the final stage.
– Custer would run third until a yellow flew with 83 laps remaining. The team pit for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment. He would restart ninth as the top-eight would not take tires.
– The No. 00 would gain seven spots throughout the 78 lap green-flag run but would fall .500 seconds short of claiming his eighth win of the season.
– The No. 00 team is now locked into the Championship 4 race from Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Next Up: Ford Ecoboost 300 from Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16th at 3:30 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN.

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang:                 

“I had to really save my brakes there during the final stage as the pedal started to get a little softer with each long run we had. Once we got to 15 laps remaining I figured it was time to forget about it and push forward. We gained almost three seconds on Allgaier once I started that and almost had the win but we came up just a little short. Mike Shiplett and the Haas Automation group gave me a good piece, the best car I have ever had here and I can’t wait to get to Homestead next week to battle for a Championship.”

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Texas II Race Report – HARVICK WINS!

Event: AAA Texas 500 (Round 34 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Texas Motor Speedwayin Fort Worth(1.5-mile oval)
Format: 334 laps, broken into three stages (85 laps/85 laps/164 laps)
Start/Finish: 1st/1st (Running, completed 334 of 334 laps)
Point Standing: 2nd (4,113 points, 1 win – ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP 4)

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-85):

Kevin Harvick started from the pole and finished first, collecting 10 bonus points and a playoff point.
● The No. 4 Busch Beer Ducks Unlimited Ford Mustang took the lead on the start and led 43 laps during the stage.
● On lap 38, while leading, Harvick said the car was a bit too tight in the center at the exit of turn two.
● Harvick pitted on lap 45 for fuel only.
● The race restarted on lap 85 and Harvick was able to pass his teammate Clint Bowyer for the lead and won the stage.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 86-170):

Kevin Harvick started 19th and finished sixth and earned five bonus points.
● The No. 4 Busch Beer Ducks Unlimited Ford Mustang pitted on lap 88 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.
● By laps 125, Harvick had moved from 18th to 10th.
● Harvick said on lap 132 that his car was too loose in turns three and four.
● On lap 150, Harvick moved into second place.
● Harvick pitted for fuel only while leading on lap 153.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 171-334):

Kevin Harvick started 14th and finished first.
● The No. 4 Busch Beer Ducks Unlimited Ford Mustang pitted on lap 174 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.
● On lap 188, Harvick came down pit road for a fuel-only stop but was penalized for a tire positioned over the wall too early, sending him to be tail end of the lead-lap cars on the ensuing restart.
● He worked his way toward the front during the run and was up to third by lap 245, when he pitted for four tires, fuel and a pressure adjustment.
● Ten laps later, Harvick took the lead for the fifth time in the race and held the point for 52 laps, when he made his final schedule fuel-and-tire stop on lap 307.
● Harvick took the lead for good on lap 314 when the leaders completed their final scheduled stops, leading a 1-2-3 SHR finish at the checkered flag.

Notes:

● Harvick’s victory was his fourth win, 13th top-five and 24th top-10 of the season, and his third victory, 11th top-five and 22nd top-10 in 34 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas.
● This is Harvick’s 49th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. He is now tied with SHR co-owner and 2020 NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart for 14th on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series win list.
● The victory qualified Harvick and the No. 4 team for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
● This was Harvick’s 26th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory since joining SHR in 2014. Harvick has scored more than half of his career NASCAR Cup Series victories in his six years with SHR. The rest came in his 13 previous Cup Series seasons (2001-2013).
● This is Harvick’s 11th straight top-10 at Texas. He finished eighth in the series’ last visit to the track in March.
● Harvick’s 11 consecutive top-10s at Texas are the most among the active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers.
● This is Harvick’s third straight top-10 and his ninth top-10 in the last 10 races. He finished seventh in the series’ last race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
● Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has only one finish outside the top-10 at Texas. All three of his victories at the track have come in consecutive seasons and with the No. 4 team.
● Harvick led six times for 119 laps to increase his laps-led total at Texas to 614.
● In his last three Texas playoff-race wins, Harvick led one-third of all possible laps – 334 of 1,002.
● SHR teammate Aric Almirola finished second and Daniel Suarez came home third to secure the second 1-2-3 finish in SHR history. Bowyer, Harvick and then-teammate Kurt Busch earned the trifecta in June 2018 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
● Harvick’s margin of victory over Almirola was 1.594 seconds.
● Ford took the top-four finishing positions and five in the top-10 in the AAA Texas 500.
● Harvick’s victory in the AAA Texas 500 marked the 71st overall win for SHR. It was the organization’s 55th points-paying Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, its fourth of the season and its fourth at Texas.
● This was SHR’s 19th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory with Ford. The team won its first race with Ford when Busch captured the 2017 Daytona 500.
● This was Ford’s 15th all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory at Texas. Ford has the most wins of any manufacturer at Texas, and it has won the last three AAA Texas 500s – all with Harvick.
● All four SHR cars led multiple green-flag laps in the AAA Texas 500 for a total of 242 of 334 possible race laps.
● There were 11 caution periods for a total of 56 laps.
● Only 14 of the 40 drivers in the AAA Texas 500finished on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ducks Unlimited Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

How do you feel about making it to the Final Four again?  Is it old hat for you, or is it a new experience every time and something to be really enjoyed?

“You know, I think every year is different. For me, I would tell you that I just — I don’t think we’ve run as well as we’ve probably wanted to run week in and week out compared to the things that we expect. But this particular year has been neat for me to sit back and watch the evolution of how we progressed with the race cars, how the conversations have progressed, how my theories and things that I think are right and wrong have changed.  It’s such a process of going to all these different racetracks. You know, there’s just a lot of choices of what you can do to the car and the things that you do, and not being the dominant car on the racetrack has made us work harder. The thing that I can tell you is it’s evolved into not making mistakes, and yes, Dustin (Long, reporter), we made it through the whole night without having a speeding penalty, so I don’t have to find you this next week to — we didn’t have a speeding penalty, so you’re off the hook. But that’s the type of scenario that — it’s like tonight where you have the pit road penalty, you put it behind you, and you’re like, okay, well, now what do we do.  We went right out and had a bad restart and went further backwards, then you had the penalty and you go all the way to the back and then you change the tires, and you’re like, okay, well, that’s over.  And you have to start thinking about how you’re going to get back to the front, and we stayed out longer and the caution came out and next thing you know you’re on the right side of the cycle. So those are the types of things that we’ve been reminded of this year, that you have to think about things outside of the box because the box changes a lot.  Obviously the rules changed a tremendous amount this year, and the thought processes and the things that you’ve done in the past are irrelevant.  Any time you hear about — any time you hear about we did this last year, it’s like, I just stop him and say, there’s no reason to talk about last year because it is absolutely irrelevant to the things that we’ve done. The day that you stop thinking about how you’re going to evolve and get stuck in today and what you did yesterday is the day that this sport will leave you behind.  You have to be very open-minded, and this is a progressive sport and you have to keep up with that progression on a weekly basis because it changes rapidly.  And those are the types of things that I have really enjoyed this year, even though we haven’t been the dominant car.  We’ve figured out how to win.  We’ve figured out how to run fast and put ourselves in position to have chances to win races, and we’ve capitalized on the few chances that we’ve been in position to win, and that’s really — it’s been a good character-building year to have to battle in order to get yourself in position.”

Again, today (your son) Keelan set up the air pressure before the race and again you won.

“Yeah, I think he’s three for three or four for four.  I think all four races he’s set the air pressure this year, so if anything we’re helping him with math.  It’s fun to have him at the racetrack. Had a fun weekend. They have a great zoo here, in case you were wondering.  We didn’t do much yesterday. But just really proud of everybody on this team. Just got to thank everybody from Busch Beer, from Hunt Brothers Pizza, Mobil 1, Jimmy John’s, everybody from Haas Automation and Stewart‑Haas Racing, Roush Yates engines for the last‑minute engine change and the things that they worked on to give us all the speed we had here, and it was definitely fun to drive.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bluegreen Vacations 500k on Sunday, Nov. 10 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. It is the penultimate race of the 10-race playoffs and the final race in the Round of 8. The event starts at 2:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Texas II Race Report

Event: AAA Texas 500
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 334 laps, broken into three stages (85 laps/85 laps/164 laps)
Start/Finish: 24th/11th (Running, completed 334 of 334 laps)
Point Standing: 11th with 2,225 points

Race Winner:      Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner:  Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-85):

Clint Bowyer started 24th and finished second, earning nine bonus points.
● Bowyer wheeled the No. 14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang up to 14th when the caution flag waved on lap 16.
● Pitted for four tires and fuel while under caution on lap 17, and then returned to pit road on lap 18 to top off with fuel.
● Was 30th for lap-19 restart.
● When caution came out again on lap 44, Bowyer stayed out while others pitted. He went from 14th to first.
● Led the field to green on lap-47 restart and held the point for 36 laps.
● Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick took lead from Bowyer on lap-85 restart.
● After finishing second at end of stage, pitted for four tires, fuel and a left-rear wedge adjustment.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 86-170):

Bowyer started 21st and finished 12th.
● Green-flag pit stops began on lap 134, whereupon Bowyer was running 14th.
● Made scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 154 for right-side tires and fuel.
● At the conclusion of the stage, pitted for left-side tires and fuel.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 171-334):

Bowyer started sixth and finished 11th.
● Keyed mic on lap 181 and said, “It’s a little looser like this.”
● Dropped to ninth when the caution flag flew on lap 187. Stayed out and maintained track position.
● As day changed to night and track cooled, Bowyer fell down the leaderboard. Was 12th on lap 200 and then 15th by lap 212.
● The No. 14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang seemed to stabilize with a little more than 100 laps remaining, as Bowyer climbed to 13th by lap 225 and 12th by lap 231.
● Made scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 235 for four tires and fuel.
● Was caught a lap down on lap 243 when Bubba Wallace spun to bring out caution. Bowyer took wave-around to return to lead lap, albeit in 19th for lap-248 restart.
● Made scheduled, fuel-only pit stop under green on lap 305 while running in 13th.
● “Tight!” said Bowyer about his racecar on lap 311.
● Climbed to 11th in final 23 laps of the AAA Texas 500.

Notes:

● Bowyer earned his 20th top-12 of the season and his 14th top-12 in 28 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas.
● This is Bowyer’s second consecutive top-12 at Texas. He finished second in the series’ previous visit to the track in March.
● Bowyer led once times for 36 laps to increase his laps-led total at Texas to 124.
● Harvick won the AAA Texas 500to score his 49th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fourth of the season and his third at Texas – all of which have come in the last three AAA Texas 500s. His margin of victory over second-place and fellow SHR teammate Aric Almirola was 1.594 seconds.
● There were 11 caution periods for a total of 56 laps.
● Only 14 of the 40 drivers in the AAA Texas 500finished on the lead lap.
● Ford took the top-four finishing positions and five in the top-10 in the AAA Texas 500.

Clint Bowyer, Driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang:

“Track position was everything, and we just lost out on that in the end.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bluegreen Vacations 500k on Sunday, Nov. 10 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. The penultimate race of the season starts at 2:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Texas II Race Report

Event:               AAA Texas 500
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             334 laps, broken into three stages (85 laps/85 laps/164 laps)
Start/Finish:      6th/2nd (Running, completed 334 of 334 laps)
Point Standing:  13th with 2,204 points 

Race Winner:    Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-85): 

  • Aric Almirola started sixth and finished 13th.
  • The Smithfield Ford driver raced to third on the restart. He said his car was slightly tight but the overall balance was good.
  • Almirola advanced to second place behind teammate and leader Kevin Harvick while holding off teammate Daniel Suárez.
  • On lap 35, he pitted under caution for fuel only.
  • After a lap-59 caution, Almirola raced from 10th to sixth before another caution was called on lap 72.
  • He pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments to restart 29th under the caution period.
  • Lap 81 brought another caution, but the No. 10 Ford did not pit.
  • Almirola drove to 13th during the one-lap shootout and stayed out at the conclusion of the stage.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 86-170): 

  • Almirola started fourth and finished first to earn 10 bonus points.
  • Almirola drove the No. 10 Smithfield Ford to second place on lap 104.
  • He reported tight-handling conditions in the exit of the turns on lap 116.
  • Almirola gained the lead over the No. 48 car on lap 139.
  • He pitted from the lead on lap 145 for fuel and chassis adjustments. When green-flag pit stops cycled through on lap 165, he regained the lead.
  • At the conclusion of the stage, Almirola pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 171-334): 

  • Almirola started seventh and finished second.
  • The No. 10 was scored in fourth before a lap-185 caution.
  • The Smithfield Ford driver advanced to second place on the restart and gained the lead for the third time on lap 201.
  • Almirola pitted on lap 241 for four tires, fuel and adjustments. While he was on pit road the caution was called. Luckily, he passed the start/finish line before the caution waved and remained the leader when racing resumed.
  • Teammate Harvick passed Almirola for the lead on lap 256.
  • Almirola pitted from second place on lap 305 for fuel only.
  • When he rejoined the track, Almirola was scored 4.5 seconds behind leader Harvick.
  • With just five laps to go, Almirola drove the No. 10 Smithfield Ford to within 1.4 seconds of Harvick before the checkered flag waved.

Notes: 

  • Almirola earned his third top-five and 12th top-10 of the season and his first top-five and fourth top-10 in 18 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas.
  • This is Almirola’s third consecutive top-10 at Texas. He finished seventh in the series’ previous visit to the track in March.
  • Almirola’s runner-up result bettered his previous best finish at Texas – seventh, earned twice (April 2013 and March 2019).
  • Almirola led four times for 62 laps to increase his laps-led total at Texas to 65.
  • Harvick won the AAA Texas 500 for the third consecutive year. His margin of victory over second-place Almirola was 1.594 seconds.
  • There were 11 caution periods for a total of 56 laps.
  • Only 14 of the 40 drivers in the AAA Texas 500 finished on the lead lap.
  • Ford took the top-four finishing positions and five in the top-10 in the AAA Texas 500.

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

“Our Smithfield Ford Mustang was really fast. I am really proud of the effort by everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Yates Engines and Ford Motor Co. Our cars were really, really good from the time we unloaded here, and we all came with a little something different. We were just trying to learn and get ahead for next year. I think we learned a lot. I am really proud of all the guys on my team. We have had such a bad run of luck the last two months, and it is so nice to come here and just execute all night and have a fast car, lead laps and win a stage and run up front. We had a great night on pit road. I did my part on restarts, and the team did theirs to make an all-around solid night. We can build on that.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bluegreen Vacations 500k on Sunday, Nov. 10 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. It is the penultimate race of the 10-race playoffs and the final race in the Round of 8. The event starts at 2:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Texas II Race Report

Event:               AAA Texas 500
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             334 laps, broken into three stages (85 laps/85 laps/164 laps)
Start/Finish:      7th/3rd (Running, completed 334 of 334 laps)
Point Standing:  17th with 801 points

Race Winner:    Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-85)

  • Daniel Suárez started seventh and finished 15th.
  • The No. 41 driver remained in the top-five and stayed out on the track during the first two cautions, on laps 10 and 15.
  • Suárez was in the second position by lap 20 and remained in the top-five until the third caution on lap 44.
  • Unfortunately, as the Walmart Family Mobile driver was trying to leave his pit box during the third caution, he had to slow due to a competitor trying to enter the pit stall in front of him.
  • The Mexico native restarted 17th. He remained in the top-20 until he pitted under caution on lap 73.
  • Suárez received a pit road speeding penalty during the lap-73 stop and was forced to restart at the rear of the field on lap 77.
  • The final caution of the stage meant a one-lap shootout to end Stage 1, which the Ford driver finished in 15th.
  • During the stage break, Suárez did not visit pit road.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 86-170):

  • Suárez started sixth and finished eighth to earn three bonus points.
  • By lap 120 Suárez was in the third position.
  • On lap 146 the 27-year-old made a scheduled green-flag pit stop for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help with his racecar’s tight condition.
  • The remainder of the stage ran under green, and Suárez ended it in eighth.
  • The team pitted during the stage break for four seconds of fuel and an adjustment.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 170-334):

  • Suárez started second and finished third.
  • He took the lead on lap 179 and held the top spot through the lap-186 caution.
  • Caution was displayed again on lap 191, and the Walmart Family Mobile driver stayed out to maintain the lead.
  • Although SHR teammate Aric Almirola took the lead from Suárez on lap 201, he held in the top-three until he made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 241.
  • The caution was displayed as Suárez was headed down pit lane, and when he returned to the track, he was able to earn the second spot after pit stops cycled through under caution.
  • Suárez restarted second on lap 248 and maintained a top-five position until the conclusion of the race, ultimately finishing in third.

Notes:

  • Suárez earned his fourth top-five and 11th top-10 of the season and his second top-five in six career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas.
  • Suárez’s second consecutive third-place result at Texas equaled his previous best finish at the track – third, earned in the series’ previous visit to the track in March.
  • Suárez led twice for 25 laps to increase his laps-led total at Texas to 34.
  • Kevin Harvick won the AAA Texas 500 for the third consecutive year. His margin of victory over second-place Aric Almirola was 1.594 seconds.
  • There were 11 caution periods for a total of 56 laps.
  • Only 14 of the 40 drivers in the AAA Texas 500 finished on the lead lap.
  • Ford took the top-four finishing positions and five in the top-10 in the AAA Texas 500. 

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

“Tonight was a very solid night, and I am very happy with the performance and speed that we brought from the shop. Everyone back at the shop did a great job. We knew we would be fast here. We had a solid performance here last time. We did a good job. We had good execution and a good clean day. I am very happy for Stewart-Haas Racing, and the No. 41 Ford Mustang was pretty sporty. I am very happy for Kevin (Harvick) getting his ticket for Homestead.” 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bluegreen Vacations 500k on Sunday, Nov. 10 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. It is the penultimate race of the 10-race playoffs and the final race in the Round of 8. The event starts at 2:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.