CLINT BOWYER – 2019 All-Star Race Report

Event: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points event)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 85 laps, broken into four stages (30 laps/20 laps/20 laps/15 laps)
Start/Finish: 1st/12th (Running, completed 88 of 88 laps)
Note: Race extended three laps past its scheduled 85-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish in Stage 1.

Race Winner:      Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 3 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

Clint Bowyer started first and finished third.
Bowyer dropped to fourth on the start and told the team his No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang was loose.
Bowyer held his position through the first caution on lap 27.
● A quick pit stop by the No. 14 crew returned him to the track in third.
● On the restart he battled for the lead on the final lap before finishing third.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-50):

Bowyer started third and finished 14th.
● Bowyer and Ryan Blaney made contact on the opening lap and Bowyer dropped through the field.
● Bowyer pitted twice to make repairs and cure the handling ills that kept him in the back.
● He told the crew his car was very loose in the closing laps of the stage.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 51-70):

Bowyer started first and finished 16th.
Took only two scuffed tires before the start of the stage, saving his four new tires for the final stage.
Bowyer led two laps before the cars with newer tires shuffled him to the back of the pack.

Stage 4 Recap (Laps 71-88):

Bowyer started 16th and finished 12th.
Bowyer took four tires, but returned to pit lane before the start of the final stage to secure a lug nut.
Bowyer could only climb to 12th before the end of the race.
After the checkered flag, Ryan Newman hit Bowyer’s car, sending it nose-first into the outside wall.
Bowyer exited his car on pit lane and immediately went to Newman’s car to show his displeasure.

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

“I don’t know what the hell his beef was. I thought he was a lap down. Our day was over. We lost track position there, got sideways, crossed up and basically buying time there to see if something was gonna happen at the end. They got four-wide off of four. Hell, I thought he was a lap down. I checked up and he ran into my left-rear and that’s the last I saw of him. Then after the race he comes and runs into my back and turns me all around and I pull up next to him and he dumps me into four. Where I come from you get poked in the nose for that, and that’s what he got.”

Notes:

● Bowyer started on the pole for the All-Star Race for the first time in his career. Saturday night’s race marked his 10th All-Star Race.
● Bowyer led twice for two laps to increase his laps-led total in the All-Star Race to 13.
● Kyle Larson won the All-Star Race with a .322-of-a-second margin of victory over runner-up Kevin Harvick.
● The All-Star Race featured 10 lead changes among seven different drivers. Nineteen drivers comprised the field.

Next Up:

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, May 26 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. The longest race on the Cup Series schedule gets underway at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 All-Star Race Report

Event:  Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points event)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:  85 laps, broken into four stages (30 laps/20 laps/20 laps/15 laps)
Start/Finish:  3rd/2nd (Running, completed 88 of 88 laps)

Note:  Race extended three laps past its scheduled 85-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish in Stage 1.

Race Winner:  Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 3 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

Kevin Harvick started third and finished second.
● Harvick drove his No. 4 Busch Beer #MillennialCar into the lead at the start and led the first 19 laps.
● Kyle Busch took the lead on lap 20, and Harvick held steady in second through the end of the stage.
● Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-50):

Started second and finished first.
● After a restart on lap 39, Harvick retook the lead and held the position through the end of the stage.
● Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage, but the stop was slow and it dropped Harvick to seventh.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 51-70):

Started seventh and finished sixth.
● Harvick keyed the mic on lap 56 to say, “I’ve got a loose wheel!”
● Under caution on lap 58, Harvick came to pit road to have all of his wheels tightened. This dropped him to 15th for the lap-63 restart.
● Harvick drove his way to sixth by the end of the stage.
● Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage while a handful of others took only two tires.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 71-88):

Started 10th and finished second.
● Harvick wheeled the Busch Beer #MillennialCar up to eighth by the lap-76 caution.
● Once the race went back to green, Harvick picked up another four spots.
● In fourth place prior to the green-white-checkered finish, Harvick rallied to second before the checkered flag waved.

Notes:

● Harvick has made an appearance in every single Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race in his 19-year career, the most of any driver eligible for this year’s All-Star Race.
● Harvick led twice for a race-high 33 laps to increase his laps-led total in the All-Star Race to 157.
● Kyle Larson won the All-Star Race with a .322-of-a-second margin of victory over Harvick.
● The All-Star Race featured 10 lead changes among seven different drivers. Nineteen drivers comprised the field.

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

“Once they get single-file, as soon as they drive in your lane they pushed up the groove, so you’ve got to go where they aren’t and he (Kyle Larson) was fast enough to run the bottom, and that’s where I needed to run to really make time. Everybody was wide-open, so once the restart thinned out, everybody just kind of goes where they go.”

Next Up:

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, May 26 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. The longest race on the Cup Series schedule gets underway at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 All-Star Race Report

Event:  Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points event)
Series:  Monster EnergyNASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:  85 laps, broken into four stages (30 laps/20 laps/20 laps/15 laps)
Start/Finish:  13th/6th (Running, completed 88 of 88 laps)

Note I: Race extended three laps past its scheduled 85-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish in Stage 1.

Note II: The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race was comprised of drivers who won a points-paying race in 2018 or 2019, full-time drivers who have previously won the All-Star Race, full-time drivers who have won a NASCAR Cup Series championship and drivers who advanced from the Monster Energy Open.

Race Winner:  Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 3 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

Started 13th, finished 19th.
● Almirola reported on lap one that the Smithfield Mustang was too loose all around.
● On lap 10 and running in the 17th position, Almirola said he was “still loose but was on the splitter some” as he began to work his way back through the field.
● Almirola reached the top-15 just before the first caution of the race on lap 28.
● He pitted on lap 29 for four tires, fuel and adjustments and exited the pits in the 11th position for the lap-31 restart.
● As the field was approaching the end of Stage 1, Almirola said he had a loose wheel that felt as though it was about to fall off. He was able to stay on track.
● At the stage break, Almirola pitted for fuel and to tighten the loose left rear wheel.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-50):

Started 19th, finished 12th.
● After an early caution in Stage 2 on lap 37, Almirola began to work his way back toward the front and claimed the 11th position on lap 44.
● With four laps remaining in Stage 2, Almirola radioed that the Smithfield Ford wouldn’t turn and he had lost rear lateral.
● At the end of Stage 2, Almirola pitted on lap 53 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to help the Smithfield Mustang turn in the corner.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 51-70):

Started 12th, finished 17th.
● The Smithfield team maintained position after the pit stop to restart 12th.
● During the fourth caution on 58, Almirola stayed on track but told the team he was having a hard time gaining momentum on restart.
● After going back green on lap 62, the No. 10 was caught in a three-wide battle for the 10th position and sustained left-side damage, causing Almirola to lose the handling in the Smithfield machine.
● Almirola fell back to 17th but was again able to continue until the end of Stage 3 to pit under caution.
● On lap 73, Almirola brought the Smithfield Ford to pit road under caution for four tires and repairs. He returned to the track in the 17th position, but the team received a penalty for too many crew members over the wall, which pushed them back to 19th for the restart.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 71-85):

● Started 19th, finished sixth.
● There were three cautions to start the final stage of the 2019 All-Star Race, preventing Almirola from gaining much ground from the 19th position.
● When the race returned to green for the final 12 laps, Almirola quickly advanced into the top-10 and gained at least one position each lap.
● On lap 82, Almirola took over the sixth position and tracked down Joey Logano for fifth. He briefly moved into the top-five but settled back into sixth after a charge from the No. 22.
● Almirola held the sixth position until the completion of the race to earn his best career finish in the All-Star Race.

Notes:

● Almirola’s sixth-place result bettered his previous best finish in the All-Star Race – 14th in 2015.
● Kyle Larson won the All-Star Race with a .322-of-a-second margin of victory over runner-up Kevin Harvick.
● The All-Star Race featured 10 lead changes among seven different drivers. Nineteen drivers comprised the field.

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

“You have to be super aggressive in this race if you want to be up front competing for the money at the end of it. You can’t really pass after it gets strung out so, you’ve got two or three laps to be as aggressive as you possibly can be. If you check out of the throttle for the slightest little bit, they go by you three- and four-wide. It’s all about momentum and being in the right lane on the restarts. Everything is situational if a guy in front of you wiggles and checks up, and you check up to keep from running over him. You lose four, five, six spots in one straightaway. It’s aggravating, but that’s the way it is when you don’t have a lot of horsepower, it becomes all about momentum.”

Next Up:

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, May 26 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. The longest race on the Cup Series schedule gets underway at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 All-Star Open Race Report

Event: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Open (non-points event)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 50 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
Start/Finish: 4th/12th (Running, completed 62 of 62 laps)

Note: Race extended 12 laps past its scheduled 50-lap distance due to green-white-checkered finishes in Stages 1 and 2.
Race Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Bubba Wallace of Richard Petty Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-27):

● Daniel Suárez started Stage 1 from the fourth position and ended it fourth.
● Suárez was sixth during the lap-16 caution and pitted for four tires and adjustments to help his loose-handling ARRIS Mustang.
● He restarted 11th after varying pit strategies and worked his up to fourth for the stage finish, which went seven laps past its scheduled distance.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 28-52):
● The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in the first position and completed it third.
● Suárez began Stage 2 from the lead position after not visiting pit road during the stage break.
● The 27-year-old was in the second position when the caution came for an accident that set up an overtime finish. After a lengthy cleanup Suárez had two laps to fight for a victory in Stage 2 and earn his spot in the All-Star Race.
● After leading the second-to-last lap, Suárez battled with a competitor coming to the start-finish line on the final lap but went spinning through the runoff area after contact.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 53-62):
● Suárez began the final stage in 16th and concluded it in 12th.
● The Mexico native came down pit road for repairs in an effort to earn a win in the final 10-lap stage. Unfortunately, the No. 41 machine’s damage proved too much, and the ARRIS driver finished 12th.

Notes:
●  Suárez led one lap in Stage 2.
● The Monster Energy Open was the undercard event to the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, where non-qualified drivers attempted to race their way into the All-Star Race by winning any one of the race’s three stages or by winning the fan vote.
Next Up:

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, May 26 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. The longest race on the Cup Series schedule gets underway at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Kansas I Race Report

  • Date: May 11, 2019
  • Event: Digital Ally 400 (Round 12 of 36)
  • Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
  • Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)
  • Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
  • Note: Race extended four laps past its scheduled 267-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish.
  • Point Standing: 9th (357 points, 121 out of first)
  • Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford) in overtime
  • Stage 1 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
  • Stage 2 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Daniel Suárez started Stage 1 from the 34th position and ended the stage 29th.
  • Suárez was in the 27th spot when the competition caution came out on lap 30.
  • The Haas Automation driver reported his Mustang was tight on exit and free on entry. Suárez came down pit road for fuel, two right-side tires and adjustments. He restarted 12th on lap 35.The second caution came out on lap 59 while Suárez was 17th.
  • He stayed out and restarted in the eighth position on lap 65.
  • In a 14-lap shootout to the stage end, the Ford driver dropped back to 29th with an ill-handling Mustang.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in 24th and completed it in 25th.
  • Suárez began Stage 2 in 24th after pitting for fuel, four tires and adjustments.
  • Suárez came down pit road on lap 143 for a scheduled green-flag stop for four tires, fuel and adjustments and returned to the track in the 27th position.
  • The 27-year-old worked his way back up to 25th, where he ended the stage.
  • Suárez stayed out during the Stage 2 break and took the wave-around to start the final stage on the lead lap.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-271):

  • Suárez began the final stage in 24th and concluded it in 14th.
  • The Mexican native made his only scheduled green-flag pit stop of the stage on lap 208 from 21st for fuel, four tires and adjustments. He returned to the track 24th.
  • The caution came out on lap 217 with Suárez in the 20th spot while green-flag stops were still cycling through. He took the wave-around to gain one of his two laps back.
  • After the restart, the Haas Automation driver worked his way forward and came down pit road under caution on lap 242 for four tires and adjustments. He restarted 22nd.
  • The final caution came out with a just a few laps to go, and Suárez was the beneficiary of the free pass. Suárez pitted for four tires and adjustments and returned to the track in the 14th spot, where he ultimately finished.

Notes:

  • Suárez earned his eighth top-15 of the season and his second top-15 in five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas.
  • Brad Keselowski won the Digital Ally 400 to score his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his second at Kansas. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was .205 of a second.
  • There were seven caution periods for a total of 41 laps.
  • Only 14 of the 40 drivers in the Digital Ally 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Joey Logano leaves Kansas as the new championship leader with a nine-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Demo Day Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: “We’re leaving Kansas with a 14th-place finish. We were able to make something out of our day with the Haas Automation Mustang. We battled a few different things and one of those was a hole in the nose of the car, but Billy and the guys kept after it and we came back from two laps down to finish on the lead lap.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the nonpoints Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday, May 18 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 6 p.m. with the undercard Monster Energy Open.

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Kansas I Race Report

  • Date:May 11, 2019
  • Event: Digital Ally 400 (Round 12 of 36)
  • Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
  • Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)
  • Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
  • Note: Race extended four laps past its scheduled 267-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish.
  • Point Standing: 9th (357 points, 121 out of first)
  • Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford) in overtime
  • Stage 1 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
  • Stage 2 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Clint Bowyer started third, finished eighth and earned three bonus points.
  • Bowyer held his second-place starting spot but dropped to fourth before the competition caution at lap 30.
  • Bowyer took only two tires and restarted the race in second.
  • Bowyer jumped to the lead on the restart and held it laps 37 through 48.
  • He reported his car was loose and struggled in the outside groove.
  • Bowyer pitted for four tires on lap 63 and drove up to eighth by the time of the stage’s conclusion.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Started fifth, finished eighth and earned three bonus points.
  • Bowyer raced at the front of the field in the opening laps of the stage but faded back, battling handling issues.
  • He pitted on lap 123 for tires and fuel.
  • Bowyer and the crew worked throughout the stage to improve the handling and finished eighth.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-271):

  • Started ninth, finished fifth.
  • Bowyer continued to struggle with handling and dropped to 12th in the running order.
  • Bowyer said that late in green-flag runs the handling improved, but needed to be better.
  • Crew continued to make major adjustments to improve the handling.Bowyer was ready to make his final green-flag stop of the race on lap 217 when a debris caution came out. He stayed on the track and moved to sixth.
  • Crew took the opportunity of being only one of seven cars on the lead lap and made major handling changes during the pit stop.
  • Bowyer restarted the race in sixth with 43 laps remaining.
  • Those changes worked, helping Bowyer stay at the front of the field until contact with Kyle Busch dropped him to eighth.
  • It appeared that would be where Bowyer would finish, but a caution with four laps remaining set up an overtime finish.
  • Bowyer elected to pit for right-side tires and restarted the overtime in eighth.
  • He jumped out on the restart and looked like he would battle for the victory, but Bowyer had to avoid an accident when Erik Jones blocked him as the field raced the final two laps.
  • Bowyer crossed the finish line in fifth.

Notes:

  • Bowyer earned his fourth top-five and seventh top-10 of the season.
  • This was the Emporia, Kan. native’s third top-five and seventh top-10 in 22 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas.
  • This was Bowyer’s second straight top-10. He finished ninth last week at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
  •  Bowyer finished eighth in Stage 1 to earn three bonus points and eighth in Stage 2 to earn three more bonus points.
  • Bowyer led once for 12 laps to increase his laps-led total at Kansas to 63.
  • Brad Keselowski won the Digital Ally 400 to score his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his second at Kansas. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was .205 of a second.
  • There were seven caution periods for a total of 41 laps.
  • Only 14 of the 40 drivers in the Digital Ally 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Joey Logano leaves Kansas as the new championship leader with a nine-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

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

“Tonight wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. We struggled with handling, especially as soon as the night fell and it got dark outside we were not handling at all. It was tight and it was loose and on top of the race track. With two stops to go we came in and raised the back of the car up and we got better in traffic and were able to race. Then all hell broke loose on the restart and things like that. It was tires, no tires, two tires. Everyone was on different strategies, people were a lap down that should have been up front. It was hard to even figure out who you were racing. We should have finished second. I had a huge run on both those guys but that kid (Jones), I guess he was willing to wreck himself to hold the position. It is frustrating. It is always disappointing when you come here and don’t get a win. A top-five was a solid night for us. We did a good job of fighting for that finish because it probably wasn’t exactly where we deserved to run the way we ran all night.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the nonpoints Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday, May 18 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 6 p.m. with the undercard Monster Energy Open.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Kansas I Race Report

  • Date:May 11, 2019
  • Event: Digital Ally 400 (Round 12 of 36)
  • Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
  • Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)
  • Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
  • Note: Race extended four laps past its scheduled 267-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish.
  • Point Standing: 9th (357 points, 121 out of first)
  • Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford) in overtime
  • Stage 1 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
  • Stage 2 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Aric Almirola started 33rd, finished 13th.
  • Almirola raced his Smithfield Ford Mustang into the top-20 by lap 16.
  • He pitted during the lap-30 competition caution for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments and gained one spot off pit road.
  • After restarting 18th, he drove the No. 10 Ford as high as fifth place before a caution was called on lap 60. During the caution period he pitted for two tires and fuel to restart 11th.
  • Almirola noted that the handling was much worse on just two fresh tires, and he was unable to drive through the field like he did with four tires.
  • At the conclusion of the stage, he pitted for four tires, fuel and air pressure and chassis adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Started 11th, finished 13th.
  • Almirola pitted under green-flag conditions on lap 124 for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
  • Toward the end of the stage, spotter Joel Edmonds told the team they were turning some of the fastest lap times on the track.
  • The No. 10 pitted at the end of Stage 2 for four tires and fuel.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-271):

  • Started 11th, finished 12th.
  • Almirola pitted under green on lap 218, but the caution was called while he was on pit road. He restarted 10th when racing resumed.
  • He raced the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang in and around the top-10 until another caution was called with four laps to go.
  • Almirola pitted during the caution period for four tires and fuel. He came off pit road in 10th.
  • He battled just outside the top-10 during the two-lap shootout before crossing the finish line.

Notes:

  • This was Almirola’s fourth straight top-15 at Kansas. 
  • Brad Keselowski won the Digital Ally 400 to score his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his second at Kansas. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was .205 of a second.
  • There were seven caution periods for a total of 41 laps.
  • Only 14 of the 40 drivers in the Digital Ally 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Joey Logano leaves Kansas as the new championship leader with a nine-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

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

“We had a fast Smithfield Ford Mustang to start the race. We drove from the back all the way up to the top-five but couldn’t seem to find that speed for the rest of the race. We’ll keep working hard to improve each weekend.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the nonpoints Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday, May 18 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 6 p.m. with the undercard Monster Energy Open.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Kansas I Race Report

  • Date:May 11, 2019
  • Event: Digital Ally 400 (Round 12 of 36)
  • Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
  • Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)
  • Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
  • Note: Race extended four laps past its scheduled 267-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish.
  • Point Standing: 9th (357 points, 121 out of first)
  • Race Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford) in overtime
  • Stage 1 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
  • Stage 2 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Kevin Harvick started first, finished first and collected 10 bonus points and one playoff point.
  • On lap 10, Harvick was leading but said the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang was a bit loose.
  • At the competition caution on lap 30, Harvick led by 3.92 seconds, but he said his car was quite loose. He pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment. Several cars took just two tires, and Harvick restarted 11th.
  • After going from 11th to fourth in one lap on the restart, Harvick then retook the lead on lap 49.
  • On lap 62, Harvick pitted for right-side tires and fuel. Several cars stayed out, so Harvick restarted 10th.
  • By lap 72 Harvick had passed Chase Elliott for the lead.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Started second, finished second and collected nine bonus points.
  • Harvick pitted on lap 84 for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment. He restarted second behind Kurt Busch, who took only two tires.
  • On lap 123, while leading, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.
  • Harvick said his car was out of control in the back and shoving the front on lap 145, but he finished the stage in second place.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-271):

  • Started first, finished 13th.
  • On lap 163, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.
  • Harvick pitted on lap 178 while leading, thinking he had a flat tire. He took on two tires and fuel, and the crew cleaned a large piece of debris off the grille. He restarted 27th and the crew found no issues with the tire. It is believed that the debris caused the issue.
  • With 50 laps to go, a caution came out and Harvick was 11th, one lap down, as cars were pitting. Harvick was not the Lucky Dog so did not get his lap back. He pitted for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.
  • On lap 224, Harvick restarted 14th, one lap down.
  • He pitted on lap 242 for four tires and fuel.
  • Harvick pitted for the final time on lap 265 for two tires and fuel and restarted ninth. He finished the race in 13th.

Notes:

  • Harvick won Stage 1 to earn 10 bonus points and one playoff point and finished second in Stage 2 to earn an additional nine bonus points.
  • Harvick led five times for a race-high 104 laps to increase his laps-led total at Kansas to 855.
  • Brad Keselowski won the Digital Ally 400 to score his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his second at Kansas. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was .205 of a second.
  • There were seven caution periods for a total of 41 laps.
  • Only 14 of the 40 drivers in the Digital Ally 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Joey Logano leaves Kansas as the new championship leader with a nine-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the nonpoints Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday, May 18 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 6 p.m. with the undercard Monster Energy Open.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Dover I Race Report

Event: Gander RV 400 (Round 11 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into three stages (120 laps/120 laps/160 laps)
Start/Finish: 14th/11th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 12th (292 points, 168 out of first)

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

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-120):

● Daniel Suárez started Stage 1 from the 14th position and ended the stage 15th.
● Suárez was in the 14th spot when the competition caution came out on lap 40.
● After reporting the No. 41 Haas Automation Mustang was tight early in the run, Suárez came down pit road for fuel, four tires and adjustments. He restarted 17th on lap 45.
● The first caution came out on lap 105, and Suárez pitted for fuel, four tires and an air pressure adjustment to help his free-entry and tight-exit condition. He restarted from 15th on lap 110.
● The next caution came out on lap 116, and crew chief Billy Scott made the call for Suárez to stay out for the one-lap shootout to end the stage in 15th.
● Suárez began Stage 2 in 13th after not pitting during the stage break.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 121-240):

● The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in 13th and completed it in 13th.
● Suárez came down pit road on lap 183 for a scheduled green-flag stop for four tires, fuel and adjustments. After pit stops cycled through he was in the 15th position.
● Suárez worked his way back up to 13th, where he ended the stage.
● Before the start of the final stage, the 27-year-old pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help with his tight-handling Mustang.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 241-400):

● Suárez began the final stage in 16th and concluded it in 11th.
● The first caution of the final stage came out on lap 264, and the Mexico native pitted from 15th for fuel, four tires and adjustments. He restarted 14th on lap 268.
● Suárez took over the 11th spot on lap 316 and eventually took over the lead on lap 326 after staying out while almost all other competitors pitted.
● On lap 346 Suárez made a scheduled green-flag stop for fuel and four tires and returned to the track in the 12th position.
● The remainder of the stage ran under green and Suárez ultimately finished 11th.

Notes:

● Suárez earned his seventh top-15 of the season and his fifth top-15 in five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Dover.
● Suárez has finished in the top-11 in each of his five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Dover.
● Martin Truex Jr. won the Gander RV 400 to score his 21st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his third at Dover. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was 9.501 seconds.
● There were six caution periods for a total of 31 laps.
● Only 11 of the 37 drivers in the Gander RV 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Kyle Busch remains the championship leader after Dover with a five-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano.

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

“It was a tough day for us here at Dover. The cars were really fast at this track today. Last year they weren’t, but obviously it was a different rules package. I had very high expectations coming into this race because I’ve run so well here in the past, and Stewart-Haas Racing has, too. I just couldn’t get the Haas Automation Mustang to turn like I wanted it to. We probably had an eighth- to 12th-place car today and we finished 11th.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Digital Ally 400 on Saturday, May 11 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Dover I Race Report

Event:  Gander RV 400 (Round 11 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)
Format:  400 laps, broken into three stages (120 laps/120 laps/160 laps)
Start/Finish:  7th/16th (Running, completed 399 of 400 laps)
Point standings:  11th (309 points, 151 out of first)

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

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-120):

Aric Almirola started seventh, finished 14th.
● Almirola reported on lap 11 that his Smithfield Ford Mustang was handling “on the snug side” as he rode in the sixth position.
● At the lap-42 competition caution, Almirola said his No. 10 Ford Mustang was progressively getting tighter throughout the run. He pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, and restarted 15th after a slow stop from the Smithfield crew.
● Halfway through the first stage on lap 60 and running in the 17th position, the Florida native radioed that the handling had not improved, and the Smithfield Ford would not turn on throttle.
● Under caution on lap 107, Almirola pitted for four tires, fuel and air pressure and chassis adjustments for a very tight-handling Smithfield Ford Mustang. He restarted in the 17th position on lap 110.
● Almirola stayed on track during the third caution of the day on lap 117 and gained three positions on the lap-119 restart to move into 14th with one lap remaining in Stage 1.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 121-240):

Started 12th, finished 12th.
● The Smithfield team elected not to pit at the stage break and moved up to 12th for the start of Stage 2.
● On lap 175, while running 12th, Almirola said the Smithfield Ford still wasn’t turning in the corners.
● Almirola came to pit road under green on lap 184 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to the Smithfield Mustang and returned to the track in the 20th position, as the leaders hadn’t yet pitted.
● With 40 laps remaining in Stage 2, and back in the 12th position after the rest of the field completed their pit stops, Almirola told the No. 10 crew that he was still too tight in the corner, primarily on exit.
● Running 12th on lap 225, Almirola said he was having a hard time passing while making his way through lapped traffic.
● Almirola told the No. 10 team that the Smithfield Ford Mustang “couldn’t complete the turn in dirty air.” He pitted at the stage break for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 241-400):

Started 11th, finished 16th.
● The Smithfield team gained one position on pit road to restart 11th on lap 249.
● After falling back to the 13th position, Almirola pitted under the sixth caution of the day on lap 265 for four tires, fuel and additional adjustments after losing rear lateral early in the previous run. With most of the leaders staying on track, he restarted 11th on lap 269.
● After a lot of movement on the restart, Almirola dropped to the 15th position, but he was able to drive the Smithfield Mustang back up to 12th on lap 273.
● On lap 298, Almirola told the team the Smithfield Ford had lost more rear lateral, and he fell back to the 15th position.
● With the leaders beginning to make green-flag stops, Almirola stayed on track and advanced as high as third before bringing the Smithfield Ford to pit road on lap 337. The No. 10 team gave him four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment for the final 63 laps.
● As a result of staying out for an extended amount of time before pitting, Almirola returned to the track in the 20th position, two laps down.
● With 47 laps remaining in the race, Almirola moved up to the 17th position and was just one lap down to the leaders as the final cars made their green-flag pit stops.
● With the race going green to the end, Almirola was only able to advance his position by one spot to finish 16th.

Notes:

● Martin Truex Jr. won the Gander RV 400 to score his 21st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his third at Dover. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was 9.501 seconds.
● There were six caution periods for a total of 31 laps.
● Only 11 of the 37 drivers in the Gander RV 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Kyle Busch remains the championship leader after Dover with a five-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano.

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

“We struggled today, to say the least. This is probably one of the most track position-dependent tracks we go to, and we started off the race running fifth and the next thing you know we’re running 13th. We just never could recover from that. It wasn’t easy to make passes even when we were in the postion to do so, and it turned into a long day for us. But our Smithfield team is strong, and we’ve got another chance next week at Kansas to show everyone what we’ve got.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Digital Ally 400 on Saturday, May 11 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.