KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Homestead Race Report

Event:               Ford EcoBoost 400 (Round 36 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish:      2nd/4th (Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Point Standing:  3rd with 5,033 points 

Race Winner:    Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Kevin Harvick started second and finished fourth, earning seven bonus points.
  • The No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang took the lead at the start and led the first 20 laps, but Harvick faded to fourth as he reported his car was “a little tight.”
  • By lap 30 he said that his car was way too tight.
  • Harvick pitted on lap 36 for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.
  • On lap 52, Harvick reported that his biggest problem was he could not turn well when entering turn one. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160): 

  • Harvick started fifth and finished second to earn eight bonus points.
  • The No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang pitted on lap 83 for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.
  • While third, Harvick pitted on lap 119 for four tires and fuel.
  • Harvick again pitted on lap 139 for four tires, fuel and tire pressure and chassis adjustments.
  • The No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang was in first place late in the second stage but was passed by Kyle Busch with two laps to go.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267): 

  • Harvick started second and finished fourth.
  • The No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang was too loose up top and too tight on the bottom as Harvick ran 5.2 seconds behind leader Busch.
  • Harvick took the lead on lap 216 when he stayed out as the leaders pitted. He led until lap 224, then pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.
  • The No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang led 41 laps total but finished the race fourth.

Notes:

  • Harvick earned his 15th top-five and 26th top-10 of the season, and his 11th top-five and 17th top-10 in 19 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead.
  • Harvick’s 11 top-fives and 17 top-10s at Homestead are the most among all active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Jimmie Johnson is the next-best driver with five top-fives and 11 top-10s.
  • Harvick led three times for 41 laps to increase his laps-led total at Homestead to 414, placing him at second-most among all active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers behind Busch’s 463 laps led at Homestead.
  • Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has never finished outside the top-five at Homestead. He scored his first win at the track in 2014 to earn his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
  • This is Harvick’s sixth straight top-five and 12th straight top-10 at Homestead. He finished third in last year’s season finale.
  • Harvick has never finished outside the top-20 in his career at Homestead. He hasn’t finished outside the top-10 since the 2007 season finale, when he finished 19th.
  • This is Harvick’s fifth straight top-10 and his 15th top-10 in the last 17 races.
  • Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 to score his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. It was the 56th race win of his career, his fifth of the season and his second at Homestead. His margin of victory over second-place Martin Truex Jr. was 4.578 seconds.
  • There were three caution periods for a total of 15 laps.
  • Only 10 of the 40 drivers in the Ford EcoBoost 400 finished on the lead lap. 

Championship 4 Final Points:

  1. Kyle Busch (5,040 points)
  2. Martin Truex Jr. (5,035 points)
  3. Kevin Harvick (5,033 points)
  4. Denny Hamlin (5,027 points)

Note: Harvick competed in the Championship 4 for the fifth time in the last six years. He won the championship in 2014.                       

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

“Yeah, we just needed to do something different. They were so much better than us on the long run. That was our best chance, to have a caution there at the end, and we never got one. We did something different, hoping for a caution. We had to do the opposite, and it just didn’t work out. On the restarts I could do what I wanted to do and hold them off for 15 or 20 laps. This race has come down to that every year. You kind of play toward that, and they were quite a bit better than us on the long run. We had a really good car for those first 15-20 laps on the restarts and had a lot of speed, we just never got to try to race for it there with the caution.”

Next Up: 

The 2020 season kicks off with the traditional Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The 62nd Daytona 500, the first points-paying race of the year, will go green on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, with live coverage from Fox and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Homestead Race Report

Event:               Ford EcoBoost 400 (Round 36 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish:      10th/6th (Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Point Standing:  9th with 2,290 points 

Champion:        Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Race Winner:    Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 80):

  • Bowyer started 10th and finished seventh to earn four bonus points.
  • The No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Haas Automation Ford driver reported his car was tight in the opening laps.
  • As the race progressed the No. 14 came to life, and Bowyer began turning lap times as fast as anyone in the field.
  • Bowyer made his first pit stop of the race on lap 36 for tires, fuel and very minor handling adjustments.
  • Bowyer moved by Joey Logano for eighth on lap 60 and passed Jimmie Johnson for seventh on lap 70.
  • The No. 14 finished the stage running seventh. Only 14 cars were on the lead lap.
  • Bowyer pitted during the stage break for tires, fuel and minor changes to help the front end of the car turn better.

Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 160):

  • Bowyer started seventh and finished 10th to earn one bonus point.
  • The No. 14 dropped a few spots racing in traffic on the restart.
  • Bowyer said his car was tight again and wouldn’t turn.
  • Bowyer moved to ninth by lap 109.
  • He pitted on lap 119 as the crew continued to work on the handling.
  • Bowyer returned to pit lane on lap 141 during the caution.
  • As darkness set in and the track cooled, the No. 14’s handling problems worsened, and Bowyer reported his car wouldn’t turn.
  • Bowyer held on to 10th, and the crew made more-dramatic changes to aid the handling.

Stage 3 Recap (Ended at Lap 267):

  • Bowyer started 12th and finished sixth.
  • The No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Haas Automation driver reported his car was better and “we will be fine.”
  • Bowyer drove to eighth by lap 180, and his crew told him that “this is the best you have been.”
  • Bowyer raced in seventh by lap 191 and made a green-flag stop on lap 209.
  • He had climbed as high as fourth before reporting late in the stage that the car wouldn’t turn.
  • Bowyer hung on to finish sixth.

Notes:

  • Bowyer finished in the top-10 in points for the sixth time in his career.
  • Bowyer earned his 18th top-10 of the season and his eighth top-10 in 14 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead.
  • This is Bowyer’s second consecutive top-10 and third consecutive top-15 at Homestead. He finished eighth in the series’ previous visit to the track last November.
  • This is Bowyer’s second straight top-10. He finished eighth in the series’ last race at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.
  • Kyle Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 to score his 56th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fifth of the season and his third at Homestead. His margin of victory over second-place Martin Truex Jr. was 4.578 seconds.
  • There were three caution periods for a total of 15 laps.
  • Only 10 of the 40 drivers in the Ford EcoBoost 400 finished on the lead lap.

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“I wish we could have hung on to fourth place there at the end, but we got tight and finished sixth. That was a good run for us. It put us ninth in the points at the end of the year, and that’s probably where we deserve to be. My guys have worked hard this year, and they’re ready to work hard in the offseason to get ready for Daytona in February. Everyone at Ford Performance, Stewart-Haas Racing, Rush Truck Centers, Mobil 1 and all our other partners were really supportive this year, and we had a lot of fun. I’m very appreciative of what Gene Haas and Tony Stewart have created here at SHR. We’ll enjoy the next few weeks, and pretty soon we’ll get that itch and be ready to start racing again.”

Next Up:

The 2020 season kicks off with the traditional Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The 62nd Daytona 500, the first points-paying race of the year, will go green on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, with live coverage from Fox and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Homestead Race Report

Event:               Ford EcoBoost 400 (Round 36 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish:      14th/22nd (Running, completed 264 of 267 laps)
Point Standing:  9th with 2,290 points 

Race Winner:    Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Aric Almirola started 14th and finished 16th.
  • The No. 10 Smithfield Ford driver pitted on lap 37 for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments to correct tight-handling conditions.
  • He returned to the track in 17th and raced his way to 14th by lap 65.
  • Almirola was passed by leader Martin Truex Jr. on lap 69, putting him a lap down.
  • He battled the No. 8 car for the Lucky Dog position but just fell short.
  • At the conclusion of the stage he pitted for four more fresh tires, fuel and adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Almirola started 15th and finished 22nd.
  • In the opening laps of Stage 2, Almirola was caught behind the No. 6 car as it pitted unexpectedly.
  • He fell outside the top-20 and radioed that his No. 10 Ford was a “9 out of 10 on the tight side.”
  • The caution was called on lap 136 with Almirola scored in 21st. He did not pit during the caution in the hope of being in the Lucky Dog position.
  • At the end of the stage, Almirola said the No. 10 Smithfield Ford started the run with decent balance but would not turn as the run went on.
  • He pitted at the conclusion of the stage for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267): 

  • Almirola started 22nd and finished 22nd.
  • The No. 10 driver earned the free pass to rejoin the lead lap.
  • He continued to note tight-handling conditions during the final stage.
  • Almirola raced to 18th place before pitting on lap 215 for four fresh tires, fuel and chassis and air pressure adjustments.
  • While on pit road, Almirola’s car slid past his marks and made contact with his tire carrier, sending the tire rolling across pit road. Due to this incident, the No. 10 team was handed an uncontrolled tire penalty, and Almirola was put another lap down.
  • He finished the race three laps down after being passed by leader Kyle Busch in the closing laps.

Notes:

  • Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 to secure his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, the 56th race win of his career, his fifth of the season and his second at Homestead. His margin of victory over second-place Martin Truex Jr. was 4.578 seconds.
  • There were three caution periods for a total of 15 laps.
  • Only 10 of the 40 drivers in the Ford EcoBoost 400 finished on the lead lap.

Next Up:

The 2020 season kicks off with the traditional Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The 62nd Daytona 500, the first points-paying race of the year, will go green on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, with live coverage from Fox and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Homestead Race Report

Event:               Ford EcoBoost 400 (Round 36 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish:      17th/14th  (Running, completed 266 of 267 laps)
Points Standing: 17th with 846 points

Race Winner:    Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Daniel Suárez started 17th and finished 15th.
  • The Ford driver made his first scheduled green-flag pit stop from 20th on lap 36 for fuel, four tires and fuel.
  • He ended the stage in 15th and pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help with a loose condition during the Stage 1 break.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Suárez started 22nd and ended up 16th.
  • The 27-year-old worked his way forward and was up to the 14th position when he pitted for fuel and four tires on lap 118.
  • On lap 136, the caution was displayed while Suárez remained in the 14th spot.
  • He did not pit and took the wave-around to get back on the lead lap when the race went back to green on lap 141.
  • The Ford driver completed the second stage 16th and pitted during the break for fuel, four tires and adjustments.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

  • Suárez started 14th and finished 14th.
  • After going three-wide just after the restart, Suárez was shuffled back to the 17th spot.
  • He remained in the top-20 and pitted from 16th on lap 215 for fuel, four tires and adjustments.
  • The Haas Automation driver was 14th on lap 235.
  • The remainder of the stage ran under green, and Suárez ultimately finished 14th.

Notes:

  • This is Suárez’s third straight top-15. He finished 15th in the series’ last race at ISM Raceway near Phoenix and third three weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
  • Kyle Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 to clinch his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, the 56th race win of his career, his fifth of the season and his second at Homestead. His margin of victory over second-place Martin Truex Jr. was 4.578 seconds.
  • There were three caution periods for a total of 15 laps.
  • Only 10 of the 40 drivers in the Ford EcoBoost 400 finished on the lead lap.

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

“The Haas Automation guys worked really hard today. The track conditions change so much from the day to the night, and making adjustments to keep up with the track was key. I was hoping we could get a few more positions there at the end, but my car just wasn’t handling well in the last 15 laps or so. Overall, we had a good season and I really enjoyed working with the crew guys and everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing.” 

Next Up:

The 2020 season kicks off with the traditional Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The 62nd Daytona 500, the first points-paying race of the year, will go green on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, with live coverage from Fox and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Homestead Race Report

Race Name: Ford Ecoboost 300 (Race 33 of 33)
Venue: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 45 laps / 45 laps / 110 laps (200 Total Laps)
Race Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Results: Cole Custer: 2nd | Chase Briscoe: 3rd
Final Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 2nd
– Chase Briscoe: 5th

Cole Custer / Haas Automation Ford Mustang Recap:

– Custer started from the second position and would run there until a yellow on lap 32. He would pit for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. He would restart 18th and would finish the stage second.
– The No. 00 Haas Automation team would not pit at the conclusion of Stage 1. They would restart second.
– Custer pitted on lap 60 for a loose right rear wheel. He would lose one lap during that time, but was able to drive back up and get his lap back before a yellow flag on lap 90.
– The No. 00 Ford would pit for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment at the conclusion of the stage. He would restart 14th, the last car on the lead lap.
– Custer would gain 4 spots within 2 laps as a yellow would fly again on lap 96 as he was running 10th. The team would not pit during this caution.
– The No. 00 would gain seven spots throughout the 23 lap green-flag run before the last yellow would wave on lap 123 as he was running third.
– Custer would pit for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment. They would lose three spots on the stop and he would restart sixth.
– The No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang would power to the lead on lap 166 where he would run for around 20 laps before surrendering the lead to eventual race-winner Tyler Reddick.
– Custer would end up finishing second in the race and in the championship standings.

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

“The entire group gave me a great car to come out here and contend for the win. When I took the lead I was kind of being patient with it because I didn’t want to get in the wall and ruin our chances, but Tyler Reddick was able to jump up there like he did in 2018 and was just too good at ripping the fence. He was able to get around us and I just pushed a little too hard and got into the wall, which then dropped us back a little bit. After that I knew I had to go and I ended up finding some speed but it was just too late. It’s really frustrating to finish second again, but everyone at SHR had a great season that we can hang our hats on, I just wish it could have ended differently.”

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Homestead Race Report

Race Name: Ford Ecoboost 300 (Race 33 of 33)
Venue: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 45 laps / 45 laps / 110 laps (200 Total Laps)
Race Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Results: Cole Custer: 2nd | Chase Briscoe: 3rd
Final Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 2nd
– Chase Briscoe: 5th

Chase Briscoe / Ford Performance Ford Mustang Recap:

– Briscoe started fifth and won Stage 1 to earn 10 stage points.
– The No. 98 Ford Performance Mustang stayed out at the conclusion of Stage 1 and started Stage 2 in the lead. He would finish fifth in the stage and earn six more stage points.
– The No. 98 Ford came to pit road for four tires and fuel at the end of Stage 2.
– Briscoe started the final stage in sixth and was running fourth when he got into the wall on lap 122 and cut a right-front tire. Yellow flag would wave and the team would pit.

– He restarted 21st and advanced up to third before pitting on lap 161 under green for his final pit stop of the race.
– The No. 98 rejoined the field in ninth and quickly moved up to the third position where Briscoe would ultimately finish.
– With his third place finish, Briscoe earned NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year honors.
– Briscoe ended the season with one win, 13 top-fives and 26 top-10s (tied for second-best all-time for a rookie). 

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

“I wish I could have raced the 2. I thought I was really, really good on the fence. I was pushing really hard on the fence and I got by Cole and I finally had clean air and I tried just getting a little bit more and I was already on the limit, so that kind of put us behind the eight ball, but we were able to drive back up and, honestly, that green flag pit stop just didn’t go our way.  Me and the 7 and I can’t remember who else, but I lost so much time to the leaders that it made it almost impossible to catch them. Overall, I’m really thankful Ford Performance let me run this season. It was definitely a good year. I wish we would have had more wins, but we definitely had the speed to.”

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.