CLINT BOWYER – 2017 Kentucky Race Report

Event:               Kentucky 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             274 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/114 laps)
Start/Finish:      16th/13th (Running, completed 273 of 274 laps)
Point Standing: 10th (495 points, 215 out of first)

Race Winner:    Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota) in overtime
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Clint Bowyer started 16th, finished 11th.
  • Dropped to 20th, then began climb through the field.
  • Moved to 10th by lap 45 but fell out of the points-paying position in the final laps of the stage. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Started sixth and finished ninth.
  • Flat-spotted tires and suffered minor hood damage on lap 88 after Brad Keselowski triggered a three-car accident.
  • Bowyer dropped to 22nd and rebounded to run as high as sixth. 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-274):

  • Started 15th, finished 16th.
  • Raced in 13th at the 200-lap mark.
  • Made his final green-flag pit stop with 42 laps remaining but dropped off the lead lap during the pit-stop sequence.
  • Gained three positions by dodging a race-ending wreck in overtime.
  • Bowyer said his biggest problem was a lack of rear grip in the final stage.

Notes:

  • Bowyer finished ninth in Stage 2 to earn two bonus points.
  • There were nine caution periods for a total of 39 laps.
  • Only nine of the 40 drivers in the Kentucky 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Martin Truex Jr. won the Kentucky 400 to score his 10th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his first at Kentucky. Kyle Larson finished second as the race ended under caution.

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

“Our night wasn’t all the best. We needed to be better. We struggled off the truck. I wasn’t exactly pumped about the handling, but we fought hard. Buga (crew chief Mike Bugarewicz) and all the guys worked hard to get me fixed up for the race. We got some track position there and showed some promise, and then the start of that last run, those last two runs, I was junk. Total junk. I just lost too much track position. It is like you adjust to be up front in the clean air and free up and get better and keep freeing up to get better and get in better air, and then all of a sudden you get in the back, adjusted to the front, and you are in big trouble.”

Next Up:                                                                        

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Overton’s 301 on Sunday, July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

KURT BUSCH – 2017 Kentucky Race Report

Event:               Kentucky 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             274 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/114 laps)
Note:                 Race ended in overtime, going seven laps past its scheduled 267-lap distance
Start/Finish:      15th/30th (Axle, completed 264 of 274 laps)
Point Standing: 15th (419 points, 291 out of first)

Race Winner:    Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:             Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Kurt Busch started 15th, finished 14th.
  • Busch noted a tight-handling condition on his Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion along with a right-front tire vibration at the beginning of the stage.
  • Busch stayed among the top-15 throughout stage.
  • Busch pitted for four tires, fuel and wedge adjustments at the conclusion of the stage. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Started 10th, finished seventh. Earned four bonus points.
  • After a lap-95 caution, Busch opted not to pit and preserve his track position. He restarted in the seventh position.
  • During a lap-138 caution, Busch pitted for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments to restart in the 14th position.
  • Busch quickly drove back to the top-10 before the conclusion of the stage.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-274):

  • Started 14th, finished 30th.
  • Busch said his car was loose into the corners and tight off throughout the stage.
  • Busch pitted under green-flag conditions for four tires, fuel and adjustments on lap 224. Returned to the race in 13th place.
  • An axle seal leaked oil in the waning laps, leading to an axle failure on lap 266 that brought out the caution and sent Busch to the garage. 

Notes:

  • This was Busch’s seventh Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Kentucky and his 594th career NASCAR Cup Series start.
  • There were nine caution periods for a total of 39 laps.
  • Only nine of the 40 drivers in the Kentucky 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Martin Truex Jr. won the Kentucky 400 to score his 10th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his first at Kentucky. Kyle Larson finished second as the race ended under caution.
  • Larson continues to lead the championship standings with 710 points, but only has a one-point advantage over his nearest pursuer, Truex.

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“I sputtered off of turn four and when I looked at the fuel gauge, it was fine. And then it was like everything was welding itself together. I was just trying to nurse it home and didn’t quite get all the way back. I think it just shucked the pinion and it had no power after that. It burned up a gear one lap from the finish. I hate that I’m that guy that jukes up the whole system with throwing a yellow with one to go. It was a long, green-flag run and I thought we were going to be okay with our Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford. Just a bummer. We didn’t need that one.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Overton’s 301 on Sunday, July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

DANICA PATRICK – 2017 Kentucky Race Report

Event:               Kentucky 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             267 laps, broken into three segments (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish:      20th/15th (Running, completed 273 of 274 laps)
Point Standings: 29th (230 points, 480 out of first)

Race Winner:    Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota) in overtime
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:             Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Danica Patrick started 20th and finished 24th.
  • The No. 10 Nature’s Bakery/Feeding America Ford Fusion team went down a lap during the first run but got the free pass when the caution flag waved at lap 30, putting Patrick back on the lead lap.
  • The No. 10 team pitted twice during the stage for tires, fuel and adjustments.
  • Patrick once again went a lap down to the leader at lap 69 and finished the stage in the 24th position. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):     

  • Started 24th and finished 16th.
  • Patrick got the free pass when the caution flag waved at lap 88, putting her back on the lead lap in the 21st position.
  • At lap 93 Patrick made contact with the No. 37 car, and the team pitted for repairs. She restarted the race from the 20th position at lap 99.
  • Patrick continued gaining ground in the final laps of Stage 2 and ended up 16th.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

  • Started 19th and finished 15th.
  • The No. 10 team made a scheduled, green-flag stop at lap 219 for tires and fuel. Patrick went down a lap to the leaders as the cycle of green-flag pit stops was completed.
  • Patrick raced her way forward in the second half of the stage and was running 17th when the caution flag waved at lap 266.
  • Crew chief Billy Scott called for the team to pit for tires and fuel, and Patrick lined up 18th for the final restart. She was able to pick up several spots before the caution flag waved again and took the checkered flag in the 15th position. 

Notes:              

  • This was Patrick’s fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Kentucky and her 172nd career NASCAR Cup series start.
  • Patrick’s 15th-place finish in the Kentucky 400 was her first top-15 at Kentucky and her second top-15 this season. The effort also marked Patrick’s career-best NASCAR Cup Series finish at the 1.5-mile track.
  • Patrick earned 22 points in Saturday’s race at Kentucky, which puts her at 230 total points for the season thus far. She is ranked 29th in the driver point standings.
  • The race finished in overtime, going seven laps past its scheduled 267-lap distance.
  • There were nine caution periods for a total of 39 laps.
  • Only nine drivers in the 40-car field finished on the lead lap.
  • Martin Truex Jr. won the Kentucky 400 to score his 10th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his first at Kentucky. Kyle Larson finished second as the race ended under caution.
  • Larson continues to lead the championship standings with 710 points, but only has a one-point advantage over his nearest pursuer, Truex. 

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery/Feeding America Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

“We weren’t as good as we needed to be at the start, but by the end of the race, I was honestly wishing we had more laps, because I think we could have had an even better finish tonight. All in all, it was a great result for our team, so we’ll take it and move on to New Hampshire.” 

Next Up:                                                                       

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Overton’s 301 on Sunday, July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The event starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2017 Kentucky Race Report

Event:               Kentucky 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             274 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/114 laps)
Start/Finish:      7th/9th (Running, completed 274 of 274 laps)
Point Standing: 4th (599 points, 111 out of first) 

Race Winner:    Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing in overtime (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

  • Kevin Harvick started seventh, finished fourth and scored seven bonus points.
  • The Busch Light Ford came to pit road under the competition caution for two tires, an air pressure adjustment and fuel on lap 32.
  • Reported the car was too tight on both ends throughout the run while racing in the top-five.
  • Came to pit road for four tires, fuel and air pressure and chassis adjustments at the conclusion of Stage 1. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Started third, finished fourth and scored seven bonus points.
  • Stayed out under caution in the third position on lap 89 and lap 95.
  • Stayed out under caution in the fourth position on lap 113 and advanced to the second position on the lap-115 restart.
  • Stayed out under caution in the third position on lap 138 and reported the car was tight in turn three.
  • Came to pit road for four tires, fuel and air pressure and chassis adjustment at the conclusion of Stage 2. Several cars opted for a two-tire strategy. 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

  • Started 11th, finished ninth.
  • Made a green-flag pit stop while racing in the third position on lap 224 for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
  • Raced from 13th following the lap-224 pit stop back into the top-five by lap 240.
  • Came to pit road under caution on lap 267 while racing in fifth for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
  • Penalized for too fast entering on pit road in section seven and forced to restart at the tail end of the longest line. 

Notes:

  • Harvick scored his 11th top-10 finish of 2017 and fifth top-10 in seven career Cup Series starts at Kentucky.
  • Harvick finished fourth in Stage 1 to earn seven bonus points and fourth in Stage 2 to earn an additional seven bonus points.
  • There were nine caution periods for a total of 39 laps.
  • The race featured 10 lead changes among four drivers.
  • Only nine of the 40 drivers in the Kentucky 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Martin Truex Jr. won the Kentucky 400 to score his 10th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his first at Kentucky. Kyle Larson finished second as the race ended under caution.
  • Larson leads the championship point standings with 710 points and has a one-point margin over his nearest pursuer, Truex.

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

“I guess I just tried to push it a little too hard on pit road and wound up getting a speeding ticket at the wrong time, but luckily there was only nine cars on the lead lap and we were able to salvage something out of the night.”

Next Up:  

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Overton’s 301 on Sunday, July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2017 Kentucky XFINITY Race Report

Event:               Alsco 300 (Round 16 of 33)
Series:               NASCAR XFINITY Series
Location:          Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             200 laps, broken into three stages (45 laps/45 laps/110 laps)
Start/Finish:      11th/4th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Race Winner:    Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Ends on Lap 45):

  • Started 11th, finished 10th.
  • The No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang came to pit road during the competition caution on lap 27 for four tires, wedge and fuel.
  • Restarted 22nd on lap 29 and raced his way to the 10th position by lap 45.
  • Stayed out under caution at the conclusion of Stage 1. 

Stage 2 Recap (Ends on Lap 90):           

  • Started second, finished fourth.
  • Dropped to the fourth position following the start of Stage 2 and continued in that position for the remainder of the stage.
  • Came to pit road for four tires and fuel following Stage 2. 

Final Stage Recap (Ends on Lap 200):    

  • Started fifth, finished fourth.
  • Stayed out under caution on lap 104 to hold the fifth position.
  • Came to pit road in the fourth position on lap 132 for four tires and fuel, while several cars opted for a fuel only or two-tire strategy.
  • Stayed out under caution on lap 168 to advance from the ninth position to the second position.
  • Held the fourth position in the closing laps.

Notes:              

  • Harvick scored his fifth top-five finish in six NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
  • It is his 182nd top-five finish in 339 XFINITY Series starts.
  • This is Harvick’s fourth XFINITY Series start for Stewart-Haas Racing.
  • The race featured eight lead changes among four drivers and eight cautions for 44 laps.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

How tough was it restarting on the outside there at the end?

“Well, for some people it was okay. For us we were just a little too free to hold the throttle down. On the bottom I could hold it wide open. On the top I was just kind of chasing the car. I just have to thank everyone from Hunt Brothers and FIELDS, Textron Off-Road, Ford and everybody at Stewart-Haas for letting me be a part of this program and putting this program together. We’ve finished in the top-five every time out, so we’ve just got to keep building on it. I think the first year is definitely a building block and they’re doing really good.” 

Next Up:                                                                       

The next event on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule is the Overton’s 200 on Saturday, July 15 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 4 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN. Harvick’s next time behind the wheel of the No. 41 Ford Mustang will be Saturday, Aug. 5 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for the Zippo 200 at The Glen.

COLE CUSTER – 2017 Daytona II Race Report

Cole Custer Finishes 22nd at Daytona

Haas Automation Driver Involved in Multicar Accident on Lap 99

Date: June 30-July 1, 2017

Event: Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 (Round 15 of 33)
Series: NASCAR XFINITY Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format: 104 laps, broken into three stages (30 laps/30 laps/44 laps)
Start/Finish: 19th/22nd (Running, completed 104 of 104 laps)
Point Standing: 7th (338 points, 215 out of first)

Race Winner: William Byron of JR Motorsports in overtime (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Blake Koch of Kaulig Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Elliott Sadler of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

  • Cole Custer started 19th, finished 34th.
  • Inclement weather on lap nine brought out the red flag, ultimately postponing the race until 12 p.m. EDT on July 1.
  • Custer ran toward the back of the field, noting tight-handling conditions throughout Stage 1.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-60):

  • Started third, finished 31st.
  • Custer said his Haas Automation Ford Mustang became tighter as the stage wore on.
  • On lap 50 Custer was involved in an accident, which pushed him toward the rear of the field.
  • The racecar was not damaged, but Custer was called to pit road by crew chief Jeff Meendering for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 61-100):

  • Started 18th, finished 22nd.
  • Custer continued to note tight-handling conditions throughout the final stage.
  • He drove his Haas Automation Ford Mustang into the top-10 by lap 83.
  • On lap 99 Custer was involved in a multicar accident that brought out the red flag for nine minutes and 56 seconds.
  • Custer battled his way to finish just outside of the top-20 before the conclusion of the race.

Notes:              

  • Due to an accident not of his making in the final XFINITY Series practice on Thursday, Custer was forced to a backup racecar in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250.
  • Nine cautions slowed the race for 35 laps.
  • William Byron won the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 to score his second career XFINITY Series victory, his second of the season and his first at Daytona.
  • Elliott Sadler, who finished second in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, leads the championship standings with 553 points and has a 59-point margin over Byron, his nearest pursuer.

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We had to go to our backup Ford Mustang and worked really hard to get it out there. It was really fast and handled really well, and the guys worked hard all weekend. We could have been better handling-wise, but we were okay. I just got caught up in that wreck there at the end.”

KURT BUSCH – 2017 Daytona II Race Report

Event:                        Coke Zero 400 (Round 17 of 36)
Series:                       Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:                 Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format:                    163 laps, broken into three stages (40 laps/40 laps/83 laps)
Start/Finish:           15th/28th (Accident, completed 153 of 163 laps)
Point Standing:     14th (408 points, 259 out of first) 

Race Winner:         Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Roush Fenway Racing in overtime (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner:    Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner:    Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):

  • Kurt Busch started 15th, finished eighth. Earned three bonus points.
  • Pitted during competition caution on lap 17 for four tires, fuel and left-rear and right-rear wedge adjustments.
  • Restarted 20th and used bottom lane to drive up to eighth by end of stage.
  • Pitted for four tires, fuel and left-rear and right-rear wedge adjustments, but problem with right-rear tire necessitated another trip to pit road. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 41-80):

  • Started 34th, finished fourth. Earned seven bonus points.
  • Drove all the way up to eighth prior to caution on lap 59. Stayed out and maintained track position.
  • Restarted in sixth place and began running high line.
  • Narrowly avoided No. 18 car when it cut a tire and spun right in front of Busch.
  • Resumed running top lane and used it to drive all the way up to fourth place at end of stage.
  • Pitted at completion of stage for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 81-163):

  • Started 17th, finished 28th.
  • Continued using top lane and mentioned on lap 89: “We’re looser here.”
  • Contact with No. 75 car of Brendan Gaughan caused some right-front damage that needed to be repaired under caution.
  • Pit stop under caution on lap 92 was lengthy to fix right-front fender. After repairs were made, Busch restarted 30th.
  • When caution waved on lap 98, Busch stayed out and moved up to 19th for lap-102 restart.
  • Busch keyed his radio on lap 105 and said: “Little loose, but the car feels faster than it did at start of race.”.
  • Narrowly avoided multicar crash on lap 106. Use caution to pit and strengthen right-front fender repairs.
  • Restarted in 22nd position on lap 111.
  • Drove up to 13th by lap 143 by running the high line, which ebbed and flowed with low line.
  • Collected in multicar accident on frontstretch 10 laps from the finish. Was evaluated and released from infield care center. 

Notes:

  • This was Busch’s 33rd point-paying Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona and his 593rd career start.
  • Busch won the season-opening Daytona 500 and entered the Coke Zero 400 looking to sweep Daytona’s slate of NASCAR Cup Series races.
  • There were 14 caution periods for a total of 51 laps.
  • Twenty-one of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 to score his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his first at Daytona. His margin of victory over second-place Clint Bowyer was .213 of a second.
  • Kyle Larson leads the championship point standings with 667 points and has an 18-point margin over his nearest pursuer, Martin Truex Jr.

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“I was hoping to be a little closer to the front. I saw some crazy stuff happening on the high side. I was low and then we just got clipped in the wrong place at the wrong time. We didn’t get the Daytona sweep. Looked like the 43 just clipped us right there. I am good though. The cars are very safe. I’ve got to thank NASCAR for that. We just didn’t get the job done for Monster Energy and Haas Automation and Ford. We were really hoping for the Daytona sweep, but that’s the way it goes.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kentucky 400 on Saturday, July 8 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2017 Daytona II Race Report

Event:               Coke Zero 400 (Round 17 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format:             160 laps, broken into three stages (40 laps/40 laps/80 laps)
Start/Finish:      5th/33rd (Accident, completed 105 of 163 laps)
Point Standing: 4th (557 points, 110 out of first) 

Race Winner:    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Roush-Fenway Racing (Ford) in overtime
Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner:             Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):

  • Kevin Harvick started fifth, finished 19th.
  • The Jimmy John’s Ford stayed out under caution on lap 11 and lap 17 while racing in the top-five.
  • Raced to the lead on lap 29.
  • Got shuffled back on the final two laps of the stage to finish 19th.
  • Came to pit road for four tires and fuel at the conclusion of Stage 1. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 41-80):

  • Started 21st, finished sixth and scored five bonus points.
  • Came to pit road under caution for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment on lap 59.
  • Returned to pit road under caution on lap 61 to top off fuel and clean debris from the grill.
  • Narrowly avoided a multicar wreck on lap 71 while racing in 23rd and advanced to 12th following the incident.
  • Restarted 12th and raced up to sixth by the conclusion of Stage 2.
  • Stayed out at the conclusion of Stage 2 to take the lead. 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Started first, finished 33rd.
  • Surrendered the second position to come to pit road under caution for two tires and fuel on lap 91.
  • Restarted from the 14th position on lap 93 and stayed out under caution on lap 99 to rejoin the top-10.
  • Cut a tire and was collected in a multicar incident on lap 106 that ended the No. 4 team’s night. 

Notes:

  • Harvick finished sixth in Stage 2 to earn five bonus points.
  • Harvick led three times for seven laps to bring his laps-led total at Daytona to 236.
  • There were 14 caution periods for a total of 51 laps.
  • Twenty-one of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 to score his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his first at Daytona. His margin of victory over second-place Clint Bowyer was .213 of a second.
  • Kyle Larson leads the championship point standings with 667 points and has an 18-point margin over his nearest pursuer, Martin Truex Jr.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We just blew a tire. I hate it for our Jimmy John’s Ford guys. That’s the way it goes. It just blew out right in the middle of the corner. I hate to wreck half the field. That’s a part of what we do.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kentucky 400 on Saturday, July 8 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.

CLINT BOWYER – 2017 Daytona II Race Report

Event:               Coke Zero 400 (Round 17 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format:             160 laps, broken into three stages (40 laps/40 laps/80 laps)
Start/Finish:      11th/2nd (Running, completed 163 of 163 laps)
Point Standing: 10th (469 points, 198 out of first) 

Race Winner:    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Roush Fenway Racing in overtime (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):

  • Clint Bowyer started 11th and finished fourth to earn seven stage points.
  • Bowyer battled his way into the top-five by lap six.
  • Ran as high as second and ran in and around the top-five for the majority of the stage. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 41-80):

  • Started eighth, finished 29th.
  • Bowyer began the stage battling among the top-five.
  • Bowyer fell out of the pack during the middle of Stage 2 and was pushed toward the back of the field.
  • During a lap-71 caution, Bowyer pitted for four tires, fuel and track bar adjustments, then pitted again on lap 74 to top off on fuel. 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 81-163):

  • Started 10th, finished second.
  • After a multicar accident on lap 106, Bowyer opted not to pit and restarted his No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion in first place.
  • Bowyer ran in and around the top-five until accident on lap 154. He restarted in the seventh position.
  • A caution on lap 159 pushed the race into overtime. Bowyer restarted in the fifth position and clawed his way to second. 

Notes:

  • This was Bowyer’s fourth top-five and 12th top-10 in 24 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona.
  • Bowyer earned his third top-two, fourth top-five and seventh top-10 of 2017 with his second-place finish at Daytona.
  • This was Bowyer’s second consecutive second-place finish. He finished second last week at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
  • There were 14 caution periods for a total of 51 laps.
  • Twenty-one of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero 400 presented by Coca-Cola finished on the lead lap.
  • Kyle Larson leads the championship standings with 667 points and has an 18-point margin over his nearest pursuer, Martin Truex Jr.

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Wow, what a night. A fun race. Our Mobil 1 Ford was strong. I got shuffled out on that second stage, and that bummed me out. I wanted those stage points. It wasn’t that big of a deal because I knew that we had a hot rod to get back up front. Man, it’s just every man for himself. You’re beating and banging both sides of the car. It was a good night. These bridesmaid finishes suck. I want to win. We’re in this business to win. That’s what Tony (Stewart) and Gene (Haas) pay me to do. I’m proud of everyone on the Mobil 1 Ford team.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Quaker State 400 presented by Advanced Auto Parts on Saturday, July 8 at Kentucky Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC.

DANICA PATRICK – 2017 Daytona II Race Report

Event:               Coke Zero 400 (Round 17 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format:             160 laps, broken into three segments (40 laps/40 laps/80 laps)
Start/Finish:      10th/25th (Accident, completed 154 of 163 laps)
Point Standings: 29th (208 points, 459 out of first) 

Race Winner:    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Roush Racing in overtime (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner:             Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):

  • Danica Patrick started 10th and finished 22nd.
  • The No. 10 Aspen Dental Ford Fusion team had good grip on the right side of the car, but the left-side security was not as good as Patrick would have liked.
  • On lap 17, Patrick pitted for four tires, fuel and a front packer adjustment.
  • Patrick returned to pit road on lap 43 for four tires, fuel and a left-side tire air pressure adjustment.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 41-80):       

  • Started 22nd and finished 21st.
  • Patrick was involved in a multicar accident on lap 71 with Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon. Her Aspen Dental Ford Fusion suffered minor damage, and the crew fixed it before the five-minute clock went off.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 81-160):

  • Started 27th and finished 25th.
  • Patrick dodged one big accident, but unfortunately was involved in one on lap 154 along with Matt Kenseth, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch and Darrell Wallace Jr. She was able to drive the car back to the pit area, but the damage was too great and she was forced to climb from the car on pit road.
  • She was checked and released from the infield care center. 

Notes:              

  • This was Patrick’s 11th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona and her 171st career start.
  • Patrick earned 12 points in Saturday’s race at Daytona International Speedway, which puts her at 208 total points for the season thus far. She is ranked 29th in the driver point standings.
  • The race finished in overtime, going three laps past its scheduled 160-lap distance.
  • There were 14 caution periods for a total of 51 laps.
  • Only 21 drivers in the 40-car field finished on the lead lap.
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 to score his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his first at Daytona. His margin of victory over second-place Clint Bowyer was .213 of a second.
  • Kyle Larson leads the championship standings with 667 points and has an 18-point margin over his nearest pursuer, Martin Truex Jr. 

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Aspen Dental Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

“I don’t really know what happened. Not totally sure. We all went low down the back straight, and then they got up to speed and we came around turn four. I am not sure what happened, but having seen the replay it looked like Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) and Kyle (Larson) and then we ran out of room. I think maybe the 20 (Matt Kenseth) checked up or got hit from the outside, and that hit me. That is why I don’t want to be on the bottom. I promised I wouldn’t be on the bottom when it came to the end, and sure enough I go to the back saying I didn’t want to be on the bottom, but you have to race and go where the momentum goes. It is what it is. It was crazy. We got the car better early on in the race and were able to kind of get in there, but still not quite enough. Not enough. We were in the mix, though.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kentucky 400 on Saturday night, July 8 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.