KEVIN HARVICK – 2017 Charlotte I XFINITY Race Report

May 27th, 2017

Harvick Finishes Second at Charlotte

Hunt Brothers Pizza Driver Scores Third NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-Five of 2017

Date: May 27, 2017
Event: Hisense 4K TV 300 (Round 10 of 33)
Series: NASCAR XFINITY Series
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (45 laps/45 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish: 5th/2nd (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)

Race Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Ends on Lap 45):
●  Started fifth, finished first.
●  The No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang raced to the lead on lap 8.
●  Kevin Harvick held the lead for the remainder of Stage 1.
●  Richard Boswell, No. 41 crew chief, called Harvick to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment at the end of Stage 1.
●  Traffic on pit road cost Harvick the lead following the Stage 1 pit stop.

Stage 2 Recap (Ends on Lap 90):  
●  Started third, finished fourth.
●  Harvick struggled to regain position as the Hunt Brothers Ford was loose off  the corner in traffic.
●  The Hunt Brothers Pizza team pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment following Stage 2.

Final Stage Recap (Ends on Lap 200):        
●  Started fourth, finished second.
●  Harvick raced his way up to the third position by lap 120.
●  He gained a position thanks to a fast pit stop by the Hunt Brothers Pizza pit crew on lap 126 and restarted second.
●  Harvick made the pass for the lead on lap 181 and held it until the final restart.

Notes:                   
●  Harvick scored his eighth top-five finish in 28 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
●  It is his 181st top-five finish in 338 XFINITY Series starts.
●  Harvick led three times for 58 laps.
●  Harvick’s SHR teammate Cole Custer was the highest-finishing rookie with a seventh-place finish. It was his fifth top-10 finish in 15 career XFINITY Series starts and his third top-10 finish of 2017.
●  This is Harvick’s third XFINITY Series start for Stewart-Haas Racing.
●  The race featured 12 lead changes among seven drivers and 12 cautions for 52 laps.

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

“I knew I was in a pickle there with the 22 behind on the outside and I knew the 12 had the best car taking off.  He’s actually the one who helped us get the lead, pushing us to the lead, so I didn’t really know what to do.  He just wound up beating us there on the restart and that’s pretty much it.  I’m just really proud of everybody on our Hunt Brothers Ford.  I feel like we were better than the last time we came out and led a bunch of laps and were in contention all day and just didn’t finish it off there over the last few laps.”