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.
- 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.”
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.