KEVIN HARVICK – 2017 Monster Energy 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:          70 laps, broken into four stages (20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
Start/Finish:  5th/6th (Running, completed 70 of 70 laps)
Race Winner:            Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 3 Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

  • Kevin Harvick started third, finished third.
  • Struggled with a tight-handling condition off the corner throughout the stage.
  • Pitted for four prime Goodyear tires and air pressure and wedge adjustments following the stage. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

  • Started second, finished eighth.
  • Suffered with a tight handling condition at the start of the run and a loose condition later in the stage.
  • Pitted for four option Goodyear tires and air pressure and wedge adjustments. 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 41-60):

  • Started seventh, finished second.
  • Raced from seventh to second by lap 51 on the option tires.
  • Noted the balance of the car was good on the option tires throughout the stage.
  • Harvick’s average finish from the first three stages allowed him to be lined up fourth for the final round of pit stops.
  • Pitted for four prime Goodyear tires and air pressure and a wedge adjustments. 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 61-70):

  • Started eight, finished sixth.
  • Advanced two positions in the closing laps to finish sixth. 

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

“We just didn’t put it together there when we came down pit road. We got behind, and at that point you don’t have enough laps to make it up.” 

Notes:

  • Harvick scored his 10th top-10 finish in his 17th career Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Next Up:                        

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 28 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX.