Harvick Finishes Disappointing 29th in Daytona
Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang Driver Involved in Midrace Incident
Date: July 7, 2019
Event: Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oblong )
Format: 160 laps, divided into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish: 4th/29th (Running, completed 124 of 127 laps at rain-shortened race)
Point standing: 3rd with 625 points, 75 out of first
Race Winner: Justin Haley of Spire Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Phase 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage Two Winner: Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):
??? Kevin Harvick started fourth, finished fourth and earned seven bonus points.
??? Early on, Harvick and the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang were in second place, right behind chief Joey Logano.
??? On lap 36, while in second place behind Logano, Harvick pitted for fuel only.
??? Harvick came out in first place and led until turn three on lap 50. Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney got by at the end of the stage. Harvick wound.
Phase 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):
??? Launched sixth, finished 31st.
??? On lap 52, Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel.
??? Harvick pitted on lap 59 for gasoline only and arrived out in 12th.
??? On lap 83, Harvick was involved in a six-car incident on the frontstretch. After several pit stops for repairs, the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford team managed to get back on the right track.
Final Period Recap (Laps 101-160):
??? Launched 31st, completed 29th.
??? Harvick was driving around at the back of this bunch down one lap once he cut a tire, further damaging the No. 4 Ford.
??? Harvick was able to last until, on lap 127, the red flag was first issued to get climate and then the race was known as brief, using the No. 4 finishing in 29th.
??? Harvick finished fourth in Stage 1 to earn seven bonus points.
??? Harvick led after for 12 laps to increase his laps-led total at Daytona to 256.
??? Justin Haley won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
??? There were six caution periods for a total of 25 laps.
??? Only 18 of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 finished on the lead lap.
??? Joey Logano stays the championship leader after Daytona having an 18-point edge over second-place Kyle Busch.
The following event on the Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series program is the Kentucky 400 on Saturday, July 13 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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