Harvick Finishes Disappointing 29th at 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: Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oblong )
Format: 160 laps, broken into three phases (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish: 4th/29th (Running, finished 124 of 127 laps in rain-shortened race)
Point standing: 3rd with 625 points, 75 out
Race Winner: Justin Haley of Spire Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Phase 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Phase 2 Winner: Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):
??? Kevin Harvick started fourth, finished fourth and got seven bonus points.
??? Early on, Harvick and the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang were in second position, right behind leader 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 obtained by at the end of the stage. Harvick wound.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):
??? Launched sixth, finished 31st.
??? On lap 52, Harvick pitted for four tires and gas.
??? Harvick pitted on lap 59 for fuel only and came out in 12th.
??? On lap 83, Harvick was included in a six-car episode on the frontstretch. After several pit stops for repairs, the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford group was able to get back on track.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):
??? Launched 31st, finished 29th.
??? Harvick was driving around at the trunk of this bunch one lap down once he cut a tire, further damaging the No. 4 Ford.
??? Harvick managed to continue before, on lap 127, the red flag was issued for climate and the race was known as brief, with the No. 4 ending in 29th.
??? Harvick finished fourth Stage 1 to earn seven bonus points.
??? Harvick led after for 12 laps to raise his laps-led complete 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.
??? Just 18 of the 40 drivers at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 finished on the lead lap.
??? Joey Logano stays the championship leader following Daytona with an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.
The next 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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