Kevin Harvick struggles at Daytona


Harvick Finishes Disappointing 29th in Daytona

Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang Driver Involved in Midrace Incident

Date: July 7, 2019
Truth: Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series: Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format: 160 laps, divided into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish: 4th/29th (Running, finished 124 of 127 laps at rain-shortened race)
Point standing: 3rd of first with 625 points, 75 out

Race Winner: Justin Haley of Spire Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 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 leader Joey Logano.
??? On lap 36, while at second place behind Logano, Harvick pitted for fuel only.
??? Harvick came out in first position and led until turn three on lap 50. Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney obtained by in the end of the stage. Harvick wound up fourth.

Phase 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):
??? Started 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 group managed to get back on the right track.

Last Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):
??? Started 31st, completed 29th.
??? Harvick was driving around at the back of the pack down one lap when 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 for weather and then the race was called brief, with the No. 4 ending in 29th.

Notes:
??? Harvick finished fourth in Stage 1 to make seven bonus points.
??? Harvick led after for 12 laps to raise 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 at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 completed on the lead lap.
??? Joey Logano stays the championship leader following Daytona with an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Next Up:
The following event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kentucky 400 on Saturday, July 13 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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