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
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, broken 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 of first with 625 points, 75 out

Race Winner: Justin Haley of Spire Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Phase 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Phase Two 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 have been in second place, 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 headed until turn three on lap 50. Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney got by at the end of the stage. Harvick wound.

Stage 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 included in a six-car episode on the frontstretch. After a few pit stops for repairs, the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford team managed to get back on the right track.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):
??? Launched 31st, completed 29th.
??? Harvick was driving around at the trunk of this pack down one lap when he cut a tire, further damaging the No. 4 Ford.
??? Harvick managed to last before, on lap 127, the red flag was first issued to get weather and then the race was called brief, using the No. 4 finishing in 29th.

Notes:
??? Harvick finished fourth Stage 1 to make seven bonus points.
??? Harvick led once for 12 laps to increase 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.
??? Only 18 of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 completed on the lead lap.
??? Joey Logano stays the championship leader after Daytona having an 18-point edge over second-place Kyle Busch.

Next Up:
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program 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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