Following a string of nine-consecutive top-10 finishes, Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Jimmy John's team settled for a 19th-place result in the Brickyard 400 Sunday afternoon. The California native started the 160-lap race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the 24th spot and maintained a position within the top 20 for the majority of the event, while battling handling issues. Crew chief Gil Martin utilized pit strategy by coming down pit road on lap 115 under caution for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment while other teams opted to stay out. The decision allowed Harvick to take over the lead on lap 144, while those who opted not to visit pit road under caution did so during green-flag conditions. Despite moving to the front and leading laps, the Jimmy John's team wasn't able to make it to the end without stopping again for fuel. Harvick relinquished the lead on lap 146 for the team's final two-tire and fuel pit stop. The Richard Childress Racing driver returned to the track in the 19th position, where he ultimately finished the race. Following the event, Harvick remains fourth in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
"This definitely wasn't the finish the Jimmy John's team was going for today. We just couldn't get the handling of the car where it needed to be. We'll continue to take this season one race at a time, put this one behind us and start focusing on Pocono (Raceway)."