Harvick Earns Best Finish of Season at Bristol

Post-Race Reports | NASCAR Cup Series | 04/24/17

Third-Place Drive in Food City 500 Gives Jimmy John’s Pilot Back-to-Back Top-Fours

Date:  April 24, 2017

Event:  Food City 500 (Round 8 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location:  Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (.533-mile oval)

Format:  500 laps, broken into three stages (125 laps/125 laps/250 laps)

Start/Finish:  10th/3rd (Running, completed 500 of 500 laps)

Point Standing:  9th (239 points, 121 out of first)


Race Winner:  Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)


Stage 1 Recap (Ended on Lap 125):

Stage 2 Recap (Ended on Lap 250):

Final Stage Recap (Ended on Lap 500):


Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“I thought our Jimmy Johns Ford was the fastest car. We just needed track position. I think we showed how fast it was there on no tires and kind of able to hold our own. You just never know where you’re going to come out on those restarts. I felt like we had a couple cautions and we were in control of the race with the 11 (Denny Hamlin) on two tires and we might’ve had a chance. A good weekend and we’ll just keep going.

“I think the track evolved really well. It started off a little shaky the first 125 laps or so, but once it got running, I thought it was really racy.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Richmond 400 on Sunday, April 30 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX.

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