Harvick Finishes 20th at Sonoma

Post-Race Reports | NASCAR Cup Series | 06/23/14

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest

• Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Folds of Honor/Outback/Budweiser Chevrolet SS team rebounded from a late-race accident to score a 20th-place finish in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

• Harvick started the race from the sixth position and worked his way into the lead by lap 22. Crew chief Rodney Childers called Harvick down pit road under caution at lap 31 for four tires and fuel. Running a different strategy for the race, many teams had already made green-flag pit stops, so Harvick lined up behind them in the 14th position for the restart.

• He quickly starting picking off positions once again and was back inside the top 10 in just a handful of laps. Harvick cracked the top five at lap 49 as teams began to hit pit road and he took over the point position once again at lap 58.

• The team’s strategy to complete the race having made just two pit stops while many other teams had to make three took a hit when the caution flag waved at lap 60 and again at lap 71.

• Harvick pitted under caution for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments under the second of the two cautions. He restarted 11th after several teams remained on track and the No. 4 team lost ground on pit road.

• Less than 10 laps later, cars in front of Harvick made contact in Turn 11. The No. 4 Chevrolet sustained collateral damage and Harvick was forced to pit twice under caution for repairs. He restarted in the 30th position and rallied in the closing laps to score a 20th-place finish.

• Carl Edwards scored the win in Sunday’s race. Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard completed the top-five positions.

• Gordon continues to lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, while Jimmie Johnson, Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski round out the top-five spots. Harvick remains ninth in the standings following Sunday’s race. 

The following is the finishing position of the other Stewart-Haas Racing teams in Sunday's race:

• Kurt Busch and the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet team 12th.

• Danica Patrick and the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet team finished 18th.

• Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Mobile 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team finished 19th. 

Coming Up:

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams travel to Sparta, Kentucky, next week to compete in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. On Friday, FOX Sports 1 will provide coverage of practice at 10:30 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET, followed by qualifying at 5:30 p.m. ET. TNT will provide the live broadcast of Saturday night’s event starting with the pre-race show at 6:30 p.m. ET. PRN radio affiliates and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio will have live coverage of the event. 

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