Harvick Finishes Fifth at Martinsville

Post-Race Reports | NASCAR Cup Series | 10/30/17

Busch NA Driver Scores 11th Top-Five of 2017; Ranks Fourth in Round of 8

Date: Oct. 29, 2017

Event: First Data 500 (Round 33 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (.526-mile oval)

Format: 500 laps, broken into three stages (130 laps/130 laps/240 laps)

Start/Finish: 13th/5th (Running, completed 505 of 505 laps) in overtime

Point Standing: 4th with 4,053 points, three points ahead of fifth-place in the Round of 8


Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-130):

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 131-260):

Final Stage Recap (Laps 261-500):


Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch NA Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It’s just Martinsville. That’s what it’s all about. It’s championship time. It’s time to get physical. I’ve just got to thank everybody on my Busch Non-Alcoholic Ford, Jimmy John’s, Mobil 1, Outback, Hunt Brothers, Morton Buildings, Textron Off Road, everybody who helps this car go around the racetrack. I really want to help all of my guys at Stewart-Haas Racing. They built this car in two weeks, and we were way more competitive than we were in the spring. Bent fenders, hurt feelings. I love it.” 

Playoff Standings (with two races remaining in the Round of 8):

  1. Kyle Busch (4,100 points, -17) 1 win
  2. Martin Truex Jr. (4,117 points) +67
  3. Brad Keselowski (4,079 points, -38) +29 points
  4. Kevin Harvick (4,053 points, -64) +3 points
  5. Jimmie Johnson (4,050 points, -67) -3 points
  6. Ryan Blaney (4,047 points, -70) -6 points
  7. Denny Hamlin (4,045 points, -72) -8 points
  8. Chase Elliott (4,027 points, -90) -26 points

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Texas Motor  Speedway in Fort Worth. It is the eighth race of the 10-race playoffs and starts at 2 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBCSN beginning at 1 p.m. PRN Radio and SiriusXM Channel 90 will be on the radio call.

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