Harvick Rallies to a Fifth Place Finish at the Monster Mile

Post-Race Reports | Truck Series | 05/13/11

DOVER, Del. (May 14, 2011) — Kevin Harvick and the No. 2 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet Silverado headed to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for Harvick’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the Monster Mile.  Harvick had an impressive showing during his first Truck Series start at the one-mile oval, overcoming the challenges of a loose handling truck and a pit road penalty to capture a top-five finish.

The No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) team started the Lucas Oil 200 in the second position and quickly took over the lead on the first lap.  Harvick soon noticed that his Chevrolet machine was fighting a loose condition as he sailed around the speedway. 

The team came in for their first pit stop on lap 48 during the second caution of the race.  From atop the pit box, crew chief Bruce Cook made the call for the team to make the adjustments needed to try and overcome the loose condition.  After a few green flag laps on the track, Harvick radioed that the truck had become looser than what he had experienced before coming in for the pit stop. 

Harvick brought the truck into the pits for a green-flag stop on lap 126.  The team made air-pressure adjustments, took four tires and fuel, but the truck still wasn’t to Harvick’s liking.  The No. 2 crew made their third and final pit stop on lap 156 to change tire pressure and to top off on fuel in preparation of a potential green-white-checkered finish.

As Harvick and the No. 2 truck headed off of pit road, NASCAR notified Cook that Harvick had entered pit road too fast and issued a penalty.  Harvick would have to restart the race at the tail end of the longest line.  The penalty put Harvick in the 16th-position for the restart. 

Harvick and the No. 2 Bad Boy Buggies crew fought hard, quickly working their way back towards the front of the field.  With only 15 laps remaining of the 200-lap event, the team had settled back into the top 10.  Harvick continued to pick off trucks as the final laps wound down, bringing the No. 2 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet to the checkered flag in the fifth position.   

The Truck Series will be back in action next Friday, May 20 for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.  Witness the action live on SPEED at 8:00 p.m. EST and listen live on The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio – Channel 90 will broadcast live at 8 p.m. EST.

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