Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza team finished 15th in Friday night’s Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway after running short on fuel during the final laps of the NASCAR Nationwide Series event. The Bakersfield, Calif., native started the 250-lap affair from the 13th position and worked his way toward the front of the field, moving into the top five on lap 40. As the race progressed, Harvick remained content with the overall handling of the No. 33 Chevrolet, leading crew chief Ernie Cope to call the two-time Nationwide Series champion down pit road for two-tire pit stops on laps 46 and 116. After his second visit to pit road, Harvick returned to the track in the lead, where he would remain until lap 216 when he slid back into the second position. As the 250-lap race neared the end, Harvick drove down pit road for an unexpected pit stop after the Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet ran out of fuel with 20 laps remaining. The Richard Childress Racing driver returned to the track in the 16th position, one lap down to the leader. During the final laps, Harvick returned to the lead lap and ultimately crossed the finish line in the 15th position.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
“This was a tough night for the entire Hunt Brothers Pizza team. We had a great car today, just didn’t get the finish to show for it.”