Author: Tom Bowles
Date: February 14, 2019
Kevin Harvick won the first of two NASCAR Gander RV Duels at Daytona International Speedway, earning the third starting spot for the 2019 Daytona 500. The first of two qualifying races on Valentine’s Day saw a lot of love shared between manufacturers. Harvick led a trio of Fords to the line in a race defined by teamwork down the stretch.
Harvick took the lead after the first and only round of pit stops prior to the race’s only caution flag. Once the race went green, he led the rest of the way and steered clear of competition when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Paul Menard got side by side on the final lap.
“I knew our Busch Beer Ford was fast, and I had Stenhouse and the 21 behind us,” he said. “I knew we all wanted a Ford to get to Victory Lane. I’m just glad we came out on the right side of it and everything’s not tore up.”
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