Richard Childress Racing
April 15, 2012
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Team Earn Top-10 Finish in the Lone Star State
"This is better than I've been (at Texas) lately, so we'll take that and work on what we need to improve for next time."
Start – 15
Finish – 9
Laps Led – 0
Points Position – 5
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team took home a ninth-place finish in Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick started the race from the 15th position and quickly drove into the top 10. The Bakersfield, Calif., native drove as high as second until the caution flag waved and the team pitted at lap 68. Trouble with a lug nut slowed the Shane Wilson-led team’s pit stop and cost Harvick seven spots. While driving in traffic, Harvick was faced with a tight-handling car. Following a lap-96 caution, the field restarted at lap 100 and the remainder of the race ran under green-flag conditions, setting a race record for fewest cautions (two) and caution laps (10). The No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet developed a loose-handling condition in the second half of the race and the team continued to make adjustments on each trip to pit road to alleviate the problem. Wilson reported to Harvick they were a couple laps shy of the finish on fuel and that he needed to save fuel. Harvick’s fuel savings paid off as the car ran out of gas just after he took the checkered flag in the ninth position. Harvick now sits fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
“The Budweiser Chevrolet started off strong tonight, but we lost a lot of ground on the second (pit) stop. We fought the handling back in traffic after that and the car got too loose. There at the end it started to get really loose in (Turn) three. All in all, this is better than I’ve been (at Texas) lately, so we’ll take that and work on what we need to improve for next time.”