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Rain Delay Helps Harvick to Strong Chase Start

Date: Sept. 19, 2013
Author: Zack Albert

JOLIET, Ill. -- New rules and a well-sorted car made restarts a strong suit for Kevin Harvick on Sunday night at Chicagoland Speedway.
Harvick parlayed both into a hard-fought third-place finish in the first round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs, further establishing his credentials as a title contender in his swan song with Richard Childress Racing.
The podium finish wasn’t short on drama. Three times in the Geico 400, Harvick battled back from pit-road adversity that knocked him from the top 10 -- once when his rivals all pitted took two tires instead of his four, once on a sluggish stop and once when he was blocked in by Dave Blaney as he tried to leave his stall.
That’s when his prowess on restarts during the race’s six second-half caution periods lifted him up the running order.

"Our car was really good on the restarts, so you could pick a bunch of them off pretty easy there going into Turn 1 and 2," said Harvick, who started 17th. "All in all, it was a good night, just too loose at the end to run with those guys up off the corner, but still a good night."

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