Richard Childress Racing
April 2, 2012
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 'Budweiser is Back' Team Finish 19th at Martinsville Speedway
"We just went in the wrong direction with the setup for today and learned what not to do when we come back in the fall."
Start – 2
Finish – 19
Laps Led – 21
Points Position – 5
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 'Budweiser is Back' Chevrolet team notched a 19th-place finish in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Starting from the front row at the half-mile short track, Harvick initially took the lead but dropped back in the field as a loose-handling condition developed on the No. 29 machine. Despite numerous chassis adjustments made by the Shane Wilson-led crew during routine pit stops throughout the 515-lap affair, Harvick ran in the top 20, unable to make up ground on the leaders. The caution flag waved at lap 497, setting the field up for a green-white-checkered finish. Wilson called Harvick to pit road to make one final attempt to improve the handling of the white and black 'Budweiser is Back' Chevrolet. A multi-car incident brought out the caution flag once again to set up the field for a second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. Harvick gained one spot in the final laps and the No. 29 'Budweiser is Back' Chevrolet team took the checkered flag in the 19th position. The top-20 result places the Bakersfield, Calif., native fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
“We just went in the wrong direction with the setup for today and learned what not to do when we come back in the fall. It was just Not a good day at all. As a group we probably made some wrong decisions before the race but as a group we will fix them for the fall race.”