Richard Childress Racing
June 18, 2012
Kevin Harvick Brings Home a Hard Fought Top-10 Finish at Michigan International Speedway
"It wasn't a pretty day, but we'll take it."
Start - 2
Finish - 10
Laps Led - 0
Points - 6
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet team took home a 10th-place finish in Sunday's rain-delayed event at Michigan International Speedway working to overcome a loose-handling condition throughout the event. The Bakersfield, Calif., native started the 400-mile race from the second position and ran within the top 10 until the first competition caution period when Harvick reported to crew chief Shane Wilson that his red, white and blue Chevrolet needed to be tightened up, prompting the team to pit for major chassis adjustments. Following their first pit stop, Harvick was called back down pit road as the team noticed that the dust cap was missing from the left-front hub and the issue needed to be fixed before going to back to green. As green-flag racing resumed, Harvick was scored in the 39th position but worked his way back into the top 20 by lap 57. The Richard Childress Racing driver maintained a position in the top 20 until the caution flag was displayed at lap 120 in the middle of green-flag pit stops, positioning Harvick one lap down to the leader. Harvick received the wave around prior to the restart placing him in the 16th position as the field returned to full speed. As laps wound down, Harvick continued to work his way through the field, taking over the 10th position before the checkered flag was displayed. Harvick remains sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point championship standings, 61 points behind the leader.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
"It wasn't a pretty day, but we'll take it. The Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet was just too loose all day long, but the crew worked hard and we were able to pull out a 10th-place finish."