Richard Childress Racing
August 13, 2012
Kevin Harvick and the Budweiser Team Finish 15th at "The Glen"
"The Budweiser crew worked hard and had some great pit stops today, but that last set of tires didn't agree with the car and we couldn't get the grip we needed to make it toward the front at the end."
Start - 19
Finish - 15
Laps Led - 0
Points - 9
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team brought home a 15th-place finish in the Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon. The 2006 WGI race winner started the 90-lap event from the 19th position and gained two spots during the early laps as he reported to the Shane Wilson-led team that the Budweiser Chevrolet was tight when traveling through the left hand turns and in the esses. Harvick had worked his way into the 14th position when Wilson instructed him to pit road on lap 22 for four fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Back on track, the Bakersfield, Calif., native worked his way into the top 10 and informed the team that the handling of the red, white and blue Chevrolet had improved, but was still tight through the esses. As the race progressed, Harvick brought the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing machine down pit road for additional pit stops on laps 46 and 59 for new tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments. After the final pit stop, Harvick radioed to the team that last set of tires did not agree with the car and he needed more grip as he fell back in the pack, ultimately crossing the finish line in the 15th position. Harvick remains ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 67 points behind the leader.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
"The Budweiser crew worked hard and had some great pit stops today, but that last set of tires didn’t agree with the car and we couldn’t get the grip we needed to make it toward the front at the end.”