Pit technique put Harvick ‘on offense’ for Kansas runner-up
The pit technique was the proper one, and the seas parted for Kevin Harvick to attain his finest end of the season on Sunday.
Harvick wound up the runner-up at Kansas Speedway. When Brad Keselowski slid huge in Turns 1 and a couple of on the ultimate lap, Harvick was in the proper place on the within lane to take benefit and acquire a couple of positions. It’s his second straight top-five end and fourth this season.
“We had the proper pit technique as soon as the cautions got here on the market,” Harvick stated. “We had the pit street penalty (with 37 laps to go) and got here in for tires and Rodney [Childers] made an excellent name of coming again in to place tires on, and that type of put us on the offense. We had been in a position to be actually aggressive on the 2 restarts we had on the finish and had been in a position to make up some floor.
“All people on our Busch Mild Ford Mustang did an excellent job immediately of simply hanging in there. We made a couple of errors, however we made our automotive higher all through the entire day and had been extra aggressive than we had been within the final couple mile-and-a-half races.”
Though he didn’t lead a lap, Harvick scored factors in each phases of the Buschy McBusch Race 400 and ran inside the highest 10 for many of the day. Probably the most dominant driver within the Cup Collection one 12 months in the past, Harvick and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing workforce haven’t come out of the gate as robust in 2021 and are nonetheless searching for their first win of the season.
Childers went so far as to confess earlier this season a change in how NASCAR inspects the automobiles knocked “70 counts of downforce” off the automobiles. Aero stability has been one of many workforce’s struggles, and Harvick has led simply 29 laps by the primary 11 races.
“All of us simply need to win,” Harvick stated. “You by no means understand how the 12 months goes to start out. I feel we’ve accomplished an excellent job with the whole lot that we’ve anticipated for a few weeks the place we had some unhealthy luck with flat tires, however some years begin out good, and also you go like gangbusters, and a few years they don’t begin out good and you need to determine it out.
“So, that’s simply a part of the sport. I’ve been round this for a very long time. You simply maintain grinding away, and hopefully, ultimately, you decide it up, and when you don’t, you begin over the following 12 months.”
The subsequent two tracks on the schedule are Darlington and Dover, the place Harvick was victorious final season.