By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on October eight, 2017 | 6:04 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
Harvick led a race-excessive 139 laps. (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;
Kevin Harvick received his playoff efficiency again on monitor in Sunday’s Financial institution of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Harvick had a irritating first spherical of the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection playoffs and was in search of higher issues when spherical two kicked off on Sunday. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver had a quick automotive all weekend and it confirmed in race trim when he led a race-excessive 139 laps.
He wasn’t capable of mount a problem for the win late however Harvick’s third-place end was nonetheless welcome.
“That’s about about the place we have been gonna run, second or third,” Harvick stated. “We simply type of misplaced slightly little bit of the monitor there because the VHT began to put on off within the second half of the race. However they did an awesome job all day.
“For probably the most half, we had good stops all day – simply the timing of the dangerous one got here on the finish, however, for probably the most half, they did an ideal job. Everyone within the subject had a nasty cease sooner or later right now, so it was a superb day for our Jimmy John’s/Busch Ford, and everyone is doing a great job with the velocity of the automobiles.”
Harvick scored his sixth straight prime-10 end on a 1.5-mie monitor, courting again to Texas in April. He has two third-place finishes on the 1.5-mile tracks up to now within the playoffs with a 3rd to kivk issues off at Chicagoland Speedway.
Nevertheless, Sunday’s race did current its share of challenges as Harvick fought to take care of the early velocity he had as issues progressed.
“I might get shut after which I might get unfastened, and because the day went I simply received looser on the doorway to the corners,” he stated. “The automotive began bouncing actually dangerous and began dropping grip because the VHT went away and sort of misplaced what I had at first of the race – to arc it into the nook and do all of the issues I wanted to do to get via the center of the nook and be within the throttle.
“I knew the place I used to be operating was type of questionable as to how lengthy it might final, and the entry was the primary half that gave up for me and I simply needed to be actually cautious getting in there and that’s why I misplaced my velocity from the primary half of the race.”