Kevin Harvick struggles at Daytona

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Harvick Finishes Disappointing 29th in Daytona

Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang Driver Involved in Midrace Incident

Date: July 7, 2019
Event: Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oblong )
Format: 160 laps, broken into three phases (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish: 4th/29th (Running, finished 124 of 127 laps in rain-shortened race)
Point standing: 3rd with 625 points, 75 from first

Race Winner: Justin Haley of Spire Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Phase 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Phase Two Winner: Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):
??? Kevin Harvick started fourth, finished fourth and got seven bonus points.
??? Early on, Harvick and the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang were in second place, right behind chief Joey Logano.
??? On lap 36, while in second place behind Logano, Harvick pitted for fuel only.
??? Harvick came out in first position and led until turn three on lap 50. Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney obtained by at the end of the stage. Harvick wound up fourth.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):
??? Launched sixth, finished 31st.
??? On lap 52, Harvick pitted for four tires and gas.
??? Harvick pitted on lap 59 for gasoline only and arrived out in 12th.
??? On lap 83, Harvick was involved in a six-car episode on the frontstretch. After several pit stops for repairs, the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford group managed to get back on the right track.

Final Period Recap (Laps 101-160):
??? Launched 31st, completed 29th.
??? Harvick was riding around in the trunk of the pack down one lap once he cut a tire, further damaging the No. 4 Ford.
??? Harvick managed to last before, on lap 127, the red flag was issued for weather and then the race was known as brief, with the No. 4 ending in 29th.

Notes:
??? Harvick finished fourth in Stage 1 to make seven bonus points.
??? Harvick led after for 12 laps to increase his laps-led total at Daytona to 256.
??? Justin Haley won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
??? You will find six caution periods for a total of 25 laps.
??? Only 18 of the 40 drivers in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 completed on the lead lap.
??? Joey Logano stays the championship leader following Daytona having an 18-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Next Up:
The following event on the Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series program is that the Kentucky 400 on Saturday, July 13 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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