Kevin Harvick said he “made a good race out it” at Pocono Raceway but still came up short in the Gander Outdoors 400.
Harvick had his pole-winning speed disallowed after his car failed inspection three times and was sent to 29th on the starting grid Sunday afternoon. With cars in front of him falling to the back on the start, allowing him to move closer to the front, Harvick made quick work of the rest of the competition and eventually found himself driving what he says was the car to beat.
But contact on pit road with Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola under the Lap 122 caution damaged the left rear of Harvick’s car and took away his shot at winning for the seventh time this season. After falling back to 30th with 36 laps to go, Harvick “ran out of laps” to make it all the way back to the front.
Harvick led a total of 30 laps and won the second stage, his 10th of the season.
“It was eventful,” Harvick said. “I think we went to the back twice and made our way back to the front each time. We made a good race out of it, but it’s hard to swallow on a day like that when our Mobil 1 Ford was the class of the field.
“You never know what is going to happen on these days. It’s hard to put them together, and you win some and lose some.”
Harvick’s charge through the field was impressive. Marked 18th at the end of Lap 1, Harvick sat 12th three laps into the race and cracked the top 10 after just eight laps. He cycled to fifth after the first round of pit stops and was second by Lap 45, where he finished stage one.