Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished 10th in Saturday’s Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
It was evident early in the race that the team’s challenge would be to get the No. 4 Chevrolet’s handling dialed in. Quickly after the green flag waved, Harvick noted that the car was too tight and needed rear grip when exiting the turns. Crew chief Rodney Childers implemented wedge adjustments into the team’s pit strategy, and by lap 133 Harvick reported that handling had improved but encouraged the team to stay aggressive with adjustments.
The Bakersfield, California, native ran as high as fourth before the car began trending on the tight side again. He managed to stay within the top-10 despite the tight handling until, during a caution stop on lap 212, the team was penalized for an uncontrolled tire and speeding on pit road. Harvick restarted from the rear of the field.
The No. 4 soon rejoined the top-10, but Harvick continued to battle an ill-handling racecar through the remainder of the event. His 10th-place finish marked his 263rd career top-10, his 15th at Texas and his sixth this season.
“We just couldn’t ever get a read on what we needed and where we needed to go and what we needed to do; and me speeding on pit road compounded the problem,” Harvick said. “We just battled the car all weekend and never really got it right. So, chalk that one up to experience, and we’ll move on to something else and keep trying to get better. That’s really what it was all about was trying to get better.”