Harvick Finishes Third at Chicagoland

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Kevin Harvick started fourth, finished second and earned nine bonus points.

He reported the No. 4 Ford was loose-off early in the run.

The Jimmy John’s Ford came to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment on lap 47.

The No. 4 teamraced to the second position by the end of the stage, then pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Started second, finished second and earned nine bonus points.

The Jimmy John’s Ford raced to the lead at the start of Stage 2.

Harvick surrendered the lead on lap 123 to pit under green-flag conditions for four tires, fuel and an air pressure and wedge adjustment.

● The pit-stop adjustments caused the No. 4 Ford to get tight in the center of the corner.

Harvick came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment at the conclusion of Stage 2.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

Started second, finished third.

Harvick raced the Jimmy John’s Ford to the lead at the start of the final stage.

The Jimmy John’s Ford led until lap 189, when Harvick reported he was loose off the corner.

Harvick came to pit road for adjustments under caution on lap 212.

The No. 4 gained a position on pit road, restarting second on lap 215 and finishing third as the race went green to the finish.

 

Notes:

● Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland is the first of the 10-race playoffs to determine the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion.

● Harvick gained 18 bonus points by finishing second in both the first and second stages.

● Harvick led four times for 59 laps to bring his laps-led total at Chicagoland to 432.

● There were four caution periods for a total of 21 laps.

● Twelve of the 40 drivers in the Tales of the Turtles 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Martin Truex Jr. won the Tales of the Turtles 400 to score his 12th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading fifth of the season and his second at Chicagoland. His margin of victory over second-place Chase Elliott was 7.179 seconds.

 

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