Harvick Finishes 26th in 61st Daytona 500

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota) in overtime

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60):

Started third, finished ninth, and collected two bonus points.

● On lap 15, Kevin Harvick brought the No. 4 Busch Beer Car2Can Ford Mustang to pit road for fuel only.

● After a caution, Harvick was the leader on the restart.

Under caution on lap 51, Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120):

Started fourth, finished seventh and collected four bonus points.

● On lap 73, Harvick pitted for fuel only.

● At the halfway point, Harvick was eighth.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 121-200):

Started fourth and finished 26th.

● With 50 laps to go, Harvick was fifth.

● On lap 163, Harvick pits for two tires and fuel.

● Harvick was in the top-five, but he was caught up in a multicar accident on lap 194 and was unable to finish the race.

 

Notes:

● Harvick finished ninth in Stage 1 to earn two bonus points and seventh in Stage 2 to earn an additional four bonus points.

● Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 to score his 32nd career Cup Series victory and his second at Daytona. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .138 of a second.

● There were 12 caution periods for a total of 47 laps.

● Only 14 of the 40 drivers in the Daytona finished on the lead lap.

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Folds of Honor 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its prerace show at 1:30 p.m.

 

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