No win, but plenty of success for Harvick in Atlanta

Mar 08, 2017, 00:34
No win, but plenty of success for Harvick in Atlanta

Despite finishing ninth, Harvick ended the race with 48 points; the third-most of any driver in the race.

Driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Bell started from the pole, took the first two 40-lap stages and passed Crafton for the lead with 16 laps remaining. Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Kenseth, Kahne, and Elliott rounding out the top 5. Involved in one of the many wrecks at Daytona, Johnson finished a dismal 34th. After cycling to second and third behind Harvick after a cycle of green-flag pit stops that started around lap 35, Keselowski and Elliott maintained those positions to finish the opening stage in the top three. "We have a lot of chances to work on the auto and make big stuff happen here, which is really neat".

"You don't win by being in a comfort zone", said Keselowski. Those are the kinds of things that happen in these races and if anything, is just another lesson on why if there isn't a lot of hope, you still can't give up.

"That's how these races are", Keselowski said. "After Kevin's misfortune, that would have put us in a really good spot". "I kept losing one or two vehicle lengths every time I'd go through traffic". "His vehicle was great, and I was able to make the right moves to get by him".

After Harvick's costly mistake, Kyle Larson inherited the lead in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford - but he appeared to make his own mistake shortly thereafter, drifting up to take the high line on a day when the bottom seemed to have been working for him.

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"They were some of the most fun tracks at least for us to race around and to pass and to do all that stuff and certainly it's challenging when they pave it, but I think they should pave it the year after I retire". "He just asked me, 'Hey, Daniel, do you want me to go over there?"

"I thought our auto was as good as Kevin's vehicle was", Elliott said. But a speeding penalty compounded with tire issues took him out of contention early at the 1.5-mile track on Sunday. I had a blast today. "I learned a lot from him". However, publicly shaming your team doesn't do anyone much good, other than provide material for news stories. But, after a late yellow came out when Austin Dillon lost power, the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford eclipsed the 45 miles per hour speed limit going into the pits.

The drivers have to rely on their tachometers that measure RPM and a series of lights on their dashboards to stay below the pit road speed limit. "But it was my own doing". I knew I needed to be close to pit road speed because we were having trouble getting out of the box, but I didn't think I was pushing it that close.

Harvick won the first two stages under NASCAR's new race format and led a staggering 293 out of 325 laps overall. The top three finishers were Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger, but because Busch started eighth, he scored just 56 DK points while Blaney (started 36th) racked up 82 and Allmendinger (started 38th) tallied 80.

Keselowski could understood how it happened, especially on a day when a number of top drivers — including two-time defending race victor Jimmie Johnson — ran afoul of the 45-mph speed limit.