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Harvick Records Second Consecutive Top-Five Finish

Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
 
 
Las Vegas, Nev. (March 3, 2008) — For the second west coast trip of the season, the NASCAR Nationwide Series unloaded at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to warm weather and clear skies for the Sam’s Town 300. Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet finished in the fourth position, marking Harvick’s 100th top-five finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in just 195 starts.

Teams hit the track for two practice sessions on Friday, with qualifying for the Sam’s Town 300 scheduled for Saturday morning. During the first practice session on Friday, Harvick and the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet were 14th quickest with a lap time of 30.993 seconds (174.233 mph). Following the first practice, the No. 33 Camping World team made adjustments to the car to help with the loose-handling conditions, and returned to the track Friday afternoon for final Nationwide Series practice. Harvick rounded out the final practice session with the eighth-fastest lap with a time of 30.761 seconds (175.547 mph).

On Saturday morning, Harvick took to the 1.5-mile track 15th for qualifying and placed the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet 10th on the starting grid with a lap of 30.287 seconds (178.294 mph).

With the Sam’s Town 300 officially under way on Saturday, Harvick quickly made his presence known. Harvick had moved into the seventh position by lap two when the first caution flag of the day waved. Teams restarted on lap seven, only to be slowed again on lap 10. Under the second caution, Harvick radioed crew chief Wally Rogers to let him know the car was “loose, but not bad.” On lap 16, teams were again given the green flag with Harvick in the seventh position. Less than 10 laps later, the caution flag waved for the third time and Harvick quickly radioed Rogers asking for air pressure adjustments. The team entered the pits on lap 25 in the sixth position, taking on four tires, with sir pressure adjustments, and fuel before restarting the race on lap 28 in the 14th position. Teams were already exercising various pit strategies early in the race with some teams taking only two tires.

Continuing to make his move to the front, Harvick moved back into the top 10 on lap 30 as the caution flag waved for the fourth time on lap 31.Four laps later Harvick restarted in the 10th position. Gaining one position per lap, Harvick was scored in the seventh position on lap 38. Several laps later, on lap 44 the caution was out yet again. This time the No. 33 Camping World team made the call to stay out. Harvick informed Rogers the car was, “a whole lot better that time.” Rogers radioed back, “Yeah, you were coming pretty good on that run.” Teams restarted on lap 49 with Harvick in the seventh position.

Only 12 laps later, the caution flag waved again and the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet made the call to pit on lap 63 for four tires, with an air pressure adjustment, fuel and to remove tape from the front of the car. Restarting in the seventh position on lap 65, the team slipped a little in track position, loosing several spots before another caution of the day waved on lap 102. On lap 104, the team entered pit road in the 10th position to take on fuel and four tires to reverse the previous air pressure adjustments made to the car. The Sam’s Town 300 restarted on lap 108.

The race was slowed again on lap 125 when the yellow was brought out for the ninth time. Harvick pitted on lap 126 for fuel only. With 74 laps remaining in the race, the team was seven laps short on gas and asked Harvick to save fuel when possible. Teams were given the green flag on lap 129, only to immediately receive the yellow flag on lap 130. Harvick restarted in the sixth position on lap 134. Maintaining his position in the top 10, with 50 laps to go, Harvick moved into the fifth position.

As the laps wound down, the caution flag waved again on lap 185 with Harvick in the fifth position. Rogers made the call to bring Harvick down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment on lap 187. One of the only cars with four fresh tires, Harvick restarted in the ninth position on lap 190. The final caution of the day flew on lap 195, causing the race to end under NASCAR’s green-white-checkered rule. Harvick restarted on lap 200 in the fifth position and gained one spot to bring home the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet in fourth place.

After the Race with Harvick:
“We had a good car today,” said Harvick. “At the end it was a little loose, but I was able to maintain my position and finish with another top-five. The team had another good week. A top five last week and this week, we just need to continue to be consistent each and every week.”

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