Richard Childress Racing Press Release
Team Coast Guard driver Kevin Harvick continued to be a model of
consistency in notching his 12th consecutive top-10 finish and 19th
top-five finish this season in the Dover 200 at Dover International
Speedway. The top-five finish increased the Bakersfield, Calif.,
native’s NASCAR Busch Series point margin to 699 points over Carl
Edwards, the largest margin in series history.
Harvick has now collected 26 top-10 finishes this season. He is only
four away from tying Sam Ard’s 1983 record for the most top-10
finishes in a season in the NASCAR Busch Series history.
In qualifying Saturday morning, Harvick navigated Dover’s
high-banked concrete oval in 23.974 seconds (150.163 mph). The lap
shook out to be the 24th-fastest time of the session.
At the drop of the green flag, under cloudy skies, Harvick’s red and
blue Chevy was a little free but wasted little time showing its
strength. Just after lap 20, the No. 21 Coast Guard Chevy was listed
in the 13th position. Following a caution on lap 59 for debris, crew
chief Shane Wilson made the call for a chassis adjustment, four
tires and fuel. Other teams did not pit and Harvick restarted in the
Once again, the 23-time Busch Series race winner returned his focus
to the front to the field. He was 15th by lap 70, 12th by lap 78,
and worked his way into the top 10 by lap 82 after passing Mike
On lap 119, the seventh of a record-breaking 13 caution flags waved
over the Monster Mile for debris. Wilson summoned Harvick to pit
road for four tires as well as a minor air pressure adjustment and
fuel. A lightening- fast stop by the Coast Guard pit crew allowed
Harvick to pick up two spots on pit road and restarted in the sixth
position on lap 125.
Harvick maintained his position in the top 10 throughout the
remainder of the 200-lap event and took over the third position on
With three laps remaining, Martin Truex Jr. spun in turn four
forcing the field into overtime for the ninth time this season. This
also gave Harvick and Team Coast Guard a chance to take over the top
Harvick’s Richard Childress Racing teammate, Clint Bowyer, led the
field to the final restart on lap 201 and rocketed out to a steady
lead. Neither the second-place car of Matt Kenseth nor Harvick had
anything for Bowyer on the restart.
Bowyer won the event after finishing second four times this year.
Kenseth was second and Harvick was third. Jamie McMurray and Jason
Leffler rounded out the top five.
Next up for Harvick and Team Coast Guard is the Yellow
Transportation 300 at Kansas Speedway. The race is scheduled to take
the green flag live on TNT Saturday, September 30 at 3 p.m. and will
broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and XM Satellite Radio.
KEVIN HARVICK - NO. 21 COAST GUARD CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS –
“The U.S. Coast Guard Chevy was good. I was really nervous about it.
It just never felt right during practice. My team reassured me that
it was going to be good for the race and it was. I don’t really
enjoy racing the Busch cars at Dover. I feel like this is our worst
place, and to come here and run like we did today really makes
everybody feel good. “
ON THE LAST RESTART …
“You never know what’s going to happen. I thought Matt (Keneseth)
had a good car on the outside and Clint’s car was loose on the
restarts, so I thought we might be able to get in there. Clint got a
good restart and got going and we wound up third.”