There’s no question about it, Kevin Harvick had among the fastest cars in Sunday’s FanShield 500 at the Phoenix Raceway. Harvick, paced the field for 67 of the 316 laps run on the 1-mile Arizona oval.
The problem though, Harvick hit pit lane on Lap 268 for the final time of the race. That marred him back to 10th which was the deficit that Joey Logano needed to win the race instead of Harvick’s No. 4 Ford.
”(Logano) just had control of the race,” Harvick said after scoring his 18th top five finish in Phoenix, a track record. “After we pitted there, I got stuck behind a couple of cars there, lost five or six spots. He got by and got control of the race. He got to restart where he wanted to. Our Jimmy John’s Ford was better, especially when we could put it in front of his. We just didn’t get the control of the race back there, and he was able to get by us on that restart where I got hung up.”
Harvick, has scored a top 10 finish in literally every race at Phoenix since Rodney Childers became his crew chief at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 (13 starts). Among those 13 races, Harvick’s finished first or second seven times.
Also, Harvick has scored a top 10 finish in literally all four races run this season in coming home fifth in Daytona, eighth in Vegas as well as ninth last Sunday in Fontana.
Now, he heads back east to go to arguably two of his better tracks too. Next up in Atlanta where Harvick has 11 top 10 finishes in his last 13 starts including leading 100 or more laps in six of his last eight starts there. Then, it’s to Homestead, where Harvick has 12 straight top 10 finishes and 16 in his last 17 tries. He’s been in the top four in every race since Childers became his crew chief too.