Stewart-Haas Triple Threat
Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick drove similar Mobile 1 color schemes making it a little difficult to tell them apart during the Pennsylvania 400 on Monday. Add dense fog and rain to the mix and forget about it. Kurt, Kevin, and Tony are a threat to win week in and week out. This week was no exception as the trio had a strong performance, all finishing in the top-10. Unfortunately, the race ended due to weather before they could challenge for the win.
Kurt made NASCAR history on Monday by becoming the only driver to complete every lap in 21 consecutive races. Kurt qualified 15th but dropped to the rear after an unimproved body adjustment. In the usual Kurt fashion, he overcame the poor starting spot and was scored in the 28th position by the second lap. Kurt ran right outside the top-10 the majority of the race. Kurt moved into the 10th position in the closing laps but was unable to gain any more positions before the race ended.
“It’s nice to be in position to have completed all the laps”-Kurt Busch
Kevin started in the 17th position but had a fast car and was leading the race by lap 51. He ran in the top-5 the majority of the day. On the last pit stop of the day, Kevin pitted for four tires and fuel, restarting 18th. Kevin worked his way to the 4th position before the race was red flagged. Kevin remains the points leader.
“It seems like when we have a really fast car we just have weird circumstances.”-Kevin Harvick
Danica started 26th and ran in the top-20 most of the race. Danica was caught speeding on pit road at lap 54 and forced to serve a pass-through penalty, putting her down a lap. She took the wave around on lap 65. Billy Scott told her to stay on track on lap 85 to gain track position. She restarted 13th but was unable to hold off the cars with newer tires. The car was getting faster in the closing laps. However, the race was red flagged due to weather before she could advance any positions. Danica finished in the 22nd position.
“I’m proud of the effort of all the guys on the Mobil 1 team today.”-Danica Patrick
Tony started 6th and finished 5th, scoring his seventh top-10 of the year. Tony ran outside the top-15 most of the day as he struggled with restarts. He stayed out during the caution at lap 88, gaining track position. During the last pit stop at lap 125, the team took two tires which moved him to the front. Tony settled into 5th as the race ended due to weather. Tony said he wasn’t sure what would have happened if the race would have gone back green.
“We were kind of a yo-yo today. We’ll take a fifth place finish and be happy with it.”-Tony Stewart
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