Kevin Harvick the No:4 Ford Mustang driver for Stewart Hass Racing has been in Red Hot form lately and after ending his 65-race win drought last weekend at Michigan International Speedway the veteran has done it again this time at Richmond. Kevin Harvick held Joe Gibbs Racing youngster Christopher Bell on the intense last laps to secure his second win of 2022.
In doing so the 2014 cup champion has equaled the record for 9th most career cup race wins held by JGR veteran Kyle Busch as Richmond was his 60th career cup race win. The consecutive win also marked the 4th win for the veteran at Richmond and has made him a sure candidate, from a veteran who was labeled finished at the beginning of the season, for this year’s championship fight.
The Ford Mustangs had an incredible run at the track as they secured two spots in the top 5 with Harvick and Chris Buescher at P3. The other three places were filled by Christopher Bell at P2, Denny Hamlin at P4, and Chase Elliott, the only Chevy at Top 10, at P5. The top ten featured 5 Fords, 4 Toyotas, and one Chevy after the 0.75-mile final laps.
Find out what Kevin Harvick had to say about the win
Kevin Harvick talks about his win in the post-race interview that since the No:4 car has been running good weekend in and week out for the last couple of weeks they were able to get the car to the right set up for win after the first run at the track. He pointed out that the night benefited his winning ruin at Richmond and went on to thank all the individuals and sponsors that have been part of the team’s success.
“You know, I didn’t know. It’s like I said last week, the cars have been running good week in and week out, and you see that we have a lot better understanding of what’s going on with how we adjusted on the car after the first run and were able to get our car handling a lot better. I think as it got dark, the racetrack really came to our Mobil 1 Ford Mustang. Just got to thank Mobil, Busch Light, GearWrench, Hunt Brothers, Rheem, Ford, Xfinity, Morton Buildings, E-Z-Go, everybody who helps Stewart Haas on this 4 car,” Kevin Harvick said.
Talking about his incredible dual against Christopher Bell, who was closing in on the veteran lap after lap as he took advantage of every mistake that the 2014 champion committed, Kevin Harvick acknowledged that Bell got too close to him befitting from him missing out on gear shifts at straightaways. He reiterated that the mistakes he made shifting gears gave Bell the opportunity to come that close.
“Well, I knew he was coming, but I forgot to shift down the front straightaway the last time. I was not paying attention and he got closer than he should have. I made a mistake there a couple of laps doing the same thing. I wasn’t shifting on the back and I was shifting in the front. There was a lot going on and made a couple of mistakes, let him get too close,” Kevin Harvick added.
He went on to say that understanding the Next-Gen ca, and keeping an open mind have a huge role to play in the No:4 team’s success. He points out that they are progressing step by step by understanding what they could have done better at the track on race time and in qualifying and repeating the process over and over.
“We’re just going to keep doing the things that we’re doing. I think we just have to keep an open mind about things and keep progressing and keep understanding the car, understanding what we could have done better today, understanding what we could have done better in qualifying yesterday, and doing the same thing over and over,” Kevin Harvick explained.
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