Harvick scores fourth
second place finish of 2014
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Kevin Harvick (right) restarts beside Dale Earnhardt Jr. with three laps to go at Pocono Raceway.
Kevin Harvick overcame a pit road speeding penalty and damage to post a second place finish in Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.
Harvick, who scored his fourth runner-up finish of 2014, started sixth and led five laps en route to his performance.
“[Our day] wasn't exactly how you would lay it out on a piece of paper, for sure,” Harvick said from the Pocono Media Center post-race. “We had a really fast car in clean air, a really loose car in traffic, and then we kind of got behind when I got the speeding penalty.
“I was making sure I didn't hit the 11 and I looked down and I was way above where I needed to be on speed. But we were able to somewhat dodge that wreck. There was a huge drain on the back of the straightaway on the middle of the asphalt, and ran through, and it bounced us up in the wall as we were trying to go through the wreck on the straightaway back there.”
Harvick passed Greg Biffle with a handful of laps remaining for second place and restarted on the front row with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the final restart.
“The first lap on the restart, [I] was able to drive into one with [Earnhardt Jr.],” Harvick said. “He kind of got up the racetrack and … if I could get beside him going into [turn] one, I thought I could have a chance.”
Sunday’s race was the third time this season Earnhardt Jr. and Harvick finished first and second, with Harvick winning the previous two times.
The second place effort is the career best for Harvick at Pocono in 28 starts.
“I have much faster cars than I have talent at Pocono, so I'm happy that they brought really fast cars to both races,” Harvick said.
Nonetheless, Harvick sits 11th in points with five races before the Chase. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver secured a spot in this year’s playoffs, but the mindset for he and his team remains the same.
“On the days when things are right, you need to capitalize on them and win the race,” Harvick said.”