Nascar XFinity Series 300
Harvick has two XFinity Series
wins in 2015
California driver is on a hot streak in the XFinity Series
(July 2015) – Kevin Harvick, the reigning Sprint Cup champion, has two Xfinity series wins for the 2015 season. He’ll return to the Kentucky Speedway on July 10 to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series 300 to defend his title as the winner of the 2014 series 300 race.
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 10
• 200 Laps, 300 Miles
At last year’s race, Harvick passed Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps to go to take home the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 on June 29, 2014. Harvick, driver of the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, passed Busch as they drove into Turn 1 and took the lead. That race was Harvick’s 42nd career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory.
With such success under his belt, this Bakersfield, Calif., native has had a run of second-place finishes this year.
“That second place thing we have going on is a good thing and a bad thing,” Harvick, 39, has been quoted as saying. “I learned a long time ago that sometimes those things happen, so it’s better to be on a second-place streak than a 10th place streak.”
The 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series is the 34th season of semi-professional stock car racing in North America. The season began with the Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 21 and will end with the Ford Eco Boost 300 at Homestead –Miami Speedway on Nov. 11.
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Kevin Harvick has had good fortune at the Kentucky Speedway in recent years. He returns to Sparta, Ky., in July to defend his XFinity Series victory.
Harvick finished second behind Martin Truax at this year’s Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 7. Harvick, who started fifth, scored his 10th top-two, finishes in the 14th points-paying races of 2015.
Harvick said of his car, the No. 4 Budweiser-Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, which he drives for Stewart-Hass Racing, “The handling was great. Our Budweiser Chevy was really fast, but we were just terrible on the restarts getting going. All in all it was a great, fast car; we just have to do something different for the restarts.”
Harvick finished 1.346 seconds behind Truax. This marked Truax’s third career Sprint Cup victory. Harvick began driving for Stewart-Hass Racing in 2014.
Harvick has done well in the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series. On March 15, he finished third in the race a Phoenix International Raceway, won the race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California a week later, and earned his second Xfinity Series Win of the season one day later.
He finished seventh at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19 in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. After a promising start in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26, Harvick eventually fell to18th place.
The Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Race Track saw him finish in 14th place in the Xfinity Series behind winner Austin Dillon.
Harvick said the final set of tires had made the car very loose and he was only able to make up two positions over the final 34-lap run to the checkered flag.
“We obviously didn’t have the race we wanted,” Harvick said. “We’ve been fighting with the handling of our Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet all weekend, but during the middle of the race we had the car close to where it needed to be.”
The 47th annual Quicken Loans 400 saw Harvick starting second in the June 14 race Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
In January of this year it was announced that Harvick, along with Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick, would serve as rotating analyst for the Xfinity Series races with NASCAR on Fox.
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