Later moving his way into the guide, Harvick directed the final 44 of 60 laps keeping Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in arm’s length to win at the very first of 2 150-mile Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday night in Daytona International Speedway.
Paul Menard finished third, Matt DiBenedetto was Martin Truex Jr. completed the top-five.
“Our Ford was quick and I’d Stenhouse and (Menard) supporting us and also we wanted a Ford in Victory Lane,” Harvick reported. “I’m only glad everything is not torn up and I arrived to its aspect.
It ’SA major deal, and it’SA great way.
Parker Kligerman finished 12th and raced his way into Sunday’S-500 field.
Byron, who started on the rod, remained out-front the very initial 10 laps as the majority of the drivers remained in single file.
On Lap 12, Truex chose to pit and also a bulk of cars followed down one lap later, nearly all taking fuel only. Matt Tifft was punished for speeding on pit road and had to make a pass-through on pit road. Tifft was punished an additional time when he was caught speeding whilst serving his own punishment.
On 16, Tyler Reddick overshot his pit stall, came to a stop on pit road and subsequently left his way to the stall to complete his stop.
Harvick took over the race lead on Lap 16 and was followed closely by Menard, Stenhouse, Truex and also Daniel Suarez.
On Lap 26, Kyle Busch spun off tWISt two while hurrying three-wide with Johnson and Tyler Reddick to draw out the race’s caution. He did actually have a level right-front tire and was able to make his way.
“Inform him (Johnson I don’t want to (expletive) here it — ’s double he’s been doing the very same part of 2 races,” Busch said over his team radio.
They had been followed closely Truex, closely by Menard and Buescher.
On Lap 45, Busch dropped of the lead lap.
Said what he learned all about his car in the race, Harvick said:”It tackled good when we were supporting cars. Last week educated us that individuals needed to own track position. They did a fantastic job on pit road and got on / off pit road after which we had a few Ford Mustangs supporting us as good. Ricky and Paul worked with us we were able to keep the track position and our cars were fast enough together to keep everyone else back there.”