Loudon, NH – The drought is over!
For the first time since the AAA Texas 500 on November 4, 2018, a Stewart Haas Racing driver visited Victory Lane.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer/National Forest Foundation Ford Mustang, led 41 of Sunday’s 301 laps to win the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“We’ve run well enough a few times this year to win, but we’ve just made mistakes,” Harvick said post-race. “To finally battle and get over that hump is a great day for everybody at SHR and everybody on the No. 4 car.”
One of just three drivers to finish in the top-10 in all three stages – the other two being Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin – Harvick gained 46 points on Sunday and has a 22-point lead over Hamlin for third-place in the driver standings.
While his 11th-place finish doesn’t jump off the page, Aric Almirola added to SHR’s strong day.
The winner of Stage 2, Almirola recorded 44 points on the day, trailing only Harvick and Kyle Busch.
When the caution flag waved late in the second stage, Almirola and crew chief John Klausmeier were faced with an interesting dilemma: Go for the stage points or play it safe with an eye on possibly winning the race.
“It’s kind of a double-edged sword when the caution comes out that late in the stage,” the driver of the No. 10 said. “We chose to score stage points and that paid off. We won the stage, but in the end, we got behind and couldn’t recover from track position.”
Sunday was Almirola’s 11th consecutive top-20 finish, the longest active streak on the circuit.
Finally free from the shackles of being winless, SHR will look to keep their success going in the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 28.
In 83 combined starts at “The Tricky Triangle,” the current stable of SHR Mustangs have yet to win a race.
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