SHR Post-Race Recap: Richmond – The Official Stewart-Haas Racing Website

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Date: August 14, 2022
Event: Federated Auto Parts 400 (Round 24 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Richmond, Virginia Raceway (0.75 mile oval)
Format: 400 laps, divided into three stages (70 laps/160 laps/170 laps)
Race winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Arrival of the SHR race:
● Kevin Harvick (Started 13th, Finished 1st / Running, completed 400 laps out of 400)
● Aric Almirola (Started 32nd, Finished 8th / Running, completed 400 laps out of 400)
Chase Briscoe (started 15th, finished 23rd / running, completed 397 of 400 laps)
● Cole Custer (started 7th, finished 26th / running, completed 397 of 400 laps)

SHR Points:
● Kevin Harvick (8th with 665 points, 217 on the first)
● Aric Almirola (16th with 552 points, 330 on the first)
● Chase Briscoe (17th with 549 points, 333 on the first)
● Cole Custer (25th with 403 points, 479 on the first)

Victory Notes:
● Harvick’s victory in the Federated Auto Parts 400 marked the 95th overall win for SHR. It was the organization’s 69th NASCAR Cup Series victory, its third of the season and its second at Richmond.
● SHR won its first victory in Richmond on April 26, 2015 with former driver Kurt Busch.
● This was SHR’s 33rd NASCAR Cup Series win with Ford. Kurt Busch won the 2017 Daytona 500 to deliver the organization’s first win with Ford.
● Harvick’s win in the Federated Auto Parts 400 was his 60th career NASCAR Cup Series win, tying him with Kyle Busch for ninth on the series’ all-time winning list. It was Harvick’s second of the season and his fourth in Richmond. His margin over second-placed Christopher Bell was 0.441 seconds.
● Harvick has now won 25 NASCAR Cup Series races with Ford. He is one of 13 drivers to have won 20 or more races with the manufacturer. He ranks 10th on Ford’s all-time win list and is just one win away from tying Brad Keselowski, Junior Johnson and Fred Lorenzen for ninth place. Harvick has won more races behind the wheel of a Mustang (15) than any other driver since the iconic muscle car became Ford’s flagship model in 2019.
● It was Ford’s 717th all-time NASCAR Cup Series win, sixth of the season and second in a row. Harvick won last Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
● It was Ford’s 34th all-time NASCAR Cup Series win at Richmond. She won her first track race on May 5, 1957 with Paul Goldsmith.
● This was Harvick’s 37th NASCAR Cup Series victory since joining SHR in 2014.

SHR Notes:
● It was Harvick’s third consecutive top 10 at Richmond. He was eighth in that race last year and second in the series’ previous visit to the track in April.
● Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has only one place outside the top 15 at Richmond.
● Harvick’s 29 top 10s at Richmond are the most active among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers.
● Harvick finished fourth in Stage 2 to earn seven bonus points.
● Harvick led twice for 55 laps, bringing his total laps led at Richmond to 1,235.
● Harvick has now led 11,462 laps since joining SHR in 2014. He has led 15,888 laps in his entire NASCAR Cup Series career.
● Almirola notched his seventh top 10 of the season and eighth top 10 in 21 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond.
● Almirola finished sixth in Leg 2 to earn five bonus points.
● Briscoe finished ninth in Stage 2 to earn two bonus points.
● Custer finished ninth in Stage 1 to earn two bonus points.
● Custer once led for two laps – his first laps led at Richmond.

SHR sound clips:

“It’s like I said last week, the cars have been working well week in and week out and you see we understand a lot better what’s going on with how we’ve adjusted to the car after the first run and We were able to get our ride of the car much better.I think as night fell the racetrack really came to our Mobil 1 Ford Mustang.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 improving and keep understanding the car, understanding what we could have done better today, understanding what we could have done better in qualifying yesterday, and do the same thing over and over again.You know, it’s not really fair to just look at the results, because at the start of the year we weren’t as good as we thought. We had no improvement. It took us a few months, but we’ve had three or maybe four months of really solid runs, really good speed, from Dover really, where we’ve been really close. We had bad luck, we had mistakes that I have to correct. We have made progress through it all. The results do not always show this. We were running really well in the 600 and found ourselves upside down. There is no doubt in my mind that we could have competed for a win at the Indy road course and we were on fire. We make highlight coils for all the wrong reasons. We were, however, quick in these processes. We just have to put everything together to show those results like we did here today. I just have to thank Mobil 1, Busch Light, GEARWRENCH, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Rheem, Ford, Xfinity, Morton Buildings, EZ-Go, everyone helping Stewart-Haas on this 4 car.” – Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang

When the clouds came in and the trail got colder, we sort of lost it. The first two runs of the race, we were so quick. We went from 32nd place to the top five. Our Smithfield Ford Mustang was really good in the long run. We took very good care of the tires and he did everything I needed. As the pace picked up and the track got colder, I just couldn’t get the car to turn the way I needed to and just couldn’t handle the speed the other cars could. It was a good day. We’ve had a tough month, so to come here and bounce back and have a good race – we need a win, but having a good race is a confidence booster.” – Aric Almirola, driver of the #10 Ford Mustang Smithfield

Next step :
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is Go Bowling! At the Glen on Sunday, August 21 at Watkins Glen (NY) International. The 90-lap race around the 2.45-mile, seven-turn road course begins at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by USA and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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