Harvick just short of second championship

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

HOMESTEAD, Fla.— While being the highest Ford Performance driver, Kevin Harvick left the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in frustration as a shot at a second championship would have to wait another year.

After three practice sessions were complete, Harvick believed that the car was fine due to the fact that there was speed and the handling on the car was where he wanted.

Just like the season, Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford team found themselves chasing Martin Truex Jr and Furniture Row Racing.

Harvick was in the mix throughout the day at Homestead, being able to stay in the top-10 for majority of the day. During the final run of the race, Harvick was battling loose conditions.

During the race, Harvick was battling a loose car. Once the car received a hole in the nose due to debris, the car would move to tight conditions, up until the second to last run as the car moved back to the loose condition.

“We just got really loose and then got a hole in the nose and it started to get tight in. We got that fixed. We were pretty good on the next-to-last run and we were just really loose on the last run,” said Harvick.

As the track began to transition from day to night, the team would have to find the balance of loose and tight conditions.

“I was just really loose the whole last run. When it started to get dark we started to get tight in the corner and then we got a hole in the nose. We got that fixed and just couldn’t quite get it where we needed to be to make good times. Some runs we fell off. Some runs we were tight on entry. There at the end we were just too loose,” Harvick stated.

Despite trying to chase the Toyota’s of Truex and Busch, Harvick was glad that’s team was in the hunt for the championship throughout the race.

“It was great to have a chance. We were in the mix all day. Didn’t quite have what we needed at the end,” said Harvick.

Despite coming up short in the championship hunt, Harvick is proud of all the work the team at Stewart-Haas Racing put in to make them competitive during the playoffs.

“Well, I think when you look at it from the inside out and all the work that everybody went through, the preparation that we went through to get to these playoffs was second to none. It was a championship effort. Just came up a little bit short,” said Harvick.

Although the wave of momentum is on their side, Harvick is ready for the offseason.

“I’m ready for an offseason. I think that everybody’s ready for an offseason.”

Harvick finished the third in the championship standings, and finished in the fourth position.

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