|Haas Automation/Monster Energy Driver Now Sixth in Points|
|Date: May 6, 2018
Event: AAA 400 Drive for Autism (Round 11 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into three stages (120 laps/120 laps/160 laps)
Start/Finish: 9th/5th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 6th (358 points, 108 out of first)
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-120):
● Kurt Busch started ninth and finished fifth to score six bonus points.
● The No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion was a little loose early on.
● Busch pitted for four tires and fuel under caution on lap 23.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 121-240):
● Busch started ninth and finished 18th.
● The No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion pitted on lap 122 for four tires and fuel, but an uncontrolled tire forced Busch to the rear of the field.
● On lap 154 Busch pitted for four tires and fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 241-400):
● Started 12th and finished fifth.
● Busch pitted on lap 243 for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.
● On lap 272, under caution, Busch pitted for four tires and fuel.
● After a red-flag delay for weather, the No. 41 pitted on lap 323 for four tires and fuel.
● Busch worked his way into the top-five late and finished an impressive fifth.
● Busch now has two top-five and five top-10 finishes in 2018.
● Busch has finished in the top-15 in seven of the last eight races in 2018.
● Busch earned his eighth top-five and 10th top-10 in 36 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Dover.
● Busch finished fifth in Stage 1 to earn six bonus points and 11th in Stage 2.
● There were eight caution periods for a total of 48 laps.
● Only 13 of the 38 drivers in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism finished on the lead lap.
● Kevin Harvick won the AAA 400 Drive for Autism to score his second victory, sixth top-five and 16th top-10 in 35 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Dover. It was his 41st career victory.
● Clint Bowyer finished second in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism to secure the fourth 1-2 finish in SHR history. Its last 1-2 finish came on June 25, 2017, at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway when Harvick beat Bowyer.
● This marks the first time SHR has had three cars finish among the top-five.
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“It’s all about the team effort. Good day for us. The way that the pit stops went we had to come back from a penalty. Restarts went fair the early part of the race and went good in the latter part. Those restarts are close quarters, and you need to grab spots then. These cars are really aero-sensitive. Thanks to Haas Automation, Monster Energy and Ford we had a top-five day.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the KC Masterpiece 400 on Saturday, May 12 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The race starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 beginning with a prerace show at 7 p.m.