Harvick wins 2019 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
“I know how much it means to everybody on our Mobil 1 Ford Mustang team,” Harvick said. “Just got to thank Busch beer, Jimmy John’s, Hunt Brother, Haas Automation, everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, all these guys that make this car go around, I know how much this means to really everybody, and this is a great engine package that Roush Yates has been to Victory Lane twice now, once at Michigan and the same engine here.
“That’s a huge credit to those guys and Mobil 1 for everything that they put under this car. Just can’t thank everybody enough. This is awesome. I kept telling myself, get the baby girl a trophy. Good weekend to come, so she doesn’t quite know what’s going on, just a lot of noise, but pretty special.”
The 43-year-old, who began the race on the pole, has won three of the last seven races. He also won the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan on Sunday, August 11th.
Harvick also won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire on Sunday, July 21st.
The Mobil 1 driver for Stewart Haas Racing led 118 of the 160 laps.
“I don’t know if we had the best car, but we had the fastest car,” Harvick added. “We gave up the lead there on one of those restarts and then we came and pitted, and the caution came out, and it worked our way. We’ve given so many away just because of circumstances here, and the way that the caution flag fell today actually worked in our favor. It gave us control of the race and we were able to keep control of the race and not make any mistakes and here we are in Victory Lane at one of the greatest places on earth to race.”
Joey Logano finished second in the Shell/Pennzoil ride for Roger Penske. Bubba Wallace finished third in the World Wide Technology ride for Richard Petty Motorsports.
Besides Harvick leading with 118 laps, Ryan Blaney also had 19 laps led and Logano had 11 laps led.
Kyle Larson had five laps led and Jimmie Johnson led four laps. William Byron, Paul Menard, and Ross Chastain also led one lap each.
Nine drivers did not finish the race. Matt Tifft, driving the Southeastern Equipment & Supply/Meijer ride for Bob Jenkins, crashed on lap 147. Larson, driving the McDonald’s McDelivery ride for Chip Ganassi, also crashed on lap 129.
Daniel Hemric, driving the Liberty National ride for Richard Childress Racing, crashed on lap 109. Johnson, driving the Ally entry for Rick Hendrick/Hendrick Motorsports, also crashed on lap 105. Parker Kligerman, driving the TRD 40th Anniversary ride for the Gaunt Brothers, crashed on lap 104.
Kyle Busch, driving the M&M’s Hazelnut ride for Joe Gibbs Racing, had an engine issue on lap 87. Brad Keselowski, driving the Discount Tire ride for Roger Penske, crashed on lap 48.
Erik Jones, driving the Stanley Tools Wish For Our Heroes ride for Joe Gibbs Racing, also crashed on lap 48. Landon Cassill, driving the Sherfick Companies ride for StarCom Racing, crashed on lap 40.