@KevinHarvick rolled off the grid fourth at the start of Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International, and finished third after running out of fuel on the final lap.
At the time, Harvick was leading the field when the tank ran dry entering Turn 6.
“I thought I’d done a pretty good job of saving fuel under the caution. Really, I was just running as fast as I needed to, to protect the lead there as I was in front of the No. 20 (@MattKenseth),” he said. “Once the No. 22 (@JoeyLogano) got there, I had to pick up the pace just a little bit.”
Though disappointed, Harvick took solace in the fact his team nearly picked up their first win since Phoenix in March.
“All in all, our Budweiser/Jimmy John’s team did a great job today and we were in position to have a win, two corners away. But that’s just kind of how the middle of this season has gone,” Harvick said. “We’ve had really fast cars, but the circumstances have just gotten the best of us. Hopefully, we’re saving that up for the last 10 weeks.”
The Bakersfield, California native led 29 of 90 laps, which was the race high of the day. This marked his eighth top-10 finish, in 15 starts, at the racetrack.
Focusing ahead to the Chase, the 2014 Sprint Cup champion feels that he has a phenomenal pit crew. In 2015, he has grabbed two wins, 15 top-fives, 19 top-10s and one pole. Despite some challenging moments this season, fast cars and great pit stops have contributed to their competitiveness thus far.
“It tells me I have the best team on pit road. Our cars are faster than pretty much everybody else’s every week,” he said. “The circumstances have definitely bitten us quite a few times. But all in all, if you have the fastest car and you keep running in the top-five and leading laps, eventually you’re going to wear them down.”
Harvick currently leads the point standings, 42 points ahead of second-place Logano.
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