SPARTA, KY – It was a quietly good night for Stewart-Haas Racing at the Kentucky Speedway. For the second consecutive year, no one had anything for Martin Truex Jr. as he led 174 of the 267 laps in Saturday night’s race. But, Stewart-Haas Racing was likely second in class.
While they had just one car in the top five of the final finishing order, all four of their cars came away with a top 12 effort.
Kevin Harvick led the charge with bringing his No. 4 Ford home fifth for his fifth top five finish over the last six races on the season. He failed to lead a lap, but that didn’t matter. Kurt Busch would lead 45 laps, all of which occurring when he would gamble and take two tires on pit stops, and finish sixth in his No. 41 Ford. It was his third top six finish over his last five starts on the season too.
Aric Almirola had a great points night with a eighth place run while Clint Bowyer was worst for the group in 12th.
When the worst finisher of the group was 12th, it’s not a bad night overall. It’s not a win but not a bad loss either.