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Two-Tire Stop May Have Cost No. 4 Nascar Ford Win At New Hampshire 2022: Video

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Nascar Ford Mustang, had a strong race at 2022 New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. He crept through the field and seemed to be the only car capable of taking down polesitter Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 19 Toyota TRD Camry. However, before Harvick could show what he and the No. 4 Mustang were capable of, a two-tire pit stop in the last stage took away any advantage he may have had.

The pit stop forced Harvick’s No. 4 Mustang to have to fight through traffic to get back to the front of the field, but he felt that the handling dwindled and he just couldn’t run with the leaders anymore. Truex’s No. 19 Camry suffered a similar fate after also taking a two-tire pit stop, leaving many to wonder if it would have been better if both teams would have taken four tires, or none at all.

“We put two tires on there, which we all thought was the right thing to do,” Harvick said after the race. “[The car] just would not get going. We were sliding up the race track and it took seven or eight laps to get the car underneath you. And then about 20 laps to get the pace back. Then at the end, everybody was just out of tires.”

Harvick ultimately salvaged a fifth-place finish while the No. 20 Camry of Christopher Bell took home the victory, followed by the No. 9 Chevy Camaro of Chase Elliott in second.

Meanwhile, the No. 6 Nascar Ford of Brad Keselowski had a run-in with the No. 3 Camaro of Austin Dillon. Dillon appeared to slam Keselowski’s Ford in frustration after the two raced side-by-side for several laps. Keselowski retaliated and threw the No. 6 Mustang into the No. 3 Camaro, understandably upset by the contact. It’s not clear what led to this particular incident, and Keselowski chalked it up to frustration. “Hot in the cars, and we all let our tempers get the best of us,” he said.

Toyotas dominated the race, with polesitter Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 19 Camry leading a race-best 172 laps, while Bell’s No. 20 Camry led 42 laps on his way to victory.

Nascar Cup Series Race Results, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, July 17, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 5 20 Christopher Bell Rheem/WATTS Toyota 301 42 Toyota TRD Camry
2 2 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 301 13 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 4 23 Bubba Wallace Draft Kings Toyota 301 0 Toyota TRD Camry
4 1 19 Martin Truex Jr. Interstate Batteries Toyota 301 172 Toyota TRD Camry
5 10 4 Kevin Harvick GEARWRENCH Ford 301 0 Ford Mustang
6 14 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 301 0 Toyota TRD Camry
7 9 6 Brad Keselowski Kohler Generators Ford 301 0 Ford Mustang
8 18 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 301 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 19 99 Daniel Suarez SLAM! Chevrolet 301 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 3 45 Kurt Busch SiriusXM Radio Toyota 301 40 Toyota TRD Camry
11 6 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 301 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 17 18 Kyle Busch DeWalt Toyota 301 0 Toyota TRD Camry
13 28 2 Austin Cindric # Autotrader Ford 301 0 Ford Mustang
14 8 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 29 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 300 6 Ford Mustang
16 20 16 AJ Allmendinger(i) Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 16 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
18 11 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Libman Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
19 22 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 25 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 13 8 Tyler Reddick Guaranteed Rate Chevro
[/quicktablet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 24 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Minute Rice Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 30 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 12 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 300 25 Ford Mustang
25 26 38 Todd Gilliland # Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
26 31 21 Harrison Burton # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 300 3 Ford Mustang
27 23 41 Cole Custer HaasTooling.com Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
28 15 34 Michael McDowell FloRacing Ford 299 0 Ford Mustang
29 33 15 JJ Yeley(i) Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford 299 0 Ford Mustang
30 36 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 297 0 Ford Mustang
31 7 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 282 0 Ford Mustang
32 21 7 Corey LaJoie Built.com Chevrolet 88 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 35 42 Ty Dillon Allegiant Chevrolet 5 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 34 77 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto/Ditec Marine Chevrolet 5 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 27 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 4 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 32 78 BJ McLeod(i) MyMochi Ice Cream Ford 4 0 Ford Mustang

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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