DENVER, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2018) – Mike Harmon and the Journey Home Project/Shadow Warriors Project team finished 28th in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, adding an 8th top-30 finish to the 23 NASCAR Xfinity Series races the team has competed in this season. The finish also makes a pair of 28th-place finishes for Harmon at the Kansas City track in the NXS.
It wasn’t an easy task though – the team was able to overcome numerous obstacles. Heading into the weekend, the team felt added pressure to perform well, considering there would be extra cars attempting to make the 40-car field. During his qualifying run, Harmon made minimal contact with the wall and battled over-heating issues, but fortunately made the field and would go on to take the green flag from the 38th position.
He was able to wheel the No. 74 Camaro through multiple incidents, including a multi-car crash that took place on the first lap of the 200-lap event on the 1.5-mile track, until a brake rotor from the remaining debris damaged Harmon’s radiator, forcing him behind the wall in just the first Stage of the event. The team didn’t have a backup radiator at the track this weekend, leaving them to borrow one from another team.
Once the No. 74 team resolved the issue, Harmon rejoined the field, 54 laps down. At the end of Stage Two, he was scored in the 31st position. During the Stage break, Harmon brought the No. 74 down pit road to the attention of the pit crew for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco fuel, and a track-bar adjustment.
With 40 laps to go, Harmon was up to the 29th position, taking advantage of the other cars that were more laps down. He then gained another position, moving him up to 28th. Adversity struck again, this time with 4 laps remaining in the event when Harmon radioed to his team that he felt a vibration and thought he had a tire going down. Crew chief Tim Goulet called Harmon to pit road to change the tire. Once he was back out on the track, the white flag was in the air and he would retain the 28th spot.
Throughout all of the unpropitious circumstances the team faced, they remained focused and determined, allowing them work through the issues.
“The members who make up MHR all are very determined individuals. Through all the adversities that were placed before us at Kansas, we came together to overcome and finished the race. This team never gives up, even in the hardest of times. Thanks to all of the people that helped make this weekend possible,” stated Matthew Kempf, mechanic/pit crew member on the No. 74 team.
The NXS will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcasted on NBCSN at 4:30pm ET.
Mike Harmon, driver No. 74 Journey Home Project/Shadow Warriors team:
“Kansas was a hectic weekend to say the least. From the issues in qualifying, to the race when debris damaged our radiator and sent us behind the wall. Once we got back out on track, we were many laps down but fortunately, we were able to finish 28th. We’ll take that and move on to Texas. I can’t thank my guys enough for all their hard work. They were faced with issues and did a great job working through them.”