Kevin Harvick and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway is the middle race in the Contender Round of the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup tournament put into place this year. The new system is sort of complex to explain, so we’ll just say that the championship is now sorted into elimination rounds, and Sunday’s race was very important for 12 drivers who want to be one of the eight that move on to the next round. To make it even simpler, we’ll just say that one mistake can ruin the rest of your season.
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That one slip-up happened to Kevin Harvick and his Team Chevy pit crew this weekend. Harvick was holding on to a spot in the top five, and with his current point standing in the Chase that would have been enough to let him roll comfortably into the Eliminator Round. When it was time to come to pit for service, the gas can man was told to get as much fuel into the car as possible. However, when Harvick drove out of his pit box, he took the can with him.
Since the can landed outside of Harvick’s box, he had to return to pit road for a stop-and-go penalty, putting him a lap behind. While he was able to finish in 16th place, he never made it back to the lead lap thanks to a broken shifter later in the race that made going from second to third gear more difficult.
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Harvick stands in fifth place, and can still make it to the next round, but he’s facing some stiff competition. It all comes down to next week’s race at Talladega, a notoriously difficult track.
When asked how he felt about the Hollywood Casino 400, Harvick just said “I’m not real super-excited about everything that happened.”
Hopefully next week is better!
News Source: Fox Sports