Harvick comments on Stage 1 incident
By Dominic Aragon
March 18, 2018
FONTANA, Calif.—The bid for four consecutive wins fell short for Kevin Harvick in Southern California Sunday.
On lap 38 of the Auto Club 400, Kyle Larson and Harvick made contact on the backstretch while battling for third place, sending Harvick’s No. 4 car into the outside wall.
“I went down to side draft and he was coming up and we touched, and it just knocked the thing to the right and spun out,” Harvick said. “I don’t know that it’s his fault.
“I think that’s my fault for coming down the race track right there and trying to side draft and then as we touch it just came back up the race track. I was just trying to get a little too much right there.”
Once the caution flag flew, Harvick’s and Larson’s teams worked on the racecars on pit road, with Harvick ultimately off of the lead lap due to extensive repairs.
The California native finished the first stage 36th, three laps down; and the second stage in 36th, six laps down.
Harvick ultimately finished 35th, nine laps down.
Harvick entered the race weekend as the winner of the previous three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races (Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix).
The 2014 series champion entered the race as the points leader but will unofficially leave eighth in points.
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