Harvick blows tire, loses points lead

By Dominic Aragon
March 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS—A downed right front tire ended Kevin Harvick’s race early Sunday in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Harvick, who entered Sunday’s race with a four point lead in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings over teammate Kurt Busch, was running sixth before cutting his right front tire and making contact with the Turn 1 wall on lap 69.

“I’m fine,” Harvick said after being checked and released from the infield care center. “I blew a tire.”

The 2015 Las Vegas winner ran as high as fifth but ultimately finished 38th.

“It started vibrating about four or five laps there before it blew out, and I was just trying to ride it to the end of the stage there,” Harvick said. “Obviously, it didn’t make it.”

A Goodyear official was not available for comment.

However, Harvick was vocal about the response of the medical team after the crash.

“The worst part was the medical response,” he said. “It took them forever to get to the car. I thought we made that better, but obviously we haven’t.”

Harvick, who has earned 39 points through the stages in the season’s first two races, did not earn a stage point at LVMS Sunday.

Harvick unofficially dropped to eighth overall in driver’s standings. IMAGE CREDIT: Daniel Courson Photography
Will Kevin Harvick win at Phoenix Sunday?