Kevin Harvick was eliminated from the Kobalt 400 after he lost a tire and shot into the frontstretch wall late in the first stage of the race.
Harvick, the NASCAR Cup Series points leader entering the weekend, was running in the top 10 when he crashed on Lap 69, 11 laps from the end of the stage.
“(The tire) 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 told Fox Sports. “Obviously, it didn’t make it.”
Harvick went on to criticize the response time of the safety crew that arrived at his crashed No. 4 car.
“The worst part was the medical response,” Harvick said. “It took them forever to get to the car. I thought we made that better, but obviously we haven’t. … We were just too loose right there. It’s not like we were even tight, so it either just cut the tire, or came apart or melted the bead.”
The Fox broadcast showed safety workers didn’t reach Harvick’s car until at least 90 seconds after the impact.
Prior to the season, NASCAR partnered with American Medical Response to establish a travelling safety team. The partnership provides a chase vehicle that is sent to the accident site and include an AMR doctor and a paramedic to administer care when needed.
Harvick entered the Kobalt 400 having won three stages in the first two races and led the most laps of any driver. He started the race in 19th.
CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).
The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).
Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.
Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.
Click here for full qualifying results.
CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.
Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).
Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.
Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.
Click here for the full practice report.
CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday
Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.
Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.
Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.
As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.
Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?
On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.
Check out the above video.