What others were saying on radio about Kevin Harvick at Talladega


While Kevin Harvick struggled with an ailing car in the final laps of Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, drivers behind were being kept abreast of Harvick’s woes.

NASCAR Talk reviewed radio conversations for Trevor Bayne, who was behind Harvick on the final restart, Matt Kenseth, who was behind Bayne, and Danica Patrick, who was behind Kenseth and the nearest Stewart-Haas Racing teammate behind Harvick.

The transcript has been edited for clarity and to eliminate extraneous portions.

Trevor Bayne’s radio channel

Coming to what was the aborted first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, Bayne tells his team: “I don’t want to get hung out on this restart man, but you got to go and start a lane soon, otherwise you’re just blocked up and can’t do anything.’’

Later Bayne says: “4 (Harvick) is blowing up.’’

Bayne: “What are they saying about him?’’

Spotter Freddie Kraft says: “The 4 is going to try to stay high.’’

Bayne: “He’s going to get me trapped probably.’’

After the restart is aborted with the incident involving Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson, Kraft tells Bayne that NASCAR says that did not count as the single attempt at a green-flag finish.

Kraft: “4 … he goes in front of you. I’m sure he’ll do the same layover.’’

Kraft: “We’ll be top (lane) with (Harvick). Hopefully, he’ll do the same again.

Kraft: “Now the 4 is saying he’s not going to do the same because he’s on the verge of the Chase deal.’’

Bayne: “Well, what am I supposed to do?’’

Crew chief Bob Osborne: “If (Harvick) lays back, NASCAR needs to do something about it. Tell the spotter official up there the same thing.’’

Kraft: “Just got to see about the 4. I’ll let this official up here know.’’’

Kraft: “Just got to see what (Harvick) does here. Timmy (Fedewa, spotter for Harvick) don’t know. He thinks they might get out of the way. He’s not sure. They’re right on the verge. 20 (Matt Kenseth) will be on the bumper.’’

Bayne: “As long as the 20 knows the situation.’’

Coming to the restart, Kraft says: “Just be heads up on the 4 if he’s real slow. We’re just going to change lanes before the stripe or go back to 20th with him.’’

Kraft: “Be ready. 10 away (from restart zone). Five away. Ready, green, green, green. Rolling. Go up. Keep rolling, keep rolling, keep it. That’s exactly what he was hoping for. He was trying to wreck the field so he’s in the Chase.’’

Kraft: “Are you all right Trev?’

Bayne: “No!’’

Bayne: “He pushed me.’’

Later, Bayne says: “Harvick turned right and wrecked the crap out of me. I’m ticked.’’

Kraft: “He did it on purpose. Timmy told me that they were hoping for a yellow. He didn’t tell me they were going to wreck half the field to get one.’’

Bayne: “We need to have a talk with those guys because that was ridiculous.’’

Osborne: “Don’t waste your breath Trevor. Don’t waste your breath.’’

Bayne: “Somebody needs to.’’

Matt Kenseth’s radio channel

As the field heads toward what will be the aborted restart, spotter Chris “Crazy” Osborne tells Kenseth about Harvick’s situation ahead of him.

Osborne: “4 car is talking about having issues two to three cars in front of you on the top line. Be ready.

Osborne on the restart: “(Harvick) is pulling over. Be ready, be ready, be ready. Green flag. Clean out the front. … Caution is out. They did not cross the line.’’

During the caution, Harvick moves up to regain his original spot after falling back on the restart. That confuses Kenseth.

Kenseth: “Why is the 4 going to start up there again?

Osborne: “I’m really not sure.’’

Kenseth: “Did the 4 pit?’’

Osborne: “I did not see him pit.’’

Kenseth: “He was stalled on the top lane. I’m just trying to figure out what happened. He just fall back four rows and get going or something or pit?’’

Crew chief Jason Ratcliff: “No, I don’t think he pitted.’’

Kenseth: “So obviously he’s not out of gas, something else wrong?’’

Ratcliff: “I think he’s blowing up.’’

After Kenseth is told one lap to go, he talks to Osborne about Harvick.

Kenseth: “Try to watch for him checking up again best you can.’’

Ratcliff: “Check your switches here. Red where you need it. (Kyle Busch) still racing the 4. (Denny Hamlin) racing the 31.’’

Kenseth: “Alright.’’

Kenseth: “4 still saying he has a problem, Crazy?’’

Osborne: “Yeah, 10-4. He just said he’s still racing, trying to get into the Chase or try to make it, so he’s not moving out of the way this time. So be ready for it. Says he’s about to blow up.’’

Kenseth: “Not going to pull to the right? Then where are we supposed to go then?’’

Osborne: “He just said he’s going to stay in his lane.’’

Kenseth: “Oh, he’s probably hoping we wreck, so there’s a yellow. I gotcha.’’

As the field comes to the restart, Osborne calls it.

Osborne: “Be ready, be ready, be ready … jamming up out front … all clear out front. Watch your 4, watch your 4. That was really nice. 4 just dumped us right in the fence to cause a caution. Caution is out.’’

Kenseth: “NASCAR has officially lost any control of this racing that they have.’’

Ratcliff: “I know man, this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.’’

Kenseth: “He told me he’s going to stay in his lane. So the 13 (actually it was the 6 of Trevor Bayne) went outside of him. As soon as (Bayne) went outside him, he hung a right and wrecked (Bayne). I was going to go outside and he swerved right into me. I don’t know.’’

Danica Patrick’s radio channel

Spotter Brandon Benesch tells Patrick before the aborted restart that there’s an issue with Harvick’s car.

Benesch: “The 4 has a problem. He thinks he’s either got a cracked head or a cylinder down or something.’’

Benesch: “The 4 sounds bad.’’

Patrick: “I think the 4 is going to go high if the thing won’t run. Check with him.’’

After the failed restart, the field is set again for what will be the single attempt at a green-flag finish.

Benesch: “The 4 is going to be lined up on the top … He’s having major issues. He may pull off the top before the start here. He hasn’t made up his mind yet.’’

Patrick: “Then what will I do?”

Benesch: “I just asked. He said he won’t keep up, so there’s no use (of pushing him).’’

Benesch: “What do you think about that Danica? He said don’t bother.’’

A short time later, Benesch says: “OK, the 4 is going to stay in line. Nobody is going to be able to pass him until the (start/finish) line, so it’s going to be a little bit slow going I believe.’’

Patrick: “Should I be pushing or not?’’

Benesch: “There’s going to be a three-car buffer in between. Just push the whole line I say. I’m going to check with them.’’

Patrick: “Should I push or not?’’

Benesch: “Yeah, push if you can.’’

Patrick: “I’ll try to do the right thing. Try to be smart.’’

Benesch: “10-4, big picture here.’’

The field comes to the restart and Patrick is among those collected in the crash.

NASCAR suspends Chase Elliott one race for incident with Denny Hamlin


NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one Cup race for wrecking Denny Hamlin in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday.

“We take this very seriously,” Elton Sawyer, senior vice president of competition, said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “The incident that happened off Turn 4, again after looking at all the available resources — in-car camera, data, SMT, which basically gives us (a car’s) steering, throttle, gives us braking — it was an intentional act by Chase in our opinion.”

Hendrick Motorsports stated that it would not appeal the penalty. Corey LaJoie will drive the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. Carson Hocevar will drive LaJoie’s car this weekend.

Hendrick Motorsports also stated that it would submit a waiver request for Elliott to remain eligible for the playoffs. Sawyer said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “I don’t see any reason at this point in time why wouldn’t (grant the waiver) when that request comes across our desk.”

This weekend will mark the seventh race in the first 15 that Elliott will have missed. He missed six races after breaking his leg in a snowboarding accident in early March. Elliott, who is winless this season, is 29th in points.

Elliott and Hamlin got together shortly before the halfway mark in Monday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

As they ran together, Hamlin forced Elliott toward the wall. Elliott’s car slapped the wall. Elliott then made contact with the right rear of Hamlin’s car, sending Hamlin into the wall.

“I got right-rear hooked in the middle of the straightway,” Hamlin said after the incident. “Yes, it was a tantrum. He shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

Said Sawyer on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: “In the heat of the battle, things happen, but they have to learn to react in a different way. … Our drivers need to understand that you have to handle that in a completely different way than hooking someone in the right rear and putting them in harm’s way, not only with just a major head-on collision like Denny had, but also other competitors.”

Sawyer also said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “nothing gave us the indication that on that particular contact with the fourth-turn wall … that anything was broke” on Elliott’s car and could have caused him to come down and hit Hamlin’s car in the right rear.

NASCAR also announced that Scott Brzozowski and Adam Lewis, crew members on Michael McDowell‘s team, had each been suspended two races after McDowell’s car lost a tire in Monday’s race.

Winners and losers at Charlotte Motor Speedway


A look at winners and losers from Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:


Ryan Blaney — Blaney stopped his winless streak at 59 races and gave team owner Roger Penske his second major race victory in two days. Blaney had the best car but had to fight through restarts late in the race to win.

William Byron — Byron, the winningest driver this season, barely missed getting victory No. 4. He finished second and scored his fifth straight top 10.

Martin Truex Jr. — Truex logged his third top five of the season.

23XI RacingBubba Wallace was fourth and Tyler Reddick fifth, giving 23XI Racing a pair of top-five finishes for the first time in a points race.


Jimmie Johnson — The seven-time champion admitted having problems adjusting to the Next Gen car on a 1.5-mile track. He crashed early and finished last.

Legacy Motor Club — It was a bad night for Jimmie Johnson and his team’s drivers. Johnson finished last in the 37-car field. Noah Gragson was 36th. Erik Jones placed 32nd.

Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin — Two drivers who had strong cars didn’t make it to the finish after crashing near the halfway point. Hamlin said Elliott “shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series results: Justin Allgaier wins at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier finally broke through for his first win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season Monday night.

Allgaier stretched his last fuel load over the final laps to finish in front of John Hunter Nemechek. Cole Custer was third, Austin Hill fourth and Ty Gibbs fifth. Gibbs ran both races Monday, completing 900 miles.

The win also was the first of the season for JR Motorsports.

Charlotte Xfinity results

Xfinity points after Charlotte

Justin Allgaier wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won a fuel-mileage gamble to win Monday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Allgaier stretched his fuel to outlast second-place John Hunter Nemechek. Following in the top five were Cole Custer, Austin Hill and Ty Gibbs.

The victory was Allgaier’s first of the year and the first of the season for JR Motorsports. He has 20 career wins.

MORE: Charlotte Xfinity results

After a long day at CMS, the race ended at 11:25 p.m. The race started Monday morning but was stopped twice because of weather before it was halted with 48 of 200 laps completed so that the Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race could be run.

When the race was stopped, Gibbs, Nemechek and Allgaier were in the top three positions.

Gibbs won the first two stages.

Stage 1 winner: Ty Gibbs

Stage 2 winner: Ty Gibbs

Who had a good race: Justin Allgaier has had good cars in previous races but finally cashed in with a win Monday. He led 83 laps. … John Hunter Nemechek, in second, scored his fifth top-two run of the season. … Cole Custer scored his sixth straight top-10 finish. … Ty Gibbs lasted 900 miles for the day and led 52 laps in the Xfinity race.

Who had a bad race: Sam Mayer was running 10th when he spun off Turn 2. He finished 35th. … Sheldon Creed finished three laps down in 28th.

Next: The series moves on to Portland International Raceway in Oregon for a 4:30 p.m. ET race June 3.