Winner Martin Truex Jr. said Kevin Harvick hit him at one point during Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway and questioned Harvick’s intention.
“Harvick ran into us and bent our fender, I think on purpose, and we had to come back from that,’’ Truex said after the race.
Truex later told NBC Sports that he wasn’t aware they were racing to be the first car a lap down at the time.
“I was ahead of him on the restart, he caught me,’’ Truex said. “Just going down the straightaway and he just hit me in the left rear. I don’t know why he did it. I don’t know if it was intentional. I don’t know what it was.
“Typically if you run into somebody on the straightaway it’s on purpose, but I don’t know if it is or not, so I guess I’ll just have to see what he says or what he said about it. I haven’t talked to him yet, so I don’t know. It just could have been a mistake. Maybe I came off the wall, I don’t think I did. Felt like I was going straight and got hit. Trying to figure that out.
“Fortunately, it didn’t screw us too bad. I had a tire rub on the left rear, and I was really nervous we were going to get a flat tire. Fortunately, we didn’t because we didn’t need another issue to ruin our day.’’
Harvick did not answer questions from reporters as he walked away from his car after the race.
Martins Motorsports announced Tuesday that it has renewed a partnership with Gilreath Farms Red Angus for the 2020 Xfinity Series.
Gilreath Farms and AAN Adjusters, which also is owned by Ken Gilreath, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 44 Xfinity car for 25 races this season. Gilreath Farms sponsored Martins for a race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2018 when Martins drove for BJ McLeod Motorsports.
“Having Gilreath Farms Red Angus on the car again is special,” Martins said in a statement. “This is really where my partnership with Ken started in 2018, so to see his commitment to us this year…I mean I’ve said it before, it completely changes our entire outlook for this season. It’s really special.”
The first race for the Red Angus Chevrolet will be at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Multiple reports state that Daniel Suarez will drive the No. 96 Cup car for Gaunt Brothers Racing in 2020.
The team has not made any an announcement.
Toby Christie reported Friday at tobychristie.com that a deal was done for Suarez to drive the full Cup season for Gaunt Brothers Racing. Motorsport.com reported Monday that Suarez would join Gaunt Brothers Racing for the full season.
Suarez would replace Parker Kligerman, who confirmed to NBC Sports on Friday that he would not return to the No. 96 car this season.
This would be the fourth Cup season for Suarez. He drove for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017-18 before being replaced by Martin Truex Jr. Suarez moved to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2019 and was replaced after the season by rookie Cole Custer.
Suarez continues to seek his first Cup win. He has eight top-five and 32 top-10 finishes in 108 Cup starts. He won the 2016 Xfinity title, a year after winning rookie of the year honors in that series.
Gaunt Brothers Racing debuted in 2017, running one race with D.J. Kennington. The team ran 22 races the following year between Kligerman, D.J. Kennington, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Jesse Little. The team ran 15 races last year with Drew Herring running once along with Kligerman’s 14 starts.