Harvick crashes then confronts Johnson post race at Chicago

(Photo:Greg Engle)

(Photo:Greg Engle)

Defending NASCAR Champion Kevin Harvick went from a favorite to a longshot in one lap Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.   In NASCAR’s first of ten races Harvick was running near the front and led two laps before disaster struck near the midway point of the race.

The trouble began for Harvick on a restart after a caution on lap 133. Harvick was on the inside line starting second when Jimmie Johnson, who got a big push from fifth place Joey Logano, drover under Harvick and onto the apron as the field raced towards turn 1. Johnson came back onto the track and his Chevy made contact with the Chevy of Harvick. The two continued but Harvick’s car began smoking from a tire rub.  Instead of pitting, Harvick elected to stay out and the smoke seemed to lessen as he move the car back and forth in an attempt to straighten the fender. But on lap 137 the left rear tire blew as Harvick was entering turn 3.  The Chevy spun backwards and made hard contact with the wall bringing out the caution.

With heavy damage to his car, Harvick slowly made his way to the garage.  The crew spring to work as Harvick climbed from the car and stood nearby.  MORE>>>

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