Kevin Harvick did not have a good Sunday at Las Vegas. After fighting his way forward from his 19th place starting spot, Harvick was looking for the top five by lap 65.
Harvick was coming off two races that were less than stellar for him, including a heart breaking loss at Atlanta last week after leading the most laps, but he was atop the points. He hoped to finally get the finish he deserved and keep his points lead.
It wasn’t to be.
His day ended on lap 69 when the right front tire on his Ford blew as he was on the front stretch. The car hit the outside wall hard; Harvick was okay, but his day was done.
“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.”
“The worst part was the medical response,” he added. “It took them forever to get to the car. I thought we made that better, but obviously we haven’t.”
NASCAR signed an agreement with AMR for a traveling medical response for each race shortly before the season began.