Kevin Harvick critical of NASCAR medical response after Vegas crash

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.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.