Kevin Harvick will start last in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway because his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford failed inspection three times after the team made a fix to the car at Kansas Speedway.
The car originally passed, but the team realized weight on the driveshaft was hitting the driveshaft tunnel so they opted to abandon their turn to fix the issue. When the car went back through tech it failed.
“Obviously going out on track and having the drive line drag the tunnel was probably not a good option for a number of reasons,” Harvick said. “So, I think we all felt like we had to try to fix it and I don’t think anybody thought that we were anywhere close on the toe to fail the next time or you probably would have thought through things a little bit differently. Just a number of things lined up there that didn‘t exactly go right and lined up in a circumstance that we are.”
Harvick was unable to qualify after the inspection failures. The team will also lose car chief Robert “Cheddar” Smith for the rest of the weekend.
“I have to pass a lot of cars,” Harvick said. “It is what it is at this point. You just go out and try to strategize and plan what you can and try to pass as many cars when you can at the beginning and go from there.”
Currently sixth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff standings, Harvick is 36 points above the cutoff line heading into an elimination race.
“You deal with the situations as they approach you,” Harvick said. “It doesn’t matter if it is the first race or an elimination race. You go about the circumstances you are dealt. This is why I always tell you guys you never know what the circumstances will be and you have to adapt and adjust as they present themselves.”