Cup Crew members work on the No. 4 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick in the garage area after an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Published on October 27th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith


Harvick: Kenseth “Won’t Win” Championship

Kevin Harvick suffered a serious blow to his championship hopes at Martinsville Speedway when he was sent into the wall by Matt Kenseth.

Kenseth, running eighth, overdrove the entry to Turn 1 and his car began wheel-hopping. His No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry slid into the left-rear quarter panel of Harvick’s No. 4 Outback Chevy.

Both car spun, but Harvick’s car got the worst of it, hitting the outside wall and suffering heavy damage.

Stewart Haas Racing crews worked frantically on Harvick’s car, replacing the radiator, fixing the rear end, and removing the splitter, hood and front fenders.

Harvick was able to continue, but the repairs cost him 43 laps. He finished 33rd.

Kenseth, however, didn’t suffer much damage and was able to rebound, eventually finishing sixth.

On lap 365, Harvick showed his displeasure by brake-checking Kenseth, which resulted in some front-end damage for Kenseth.

Afterwards, Kenseth said:

It was a long day. It was one of the lowlights of my career, honestly. I’m glad we got that finish, even though we got the car all banged up and all the extra stuff going on. At the end of the day I’m glad we got the finish, but it was a rough day.I don’t blame [Harvick] for feeling like that, to be honest with you. It was a mistake. He was an innocent bystander at the wrong place at the wrong time. I totally understand how he feels.

Harvick made his feeling about the incident pretty clear:

Yeah, he won’t win this championship. If we don’t, he won’t.

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