DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Harvick went from extremely elated to depressingly dejected in less than 30 minutes.
After finishing a close second to Matt Kenseth in Thursday night’s first of two Budweiser Twin Duel 150s, Harvick’s result was tossed out by NASCAR officials.
Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet was found to have to “exceeded the maximum split on the track bar,” according to NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp.
As a result, Harvick’s qualifying time and his runner-up finish in the first Duel has been disqualified, a big blow to the 2007 Daytona 500 winner.
“Well, that’s no good,” Harvick deadpanned to FOX Sports’ TV coverage when told on air of the news.
Harvick will now have to wait until after the end of the second Duel 150 to see if either the speed (194.422 mph) or time (46.291) he had in Sunday’s pole qualifying (23rd overall) determine where he starts, or whether he’ll need to rely on owner points garnered from the No. 39 in 2013 to start Sunday’s Great American Race.
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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.
In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.
Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.
BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.
The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans
In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.
BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.