Bizarre start continues with engine failure for Kevin Harvick

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Just a few laps after the Duck Commander 500 went back to green after Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed early on, another contender has dropped by the wayside: Kevin Harvick.

Since winning the second race of the season at Phoenix, Harvick’s competitiveness has been consistently undone by bad luck.

This time, the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet slowed dramatically on Lap 28 while running second to pole sitter Tony Stewart. Harvick had started the race third after setting a track record lap in qualifying on Saturday.

According to multiple reports, Harvick said over the team’s radio that the engine “blew up.” He took the car to the garage and it has now been confirmed that he’s out of the race.

Harvick did not make himself available for comment afterwards according to Fox Sports. However, he did furnish a quote for Chevrolet, which can be found in today’s halfway update.

In the last four races, Harvick has had to deal with a broken wheel hub at Las Vegas (41st), an oil line problem at Bristol (39th), a blown tire at Fontana (36th), and a rear-end chain issue last week at Martinsville, which he overcame to finish seventh.

But there will be no coming back for him this time at Texas.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.