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.
Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott will start the 64th Macau Grand Prix from pole position after beating his Formula 3 rivals to victory in Saturday’s qualification race.
Ilott, 19, started third on the grid on Saturday behind pole-sitter Joel Eriksson and McLaren junior Lando Norris, but made a good start to rise to second early on.
Ilott hounded Eriksson for position for much of the race before battling past at Mandarin on Lap 7 as his Swedish rival struggled to keep his tires alive.
With Eriksson unable to respond, Ilott ultimately crossed the line more than seven seconds clear to take his first Macau win and secure pole for Sunday’s main event.
“We started quite strong as I got up to second from third which was not too bad. Then in the middle part of the race I had a good pace and I got past Joel for P1,” Ilott said.
“After that I managed to pull away. It was a good race, even quite relaxing at the end. I’m really happy for the result. Thank you SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, they did a great job and it should be good for tomorrow too.”
Eriksson held on to second ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, who completed the podium ahead of Maximilian Günther in P4.
Ferdinand Habsburg finished fifth ahead of Pedro Piquet, while Norris was left to settle for a lowly P7 after a clutch issue off the line caused him to drop down the order.
You can see full results from the Macau F3 qualifying race here.