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.

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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