Kevin Harvick is a man of few words after runner-up finish at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Michigan – Kevin Harvick takes the “runner-up is the first loser” adage from Talladega Nights pretty serious.

Harvick started from the pole in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, but ultimately finished second to race winner Jimmie Johnson.

It was Harvick’s third runner-up finish of the season, all coming in the last five races.

Needless to say, Harvick was not very happy in his post-race media appearance. His responses were short, to the point and it was pretty clear being in the MIS media center was the last place he wanted to be.

When asked to assess his race, Harvick replied:

“The car was fast, just wound up on the wrong side of all the strategies. We finished second, and that’s it.”

When asked his thoughts about how Hendrick Motorsports motors dominated the race, powering six of the top-eight finishers, including Johnson and himself, Harvick was even more brief:

“I think it’s pretty obvious, right? It’s self-explanatory. Good question.”

And with that, the first loser of Sunday’s race was gone.

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Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.